Fraquently Asked Questions
Important information regarding the club, registration, and more!
How do I contact the Club?
Volunteering – How can I volunteer with TMSC?
There are many areas where we need assistance. Everything from coaching recreational teams to assisting at specific club events relies upon dedicated volunteers. We also have a program to provide opportunities for Community Service hours to students! You can select to volunteer during registration, or you can contact us to find out more.
Can I sponsor my child's team?
As a non-profit community club, we rely on community financial sponsorship as well as volunteerism to help us provide the diverse quality programs we offer to our youth. To get more details on how to sponsor, please click here.
Can I coach my child's team?
Absolutely! When you register your child, let us know that you wish to volunteer, or contact the convenor of your child's age group to let them know that you’ve applied to coach. If you are approved, you will require a police check.
How do I become a coach, do I need experience?
You do not need to have coached before. Understanding of the game of soccer is an asset, but with the resources available at TMSC including coaching clinics, other coaches, club staff and directors, and online assistance, you will do fine!
When does registration open?
Registration generally opens for the Summer Outdoor programs (both competitive and recreational) in late January/early February.
Registration for the Indoor Recreational program begins shortly after the Summer Outdoor season concludes with the Year End tournaments.
Watch “Announcements” and “Events” for updates on registration dates.
What are the nights, fields, and fees for the 2018 Soccer Season?
Click here to view or 2018 Registration Brochure for the 2018 season. On the interior page is a table containing the playing nights, start dates and fees for the coming season.
Please note that nights are subject to change based on field availability and registration numbers. Any changes will be posted on the website under “Announcements”.
How do I register?
Recreational registration can be done online or in person at the clubhouse. We usually hold at least one in-house registration session.
For a step-by-step guide using our new PowerUp Sports system, click here.
How do I pay the registration fees?
Online registrations can be done using Visa or Mastercard. Registrations at the clubhouse may be done via cash, debit, money order, Visa, Mastercard.
Please note that we do not accept CASH for Registrations.
Jumpstart is available for families who need it. If you are using Jumpstart, register as normal and select "Jumpstart" as your payment option.
Ensure that all cheques are payable to:
Tillsonburg Minor Soccer Club
PO Box 276
275 Quarterline Road
Tillsonburg, ON N4G 4H5
Can I request that my child be placed on a specific team?
No. It is difficult for the Club to manage team requests based on the need to effectively balance teams, and as such, we cannot accept requests to be on a specific team.
At the same time, we understand that there can be issues getting children to/from their activities in today’s busy society.
For a “play with” request to be accommodated and confirmed, you can:
During the Season
When does the season start and end?
The Recreational Outdoor Season has a staggered start over the begining of May. With Full Fields started earlier in the month, the youngest players starting around the long weekend in May. The season runs until the second week of August.
What do the players receive as part of their registration fees?
Each recreational player receives a full uniform kit (jersey, shorts & socks) a participation award. U4 & U5 players also received a mini soccer ball from their sponsor Tim Hortons.
U18 Players receive only a jersey.
What equipment is mandatory?
It is mandatory that all soccer players (including goal keepers), regardless of age, gender, or ability, wear shin guards/pads. Proper soccer shoes (cleats) are not mandatory, but to avoid slipping, they are highly recommended.
The equipment rule specific to jewellery, that each player/parent must be aware of, is as follows:
NO JEWELLERY IS TO BE WORN WHILE PLAYING A GAME AND IS TO BE REMOVED PRIOR TO THE START OF THE GAME. COVERING JEWELLERY WITH TAPE IS NOT PERMITTED AT ALL. If the jewellery cannot be removed, he/she MUST bring this to the attention of the referee who will make a decision with or without the assistance of the coaches who are present.
What should I bring to sessions?
Wear your complete uniform. It is important that each player bring plenty of water (considered the best for children) to the game regardless of the weather.
Many coaches and convenors start a rotating schedule of snacks for after the games or practices. This is not mandatory, but is encouraged for team bonding and camaraderie.
At the younger age groups, players receive a training or practice soccer ball. Please ensure your child takes their soccer ball to each and every practice. The coach counts on the players each having a ball at practice. To avoid losing the ball, please use a marker to note your child's name or initials on the ball.
How are the teams made up?
TMSC now uses PowerUp Sports, a leading sports software, to build teams with the primary focus of keeping each division balanced and fair. The system takes into account player skill levels that are entered from player ratings provided by coaches from the previous seasons as well as age.
In order to provide ALL of our members with the best soccer experience, we highly discourage “play with” requests.
If you are willing to “pay it forward” in an effort to have a “play with” request accommodated and confirmed, you can:
When will players be as to what their team assignment is?
Players will be notified by their assigned team coach at least one week before the targeted start date.
I haven't heard from my child's coach yet... what should I do?
Not all coaches receive their roster information at the same time, nor do they have personal schedules that enable them to contact their players immediately upon receipt of the roster. Please be patient while you are waiting to hear from someone! Also, make sure YOUR contact information is kept up to date so that you can be contacted.
Recreational schedules are posted on the site approximately one week prior to the season start. our new PowerUp Sports software will output a family calendar, and allow you to contact the club within your account.
The club makes every effort to contact each family by email (email is the preferred method of contact so please ensure that we have your correct email address) to indicate which team (by Sponsor Name and/or jersey colour) that your child has been assigned to. In the event that your child’s coach has been unable to contact you, you will know what time and what location applies to your son’s/daughter’s team.
When is Picture Day?
Recreational Teams will be having pictures taken on [date to be advised] at the Soccer Club. A schedule will be provided once the season gets underway.
How will I know when games or practices have been cancelled due to weather?
Field closures will be posted on the club website on the home page and on our PowerUp Sports pages. Decisions will be made by the convenors, and will be posted by ASAP. You may also receive a phone call or an email from your coach indicating that a game is cancelled, but it is each player’s responsibility to check the website.
Information will also be posted on the Club's Twitter account.
Rain alone does NOT constitute bad weather! Games could be cancelled due to lightning, field conditions – including extreme saturation or flooding – or extreme heat.
If the Club is listed as OPEN but weather worsens, go to the assigned field and the Referees and Coaches will determine if games are cancelled. If the game is NOT cancelled and a team is short of players, the game will be forfeited.