Q: My 13 year old wants to play in the adult league, can he? A: All players must be 14 years old at the time they request permission to play adult league. Even if they are turing 14 during the season, they will need to wait until they turn 14 to register for adult league and send in the request
Q: What if there is a 13 year old on the team roster and I submit the team roster for permission to play in the adult league? A: The player will be removed from the team roster and the state will approve the roster as is. If the player turns 14 during the season, the state office will re-send the approved roster with the player added back after the players turns 14 .
Q: Can a player be on a recreational team and comp team? A: On the state level we say that if a player does both (duel registered) they must play up an age group for the recreational group. But clubs and leagues can make their own rules as to whether they allow this or not. One note if a player does play in both, they cannot participate in recreational tournaments such as KOHL's CUP.
Q: Can a coach or other team official take a team from one club to another? A: NO. Teams do not transfer players do. Coaches or other team officials may not use the previous clubs work product (email list, roster and other contact info) to entice, recruit or persuade players to transfer.
Q: Do parent fall under this policy? A: As long as the parent is not communicating on behalf or for the coach or other team official, no. Parents may also not use email addresses or other work product to entice other parent to move to a new club. (These email addresses are typically received by parents because they were members of a club's team)
Q: Are players/children held accountable? A: No. Coaches and Parents have a moral obligation not to encourage their players to circumvent the system/policy.
Q: If multiple people solicit for the same recruitment, is that considered more than one violation. A: Violations are based on the present circumstances. In other words, if several coaches/team officials make the same recruitment request, while each individual can be held responsible, it consider first offense.
Q: Can leagues and districts have their own recruitment policy? A: Yes, as long it is the same or stricter than the state policy, it will be honored and upheld. Local policy cannot be more lenient than the state policy
Q. What does it mean that a player commits to a team for the season year? A: The Alaska Youth Soccer season year runs Sept 1-Aug 31, once a player commits or registers to a club they are agreeing to a seasonal year commitment.
Q. Can a player leave a club during the seasonal year? A. Yes, The player can transfer from the club to a new club by following the transfer policy and filling out the paperwork and getting the approriate signatures.
Q. Can a club refuse to release a player? A. The only reason a club can refuse to sign the transfer paperwork, is if the player owes fees or has not turned in their team equipment/uniforms. Otherwise, clubs and coaches cannot refuse a transfer request.
Q. Are there exceptions to transfer policy? A. Yes, during the State Cup registration season a player cannot transfer from a state cup bound team to another state cup bound team
Q. What is considered the "open" or "free" season for players to move from club to club? A. Starting the Monday after State Cup, clubs are free to hold tryouts and register new players with no transfer. Once a player registers with the club, they begin their seasonal year commitment.
Q. Does showing up for a tryout mean you have committed to the club? A. No, not until registration is completed. Players are limited to how many times they can "practice" or "tryout" with a team before they make a commitment. In other words a player cannot attend practices for a month and then change their mind. Clubs must regulate this.
Q: Why do we not use local league standings for the seeding of the tournament? A: Two reasons, the 1st is that the draw must be done by blind draw as per National Cup and National President's Cup rules. 2nd reason, there is no way to determine how the various leagues compare against each other if we were to use a seeding process. Example, how the league in Fairbanks runs is different than the Anchorage leagues.
Q: What is a Blind Draw? A: This means that the teams are put in one container and the brackets with numbers are in another container. The team is drawn first by one person and then the 2nd person draws the bracket slot. Exception to the rule, if a club enters 2 teams in the same age group, those teams are put in different brackets, but again those brackets are decided by blind draw.
Q. Why can't the State Cup be held over several weekends? A: There are teams traveling out of city//area to compete. To hold the tournament over several weekends would be too expensive for the out of area teams. Far West Regional and RIV President's Cup are week long events and we are following this same model.
Q. Why can't the games be scheduled around fall high school sports? A: With so many players coming from so many different schools it is impossible to mix and match to work around every high school practice schedule. Example, while one high school may have their volleyball practice at 3 pm, another may hold their volleyball practice at 10 am. Between all the schools, all the sports this simply cannot be a consideration when scheduling the State Cup games. PLEASE DO NOT ASK
Q. Can we request that our coach that coaches more than one team not have game conflicts? A: This is not a reasonable request. There are too many factors to consider without going in and comparing every coach with every team. If a coach has more than one team, he/she should have an assistant coach just in case there is a conflict on the schedule. PLEASE DO NOT ASK
Q: If there is a protest, what is the procedure A: If a protest is filed within the guidelines and timelines set forth and published in the State Cup Rules and Guidelines, the Protest Committee will meet and review the protest. Parties involved in the protest will have 1 representative present for questions by the committee. This committee will be made up of a representative from each district and a referee. The State Cup Chair and Executive Director will also be at the protest hearing. In the event of a tie vote on the committee the State Cup chair will case the deciding vote. The Executive Director does not vote. An appeal is treated with the same procedure.