Q: How many practices can we expect per week? And where?
A: U8-U18 can expect 1 team practice per week. Teams may have additional practices, but this is left to the discretion of the coaches, players, and parents to arrange. Practices will be held in school gyms and other facilities throughout the Edmonton area. Note that indoor facilities during winter are scarce and irregular given how many soccer clubs are in Edmonton!
Q: Where and when are games played?
A: Games are typically played weekly for U11-U18, and bi-weekly for U10 and weekends for U8. Note that game days are subject to change each season. Games are played in the City of Edmonton Outdoor Fields.
Q: When will my child have Technical Training? Where?
A: All teams can expect 10-15 Tech Training (TT) sessions per season. In the indoor season, TT sessions are ideally held weekly to bi-weekly (less holiday weekends and/or tournament weekends) however, due to limited indoor facility space, it may be twice per month and vary in times. Note: TT sessions are in addition to team practices and games.
Q: Do I also have to pay for tournaments?
A: Sting fees include 1 tournament per team per season. However, many teams choose to enter additional tournaments and split the fees amongst the players/parents which Sting Sao Paulo encourages teams to do!
Q: I would like to volunteer, how do I find opportunities to do so?
A: All volunteer opportunities will be posted on the Sting Sao Paulo League Teamsnap throughout the season as opportunities come up. Please note that the volunteer expectation is the equivalent to about 4 hours (unless it is stated otherwise for the volunteer job you are doing).
Q: What can my child expect for gear?
A: Sting Sao Paulo provides all players with: Player jersey & shorts and socks. Backpacks, water bottles, track suits, soccer balls, etc. will also be available for purchase. Stay tuned on this website for details.
Q: Are there tryouts for the U8 age group?
A: No. There are no formal tryouts held at this level as per ASA regulations. However, Sting Sao Paulo does hold informal assessment sessions to be able to place all U8 players onto a respective Sting team. Please note: All players will be placed on a U8 team pending Sting Sao Paulo has enough qualified volunteer coaching staff.
Q: I have registered for tryouts and my child has been accepted on a Sting Sao Paulo team. What Next?
A: Congratulations! Please go to www.emsasouthwest.com and register your player in the Portal system. This will need to be done EACH season by everyone. Each player will also be invited to join the team's Teamsnap account (an app that tracks teams, schedules, etc) and this is Sting Sao Paulo's primary form of communication with players/parents. You will also have to attend a Player Payment Registration session to pay your child's fees and bring in the forms. Parents/Players registered in a community zone outside of South West EMSA, must contact the SWEMSA office (780) 436-3611 and transfer zone registration.
Q: What are the Sting Sao Paulo Outdoor 2017 season player fees? (*subject to change)
A: The U8 player fees for the Outdoor 2017 season are $350.00 (no gst). *
The U10 player fees for the Outdoor 2017 season are $600.00 (no gst).*
The U12-U18 player fees for the Outdoor 2017 season are $650.00 (no gst).*
*If you have paid your EMSA community fees, please have a receipt for confirmation at payment sessions, registration fees paid to EMSA will be deducted off the Sting Sao Paulo Fees.*