Questions and Answers
|Q. What is the Club's "Mission Statement"?|
A. The Just For Kicks Soccer Club is dedicated to putting fun into soccer. The Club holds the greatest respect for it's players, parents, coaches, referees, volunteers and the community. The Club's goal is to instill good sportsmanship and fair play while promoting and developing soccer at all skill levels and ages. The Club envisions the "Beautiful Game" as a "Fun Game" regardless of the level of competition. Just For Kicks Soccer is an organization which will not allow the "politics" of a sport to intermix with the purpose of the game, which is to Have Fun!
Q. Why should I join Just For Kicks Soccer Club instead of another club?
A. The number one reason why youth players want to join soccer is to have fun. JFK teaches youth players at a level in which they can comprehend, the simple rules of the game and how to play as an individual and as a team member. At JFK, youth players learn with as much fun and enthusiasm as they have in playing the game. If the game is not fun, it is not a game and this may deter players and parents from returning year after year. Having fun does not mean there cannot be competition or development of skills. All can coexist simultaneously. JFK is in no way saying it is better than other clubs, but JFK is different in many ways. In choosing a club, you should determine which club suits your price range, location, skill level and needs the best. Scarborough has over a dozen youth clubs, each with its own uniqueness. Feel free to try a different club if you have a "bad experience" at one club. You should not allow that to put you off on soccer all together. Speak with the club's management about your experience. They may be able to assist you if not at least learn from the experience. JFK has an open door policy. If you are not satisfied for any reason, let us know ASAP, we will do something about it.
Q. I am a parent with a serious soccer background and I want my child to excel in the game. Is Just For Kicks Soccer a good club for me?
A. Just For Kicks Soccer has a competitive league called Scarborough Kicks All-Star League. Although the name is different, it is the same club. Scarborough Kicks is for players U7 and older that have above average soccer skills. Players can further develop their skills through extra practices and development clinics which the Club runs. Players may advance to competitive leagues and tournaments at the Rep level (not available at this time). JFK Soccer is also affiliated with Score Soccer Academy which brings a higher level of development to players and coaches.
Q. What area of Scarborough will I be playing in?
A. This depends in part on where you live, your age group and your division. Just For Kicks Soccer is the only club that is in every community in Scarborough and has a "Satisfaction Location Policy". See our map for locations.
Q. What communities is Just For Kicks Soccer available in?
A. Just For Kicks Soccer is a Scarborough only club, with locations in Cedarbrae, West Rouge, Highland Creek, West Hill, Guildwood, Knob Hill, Bluffs, Wexford, Clairlea, Meadowvale, Agincourt and all other communities in Scarborough. Click here for a map.
Q. Where are the fields located?
A. Click here for answer and a map of Scarborough. The exact location of the fields are available on the Schedule Page which is in the Members Section of the JFK Soccer web site.
Q. I belonged to another club and have more specific questions about Just For Kicks Soccer. Where can I get these answered?
A. Any questions that you do not find an answer to on our web site, please don't hesitate to ask them either through email, phone or in person. For a list of Q & A's that are more who, what, where in nature, click here or visit the "More Q & A's" page.
Q. What kind of commitment is expected of the players/parents?
A. Click here for answer.
Q. What days of the week and times would the games and practices be?
A. Click here for answer. The detailed schedule is available on the Schedule Page which is in the Members Section of the JFK Soccer web site. All schedules are subject to change without notice.
Q. I have already joined, when does the season start?
A. The outdoor season starts at the end of May. The indoor season starts in November. You may receive a newsletter at registration, in the mail or by email. You will not be contacted again until the season is ready to commence. Near the beginning of the season, you will be called by your child's coach. The coach will give you a schedule indicating when and where you play your games and practices. The coach will also give you other information and/or materials which are part of the program.
Q. How are the teams picked?
A. Teams are picked based on location, skill level, age group (year of birth) and gender. The skill level is based on previous year's evaluation, the experience recorded on the registration form & pre-season evaluations. Players are sorted into divisions, then into evenly strengthed teams. This helps eliminate team "stacking". Team are then randomly assigned a coach. This helps eliminate "favoritism". As a general rules, the JFK Directors do not coach individual teams unless there is a gap to fill.
Q. Why does the registration fee seem so little?
A. There are many reasons for this...
Volunteers help reduce labor expenses.
Modest clubhouse to support.
Many generous sponsors.
Great fund raising events.
Effective low-cost purchasing.
Large volume discounts.
Community based organization.
JFK Soccer is a registered not-for-profit corporation (non-profit community club).
Q. Why are there 2 different programs for ages 5 to 14?
A. Players with the greater amount of experience are usually placed into the "All-Star House League". Those that are newer to soccer are placed in the "Just For Kicks Recreational House League". This helps each player to develop at their own pace. If the 2 types of players were mixed, the coach would have to conduct part of the practice with the basics for the beginners, hence losing the attention of the more experienced players, while still having to conduct part of the practice with advanced techniques which may overwhelm the beginners. Also, in separating the 2, the less experienced players will get a more even share of ball possession in a game.
Q. Does Just For Kicks Soccer have a girls only division?
A. Yes, it successfully started in 2006 and will continue with ages from U6 to U13.
Q. How are the age groups divided?
A. This will depend on the total number of players in each age group.
Q. Is Just For Kicks Soccer insured?
A. All participants including players, coaches and spectators, are insured when participating in the activities of the club and while on permitted property. JFK Soccer has a $3,000,000 liability insurance policy.
Q. Can I play with a cast on?
A. A player that wants to play in a game or practice that wears a cast, brace or other medical object(s), must supply the Club’s Administration Office with written permission from a doctor stating that the player/patient is not in any danger or harm in participating in soccer and related activities. The player with such permission for a doctor, may at the discretion of the Club, be given a letter of “Player Approval” from the Club which must be brought to each game and practice in case required to provide proof by a Club Official, Game Official or Team Official. Such medical object and associated body part(s) must be wrapped in a minimum of 3” thick soft foam to protect both the player/patient and other participants that may come into contact with said object. No hard surfaces may be exposed. The Game Official and/or Club Official may at his or her own discretion, revoke such permission, in which said “Player Approval” letter must be returned to the Club Office and be given further review.
Q. Can I play with a Muslim Hijab on or other religious jewelry?
A. As long as the Hijab is not dangerous to any one while playing. That would mean the it cannot contain any pins (safety pins, bobby pins, fashion pins or other type of pins). Female Muslim members which must wear a Hijab, should ask their local clothing store for a "Al Amira Hijab". This is a sport Hijab which should pose no problems while playing and enjoying soccer. Any other religious clothing items require the permission of the Just For Kicks Soccer Club Management. Items which are not allowed are Kirpan, jewelry (necklace, bracelet, rings, earrings, etc.) regardless of the reason. If the jewelry is not possible to remove, the member shall require permission from Just For Kicks Soccer Club Management. These rules are in place to insure members are safe and have fun without prejudice.
Q. I've read a lot about youth soccer. Does Just For Kicks have an adult league?
A. JFK Soccer does not offer a soccer league for adults but may have some adult specific programs.
Q. Where can I buy shin guards (pads)?
A. Just for Kicks Soccer sells shin guards at registration, at soccer clinics and at the beginning of each season. The shin guards are only $15 (no taxes added) and they also have protection for the ankle and Achilles tendon.
Q. I've seen the word "role" several times in reference to clinics & programs. What is a "role"?
A. A "role" is simply what your part of the category is. For example: Are you a coach, assistant coach, player, referee, parent, convener, committee member, volunteer. There will be referee clinics for referees and separate clinics for non-referees that just want to learn the rules (2 different roles).
Q. I have registered but I don't receive the newsletters by email or mail. Why not?
A. If JFK Soccer has your email address, all correspondence will be sent by email. If we don't have it, we will send it by regular mail. A typo will mean you won't receive it. If you register on line, check for typos in your email address. Common errors are "spaces" in email addresses and putting 2 email addresses on one line. i.e. If you type on one line ...
firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
It will show up as one big incorrect email address not 2 separate email addresses. Be sure whether your email address is a .com or .ca, it makes a difference. When typing your home address, be sure to include the apartment or townhouse number. If you are using a paper registration form, please make sure you PRINT CLEARLY on the registration form. If we can't read any part of it, you may not receive any mail or even a phone call if the phone number is not legible. When you print your email address on the form, make sure we can tell the difference between _ and - as well as, i, L, 1. We must know if johnl means johni or johnL or john1 and if a 0 is a zero or an o.
Q. What is the structure of Scarborough's soccer?
A. This is best explained on our Pyramid of Play page.
Q. Is Just For Kicks Soccer the same as or related to West Rouge, Blizzard, etc. clubs?
A. No. JFK Soccer is not affiliated with any other club. JFK Soccer is a totally different club with similar programs, offering an comparably economical choices for Scarborough residents to join. Programs may differ from club to club.
Q. I want to join a rep team, what are my options?
A. Just For Kicks Soccer is recommending you choose the team that is best suited for your skill level. As a rep alternative, JFK has an All-Star League in which all games are in Scarborough. JFK also has an affiliation with Score Soccer Academy. To help determine what level of play you are best suited for, please read our Pyramid of Play page. Just For Kicks Soccer does not have any direct Rep teams at this time.
Q. What other soccer clubs are in Scarborough?
A. All soccer clubs are independently operated. Just For Kicks Soccer and Scarborough Kicks Soccer is not affiliated with any other club. There are about 20 soccer clubs in Scarborough. We have the greatest respect for all other clubs. We do not supply any contact information on other clubs and cannot speak on their behalf about their programs. These clubs may have web site listings available in most popular search engines.
Q. Tell me more about volunteering?
A. If the players are the body of the club, then the volunteers are the heart & soul of the club. One can't live without the other. Each season requires a lot of work and it's all done with the primary objective of helping the children of the club. Your help can be as little as one hour out of the year or it can be a full time effort, either way it is greatly appreciated. Whatever you would like to do! Take advantage of the benefits of being a volunteer and being satisfied with a job well done!
Q. Is JFK Soccer affiliated with any other club or association?
A. Just For Kicks Soccer Club is the largest club in Scarborough with several division or branches which all operate under the "head" non-profit corporation. The following are some of the divisions or registered business styles of Just For Kicks Soccer Club: Igloo Soccer League, Scarborough Kicks All-Star League, Scarborough Cup. Non Affiliation Clause: JFK is not affiliated with any other "clubs" or "associations". JFK's has an affiliation with Score Soccer Academy.
Q. Does Just For Kicks Soccer have a Privacy Statement?
A. Your privacy is protected by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of Canada. The collection of personal information from JFK's soccer participants is used for the sole and exclusive purpose of providing soccer programs to our members. Such data shall only be shared if deemed necessary in providing said soccer programs. The information is not released or used for any other purpose and is held in confidence. JFK Soccer may use names for public relations or marketing purposes, but no personal information such as phone numbers or addresses are made public, shared, sold or used for other reasons. The term "made public" means outside the operation of the soccer program. The use of full names & contact info may be given to coaches and club officials for the explicit purpose of the soccer program. Coach and volunteer full names and contact info may be given to respective members for the explicit purpose of the soccer program. JFK Soccer may also use pictures or the likeness of groups of participants or individuals for public relations or marketing purposes. The tracking of visitors to the Just For Kicks Soccer web site is done for statistical purposes only. These statistics are used to further improve and cater to our members as well as providing a secure on-line presence.
Q. Does Just For Kicks Soccer give high school students Community Involvement Activities?
A. Yes. JFK offers high schoolers an opportunity to perform their required Community Involvement Activities with the Club. Visit the Students page for more details.
Q. I have not been emailed my password or my password doesn't work for the members Only Area. Why?
The most likely cause for this is a typo. If you registered and JFK has your correct email, the password will be sent to that email account. Passwords are randomly generated and you are best off copying and pasting the password into the logon screen. This will eliminate errors of mistaking a 1 (one) with an l (L) or a 0 (zero) with an O (owe). Change your password after to something you can remember. Problems logging in are best handled by calling our web hosting company ITSportsnet at 1-877-226-7726.
Q. Can I get a refund? REFUND POLICY.
Absolutely no refunds are given. In lieu of a refund, members can request to transfer the registration fee to another season/program or exchange for JFK Store merchandise, but the request must be made before the first session and a $20 administration fee is deducted. If it is after the first session, no transfers or exchanges are given. To receive a transfer or exchange, the member must submit in writing (email or letter) the request to JFK with the player's name, address, phone number, date of birth and reason. All equipment, uniform and JFK property that was given to the member, must be returned to the Club in the same condition as it was distributed within 5 days of the request. Late fees, NSF fees, admin fees and other service charges are non-refundable, non-exchangable and non-transferable. Equipment and merchandise are non-refundable. Acceptance for exchange or transfer may take several weeks and during peak busy periods, may take longer.
Q. What if I am not satisfied?
A. JFK Soccer aims to please EVERY member. Every comment is taken seriously. Every member is valued and respected. Although each member may have different expectations and needs, JFK wants to make each experience at JFK an enjoyable one. If you are for any reason unsatisfied with an experience at JFK, contact the President of the Club. Something will be done about it - GUARANTEED!
Q. How does JFK balance the teams? THE SATISFACTION POLICY.
JFK makes an effort to create balanced teams. Teams are balanced using registration ratings, coach evaluations and pre-season assessments. Satisfaction guarantee. Guaranteed not to lose every game or next season is free. With the multi-tiered level of play, beginners play with beginners and experienced play with experienced. The way it should be.
Q. I lost (or had stolen or damaged) something at soccer. What can I do about it?
JFK is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. You should protect your belongings at all times. Never leave bags, purses, keys, cell phones, etc. unattended. Never leave valuables in your car even if your car is locked. Never leave your child child unattended either! If you have something of value lost, you can check with JFK to see if any one handed it in. If so it would be in our Club House. If you have anything of value stolen (or vandalized), you may want to contact the police. If you have anything of value damaged (accidentally), you may want to contact your home insurance company. If your trophy or picture is lost, stolen or damaged, you can contact JFK to see if a replacement is available, although JFK is not obligated to replace it, JFK may have a solution.
Q. I missed Picture Day (or Fun Day or a game or something). What can I do about it?
Members that miss any part of the program for whatever reason are not entitled to compensation of any kind. You may wish to contact JFK to see if there is a solution. Members that missed Trophy Day can get a trophy within one month of Trophy Day (Fun Day). Members that missed Picture Day do not receive any picture package. However, please contact JFK as there may be an alternative available. Members that miss a game, practice or other session for any reason (even if canceled by JFK such as due to a storm), have no alternative or substitute.
Q. Who is Just For Kicks Soccer?
A. Just For Kicks Soccer is a registered not-for-profit corporation (non-profit community club). Just For Kicks Soccer is run by a group of soccer parents and volunteers in the community of Scarborough that generally came from other clubs because they wanted a different club for their children and themselves that caters more toward their needs and the needs of other community families. Many of the volunteers are well experienced in playing soccer, coaching youths and organizing clubs at every level. There is no power struggle among the committee. It's not about the "who's who". Every one is treated with respect. There's no favoritism. There is no politics to hamper the game. Every volunteer is praised. Every member's comment is cared about. Every dollar of income is spent for the benefit of the players. If you are interested in joining the JFK committee of volunteers, please email the Club.
Information Disclaimer: A great deal of effort goes into maintaining this web site. It is believed that the information contained herein and elsewhere on this site are correct and up to date. If you by chance find any errors or old facts which need to be updated, please inform the club.
Created by: JFK -- Last updated:Apr 21, 2010