FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Seacoast United Massachusetts has the goal of promoting player development and providing a clear pathway for players to become involved with our Boys & Girls Academy teams. All players will be provided with a competitive environment that offers the highest level of training and games available in the region.

LEAGUES & STRUCTURE

Q: What does the structure look like at Seacoast United Mass South?
A:
We have several regions in SUSC Mass and each region has their own hub that they will train and play out of (see below).  At the U9-U19 age groups all teams are classified as Premier or Select which train and play locally.

Starting at the U13 age group, players have the opportunity to play on one of our elite teams.  These teams are comprised of the best players from each of the regions and compete at the highest level possible. The current pathway chosen for these teams is the USYS National League.  For information, click here.

Regions
Boston Area: 
Newton, Chestnut Hill, Needham, Dedham, Canton, Norwood, Milton, Westwood, Braintree, Quincy, Randolph
South Shore Area:  Weymouth, Abington, Rockland, Hingham, Norwell, Scituate, Marshfield, Hanover, Pembroke, Duxbury, Plymouth, Kingston, Carver
SE/Rhode Island Area:  Dartmouth, New Bedford, Freetown, Lakeville, Somerset, Fall River, Seekonk

Q: What league will my son or daughter play in?
A:
Most regional based teams (Premier and Select) will play in the New England Premiership.  There are a variety of levels within the NEP and teams are placed based on the club's recommendation of competition level.
All SUSC Mass Elite Girls teams (U13-U19) will play in the USYS National League New England Conference.  

Q: What access to Elite pathways will there be for my son or daughter?
A:
Seacoast United Mass players will be provided with opportunities for identification and pathways to the highest levels of programming offered by the club.  The coaching staff will closely collaborate across regional locations (MA, NH, and ME) to be sure players are identified for elite playing opportunities.

Training and Playing
Q: Where will teams be training and playing?
A:
All Mass Elite teams will be operating out of Union Point in Weymouth, MA.  All other regional teams will play locally and training fields will be decided by the make up of each team.  We want this to be a positive experience for all involved and know that players want to be playing longer than they are driving. 

Q: When will the training schedule be announced?
A:
All summer training schedules will be announced June 19th.  Fall schedule will be announced by August 1st. Player ID clinics will also be set up throughout July/August as SUSC Massachusetts announces our Return to Play program following COVID-19 guidelines.

Q: When will the fall season schedule be announced?
A:
The fall schedule is typically announced 3-4 weeks prior to the first game date (the first Sunday after Labor Day).

Q: When will teams start training for the fall season?
A:
 Seacoast United Mass South schedule will be fully announced by June 19th.  Summer training will begin the week of July 6th.  3-Day Preseason clinics will begin the week of August 17th for our U8-U14 teams.  This will be a regional 3-day clinic for a minimal cost.  Fall season training starts the week of August 24th.

REGISTRATION
Q: What is included in the cost for the year?
A:
All fees include:  Summer training, League play in fall and spring, Training schedules in the fall, winter, and spring; US Club membership; Seasonal evaluations; 2-3 tournaments (pending age group); Off-field enrichment events; Additional skill development sessions; Regional Development opportunities; College Showcase events and education. 

Q: How and when do I need to order uniforms by?
A: 
Uniforms are not included in the cost and are ordered separately through WeGotSoccer.  The order deadline for fall teams is July 15th and the order deadline for HS aged teams is September 1.  All families will be emailed how to purchase their uniforms, or for more information click here.  The 2020/21 season will be the start of a 2-year cycle and costs are estimated at approximately $350 per player for home/away and training uniforms.

Q: If tryouts are not allowed to happen in June, how will my son or daughter be evaluated for a team?
A:
A lot of our players will be placed on teams for the 2020/21 season based on past playing experiences.  We will also be hosting a series of Player ID Clinics throughout the summer to fill open spots.  Please reach out to our staff to find out the latest ID Clinic dates at masouth@seacoastunited.com.

Q: Is it possible to split up my payments or pay everything at once?
A:
SUSC allows you to decide how you want to pay.  There is typically a small deposit when accepting your spot on a team or within the club.  The club will then let you decide how to split up your payments after that (full cost, 4 payments, 8 payments, etc).  You can always reach out to one of our administrators if you need more help with your payments.

COVID-19
Q: With COVID-19 still hanging around, how can we expect the season to change or will it look different?
A:
 The truth is, we don’t know ALL the answers until guidelines are released by the state. We are already looking at how we train at facilities to keep groups separate and our own policies surrounding our training rituals, player interaction, drop off/pick up and much, much more. As guidelines are produced by state and local public health officials, we will make these available to all directors, staff, players and parents. #InThisTogether. Please visit www.seacoastunitedma.com/covid-19 for more information.

Q: The COVID-19 pandemic is having an economic effect on many of our families. What steps is Seacoast United MA taking to help and assist with the cost of club soccer?
A:
 We have reduced deposit fees and spread payments across the year to help ease the burden on families. Given that many players did not get a spring season in, we are applying a good faith credit to ALL new players, who may be leaving their current clubs to join SUSC. We will work with all families to make sure that players have a chance to play regardless of their financial circumstances. For more information on how to apply for Financial Assistance or to learn about how you can contribute to the scholarship fund, please check out the United Sports Foundation, please click here.

Q: What will happen with my payments should the Fall Season not happen?
A:
 If the league determines that the fall season is not happening due to state restrictions surrounding COVID-19, SUSC will suspend September and October payments.

Other questions?  Please contact MAsouth@seacoastunited.com.

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