NLSA Policies & Procedures
NLSA holds open assessments each April, with at least two sessions for each age group. During these assessments, the NLSA coaching staff observes and evaluates all players. We expect all of our current players to participate in these assessments each year. For additional information, read about our innovative Player Development Pyramid, which provides a true pathway for player development from U5 through College.
Playing time may be more or less than that of another player on the team, and will be determined by the Head Coach. Playing time is based on attendance at training sessions and games, player attitude, player commitment level, and playing ability. NLSA guarantees 100% playing time at every training session.
Each team will train at least two times per week in-season. Training sessions are typically conducted between Monday and Friday, starting no earlier than 5:00 pm and ending no later than 10:00 pm (for our High School age groups). Attempts are made to schedule training sessions as conveniently as possible for each team.
In addition to team training sessions, NLSA offers various 8-week programs during the Fall, Winter & Spring dedicated to technical training, goalkeeper training, and speed and agility training. These are all free of charge for NLSA players.
Age Appropriate Play Policy:
NLSA strongly supports the approach that kids play at their age appropriate level and believes that most players in the program will develop better at their age appropriate level. However, we recognize that some players may be physically and psychologically ready to be considered for the next age level within the Club’s competitive team structure. During the annual tryout process held in the Spring, the Executive Director, Director of Coaching, and the coaching staff for each applicable age group, will evaluate all players that wish to be moved up an age level and will determine whether the player will be offered the opportunity to play at the next age level. The Club will make these decisions at our discretion.
NLSA may allow players to guest play with another club at the Club's discretion, on a case-by-case basis, and subject to the player meeting certain conditions. For a player to guest play with another club, the player must first request permission from the Head Coach of their team. If the Head Coach approves the request and the player is in good standing on all payments due to NLSA, the player may be permitted to guest play with another club. However, all NLSA training sessions, league games, and tournaments take priority over guest playing with another club’s team. To guest play, you must contact the club's Administrative Director to request the release of your pass. Your Team Manager is not permitted to release your pass without the approval of the Club's Administrative Director.
NLSA teams currently participate in a variety of outdoor tournaments. Teams are placed in those tournaments based on a variety of factors. NLSA reserves the right to approve and determine in which tournament(s) each team participates.
The Club's Directors are responsible for approving and selecting all of the Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches in the program, and will assign a coach or coaches to each team in the Club. The parents do not participate in the process of selecting coaches in our program. Teams are professionally coached and trained. The Club's Directors reserve the right to change the coach of any team in the program at any time.
All NLSA directors, coaches, and trainers must pass a background check administered by NJ Youth Soccer (through StackSports/US Soccer Connect) and a second background check administered by an independent organization. They are also required to complete the SafeSport Training Program, a Concussion Awareness program, and to be properly licensed/certified by US Youth Soccer.
Along with an offer to join a team, each player and his/her parents will be notified of the annual dues to participate in the program. Team dues typically range between $1650-$2100 per year, and include essentially all costs except the player's uniform and travel expenses. Dues may be paid in full at the time of offer acceptance, or via installment payments over a period of up to seven months (the number of installments will be determined based on the timing of the initial offer acceptance). All payments are due and payable in a timely manner after specific payment dates are communicated. If a player’s dues payment is delinquent, NLSA reserves the right to withhold the player’s pass until the delinquency is cured or suspend the player from participating in team or Club-related activities. All dues payments are non-refundable for any and all reasons, including player injury. The Club does offer the option for families to purchase an insurance policy which will provide a refund on dues should your player's season be cut short due to injury or other covered reasons. You can learn more about the policy, coverage, and limitations here. Again, we encourage families to purchase this insurance as all dues are non-refundable.
As a Club, we strongly believe that our players should give back and be productive members of their communities. To that end, all players, through their respective team, are expected to participate in at least one community service project during the course of the soccer year. The Club has a community service Director who will help facilitate accomplishing this most important goal.
All NLSA players are carded through U.S. Youth Soccer. All U.S. Youth Soccer registered youth players, coaches, and administrators holding passcards are insured by a secondary medical insurance policy that has a deductible. If your player is injured during a sanctioned NLSA soccer event, you must file your claim within 90 days of the date of the injury. To file a claim please contact the Club's Administrative Director.
Uniforms & Apparel:
1) Uniform & Training Gear - Teams must wear the game day uniforms and training gear as established by the Club and sold though our web based online store at Ewing Sports. Teams and players may not deviate from the uniform or training gear we have established for the entire Club. Uniforms are purchased, under our contract, on 2-year cycles. That means that every player in the Club must purchase a new kit when the new cycle begins, regardless of when they purchased their previous kit. The next new uniform cycles will take place beginning with the Fall season in 2021, 2023, etc.
2) Fanwear - Players, families, etc. should purchase all of their fanwear gear from our exclusive partner (Ewing Sports) either via their online store or in-person at their retail location. Ewing Sports supplies all approved Adidas gear and is the exclusive provider of NLSA patches and logos. Individuals and teams are not permitted to purchase NLSA-customized gear from outside vendors, and outside vendors are not authorized to use the NLSA logo/patch. While our online store offers supplemental gear, it is not possible to offer all of the Adidas soccer apparel on our store. If you purchase Adidas gear from an outside vendor and would like it customized with the NLSA logo or badge, please contact us and we will make arrangements for you to work directly with our partners at Ewing Sports to get that accomplished.
Proper conduct by all players, parents, coaches, and spectators is required and expected. This includes demonstrating proper respect to our opponents, referees, other spectators, and others within our Club. Individuals who fail to conduct themselves appropriately risk being banned from participating in or observing Club events, including games, tournaments, and training sessions. Should improper conduct continue, whether by a player or his/her family member/spectator, the player may be dismissed from the team without refund.
Proper conduct includes positive encouragement and commentary from the sidelines, and avoiding coaching or providing any soccer-related instruction to any players, regardless of team, from anyone other than the designated team/Club coach(es).