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The Fond du Lac Soccer Association Recreational League represents all recreational teams playing in Fond du Lac. These pages have been developed as a resource for all of Fond du Lac Soccer Association Recreational Soccer Teams. Various information for coaches, players, and parents about the Recreational Soccer Teams will be posted along with some club guidelines. Please view the links to the left and below. Thank you
The Fond du Lac Soccer Association Board of Directors met last night to evaluate the status of our youth rec league summer program. This email is long, but please take the time to read it thoroughly.
Based on recommendations from the Fond du Lac Health Department as well as the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association in conjunction with US Youth Soccer and return to play protocols, we made the VERY difficult decision to cancel our summer youth rec soccer league.
As we have stated, the well-being of the players, parents, refs, coaches, volunteers, and Fond du Lac community is our #1 priority. We discussed many changes and guidelines we could put in place to hold a season, but it would be a tremendous burden of responsibility on parents and volunteers and ultimately the risk outweighed the reward. We understand we are still a month away from the postponed scheduled start of the season and hopefully in 30 days we are in a much better position than we are today, but it takes a ton of work and cost to set up a season for 120+ teams so we had to make a decision today whether to progress.
We understand kids want to play and we are all desperately craving a return to normal life. I have dedicated the past 9 years of my life to serve as a volunteer on the FDLSA Board of Directors to better this program for the community. I have spent every summer for more than a decade living down at the soccer complex. Canceling the season is not a decision we wanted to make, but it was the decision we had to make.
With the cancellation of the season, we will provide refunds for registration fees for those that request it.
PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING YOUR FEES!
As you hopefully are aware, the Fond du Lac Soccer Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization. We DO NOT receive any funding from the city, county, or school district. We operate 100% on our own through the support of our programs, sponsorships, and private donations. Losing out on program revenue from this spring and summer (potentially $175,000+) will have a MAJOR impact on the future of our program and soccer in Fond du Lac. Even though our fields are empty of players today, doesn’t mean there is not maintenance that needs to be done to upkeep our 53 acre complex throughout the summer at a significant cost to our nonprofit organization.
We know that some families have taken a significant financial hit during this pandemic and if you need the money please request a refund. If you are able to afford it though, we ask that you consider turning your refund into a donation to the Fond du Lac Soccer Association. Any bit will help us tremendously as we weather this storm and lack of active programs. And, any donations are tax deductible!
If you wish to request a refund, visit https://fondysoccer.demosphere-secure.com/_registration - pick “Register a Participant” and select the option for “2020 Rec League Refund Request”. This process looks similar to when you registered for the league. Please note that if you wish to get a refund, at the end, it will show $0, but that is how the system is built. We will process the request for the amount you requested (full refund, partial, etc). If you have comments regarding your refund (you have closed the account, you paid in cash/check, change of address) there is a comments box you can add these notes.
It is important to use this online system vs sending an email so we can track it efficiently and ensure no request gets overlooked. As you can imagine tracking hundreds of emails could be an issue. For all refunds, please make your request by June 30th and allow ample time to process these. We have to do each one manually in the system.
We are very optimistic that we will be able to return to play this fall including our Select League (more on that to come for those interested in playing), our Soccer Academy, Little Kickers, and we are also evaluating a modified fall rec league.
As I close this out, I want you to know that we did not come to this decision easily and really did try and figure out anyway to still make these programs happen.
Please feel free to reach to either myself or our Rec Director Luke Newman with any questions.
Chad R Collett
Fond du Lac Soccer Association
The 2020 Recreational Spring/Summer Season runs May 18 through July 12, 2020.
Online Registration for the 2020 season will open mid-December. Early-bird player registration fee for U5-U14 is $75. For U5-U14, the price will increase to $90 on February 3rd and $100 on March 15th. The High School (U15/19) League is $60. The U15/19 League begins week of June 15th when the girls high school league is complete and will run until end of July.
Additional costs to participate in the FDLSA rec league include a $10 "Keeper Card" Fundraising Fee where you will receive (2) cards with discounts to local area businesses that you may keep or sell (valued at $10 each). Also, there is a $25 volunteer buyout deposit this year for all participants. After you fulfill your volunteer hours, you will receive your $25 deposit back. The FDLSA will hold 1-2 volunteer payouts during and after the season is complete.
For any questions regarding the 2020 recreation league please contact:
The Fond du Lac Soccer Association has a new online registration platform (Demosphere) and this video walks you through how to use this new fast and easy registration system.
Also, we have a PDF document that will walk you through each step should you need guidance.