Little Kickers Fall 2016 FAQ

Welcome to the Fall 2016 Little Kickers program FAQ!

We're excited that you and your Little Kicker are thinking about joining us for a safe and fun fall soccer season. Below you'll find a list of Frequently Asked Questions that we're hoping will get you up to speed on our program:

  1. Who is the program for?
    NOPOSC Little Kickers is an introductory soccer program for children four (Pre-K) to six years (K) of age conducted by North Portland Soccer Club (NOPOSC). Participants are required to be age four by September 1, 2016.
  2. What if my child has never played soccer before?
    Our program is the perfect place to start. Many of the participants will be playing for the first time as well.
  3. How much does it cost?
  4. When is it?
    Sunday afternoons, a 1.5hr session held between 12-3pm, starting in late August / early September and ending in late October or early November.
  5. Where will my Little Kicker play?
    Roosevelt High School turf field.
  6. How many games and practices will there be?
    Seven games and practices for the fall session.
  7. How long will games and practices take?
    About an hour for games, and about 15-20 minutes for practices.
  8. Will there be practices?
    Yes, our Little Kickers program will hold practice immediately preceding each game for 15-20 minutes.
  9. What is the game format?
    3 vs 3, for two halves of twenty minutes each, on a 20 yard wide by 30 yard long field, with a size 3 soccer ball.
  10. How many Little Kickers are on each team?
    Six to seven Little Kickers will be on each team. We want to be certain each of them get an equal share of playing time.
  11. Can my child play on the same team as a friend?
    Yes, we'll do our best to place your child with their team, teammate, or coach preference. Just be sure to enter that info during registration. Other than coaches and the coach's children, team requests may be logistically impossible. If you child will only play if they are on the same team as X player or X coach (other than their parent/guardian), this may not be the ideal program for your player. We require a certain level of flexibility from our players and parents. See "How can I help my Little Kickers Team?" below.
  12. How do I register my child?
    Registration opens in early June and, when open, is available on our website here.
  13. What registration dates are important?
    If your child is new to NOPOSC, then you'll want to register as early as possible (before July 1st), as space in the LK program is limited. If your child is returning from the fall and you'd like to continue with the same team, you'll want to register by the safe date (July 1st) to save your roster spot.
  14. Once I register online and receive my email confirmation, do I need to do anything else?
    No, nothing additional is needed. Your assigned parent/coach volunteers will get in-touch with you in mid to late August.
  15. How do I know which team my Little Kicker is on?
    Once you register and our club registrar assigns your child to a team, you'll receive a Bonzi Team Invitation via email from North Portland Soccer Club. You should expect this email by late August or early September. Once you accept the email invitation you'll be able to communicate with your team and get important info like the team name and who the parent volunteers are.
  16. What should my Little Kicker wear?
    Your Little Kicker will need shorts and a shirt that allows them to be active, along with soccer cleats, shin guards, and socks. We also recommend a light sweatshirt without zippers or buttons just in case.
  17. Do I need to buy my Little Kicker a NOPOSC uniform?
    Nope, our program will provide a Little Kicker t-shirt as well as pinnies (colored pinafores) for your Little Kicker's team.
  18. What else should I bring along for my Little Kicker?
    We recommend a backpack or soccer bag, water bottle, light snack, and a rain jacket.
  19. What should I expect on the first day?
    We're hoping you'll arrive early to meet the other Little Kicker team members and parent volunteers at your team's designated area. Once everyone is ready, we'll play our first game.
  20. Do I need to check-in?
    No, but feel free to stop by our coordinators table on the east side of the field to say hello. We'll be happy to answer any questions you might have.
  21. Where should I meet my team on game day?
    You'll meet your Little Kicker team on their assigned mini-field at the TBD field location.
  22. What should I do if I can't find my team?
    Look for the coordinators table. One of our coordinators will help direct you.
  23. How can I help with my Little Kicker's team?
    We're glad you asked! Each Little Kicker team will need a minimum of two parent volunteers. One volunteer to actively help and direct the Little Kickers on-field, and another to help with substitutions off-field. We can also use help setting up/taking down all equipment before/after each game.
  24. What is expected of me as a parent/guardian of a Little Kicker?
    The Little Kickers program is entirely volunteer-run. North Portland Soccer Club only has capacity for 2 volunteers who dedicate their personal time to organize the program with registration and on-site logistics. WE DO NOT SUPPLY TEAM COACHES! We help facilitate learning for parents of Little Kickers to be the team coaches, assistant coaches and parent volunteers. If you are not able to assist in the functioning of your LK team please recognize other volunteer parent positions mentioned in the answer above will still need to be filled.
  25. How do I register as a parent volunteer?
    Coach/volunteer registration can be found here. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes.
  26. Will someone explain how to help with my Little Kicker's team?
    Yes, before the first game our coordinators will hold a parent volunteer Q&A meeting to answer all of your questions.
  27. What about the weather?
    Please plan to play rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, we'll send a cancellation notice via email or cancel as needed on-site.
  28. What is the refund policy?
    Full refunds are available before the player has attended a game or practice AND before the season has started. Partial refunds are available after the player has attended a game or practice OR after the season has started. For a refund or more info, please contact the NOPOSC registrars at or (503) 489-7040.
  29. Who is NOPOSC?
    North Portland Soccer Club (NOPOSC) is a non-profit, volunteer-run recreational youth soccer organization, and a member club of Portland Youth Soccer Association (PYSA). If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or want to learn more about our board please contact Joel Geisler, for info about current open board positions and/or volunteer opportunities.
  30. What are our Club boundaries?
    Our club boundaries encompass the PPS neighborhood schools of Astor, Beach, Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, James John, Ockley Green, Peninsula, Rosa Parks, Sitton, and Woodlawn.
  31. What if I have more questions?
    Just get in-touch with our Little Kickers coordinators. They can be reached at or (503) 489-7040.

Additional Info & Resources

PYSA Parent's Guide
PYSA Website