Woodland Soccer Club


August 2018 Practice Times

Fall 2018 Practice Times

Practice Overview


Our club is part of the Western Division of SYSA and we share practice fields with Ballard, Queen Anne, Magnolia and Seattle United. The field allocation is based on available field times provided from Parks to SYSA, then SYSA to the individual clubs. Demand by our 5 western region clubs far outstrips the reasonable supply, making for a very tight situation. As coaches we all need to work together to use this limited resource in a way that is cordial and not stressful for coaches and kids. No question … this can be hard. We will make sure that we get a reasonable distribution of time for everyone but know that for many it will be a compromise from what they would choose if we had unlimited field space and time. Field Coordinators will survey coaches for their preferred, less preferred, and not-workable choices for practice fields and time and do their best to meet the needs of all teams.

Our objective is for all teams to have at least one time slot a week to practice. If a team is interested, a second time slot can be assigned once all club teams have been assigned a field.


Priority of field assignment is given to the following teams, in no particular order.

  • Your coach/parent has an assigned volunteer position with the club
  • The coach coaches 2 teams and needs fields together simultaneously or consecutively.
  • You coordinate with a team of your same age group to practice with to facilitate inter team practice and scrimmages during practice time. The benefit is huge in terms of carpooling, sharing ideas, interaction for the younger kids and facilitating future team consolidation (teams often consolidate to jump to the U11, U12 roster sizes).

August Practice - NO SIGNUP NEEDED

Practice space is available starting the first week of August. Check the August practice calendar for field availability. Fields are assigned by age group. No sign up required. Just show up and have fun. It is NOT "first come first served", so everyone needs to share field space and goal time. NOTE: Woodland Soccer Club has been assigned, for our sole use, the ENTIRE field for these times in August, but there may be other groups enjoying the park as they have all summer. Be kind … but assertive.

Fall Practice

Practices on assigned fields start the Tuesday after Labor Day.

Assume that you will have the assigned practice slot(s) listed. If there is a change, we will update the sheet and notify affected coaches. If your practice time absolutely will not work, please email us at field@woodlandsoccer.org. We will do our best to accommodate your requests for change.

Fields with No Lights: As we progress through the season, the daylight hours diminish. You may be able to extend practices earlier in the season, but then limit the time towards the end due to darkness. Starting October 1, unlit fields with two time slot assignments of one hour each will each be shortened to 45 minutes.

Equipment - Goals: Coaches sharing a time slot need to coordinate together for a shared amount of goal time. If three teams share a 1-hour time slot, then they each need to get 20 minutes of goal time. This is up to the coaches on the field to coordinate. On Lower Woodland 2 and 7 this may mean coordinating with teams from other clubs. We will try to make 3 goals available by using the sideline goals for LW 2. These goals are locked up before and after our practice field allocation - to use the goals, coaches can contact me for the key box code. They need to make sure that the next team using them puts them away when they are done.

Equipment - pop up goals: The club will loan (or reimburse the cost of) pop up goals to U6 -U9 teams to give them more flexibility in setting up practice areas and drills.


We did not get assigned field space on Labor Day, as Parks is providing open public access to the use of the field. If you choose to practice, please understand that our club does not have reserved access for your use, so you will need to share with others.

There are exceptions to some time slots that we received from SYSA, as shown in the Practice Schedule spreadsheet (please make a note of those that affect your team). When there is an exception, your team can come earlier or later (depending on the change) and share the field with the earlier or later clubs. Please be patient and help all coaches understand that more coordination will be needed on these dates. While teams will be arriving early and leaving late, make sure your team is on the field practicing promptly during their slot, and is respectful of other teams before and after.

Some field allocations end before the end of the season. If your team is still planning to practice email us at field@woodlandsoccer.org and we will assign or help you find another field.

Academy Training

Seattle United will provide training for U8, U9, and (if possible) U10 teams (including coaches). Teams will receive one training session per week for four weeks starting the week after Labor Day. This will serve as the weekly practice slots for these teams, who will continue to use same time slot after the training. Academy Training will be at BF Day Elementary School on Tuesday and Thursday.

Tournament Practice

We do not have allocated field time during the December tournament. SYSA does allocate some practice field times for teams participating in the tournament to be used during the tournament, but not before. We will publish those when they become available.