Program Fee Policies
Since the inception of Addison United, our philosophy has been to keep the cost to our players and parents at a minimum. This belief continues. We are proud that the costs to our members are significantly lower than all of our peer clubs, while still being able to offer a top quality experience.
The registration fees cover the cost of fields and maintenance, coaching staff, equipment (such as nets, balls, paint for the fields, flags, goals), Vermont Soccer Association fees, insurance, tournament registrations, and much more.
Addison United Soccer Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization
Payment Process, Policies & FAQ
The success of our teams is dependent on our players, their families, and their commitment to the program. We expect that all players and parents will complete all required paperwork in a timely fashion, attend team meetings, pay all fees promptly, and attend all league games and tournaments.
Based on lessons from 2020 and suggestions from our members, we’ve switched to a monthly payment system for our travel and elite teams.
In certain circumstances refunds are appropriate. Requests for refunds will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- All registrations are waitlisted until team notifications are made in early November. Once removed from the waitlist a $50 non-refundable registration fee per player is due, this covers VSA fees, GotSoccer fees, and administrative fees. Automatic monthly payments will begin the following month and continue based on the schedule laid out in the program payment terms for the various teams.
- Credit Card processing fees are applied to all online payments.
*** Space is limited due to team roster maximums.
Payment Policies – Payment policies will be strictly enforced. Families can check their balance through GotSport.
Once moved from the Waitlist to an active team, $50 non-refundable registration fee is applied to cover administrative costs (fee is included in total cost of registration). All payments are non-refundable once teams are rostered and after the first Club activity (training/practice, game, or tournament) is played because we have committed costs for each player: roster space, coaching time, and field rental/equipment. Automatic monthly payments will begin the following month and continue based on the schedule laid out in the program payment terms for the various teams. Player accounts must be kept current. If you would like to alter the payment schedule, please get in touch.
Payment Processes – Players may pay online through GotSport.com. Player’s balances can be accessed directly from their GotSport accounts. Fees are paid by automatic monthly installment payments as laid out in the payment information for each team. GotSport is the primary way of accepting payments. Families may also pay by check.
Please send all checks to the AUSC mailing address – PO Box 181, Bristol, VT 05443.
Unpaid Fees – Players with fees that are past due (+15 days) and have not requested a scholarship by the due date will be placed in bad standing until their financial obligation has been resolved. A player in bad standing will not be rostered, issued a player pass, or participate in practices and/or games. We ask families to communicate directly with us promptly to work out any financial issues. We do not want to be put in a position to not allow a player to play.
Medical Release/Proof of Insurance: Paperwork must be completed by March 1st (U12-19) & April 1st (U8-10) to be eligible to play the 2021 spring season.
We do NOT send out mailed statements. Payments are charged automatically. Your player’s account information can be accessed at GotSport.com.
A scholarship program is available for families requiring financial assistance.
Contact for payment questions: email@example.com
Dual – Sports Participation Policy – Student/Athletes tend to be active and engaging individuals. Personal preferences are often hard to make since interests vary. Parental and peer pressure can lead to anxiety about choosing the best activity and performing at the best level for the athlete. This can lead to scheduling difficulties, arguments, and below-average performance in activities that should be fun and stress releasing. With that in mind, we would like to provide an easy way for athletes to set priorities and still participate in as many activities as are healthy and fun.
If you are a parent and your student/athlete wants to participate in two or more activities that may have conflicting schedules, discuss the concept of setting priorities and how splitting time and energy between two events can adversely affect their performance in each. Once the priority is set, then discuss the decision with the coaches of each team and discuss whether it is the best interest of the team to have a part-time participant on the team. If everyone agrees, the coach should set expectations about practice time, game time, and set goals for the activity that is reasonable based upon the level of participation.
It is the policy of the AUSC that athletes who want to participate in AUSC activities, (practices, games, tournaments), do so with the expectation that they will do so with the mission and philosophy of the club as stated at addisonunitedvt.com.
It’s important to note what is NOT COVERED in the fee structure.
- Late fees.
- Team Uniforms for Travel Teams.
- Spirit gear or team apparel.
- Lodging, meals, and/or other expenses for travel of players, parents, and family members.
- Fall League and Indoor Soccer Leagues
- Any additional tournaments, academies, or camps as well as other special training programs not specified in the package description.
Did you know…
- Addison United Soccer Club is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Your donation is tax-deductible!
- Your registration fees cover equipment costs, Vermont Soccer Association fees, Insurance, Referees, Field Rental and Maintenance, Coaching Staff, and much more. These expenses add up to more than $100,000 per year!
- The Board Members use their time to help make our Club strong and sustainable. If you are interested in joining the Board, please let us know. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.
- We have numerous Sponsorship opportunities to help keep AUSC affordable to families in our community. Please contact us if you or your business wish to support AUSC. (Sponsorships are tax-deductible.)
- Many players do not have the resources to pay the registration fee for club soccer. AUSC offers scholarships to those who qualify. We feel every player should have the opportunity to participate, regardless of financial means. You can make a tax-deductible donation to our scholarship fund!
- AUSC has a robust coach development program, to help make the best coaches in the area even better.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What about Futsal?
Futsal Session 3 is included in the U14 & U16 player programs.
We sponsor teams for all ages for Sessions 1 & 2, and for U10, U12 & U19 ages in Session 3 depending on interest, at a cost of $85/player.
How do I register a player with AUSC?
You can register through our website on each individual Program page.
What age group should I sign my player up for?
When you sign up for a program the system will determine the appropriate payment plan for your player. The coaching staff will determine the appropriate team placement for your player.
What if my player wants to play up an age group?
Get in touch, we’re always open to talk. firstname.lastname@example.org.
We generally encourage players to play with their own age group. There are exceptions and the coaching staff will communicate directly if they believe a player would benefit by playing up, whether full or part time.
What if cost is a barrier?
Addison United soccer club believes all players should have the option of playing club soccer. Please get in touch with our Director of Coaching email@example.com.
A scholarship application can be found at Scholarships.
Are there tryouts for Addison United Soccer Club?
Every year, the number of teams depends on the number of players registered. Every attempt is made to accommodate as many players into the program as possible. However, sometimes the maximum number of players allowed per team creates a situation where not all players can be accommodated.
The Club makes its best effort to accommodate all players, but if we don’t have space, we will work with our player to help them find the best fit alternative in the hope that we can help them keep playing.
The Addison United Soccer Club schedule is meant to have games at our level and games above our standard. It is important to keep this in perspective and focus on the development of your child and the team. It is important that our Club is not only put into tournaments and leagues in which they can win but that they are challenged with tougher experiences as well. The challenge of more difficult opponents should be welcomed and encouraged. Part of this encouragement as parents understands that the team may not always win every game, and sometimes watching the players and team improve is just as, if not more important.
Players are assessed on an ongoing basis. The Director of Coaching works with the Coaching Staff to place players with the team they feel is the best fit for the player to achieve their goals.
Where are practices and games?
Because Addison United draws most of its players from Addison County, we make every attempt to hold practices and home games at a central field location in Addison County. Away games are determined by the Vermont Soccer Association schedule, which is released mid-April before the season. These games, excluding tournaments, are mainly located in Central and Northern Vermont locations.
Addison County Soccer League U6, U8 & U10 team practices will be local to the player’s location in Vergennes, Bristol (5 Towns), and Middlebury whenever possible. Game travel outside Addison County will be minimal.
I missed the registration. Can I still sign my player up?
Depending on our rosters, there may be an opening. Please e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to see if one is available. Late fees may apply.
Finally, Addison United Soccer Club is a non-profit organization. An important component of our yearly budget consists of fundraising efforts and sponsorships. We are keenly aware that participation in club soccer puts an added strain on a family’s budget, but ask that you consider assisting in fundraising efforts at any level at which you are comfortable, or ask your employer to sponsor our Club.
If you have any financial concerns or meet with financial challenges, please contact us immediately (email@example.com). It is your responsibility to contact us to discuss your account and make alternative payment arrangements to avoid the discontinuance of your child’s soccer experience.