FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

This page answers some of our most frequently asked questions. Please review these before writing the info@pinkturfsoccer.com with a question.

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– How can I register?
– What happens after I send in the registration form?
– How do I know if you received my registration?
– The Leagues is full. How do I get on to the waitlist?
– How does Pink Turf make sure to form fair and equal teams?

Volunteering
– What help does PTSL need (and what do the jobs require)?
– Are volunteers in PTSL paid?

Special Requests
– Can I make a Special Request (e.g. to play with a friend)?

Vacations and Other Absences
– We are planning to take an extended vacation this coming summer. Should I still register?
– Depending on the schedules, we may have a conflict with other sports/activities. Should we still register?

During the Season
– How do I know if a game is cancelled due to bad weather?

After the Season
– When is the annual banquet?

 

REGISTRATION

Q. How can I register?

Pink Turf registration is done online. Please visit our registration page for more information.

Players who are registered before our registration deadline will be offered a spot on a team (subject to availability). At that time, the number of teams will be fixed, and players registering after that date will only be assigned to teams if there are open spots remaining on those teams. No new teams will be added to accommodate late registrations.

Q. What happens after I submit the registration form?

Once we receive most of the registrations, we determine how many players there will be on each team, and ensure that there are enough team representatives. In March, all the Team Representatives will meet to form randomized teams. The resulting team lists are provided to the Team Representative, who will contact their teammates to advise them which team they have been placed on. The pre-season schedules will also be posted on our website at this time.

If you are placed on a waiting list, you will not be on any of the team lists and will be advised that you have been put on a waiting list. Players are placed on the waiting list in the order that they are received and if/when there is a spot available you will be contacted.

Q. How do I know if you received my registration?

Confirmation emails will be sent to each player confirming their spot in the league. As well, during the first week of April, all players will receive an email from a Team Representative confirming the team colour that you have been placed on.

If you have not received an email from a team representative by this time, please check your junk mail as emails from unknown contacts may end up there. However, if you have checked your junk mail, it would be best to follow up with an email to the Treasurer/ RegistrationCoordinator to ensure that your registration has been received. In most cases, it is quite probable that our league may have reached capacity, and that you have been placed on a waitlist, at which point you will be notified.

Q. The Leagues is full. How do I get on to the waitlist?

To get on to a waitlist, complete the online registration. If a spot opens up, we will notify you.

If a spot becomes available, and you will be contacted via email/telephone. If you fail to respond to this request within a timely matter (i.e. 7 days), it will be deemed that you are no longer interested in joining the league and will be removed from the list, and the next player on the waitlist will then be approached.

If you are on the waitlist and would like to be removed, please contact the Registrar at join@pinkturfsoccer.com and your deposit will be refunded.

Q. How does Pink Turf make sure to form fair and equal teams?

PTSL strives very hard every year to create a league that is open and fun for all members of all skill levels. This can be challenging given the varying degrees of skill and that members are allowed to join the league with one other person. We rely on members to self-rate their skill level as accurately as possible to evenly distribute players by preferred position and skill level across all teams. For more information please read our Team Formation page.


VOLUNTEERING

Q. What help does PTSL need (and what do the jobs require)?

We primarily need Team Representatives. The requirements and responsibilities for this positions are as follows:

The Team Representative organizes and directs the team in games.  Some soccer knowledge and experience is a bonus but it is not mandatory. To be effective, the Team Representative must be well organized, committed, willing to follow PTSL policies and be able to communicate effectively with players. They must also act as a communication link between PTSL and the players and addresses any issues.

A Team Representative needs to be organized and be a good communicator. A Team Representative needs to be able to deal with issues and the people who are involved and/or report them to the Collective. To do the job properly, a Team Representative needs to understand PTSL policies (especially those on Aggression and Attendance and to ensure that they are followed). If your skills and interests do not fit this role, but you are willing to help in some other way, feel free to contact us (or mark the appropriate volunteer box on the registration form).

Please visit our volunteer opportunities page for more information.

Q. Are volunteers in PTSL paid?

Pink Turf’s volunteers do not receive payment of any kind and every member in the league pays full registration fees. Pink Turf offers a celebration once or twice per season to thank its volunteers through a potluck barbecue or a gathering at a local pub. Minimal or no expenses are covered for this event. Occasionally PTSL may offer reduced ticket prices to social events to its volunteers if the budget permits.

SPECIAL REQUESTS

Q. Can I make a Special Request (e.g. to join a team with more than one friend)?

For a recreational league with varying skill levels, one of our primary objectives is to develop balanced teams. Special requests can severely complicate this process and they can also result in some teams being “stacked”.

Players can make new friends on the team and carpooling can often be arranged with other players on the team.. PTSL does accept special requests at the time of Registration, however we have adopted a firm policy that players are only able to sign up with one other player only (pairs only). Players will not be allowed to sign up with two, three, four or more players under any circumstances. If you would like to sign up with a group of friends, it is suggested that you consider playing in other leagues that accept teams.

VACATIONS AND OTHER ABSENCES

Q. We are planning to take an extended vacation this coming summer. Should I still register?

PTSL requires a player to attend 51% of regular season games during the summer season in order to play in the playoffs. If a player misses more than 51% of games and does not abide by the attendance policy, the player will not be able to play in the playoffs and may be removed from the team. There are two main reasons for this. First of all, it is unfair to the Team Representative and the other players on the team to have someone away for such a large part of the season. Second, there may be players on the waiting list who are available but aren’t getting the chance to play. Thus, we ask that you not register if you will be away for an extended period.

Q. Depending on the schedules, we may have a conflict with other sports/activities. Should we still register? 

As in the previous point, you are making a commitment to be at games and/or practices on a consistent basis. If you cannot meet this commitment, it is unfair to the Team Representative and the other players. We provide you with a tentative schedule to assist you in your planning. The tentative schedule generally becomes the final schedule, however changes to these schedules may be necessary once the permits from the City of Toronto are received. (Please see our registration page for more details on refund policy).

DURING THE SEASON

Q. How do I know if a game is cancelled due to bad weather?
Soccer is a game that is played in the rain. It is the referee’s decision to cancel a game. This decision is made at the field at the game start time and may be made for the safety of players or for the longevity of our field.

You will be notified if fields have been closed and/or games cancelled due to bad weather as soon as it possible for us to do so. This doesn’t happen very often and it is usually because of continuous rain for a day or more. If a notification is provided, it will be via email by the League and/or via your team representative. For this reason, it is important that you save the league email address (info@pinkturfsoccer.com) as a contact, so that your email provider doesn’t send our emails into your “Junk” folder. As well, it is a good idea to save your Team Representatives contact information to get in touch with them if you are unsure if the game will be cancelled.
In the absence of a field closing notification, Team Representatives and their teams must show up at the field.

If a game is scheduled, the referee shall have the sole authority to cancel the game due to weather. If a team does not show up to the field (in the expectation that the game will be cancelled), they may forfeit the game. If the referee does not show up within 15 minutes of the start of the game, the Team Representative may make the decision to cancel or proceed with the game based on the applicable League policies.

If a practice is scheduled, the coach(es) must use their best judgment in determining if they should continue or cancel the session. Team Reps should use the League policy on cancellations due to weather in order to make their decision.

AFTER THE SEASON

Q. When/Where is the annual banquet/party?
The Social Committee will be working together with the Social Events Coordinator throughout the summer months to find a venue to hold our annual banquet/party. Members will be advised of the details and particulars of the event as soon as a location is booked (hopefully before the end of the regular season). In terms of the cost of the banquet to players, it is determined based on annual budget and other factors. Factors such as the cost of the venue, food, and any other unforeseen costs incurred throughout the season and/or for the banquet, will determine the cost to players/guests.