Frequently Asked Questions

MEMBERSHIP & DUES

How do I know if Celtic Soccer is right for my player?

Celtic SC is looking for kids committed to becoming better players and who love the game. We offer multiple training sessions per week with professional coaches and trainers in various environments (indoor Futsal and outdoor). Birth years currently range from 2004-2014. Our technical director, Gary DePalma, will evaluate your child to provide feedback and determine if Celtic SC is a good fit.

 

How do I join Celtic SC?

  • Celtic Juniors:  Register online, all are accepted to sign-up.

  • U8 - U10 player:  All players regardless of ability are accepted up to a roster limit. If we reach our maximum roster, an assessment night will be held to make final roster decisions.

  • U11 and up:   New players must attend an assessment night before being added to the roster.

 

Please send an email indicating your interest to:

Owen Griffith

Celtic SC - Technical Director

coach.owen@celticssc.com

An appointment will be scheduled for your player to visit a training session for assessment.

When are sign ups?

Registration typically closes 2 weeks into each season but we are flexible. 

 

Does Celtic SC have boys and girls teams?

YES!  We mostly have boys teams but there are multiple girls that play within our boys teams.  We have started a girls program at the 2010/11age groups and plan to continue to build girls teams as needed.

 

How much does Celtic Soccer cost?

Payment is collected each season: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer. Seasonal (quarterly) dues are approximately $315. This includes on average 3 training sessions per week. A typical schedule for the Spring, Summer and Fall, includes indoor practice once per week. Winter is exclusively indoor. During most quarters there are over 40 training session opportunities, making Celtic SC an excellent value. Tournaments are not included in this price and are not mandatory for your child.

 

What are the approximate dates of the seasons?

Fall: First week of September - Thanksgiving
Winter: First week of December - end of February
Spring: First week of March - Memorial Day
Summer: Mid-June - Mid-August (this season is two months with reduced dues)

 

Do you offer sibling discounts?

We currently do not offer sibling discounts.


 

Can I pay a portion of dues since I won’t be able to participate for part of the session?

No, we are not able to prorate dues.

*There are exceptions for players who participate in school soccer or experience an injury.

 

Can I receive a refund for dues?

Refunds can be given while registration is open. Once registration closes dues cannot be prorated.

 

TRAINING

How often do you practice?

Training sessions per week vary by age group. Typically, we do three days of training during the weekdays.

 

Where are practices held?

We utilize various Centre Parks and Recreation fields throughout State College for outdoor practice. Indoor practice is held at elementary or middle school gymnasiums and C3 Sports (near the mall) year round.

 

Are players eligible to participate with Celtic SC if they play another sport?

Yes. We have many kids who participate in a variety of sports and we encourage kids to play other sports. We only ask that if you commit to an event or competition, that your commitment to your team is upheld.

 

What size ball do I need?

U8 and under = Size 3

U9-U12 = Size 4

U13 and up = Size 5

 

What size/brand of futsal ball?

  • U5 - U10 Players are required to bring a Mikasa SWL-317 F- Mini, which is a size 2 futsal ball.

  • U11 and up can use a can use a size 4, 5 or Senior. We recommend Nike, Senda or Select for brands.

  • Futsal ball sizes are not standardized, so some brands go with number sizes and others use Junior/Senior. All brands are a little different in circumference as well.

LEVEL OF PLAY & GAMES

Do all players play in their age group?

All players start in their age group and are continually assessed. If we believe a player is not being challenged at their current age group we will bump them after discussions with parents, the player, and coaches. 

 

Where do you play soccer matches?

In the US, there are currently two youth soccer entities, US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer.  USYS is the older organization and dictates that there can only be one club per community. USYS also has designated geographic areas / state associations that their leagues follow (PA West, PA East, etc).  We are not that club, which is why we can't participate in the local youth league, (Mountain District in PA West, against Penns Valley, Bellefonte, Phillipsburg, etc). 

 

Celtic is under the USCS umbrella, which has looser restrictions on clubs per community and has leagues that cross state lines. We get our club insurance through USCS and all of your kids are or will be registered through this entity

 

Our teams try to attend about 6 tournaments during our four seasons and compete against top clubs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. The amount of travel for competitive play varies by season and age group. 

Long term we plan on entering our older teams in the PA Regional Club League.

TOURNAMENTS

How are tournament rosters determined?

The Technical Director and coaches for each team determine the roster. Rosters are created through a sign-up and cap for number of players or by coach selection of players for more competitive events.

 

Do I have to use the tournament housing or can I stay with friends/family?

It’s acceptable to stay with friends/family. Those in need of a hotel should use designated tournament housing as required by the tournament.

 

UNIFORMS

 

How do I buy a uniform?

The Club will notify members when the uniform store is open. We typically open orders twice per year. In the interim, Celtic SC maintains extra kits that are available to borrow for tournaments and events.

 

 

SPONSORSHIP

My company may want to provide a sponsorship. Who do I contact?

Please contact our Director of Development, Rocco Rosamilia.  He would be happy to talk with you or any potential sponsor!