What is the difference between middle school and high school uniforms and where can I purchase them?
High school uniforms consist of navy and columbia blue Nike uniform tops (2) and navy and columbia blue skirts (2) along with navy blue Nike Elite socks. Middle school uniforms consist of Nike reversible pinnie, Nike navy shorts, and navy Nike Elite socks. These items may be purchased on the Bluegrass website under "Apparel".
How will I know what position my child will be playing, and how much playing time will she receive?
Players will likely be needed to play positions other than those that they might prefer or be used to playing on their high school teams. Often times, out of say 20 players going to a particular tournament, 3 or 4 might be "true" defenders, which obviously means others will have to fulfill those roles. It is very important to have experience playing all positions in order to increase lax IQ and become the most versatile player you can!
Therefore, it is certainly not a punishment if you are asked to play another position, it is just part of the growing process and helping the team!
Regarding playing time, all players will see at least a "moderate" level of playing time, but equal playing time certainly not guaranteed. Factors include position played (midfielders run more than anyone so need more subs), level of competition, and number of players on the team for that particular tourney.
Which color uniform should I wear and when should I be at the field for the games?
Technically, the first team listed on the schedule should be the home team and wear the lighter color, but sometimes it doesn't work out that way, so please always bring both jerseys to the field (wear whichever color you wish) and be ready to change. All players should bring both sets of uniforms (tops and skirts) to both games. and be ready to change. All players need to be at their field 30 minutes prior to the game UNLESS your game coach gives you different instructions.
If you send out the roster, does that mean it is set in stone?
No, rosters can be amended based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, other player dropping out, particular team needs, or coach observations throughout the summer. Typically, carpooling or logistics are not valid reasons for rostering considerations. You may certainly request it, but we will do what is best for the team(s) overall.
When are game schedules released for tournaments?
It depends on the tournament. Some will release the schedule months in advance, while others wait about two weeks beforehand. We will email the schedule as soon as it becomes available. Most of the time, tournament schedules and updates are on Tourney Machine, or Sinc Sports, and these apps can be downloaded to your cell phone.
What time do games typically start, and how many games should we plan on playing?
Most tournaments play games on Saturdays and Sundays only. Usually, there are 2-3 games on Saturday starting around 8 or 9 a.m., and then 1-2 games on Sunday starting at the same time, but there is no steadfast rule. Each tournament is different: some are only pool play: you'll play the 4 or 5 games you are scheduled and that's it. In other tournaments, however, you keep playing on Sunday until you lose.
Who will be coaching my child?
For most tournaments, 1 or 2 specific coaches will be assigned to each team in order to provide as much consistency as possible. All of our travel coaches are very experienced and will do a great job leading the team.
How will I know what college coaches will be at each tournament?
Usually coaches are listed on the particular tournament's website and players should definitely email the coach of any school they might be interested in so they will know to come watch.
Do I need to register for the tournament or sign a waiver outside of paying through the Bluegrass website?
Most every tournament will require an online waiver or registration to complete and that info will be sent to you.
If I pay the tournament fee and then cannot attend, do I get a refund?
Honestly, it depends on the situation. We rely on families to uphold their commitment when they sign up for a tournament, as it does impact everyone else but refunds will be handled on a case by case basis.