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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Common questions about BSC Academy

Email us if you've got questions that are not answered below and we'll do our best to answer.

  • My son/daughter would like to tryout, how does that work?


    We offer tryouts throughout the year. If you’re interested in joining BSC Academy please send us an email to info@burlingtonscacademy.com with your contact information and a few details about your child. The information required is:

    Player name
    Age
    Position played
    Previous experience - previous team
    Fitness level

    Once we have had a chance to review your details one of our management team will be in touch to set up a time for you and your child to meet the coach, the team, and attend a practice session. This response will not exceed 24 hours. Each player is invited to attend three practices with their respective teams and will be assessed by our coaches and provided with a thorough review of their skills, strengths, and areas for development. At that point players invited to join the academy will be placed on one of our competitive teams or as a development player.


  • When does the training program start and where does training take place?


    Days and times vary for different age groups/teams and during indoor and outdoor seasons.

    May – October (outdoor season) - during the outdoor season all training sessions take place in Burlington.
    locations for training May - Sept
    Palmer Park (Pearson High School, Burlington) - Mondays/Fridays
    Iroquois Park (Longmoor Drive, Burlington) Wednesdays

    Location for training in Oct:
    Norton Community Park (Tim Debbie Dr., Burlington)– Mondays/Fridays
    City View Park (Kern Road and Dundas, Burlington) – Wednesdays

    Occasional locations: Robert Bateman High School, Maple Park (Maple Avenue, Burlington), City View Park, Norton Community Park

    November - April (indoor season) - during the indoor season all training sessions take place in Burlington, Ancaster, and Hamilton.

    Burlington locations:
    Norton Community Center
    Haber Recreation Center
    Alexander Public School (Sutton Drive, Burlington)
    John William Boich Public School (Sutton Drive, Burlington)

    Hamilton locations:
    Hamilton Sports Complex (Stone Church Road E, Hamilton)

    Boys U8/U9- Monday/Friday
    Boys U10/U11/12 - Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    Boys U11/U12 Development - Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    Boys U13/14 Development - Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    Boys U13/U14 - Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    Boys U15/U16 - Monday/Wednesday/Friday
    Girls U12/U13- Monday/Wednesday/Friday


  • When does the summer season start?


    The outdoor season starts at the beginning of April and runs until the end of October.


  • When does the fall/winter season start?


    The Fall/Winter season starts at the beginning of November and runs until the end of March.


  • What happens after I register, what equipment do I need?


    • Two sets of uniforms one for training sessions and one for games, these are purchased separately from the academy fees.
    • Training - all players are required to wear black training shirt, black shorts and socks.  
    • Games - all players are required to wear the official BSC Academy game strip with a crested orange shirt, white shorts and socks.  

    Please note that as per the policy and procedures, failure to wear your proper uniforms will lead to training and game suspensions.

    There is additional BSC Academy club wear for both players and supporters through our uniform supplier Inaria.

    • Shin guards covered with socks: All players must wear shin guards, covered with socks in order to be permitted on the pitch for any BSC Academy directed programs.
    • Indoor Shoes: these are required for the fall/winter indoor season.
    • Cleats: Soccer cleats are required for all players at all BSC Academy field events, including tryouts.
    • All accessories such as jewelry, watches and glasses must be removed for all BSC Academy practices and games.
    • Sport glasses are permitted provided they are secured to the head with a strap. Any earrings that cannot be removed must be taped.
    Bottle of water and kit bag

    What to bring to the game day check list:
    • Complete game uniform: orange crested BSC Academy shirt, white shorts, white socks
    • Shin guards
    • Cleats or indoor shoes
    • Plenty of water, regardless of the weather/indoor or outdoor play
    • Sunscreen and insect repellent when playing outdoors


  • What happens if the weather turns bad before a game (outdoor)?


    All soccer games are played in the rain. If it is raining please proceed to your game. Only Referees (for U7+) or field conveners can make a decision to cancel games at the field at game time. If fields are closed by the town or local authority, BSC Academy will notify coaches and publish updates on TeamSnap.


  • How can I communicate with the coaches and other parents as well as finding out about my team’s schedule?


    BSC Academy uses an app called TeamSnap where all of our teams are registered.

    Once you have signed up for a team, you will be invited to join their TeamSnap group. The majority of our families also pay their fees through the TeamSnap app which is fully automated and completely secure.

    It is on TeamSnap that you will find all the information you need, including:
    Schedules - the full calendar is supplied including training and games, with the ability to confirm availability, link to a map, and leave a note
    Maps - TeamSnap will link to your smart phone’s map app
    Roster - with contact details for all players, parents, coaches, and management
    Messages - this includes team chat, emails, messages, and news
    Photos - you can post photos that you took of games and team building to share with your teammates


  • What is the Academy community like?


    We have great kids, great parents, great families. We enjoy each other’s company and everyone is made to feel welcome. We pride ourselves on teaching good sportsmanship to our players and that also filters down to the parents at the side of the field.

    We encourage our older players to explore opportunities to work towards coaching and reffing qualifications that can lead to paid jobs as well as a wealth of volunteer opportunities for the necessary high school requirement.

    We also enjoy working with the players off the field and bringing them together at team building activities such as escape room challenges and days out. Bringing the entire academy together to join in the festivities of the Santa Claus Parade is a highlight of our year.

    Come out and visit our family, we’d be happy to welcome you.


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