FAQ

We’ve been asked a lot of questions about our league and what we offer to teams. Here’s a short FAQ of times, locations, and costs.

What divisions do we offer?

The following are the days that we offer for each division in RATS.

Coed

Division Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays/Sundays
D1 Y
D2 Y Y Y Y Y Y
D3 Y Y Y Y Y Y
D4 Y
Over 30 D2 Y Y  Y Y
Over 30 D3 Y Y Y

Women’s

Division Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays Sundays
D1
D2 Y Y
D3 Y Y

Men’s

Division Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays Saturdays/Sundays
D1 Y
D2 Y Y
D3 Y Y

Where are the games held and what time do they usually start?

Weeknight games (Monday through Friday)
They can start as early as 6:30pm and as late as 9:15pm. Games can be held at:

  • North Seattle (e.g. Lower Woodland, Ingraham HS, Shoreline Park)
  • Central Seattle (e.g. Washington Park, Bobby Morris Playfield)
  • South Seattle (e.g. Genesee Playfield, Jefferson Park)
  • West Seattle (e.g. Hiawatha Playfield, Walt Huntley Playfield)
  • Bellevue/Redmond (e.g. Marymoor Park, Robinswood Park)

Depending on the season, due to field availability, they can be as far as Woodinville or SeaTac.

Weekend games (Saturday and Sunday)
Games can start as early as 9:00am and as late as 7:00pm. Games can be held at:

  • North Seattle (e.g. Lower Woodland, Interbay)
  • Central Seattle (e.g. Washington Park, Bobby Morris Playfield)
  • South Seattle (e.g. Genesee Playfield, Jefferson Park)
  • West Seattle (e.g. Hiawatha Playfield, Walt Huntley Playfield)
  • Bellevue/Redmond (e.g. Marymoor Park, Robinswood Park)

What are the typical costs?

A season is typically $1450 for a 10 game season or $1150 for an eight game season (only in the fall, due to field availability). Teams that play on Fridays (either two Fridays or all season) will get a discount (which is refunded after registration and scheduling is completed). Teams that register before the early registration deadline will receive a $50 discount.

When does the next season start? What are the registration windows?

Spring 2017
In Session: March 20 – June 18

Summer 2017
Registration: May 8 – June 5 (early bird discount period: May 8 –  May 28)
Season Session:  Monday, June 19 – Sunday, September 17

Fall 2017
Registration: August 7 –  September 4 (early bird discount period: August 7 – August 27)
Season Session:  Monday, September 18 –  Friday, December 15

Winter 2018
Registration: November 20 –  December 11 (early bird discount period: November 20 – December 11)
Season Session: Tuesday, January 2 – Sunday, March 18

Affiliation Survey Results

The table below displays the affiliation vote

Of the 106 teams that voted, Cascadia was the preferred affiliating organization.  However, the vote between affiliating and remaining an unaffiliated league was extremely close, with more teams preferring not to affiliate.  A majority of the teams voting for no affiliation indicated the casual nature of their team and the difficulty of maintaining an active roster of players and subs.   Those voting for affiliation listed referee quality amongst their top concern.

We don’t want the extra step of obtaining a player card to be the end of teams, nor do we want to go through the process of rebuilding a new referee pool, so we will work on making the transition from our non affiliated status to affiliated as smooth as possible.

Spring Skills Clinic Schedule

Skills clinics are held in various locations throughout Seattle. Unless noted the start time is 11:30am.

Location:

March 25 – Lower Woodland #7

April 1  – Lower Woodland #7

April 8  – Magnuson #6

April 15 – Lower Woodland #7

April 22 – Georgetown Playfield

April 29 – Lower Woodland #7

May 6 – Lower Woodland #7

May 13 – Georgetown Playfield

May 20 – Walt Hundley Playfield

May 27 – Lower Woodland #7

June 3 – Jefferson Playfield

June 10 – Lower Woodland #2

June 17 – TBD

 

Current Standings and Past Standings

We’re getting winter standings up and working into ways to post past seasons for your archival pleasure.  We apologize for lapses in Fall ’16, Summer ’16, Winter ’15, and Fall ’14, as they took a back seat to other pressing matters.  Those missing seasons will also be posted.

Winter Skills Clinic Schedule

Skills clinics are held in various locations throughout Seattle. Unless noted the start time is 11:30am.

Location:

January 7 – Lower Woodland #7

January 14 – Lower Woodland #7

January 21 – Magnuson #6

January 28 – Magnuson #6

February 4 – Lower Woodland #7

February 11 – Lower Woodland #7

February 18 – Lower Woodland #7

February 25 – Lower Woodland #7

March 4 – Lower Woodland #2

March 11 –  TBD

March 18 – Genesee Playfield (Lower)

Fall Skills Clinic

Skills clinics are held in various locations throughout Seattle. Unless noted the start time is 11:30am.

We are unable to book fields for the skills clinic from September – Mid November, because of the many youth sports in season.   The clinics are tentatively being held at Meadowbrook playfield. If a nearby turf field (Addams or Hale) is available, the clinic will be there.

In the meantime we are looking for alternative fields for October so please check our website for location updates.

Location:

September 24 – Bobby Morris (Cal Anderson)

October 1 – Meadowbrook Playfield

October 8 – Meadowbrook Playfield

October 15 – Meadowbrook Playfield

October 22 – Meadowbrook Playfield

October 29 – Meadowbrook Playfield

November 5 – Meadowbrook Playfield

November 12 – Meadowbrook Playfield

November 19 – Meadowbrook Playfield

November 26 – Lower Woodland #7

December 3 – Genesee Upper

December 10 – Georgetown Playfield

December 17 – Nathan Hale  High School

December 24 – (if interested)

December 31 – (if interested)

Summer Skills Clinic Schedule

Skills clinics are held in various locations throughout Seattle. Unless noted the start time is 11:30am.

Please check our website for location updates.

Location:

July 2 – Nathan Hale High School

July 9  – Lower Woodland #2

July 16  – Lower Woodland #2

July 23 – Lower Woodland #2

July 30 – Lower Woodland #2

August 6- Lower Woodland #7

August 13 – Lower Woodland #2

August 20 – Lower Woodland #2

August 27 – Jefferson Playfield

September 3 – Miller Playfield

September 10 – Bobby Morris Playfield/Cal Anderson

September 17 – TBD

 

Referees needed! Here’s how YOU can get started!

Do you love soccer? Want to earn some extra money? Are you maybe a tiny bit frustrated by the refs you see at adult rec games (hahahahaha)? Whatever your reason, we’d like to encourage you to learn the art of refereeing! (really, it is an art, as you all know when you see a good ref, right?)

Also, it would help us out, as WE NEED REFS! (Youth leagues need refs, too, so those of you with kids should encourage your kids to sign up to take the  classes with you). Refs will be especially needed in the fall, when both youth and adult leagues are going strong, so sign up NOW!

Here’s how:
1- Sign up for an intro clinic here  (at the drop-down box, select ‘entry level’)

2- Contact us (info@seattlerats.org) when you get your certification, and we will link you to tournaments and mentoring opportunities to get started. This is where RATS really stands apart from other leagues. We will actively mentor new referees as you learn how to sign up for games through the multiple referee associations, and offer you advice if you want it. We want more and better refs, and will help you become one!

3- Done! That’s it! We can’t promise that you’ll start refereeing adult games right away, but we’ll help you get to that point.

For realz. Just get your certification and then contact us.

Refereeing really is a great thing for those of us who love the game. Refereeing allows you to help others learn the sport, and it also helps you learn the sport better. (Quick! when is a free kick direct or indirect? If you were a ref, you’d know that.)

And for those of us who need ulterior motives, the pay is surprisingly good for a couple of hours work (different leagues pay different rates, so we won’t bother getting all specific, but once you get certified, we’ll help you figure that out, too!), plus you get to pick and choose your own hours. Not many jobs offer THAT, do they? Once you’ve got some confidence and experience in your pocket, you can referee in tournaments (where the big money is).

C’mon, you know you’ve been thinking about it… Put your whistle where your mouth is and sign up now!