Beach FC/Norfolk Strikers Merger FAQ:
updated January 24, 2017
Will Norfolk teams be able to stay together? Yes, Norfolk Recreation and Advanced teams will be able to stay together if they want to. All Recreational program players have the ability to choose if they’d like to remain on the same team when registering and we make every effort to honor those requests. Norfolk Travel players are committed to their team for the seasonal-year which runs through the end of the spring season.
What will our name be? Recreation, Advanced, and Academy will be Beach FC teams beginning in the spring of ’17. Travel (annual program) will stay as Norfolk Strikers until the spring season finishes and beginning in the fall of ’17 will become Beach FC teams.
Can Norfolk Players Register for Virginia Beach Programs and vice versa? Yes, but if you choose to register for programs offered outside of your city of residence (Recreational/Advanced/Junior Academy) please note that practices and games will be held in that particular city in which you registered.
How do we register? Registration is open now at www.beachfc.com. Select the desired program and follow the registration instructions on the website.
Where will we play? You will play at the same locations that you do now. It is our full intent to keep residents in Norfolk playing regularly in Norfolk. We have been working closely with the City of Norfolk to make sure this is a priority. Due to the proximity of recreation game fields, there may also be opportunities to cross-schedule Norfolk and Virginia Beach games for an overall positive qualitative experience and if that is the case, we would utilize fields in both municipalities (but this would just be for games - all training will take place in Norfolk).
How much will it cost? Rec, advanced, and academy will cost virtually the same as you are used to paying. Those programs were already being run very similarly. Since we are not integrating Travel soccer in the spring of ’17 we will use the spring to structure how it will look leading into tryouts in May. Please note that Beach FC Travel uses an all-inclusive fee which covers all club fees, league fees, tournament fees, coach’s fees, player pass fees, etc. Most other local clubs break their fees up into club fees and team fees and therefore we encourage you to do your homework to see what is wrapped into other fee structures and what would have to be paid externally after accepting your spot on a team. We know that you will find that Beach FC has very competitive rates when an “apples to apples” comparison is completed.
What uniforms will we wear? Recreation and Academy will wear a Beach FC t-shirt that is included in their registration fees. Advanced will continue to wear Strikers uniforms through the spring so they don’t have to buy new uniforms for one season. Advanced and Travel players will transition to the new Beach FC uniform in the fall of ’17.
Who will the coaches be? We plan on utilizing all of the coaches that currently work with the Strikers while also looking to expand the coaching pool in Norfolk. Individuals familiar with the Strikers organization will work closely with Beach FC during the transition. Our goal is to continue the progress that has already been made in Norfolk and improve some of the administrative challenges while also elevating standards across all programs.
Will Beach FC make drastic changes? As a condition of the merger, Norfolk club leadership will have representation in matters pertaining to future Norfolk programs. Part of the due diligence was to make sure that both clubs are willing and able to foster quality growth in Norfolk.
To learn more about Beach FC we invite you to visit the website at www.beachfc.com.
- Letter to Norfolk Strikers Parents - sent 1/23/2017
Dear Soccer Families:
After 6 months of meaningful due diligence, many discussions and meetings, and given the current state of the Strikers’ administrative organization, the Striker’s Board recently voted to reorganize and merge with Beach FC of Virginia Beach. This opportunity allows us to benefit from the management of a solid, well-organized club and to provide quality club soccer in Norfolk into the future.
One of the great concerns the Strikers’ Board had during this process was it did not want Norfolk soccer to leave Norfolk and this was an important aspect of our discussions with the leadership at Beach FC. Rest assured, everyone involved is committed to ensuring that Norfolk soccer will not suffer from this merger, but instead flourish with the administrative support and exceptional coaching and organization that a combined club will provide to our Striker families.
Some programs will be supported administratively by Beach FC effective immediately, with others to be transitioned in at the end of the spring season.
Recreation, Advanced, Academy: Beginning with the spring 2017 season, registration for the Strikers’ Recreation, Academy and Advanced programs will be transitioned to Beach FC. Registration is open now so you can sign up and begin making preparations for your spring soccer season. Beach FC uses the same Blue Sombrero registration process that the Strikers has used over the course of the past year, and therefore the transition should be fairly seamless. You will need to create an account in the Beach FC system for the spring season, but then moving forward your registration information will be saved.
- Select the "REGISTER" button in the top right hand corner of the landing page
- Create an account (using adult information)
- Add the player(s) as a participant(s)
- From the list of available registration options, choose the desired “NORFOLK” program.
Travel: The Strikers’ travel program will be unaffected in the spring of 2017 and travel players will continue to play with the same team and be coached by the same coach. The details of travel squad tryouts for next year will be communicated as we continue to work out the details of the merger and how it will affect the travel teams. It is important to note that the organization is committed to keeping practices and games in Norfolk, including continuing to utilize Norfolk Collegiate and play home games at Lake Taylor.
We are aware this merger will inevitability trigger many questions from parents and players. Working together with Beach FC, we have compiled a preliminary list of questions and answers and posted them on the Beach FC website at www.beachfc.com/norfolk. Questions not addressed in the FAQ document can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and if relevant to the general soccer community they may be added to the FAQ list. If necessary, we will hold a community meeting in the near future in order to have an open dialogue on the matter.
As we move forward in this new adventure together, the Strikers organization is excited that Beach FC will continue to develop quality programs in Norfolk so our children can thrive in their love of the game of soccer. For further information please visit www.beachfc.com/norfolk or contact us at email@example.com.
Dave Dearborn, Chairman of the Board, Norfolk Strikers
David B. Holt, Board Member, Norfolk Strikers
Steve Danbusky, Executive Director, Beach FC