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    Soccer - Spring 2024

     

     

    Registration is now closed.
     
    Spring Soccer 2024 News 
     
    This spring, parents have two options for registering their child(ren) for soccer. 
    • First, our traditional leagues have been renamed "Girls-Open" and "Boys-Open." These leagues aim to retain some gender-specificity while being open to all.
    • Second, again this spring, Rec & Ed is running a Sunday Co-Ed League. This league is for children seeking a soccer team experience with no specific gender affiliation. Teams will be formed into grade groups (Y5-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th graders), with a minimum of 40 participants per grade group. Teams will practice once/week, with all games scheduled on Sundays at 12:00 noon or later. Practice time and location will be set by the coach
     
     
    Statement of Inclusion for Rec & Ed Youth Sports 
    Rec & Ed is committed to providing safe and inclusive recreational sports opportunities to all young people, regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, national origin, ability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Youth may register using a variety of gender terms, including “non-binary,” and are welcome to select whichever sports and leagues they prefer.
     
    We welcome young people who identify as non-binary or gender-fluid to play on Rec & Ed teams! Parents, feel free to contact Seth Dodson (dodsons@a2schools.org) to ensure we have correct pronouns for their children and to discuss any other ways we can provide children with a welcoming environment. 
     
     
    About the Youth Soccer League Program
     
    Kids develop their social and mental skills, physical strength, and character while learning how to play soccer. Teamwork and active participation are key components. Every child plays as there are no tryouts or cuts. Spring Soccer is open to children who are in Y5 - 8th grade in the 2023-2024 school year. The season will run for 6-7 weeks with practices starting the week of April 8th and games the weekend of April 20/21. Games are played on Saturday/Sunday only. The games will run no later than June 8/9.
     
    We will provide a safe outdoor recreational environment where students are able to see their friends, meet new friends and learn soccer from volunteers in our community. Our most important goal this spring is that we want the kids to have fun and be active safely.
     
    Young 5's/Kindergarten Open - 10 players per team. 
    1st Grade Open teams - 10 players per team. 
    2nd grade/MS Grade Open teams: 12 players per team. 
     
    Youth may register using a variety of gender terms, including "non-binary," and are welcome to select whichever sports and leagues they prefer. 
     
     
    Team placement is determined by the team sports staff. Our goal is to place students in their school or school area.

    We are not able to honor special requests this season. Our goal is to place students in either their school or school area during team formation..


    Practices and Games
    Each team will practice one evening during the week, between 5:00PM and 7:00PM. Usually practices are held at one of the Ann Arbor district’s elementary schools or a neighborhood park. Practice locations are selected by the Head Coach.
     
    Practices begin the week of April 8th. No team, private or public, is to practice more than one hour per week.
     
    The games begin the weekend of April 20th. Most games are scheduled on Saturdays, between 8AM and 8PM, at area parks or schools. A limited number of games may be played on Sunday afternoons. You will receive a schedule of games and locations from your head coach. For the co-ed league, all games are 12pm or later on Sunday.

    Fees
    Registration (Until Monday, March 11th at 5:00pm)
    Resident $132
    Non-resident $142
    Participants not residing within the Ann Arbor Public School District are considered non-residents and must pay the respective non-resident fee.

    Registration for soccer will run from February 19th through March 11th at 5:00pm. There is no late registration.

     
    Payment
    We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. Please make all checks payable to Ann Arbor Public Schools or AAPS. Please call the front desk at 734-994-2300 if you can't register online.
     
    Scholarships
    For information click here or contact the Rec & Ed office at 734-994-2300.
     
    Refund Policy
    For complete information on the Rec & Ed refund policy, click here.

    Registration

    You can complete registration online here  until the end of the registration period.

    If you are unable to register online, please call the front desk at 994-2300 ext 0. The front desk is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 4:30pm

     

    Team Formation

    Young 5's/Kindergarten Open- 10 players per team.
    1st Grade Open teams- 10 players per team. 
    2nd grade/MS grade Open teams: 12 players per team.

    With the soccer league changes, from "Girls" and "Boys" to "Girls-Open" and "Boys-Open," we aim to retain some gender-specificity while being open to all, on any team. Youth may register using a variety of gender terms, including "non-binary," and are welcome to select whichever sports and leagues they prefer. 

    Rec & Ed is again running a Sunday Co-Ed League. This league is for children seeking soccer team experience with no specific gender affiliation. Teams will be formed into grade groups (Y5-1st, 2nd-3rd, and 4th-5th graders), with a minimum of 40 participants per grade group. Teams will practice once/week, with all games scheduled on Sundays at 12:00 noon or later. Practice time and location will be set by the coach. 
     
    Players will be notified of their team assignment via email or phone from the head coach. Players who have not heard from a coach should contact either Theda at joffet@a2schools.org or Willie at pickvet@a2schools.org via email.

    Participants are assigned to school teams based on their public school attendance areas. Rec & Ed has full control of which students will be placed on teams.

    If two teams are formed for the same grade from the same school, coaches and Rec & Ed staff will assign players to teams in accordance with departmental guidelines to ensure equally-balanced teams.  
       
    Charter, Parochial, Private, and Out-of-District Public Schools  
    Charter, parochial, private, and out-of-district public school teams can be formed if all grade requirements are satisfied and registration deadlines met. Registration must be open for all students that attend these schools.  We require a minimum of seven players to be registered for a team to be formed. 

    Coaches
    Teams are coached and assisted by volunteers, many of whom are parents. Coaches and team parents are always needed!  If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the volunteer question when registering online or in the Adult Volunteer section of the registration form.

    Uniforms
    Participants receive a team t-shirt which must be worn at all games. Players must wear shinguards under their socks. Shorts, athletic shoes, and socks are standard team uniforms. Indicate your child’s t-shirt size when you register. During games and practices, all jewelry, such as rings, watches, bracelets (including friendship), earrings of any kind (including starters), chains or necklaces are illegal. Any player who fails to remove his or her jewelry may not participate until it is removed.
     
     QuestionsPlease contact: Willie at pickvetw@a2schools.org