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 Kindergarten - 8th grade in the 2013-2014 school year. Separate leagues are created for boys’ and girls’ soccer. Teams will play 7 - 9 games.
If you have questions regarding the soccer program please contact Seth at Rec & Ed, 734-994-2300, ext. 53225 or Sean at Rec&Ed, 734-994-2300, ext. 53214.
Spring 2014 Registration and Procedures Timeline
Practices and Games (back to top)
Each team will practice one or two evenings during the week, between 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm. 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 March 31st. No team, private or public, is to practice more than three hours a week during the soccer season.
Games begin the week of April 12th. Most games are scheduled on Saturdays, between 8 am and 8 pm 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.
Fees (back to top)
Priority Registration (register until February 14th at 5:00 p.m.)
Registrations must be postmarked February 13th or before to be honored for priority registration.
Standard Registration (register after February 14th at 5:00 p.m.)
You can register after February 18th, however players will only be assigned to teams with an unfilled roster.
Participants not residing within the Ann Arbor Public School District are considered non-resident and must pay the respective non-resident fee.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, and American Express credit cards. Please make all checks payable to Ann Arbor Public Schools or AAPS. Payments can be made in cash at the Rec & Ed office.
Fee waivers are available to residents of the Ann Arbor school district in need of financial assistance. A current approved scholarship must be on file for your child’s registration to be processed. Please apply at least two weeks prior to the registration period to avoid delays as scholarships applications take 5 – 7 days to process. For information click here or contact the Rec&Ed office at 734-994-2300.
For complete information on the Rec & Ed refund policy please visit: www.aaps.k12.mi.us/reced.catalog/refund_policies
Registration (back to top)
You can complete registration online at www.aareced.com until the end of the Standard registration period. If you do not have a Rec&Ed account, you will be guided to create your account as part of your registration procedure.
Download a registration form to mail-in or drop-off. Mail-in or drop-off your completed registration form to the Rec&Ed office at 1515 South Seventh. We have a drop-off box in the Rec&Ed office foyer available 24/7.
Registrations received during the Priority registration period
➢ qualify for early registration fees,
➢ are automatically assigned into teams,
➢ and are given equal priority.
Team assignments are completed according to a child’s respective school attendance area and the time his or her registration is received.
➢ All registration forms must be in the office by closing time to qualify for early registration fees.
➢ Registrations received by mail or in the drop box before 4:30 p.m. will be marked for February 14th. Fees for registration after February 14th change to standard rates.
➢ Changes also apply to on-line registration.
Registration with February 14th postmarks cannot be honored as priority registrations.
Standard Registration Deadline
All registrations received after the standard registration deadline will be held until teams are formed. Players will only be assigned to teams with an unfilled roster.
Every attempt will be made to place kids whose registration forms is received after the deadline; however, players are not guaranteed team placement.
Team Formation (back to top)
Team rosters are limited to the following number of players per team unless a team's coach requests more players for his or her team:
Kindergarten teams: 10 players
1st and 2nd grade teams: 12 players
3rd grade - 8th grade teams: 14 players
Players will be notified of their team assignment via phone from the head coach. Players who have not heard from a coach should contact Red & Ed office at 734-994-2300 ext. 53225.
Participants are assigned to school teams based on their public school attendance areas. Consult our registration timeline and procedures chart for detailed registration placement information.
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.
If more than ten players from the same grade and school register, participants may be assigned to teams with participants from different attendance areas. It is not rare for “combo” teams, or teams with participants from two or more different schools to be formed. If your child’s school has filled its primary team roster, a combo team will be formed. Players whose registrations are received during the priority registration period are place on the primary school team first.
If you have any special requests you would like us to consider, for example, to have your child assigned with a specific coach or teammate, you must fill out the Special Request question when registering online or on the registration form. We regret that we cannot guarantee special requests placed after the priority registration period.
You may indicate when you register if you want your child to "play up" a grade.
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 standards are satisfied and registration deadlines met. Registration must be open for all students that attend these schools. We require a minimum of seven players be registered for a team to be formed.
|Coaches (back to top)
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 the Adult Volunteer section of the registration form.
|Uniforms (back to top)
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.