UPS Soccer DETAILS
Recreational soccer emphasizes fun and improvement over winning. Kids get equal playing time, and for divisions where there are positions, players are encouraged to rotate among all positions including goalie. We participate in a small-sided games league where games are manipulated (adding/subtracting players, etc) to ensure competitive games. We focus on fair play and good team citizenship.
We offer co-ed teams for prek-8th grade players. Divisions are prek/k, 1st/2nd grades, 3rd/4th grades, 5th/6th grades, and 7th/8th grades. Children must be in prek to participate in the prek/k division, and players can choose to "play up" one grade.
We offer all-girls teams for 1st grade - 6th grade players. Unsure which to choose for your daughter? Co-ed teams tend to be almost all boys and are generally all boys for the 5th grade and older divisions, but some girls would prefer a co-ed team and that's great!
Registration for Fall UPS Soccer opens end of July/early August and closes mid-August, for game play starting the Saturday after Labor Day. In the Spring, registration generally opens late February/early March and closes mid-March for a first game in early April. The season is typically 8-9 weeks. Games are Saturdays and game times depend on division. Prek/k tends to play early, all other divisions could play as early at 8:30am or as late a 2pm.
Your child's coach is a volunteer and most likely a parent of another child on the team. This league is run entirely by volunteers, so you may need to adjust your expectations. If your child picks up a few soccer skills or improves their current skills, our goals have been met!
What Does My Child Need?
All players need to have an appropriately sized soccer ball, shin guard, and cleats. They should wear their shin guards and cleats and bring their ball to all practices and games.
Prek/k and 1st/2nd - Size 3 ball
3rd/4th and 5th/6th - Size 4 ball
7th/8th - Size 5 ball
Your child's coach is not responsible for your child. If there is an issues (behavior, weather, etc) and your child needs to leave practice early, your child will need to get home on their own. Similarly, if your child chooses not to practice, someone may need to supervise them.
Your child's coach will likely welcome your help, but please be respectful and ask before inserting yourself in a practice or game.
If you are unhappy with the way your child is being coached, please contact the Soccer Commissioner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember that your child's coach is a volunteer and may not be as skilled in soccer as you would like them to be.
PGSI has information regarding parent conduct during games: http://www.pgsisoccer.org/rules.html