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How do I know which age group to choose?
Our registration system will automatically direct you to the correct program based on your child’s date of birth and gender. Your child remains in the same age group for the fall and spring seasons (soccer year is the same as school year).
My child wants to play with his friend/sibling/classmate that is in a different age group. Can we change age groups?
Because of our sanctioning with NCYSA, we abide by their age groups and their guidelines. We require that all players enter their correct date of birth, register in their correct age group, and file a request to change age groups by emailing the Recreation Director (email@example.com).
According to NCYSA policy, NO PLAYERS are allowed to participate in a younger age group. Remember, we do collect and check birth certificates. Falsification of your child’s date of birth in our registration system can result in removal from the program.
Can I choose a practice day? Can I choose a specific team? Can I choose a field location?
During the registration process, each family will choose their own team, practice night, and location. If you’d like your child to participate on the same team as another friend, just be sure to select the same team!
Team Options will read something like this: 8U – Team 4 – Thursdays in WS
If you were to select this option, you have selected Team 4, who practices Thursday nights at a Winston-Salem location. Anyone who also chooses this option is automatically placed on the same team.
NOTE: once a team is full, players can no longer be added to that team.
What are the field location options?
During registration, each family determines whether they would like to practice in the Winston-Salem location or at the BB&T Soccer Park location.
Winston-Salem practice locations: Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Whitaker Park, and Winston-Salem First. (Please note: for this age group, you cannot request a specific W-S practice location).
BB&T Soccer Park location: BB&T Soccer Park (428 Twins Way/Bermuda Run, NC 27006)
All practices/games for the 5u/6u program will be played at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Winston-Salem or BB&T Soccer Park in Bermuda Run – based on the request made during registration.
Players in the 7u and up program could have a game at any of the following locations during the season: BB&T Soccer Park, Winston-Salem First, Sara Lee Soccer Park, Whitaker Park, or the Winston-Salem SoccerPlex.
What does my child need for the Recreation Soccer Program?
In the 5u/6u program, kids will need shin guards, a soccer ball, a uniform, and a water bottle! (Tennis shoes are acceptable footwear for this age group. Cleats are not required).
In the 7u and up program, kids will need shin guards, cleats, a soccer ball, a uniform, and a water bottle! All players are expected to wear their Rec uniform during every game. Players should wear comfortable athletic gear for practices (including shin guards with socks on top).
What size soccer ball do we need?
5U/6U/7U/8U – Size 3
9U/10U/11U/12U – Size 4
13U and up – Size 5
Uniforms: how much and where can I get one?
All uniforms can be ordered and purchased at Soccer Unlimited (3033 Trenwest Drive/W-S 27103). Please call 336.765.0655 for store hours.
5u/6u Uniform: $20 and includes a blue Adidas jersey
7u+ Uniform: $40 and includes blue Adidas jersey, white t-shirt, blue Adidas shorts, blue Adidas socks
What kind of time commitment should we expect?
In the 5u/6u program, each team has a one-hour time commitment each week. (Sundays 5-6pm, Mondays 5:45-6:45pm, OR Tuesdays 5:45-6:45PM). During that one-hour, teams will have a 30-minute team practice followed by a 30-minute scrimmage against another team.
In the 7u+program, each team has a one-hour practice Monday-Friday (typically 5:45-6:45PM) with one or two games on Saturdays. Each team is guaranteed 8 games during the season.
Who coaches in the Recreation Soccer Program?
All coaches in the Recreation Program are 100% volunteer and typically a parent of a player on the team. We could not function as a program without these volunteers! When signing up, please always consider being willing to volunteer.