The Grad Series Program is designed for U8 players as a transition between the U8 and U10 Divisions. Teams play 7v7 using a size 3 ball on a U10-sized field with goals and goalkeepers. All rules, such as the offside law, apply. Only U8 players are eligible.
Additionally, this series allows for volunteers to become better acquainted with the U10 level. In January, the U10 Coach Training Course (mandatory for coaches) and the Regional Referee Course (mandatory for referees), are offered.
Since the program has a limited amount of player spots, sign ups are on a first come basis, with those volunteering as a head coach, assistant coach, or referee placed first. Please register for the Grad Series on the special registration page.
Teams are selected and balanced based upon the player evaluations completed by their U8 coaches. No requests for pairing with friends or classmates are accommodated – teams are formed on a “blind draw” basis.
Grad Series teams usually have 1 practice on a weekday evening and 1 Skills Clinic session on a different weekday evening. Games, weather permitting, are on Saturdays from mid-January until the end of February (no make-up games). Games will be scheduled every Saturday including Holiday weekends.