Please check back around Thanksgiving 2021 for info on the January 2022 Grad Series program.
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The Grad Series Program runs for 8 weeks in January and February and is designed for 8U players as a transition between the 8U and 10U Divisions. Teams play 7 v 7 using a size 3 ball on a 10U-sized field with goals and goalkeepers. All rules, such as the offside law, apply. 7U and 8U players planning to move up to 10U in the upcoming Fall are invited to play.
Grad Series allows volunteers to become better acquainted with 10U as well. The 10U Coach Training Course (mandatory for coaches in Grad Series) and the Regional Referee Course (mandatory for referees in Grad Series) will be available the first weekend in January.
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 given priority. Grad Series is one of our most popular programs and a favorite of the region. The development in Grad Series is tremendous and a great preparation for 10U.
Teams are selected and balanced based upon player evaluations from the previous Fall season. No requests for pairing with friends or classmates are accommodated – teams are formed on a “blind draw” basis, the same as Fall Season teams are formed.
There are two steps to register for Grad Series . . .
- If the player played in the Fall season prior to the Grad Series season, please proceed to Step 2 below. If not, you’ll need to purchase the AYSO Annual $20 Membership by registering the player in our InLeague system. Create (or log into) your account, find “Register Now”, and purchase the “AYSO Membership Only” item. You’ll know you’re finished when your credit card is charged $20.00.
- Sign up your child to play using the Grad Series sign-up JotForm (link to be posted Nov. 2021).
The fee for 2022 is TBD, but for 2020 it was $100 per player, which includes a uniform, weekly professional skills training, and the expectation that about 2 of the 8 weeks will be rained out. Region 13’s policy is Everyone Plays, so if the cost is a financial hardship for your family, please request a scholarship.
Grad Series teams participate in one practice on a weekday evening lead by their team coach and one skills clinic session on a different weekday evening headed by professional soccer trainers. Prior to the start of the Grad Series season, there is a Jamboree held, in which players participate in skills training and are introduced to offside and goalkeeper training. Games, weather permitting, are every Saturday from mid-January until the end of February.
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