Two steps to register for Grad Series
- An AYSO Annual Player Membership is required for each player to participate in any AYSO soccer program. If you played in the AYSO Fall 2019 season, then you already purchased your annual membership, and you can move on to Step Two below. If you didn’t play with AYSO in the fall, sign your player up for an AYSO National Membership ($20). If you are visiting the registration page for the first time, you should first create an account, and then look for the “Register Now” button on your account page. You’ll know you’re finished when your credit card is charged $20.00.
- Once you have your AYSO Membership Fee paid, Click here to register for Grad Series
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. All 8U players who played in the Fall of 2019 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 the player evaluations completed by their 8U coaches. 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.
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.
The fee is $100 per player, which includes a uniform, and weekly professional skills training. The schedule is made anticipating 2 rain dates, so expect 6-8 weeks of play. If cost is a financial hardship for your family, please request a scholarship.