Each winter, Region 13 offers the fall 8U players an opportunity to participate in our Grad Series program. The Grad Series Program is designed for 8U players as a transition between the 8U and 10U Divisions. Teams play 7v7 using a size 3 ball on a 10U-sized field with goals and goalkeepers. All rules, such as the offside law, apply. Only 2018 8U players are eligible.
Additionally, this program allows volunteers to become better acquainted with the 10U level. U10 Coach Training Course (mandatory for coaches in Grad Series) and the Regional Referee Course (mandatory for referees in Grad Series) will be available 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 placed first. 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 consistent with our fall team formation procedure.
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 (no make-up games).
Please register your child for Grad Series here – http://bit.ly/gradseriesregistration
If you have any questions, please contact our Grad Series Coordinator Mika Walton at firstname.lastname@example.org