Current Status

Grad series is for kids who will play in 10U for the first time in the fall (born in 2015 or just finished a season in 8U).

It runs from January – March.

General Information

The Grad Series Program runs for 8 weeks in January and February and is designed for 8U players as a transition to the 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.

Registration

To register for Grad Series,

  1. If your child did not play in the Fall season prior to Winter Stars, purchase an AYSO Membership. Be sure to click “Submit Registration” at the bottom of the final page. You’ll know you’re finished when your credit card is charged $30.00.
  2. Click here to sign up.

The fee for 2022 is $125 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 write to info@ayso13.org to request a scholarship. If you are transferring from another region, write to registrar@ayso13.org for a credit for your AYSO membership fee.

Schedule

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.

If you have any questions, please contact gradseries@ayso13.org