Please check back here in November 2021 for information on Winter Stars 2022.
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Winter Stars is an informal soccer program for players who enjoyed the fall season so much that they want to keep playing soccer through the winter with their friends. Coaches run players through some training, then divide players into balanced teams so that players can explore the game in scrimmage play and learn from each other. It’s once a week for all soccer players in your family to enjoy at the same time. There are no other practices and no permanent teams.
In Winter Stars, to create balanced teams, we will have girls and boys playing together, based on ability. We want to empower your player to make this decision on her own. In the younger division (mostly 6U/7U/8U players), the 4-on-4 games will be played on a 25-yard field with a size 3 ball. In the older division (mostly 10U/12U players), we will add goalkeepers and a slightly larger field. Players may play up or play down, and the coaches will endeavor to let friends play together. As a parent, you can just enjoy the view from the sidelines.
There are two steps to register for Winter Stars . . .
- If your child played in the Fall season prior to Winter Stars, 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 an account, find “Register Now”, and purchase the “AYSO Membership Only.” You’ll know you’re finished when your credit card is charged $20.00.
- Sign up your child to play using the Winter Stars sign-up JotForm (link to be posted here Nov. 2021).
The fee for Winter 2022 is TBD, but for 2020 it was $100 per player, which includes a shirt, skills training, and the expectation that about 2 of the 8 weeks might 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.
When: Winter Stars meets once a week on Sundays, usually from about 2:30 to 4:30 (exact times TBD). The program runs about 8 weeks from January to early March. Expect a few weeks to be canceled on account of rain.
Where: Winter Stars will meet at one of the Region 13 fields, such as Muir North or McKinley Middle School. Exact location TBD.
Who: Players born 2010-2016 will be eligible for Winter Stars 2022. Winter Stars encourages families to join together to support kids of all skill levels playing soccer. If you are an AYSO coach or referee, come join us!
Equipment: Coaches will provide balls (easier to keep track that way). Shin guards are mandatory. Turf shoes are ideal. Soccer cleats are optional and sneakers are fine. Wear shorts without pockets that could snag a hand, and any color socks that fully cover the shinguards. As always, no earrings or jewelry. If you forget shinguards or socks, come anyway, because we may have a few spares.
Volunteers: As always, AYSO works because you volunteer to make it happen. Winter Stars needs parents to set up and clean up, and volunteer coaches and referees to keep the games fun, fair, and safe.
Questions? email us at email@example.com