There’s lots of info on this site you can discover by using the “Search box” on the right side below the page header, but this list like a crash course for new members.
Birth year determines what soccer your child will play. There are about 100 kids per age grouping broken up into manageable teams of a dozen or so kids. Based on approximate age, the styles are as follows:
- 4-5: An hour on Saturday mornings learning soccer skills, wrapping up with a 15-minute game.
- 6-7: Saturday morning games of 4v4 with one weeknight practice set by the volunteer coach’s schedule after coaches are assigned
- 8-9: 7v7 games on Saturday mornings, introducing goalies, and continuing the single weeknight practice plan
- 10-11: 9v9 games on Sunday afternoons against teams from other communities. Two weeknight practices are scheduled
- 12 and older: Sunday travel games, mostly 11v11.
Unlike the format of most sports, soccer allows kids to play nearly a decade improving their skills before having to play the format the the professional version of the game plays. That’s why youth soccer has become one of the primary activities for kids in the USA.
Once you’ve registered, you won’t find out your team and logistics for quite a while. For Spring seasons it is usually the third week of March, and for Fall, the third week of August, before you know what team your child is on.
Then you’ll need to make sure you’re ready for your first practice. This post has useful information for what you’ll need.
As you sit at that first practice watching your kid out on the field learning, absorbing what’s going on around you, consider reading this post on the overall club operations which might describe what you are seeing on adjacent fields.
Finally, things will not always go as expected. This post discusses some of the complexities of running a large club like NASC. Hopefully it will help you understand that we jump through all kinds of hoops to make it a good experience for the kids, but we don’t always get it perfect for you, for good reasons. Volunteering yourself is the best way to improve things like that in the future.