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Rec Season Information


There is a lot of important info you may need/want to know before registering for the Spring 2020 Recreational Soccer Season at North River Soccer Association (NRSA), so we’ve broken them into topics to make it easier to find what you need to get ready for the season.

1.      Registration Dates and Fees

2.      Age Groups (grouped by birth year)

3.      How to Register

4.      Coach and Teammate Requests

5.      Volunteer Policy

6.      Coaches / Coaching

7.      Important Dates


Rec Soccer Registration is open now through 11:59 PM on Monday February 10th.

Late Registration will then be open until February 18th, 2019; however, a $20 late fee will be charged for registrations completed after 12:00AM (Midnight) on February 11th.

The Spring 2020 Player Registrations Fees for Boys and Girls are as follows:

            Rug Rats:       $65.00

            U5 & U6:        $85.00

            U8 thru High School (U18):  $95.00

The Registration Fee listed above is for the first Rec Program player in each family.  All additional Rec Program family members receive a $15.00 discount off the applicable registration fee at the time of registration (when registered together). 

Additionally, we are discounting our Registration Fee by $10 for Players that registered at NRSA during the Fall 2019 Season. 

WE WILL NOT send out rosters for any teams in an age group until ALL teams in that age group have coaches. This is necessary to allow the commissioners to keep coaches with their players and attempt to balance team rosters.


(“U” stands for “under”.  For example, a “U5” age group is for kids Under 5)

A few seasons ago, US Youth Soccer changed the age group cutoff dates from August 1st to January 1st.  This change essentially moves the Age Groups from a school calendar year to a standard calendar year (birth year).  For example, all children born in 2011 and 2010 will play in the U10 Age Group this season. 

To stay aligned with US Youth Soccer, NRSA age groups will be set as shown below: 

Rug Rats Older U3 (Birthdates between 1/01/17 to 6/31/17) & U4 (Birthdates between 1/01/16 to 12/31/16).  Note:  Younger 2017 birth year players can be registered, with prior permission from Coach Mark, and some assistance from our Registrars.

U5: Birthdates 1/01/15 to 12/31/15

U6: Birthdates 1/01/14 to 12/31/14

U8: Birthdates 1/01/12 to 12/31/13

U10: Birthdates 1/01/10 to 12/31/11

U12: Birthdates 1/01/08 to 12/31/09  

U14: Birthdates 1/01/06 to 12/31/07  

High School:  Birthdates 1/01/02 to 12/31/05  

Age Group Notes:  

All players will register to play in the Age Group designated by their birth year (as shown above).  We allow requests for players to play up an Age Group, if it is right for the Player.  If you would like to request that your player to “play up”, you can do this during registration in the section where teammate and coach requests are made.  Please be sure to list the reason(s) why you are making the request.  This information will help us look for the right spot for your player.

Rugrats, U5 and U6 teams are typically co-ed, while U8, U10, and U12 teams are generally not.  Age U14 and High School (U16 and U18) teams may be co-ed, depending on the mix of registered players and the gender of the teams from the other associations. 

U12, U14 and High School teams will play against other associations in the area.  Not all games will be at the Cleveland T.  Grimes Soccer Complex (NRSA’s fields). 

Note:  U16 and U18 are combined into one single Age Group, referred to as “High School” - The associations in our district agreed last summer to try combining the U16 and U18 players into one age group, the “High School” age group.  We found that only a few of the associations could register enough players for both age groups, so U16 teams were required to play U18 teams.  By combining them, our players will be playing on a team with an age group that will match their opponent’s team (and what they would experience if playing with a high school’s team).

High School games will be played as either 11 v 11 or 6 v 6 (depending on the number of players registered in the age group at NRSA and at the other local associations).          


Rec Soccer registrations must be completed online by going to and clicking on “Login” (for those returning to NRSA) or “Register” (for those new to NRSA) at the Top Right corner of the website Home page.  MasterCard and Visa (Credit or Debit cards) are accepted.

After logging in, and before starting with the Registration process, you will see a notice regarding the TN State Law-mandated information we must provide you regarding both Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Head Injuries and Concussions.  During the registration process, in order to be compliant with Tennessee State Law - you will be notified/reminded that NRSA supplies all families with this information on our website and the registering parent or guardian must acknowledge the receipt and understanding of that information before they may register their player, in addition to accepting a liability waiver.

You will be able to click on links to the read the important information about head/brain injuries and sudden cardiac arrest that can occur in any sports participation, OR before beginning registration, we encourage you to go to the Parents Corner tab on the website, where we’ve provided this important information.

NRSA is committed to providing access to youth players who want to learn and play recreational soccer.  Please let us know if you cannot pay by debit or credit card.  Scholarships in exchange for volunteer time are available; as are payment arrangements.  Please contact us at [email protected] if we can assist you with registration, or to discuss any questions you may have.


We make an effort to balance teams to improve your Player’s experience.  Meeting new people and playing with friends and classmates are both important life experiences.  Here are some guidelines we use to try to achieve balance between these life experiences. 

1.      NRSA will try to honor limited coach and teammate requests; however, these requests will be limited to the first two (2) requests per coach received for U5, U6 and U8 teams and the first four (4) requests received per coach for U10, U12, and older teams. 

2.      As many teammate requests will be honored as possible but honoring them may not allow for coach requests as well.

3.      Any coach and teammate requests made after the end of the REGULAR online registration period (after LATE Registration starts) will not be honored.

4.      NRSA reserves the right to assign players to teams at its sole discretion based on the needs of NRSA, the registrations received for a season and the volunteer coaches available at the time - and does not guarantee any specific requests will be honored.  Further, NRSA reserves the right to create a coed team from a mix of male and female registered players in the same age division in the event that registrations do not allow for creation of gender-specific teams in an age division. 


NRSA is an all-volunteer run organization.  Without volunteers, we can't offer the programs we do for the low fees we have, so we require that everyone provide two (2) hours of volunteer time for each Player that registers.  We also understand that the demands on everyone’s time are tremendous and not everyone grew up playing soccer, so we will allow folks to opt out, if they choose to, and we identify many volunteer opportunities outside of coaching (so you don’t have to have soccer experience to volunteer).  At registration, you will either register to Coach, Assistant Coach or just as a “Volunteer" to add yourself to our Volunteer list.

If you aren’t able to commit to provide at least two (2) volunteer hours per player registered, you may elect to pay the Volunteer "Opt Out" fee of $50.00 per player registered by checking the “I prefer not to Volunteer” box on the Volunteer page.  COACHING counts as volunteer time.  (Read notes about coaching, below).

There are three ways to find volunteer opportunities:

  • You can see something that needs to be done at the Complex, let us know about it and volunteer to do it. 

  • You can respond to an email from us requesting help.

  • You can sign up for an opportunity that we post on our SignUpGenius website account. We will let everyone know when we have opened our SignUpGenius site with posted opportunities.

If you respond to an email or an observed need, you will need to communicate with our Volunteer Coordinator, Carolina Calderón.  She can be reached by phone at (423) 451-6527 or by e-mail at [email protected].  She will track your volunteer hours for the Club. 

In order to volunteer through our SignUpGenius account, you can click on the big orange button on the home screen of our website that reads “Click Here to Volunteer” OR you can go to the Volunteer tab on our website, found both next to the picture rotator and under the Parents Corner tab.

Here is a direct link to our volunteer page:   Click HERE for our Volunteer Page

After you volunteer, you will need to sign the volunteer check-in sheet available at concessions with your arrival and completion times.  If you forget to sign the sheet or concessions is closed, please send Carolina an email with details of the task that was completed; please include your full name, date and time when you helped out in your email.  


If you have coached for NRSA before or are willing to coach now, be sure to register as a Volunteer Coach when you register your player. The sooner we have the total number of coaches needed to assign teams, the earlier we can start practices and you can work with your players. 

To register to Coach or volunteer in other ways, log in to your NRSA account and then click on the Volunteer tab.  If you coach, we have to collect some paperwork from you, which is required by TN State Law or Tennessee State Soccer.  Please email us at [email protected] if you have completed paperwork to submit or questions about what to complete to be ready to coach in the upcoming season.


Saturday, (February 29, 2020) – Opening Day / Skills Clinic / Family Volunteer Work Day. This is a day for players to get started on the learning and fun process.  In addition, we will give parents an opportunity to start earning their volunteer hours by helping to prepare the field and the Grimes Complex. 

While players participate in the skills clinics or games, parents/guardians are requested to attend a brief informational meeting with details about your child’s specific Age Group.  

We don’t schedule activities for the Rugrats on Opening Day, but if you are new to NRSA and want to see what Opening Day and our program are all about, please feel free to come and attend one of the Parent Meetings and help get the Grimes Complex ready for the season.  Yes, Rugrat Parents get to volunteer, too!

Saturday, March 7, 2020 – First Day of Games (Rugrats, U5, U6, U8 and U10 Age Groups)

Note: U12 and older Age Groups may play games a week or two earlier. Your Coach and/or Commissioner should have that information.

Saturday, March 7, 2020 – Shamrock Cup is scheduled for March 21st.  We may or may not have games on this date, depending upon the number of teams that register for this event, we may be asked to host games at the Grimes Complex.  If we are asked to host, it will provide an opportunity for our Volunteers to help but it may mean we do not play recreational games this weekend.

April 6-11 (Spring Break for Hamilton County schools) – We will try to avoid scheduling games on April 4th, but depending the schedules of the other associations and the number of teams that register for the Shamrock Cup, we may have to schedule games on that date.   

Saturday, April 18th – Photo Day

Saturday, April 25th – Scenic City Cup – NRSA helps host the Scenic City Cup.  We won’t have recreational games on this date, but we will need help from our Volunteers.  We will need help each evening during the week leading up to this weekend and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Saturday, (May 16, 2020) - End of Season Play Day.  We end each season with a Play Day. Play Day is meant to be a fun celebration that includes soccer as part of the fun.  It is about recognizing each child and showing excitement about the soccer season that they just finished.  It is also about showing your Coaches and other Volunteers some of the same recognition and gratitude.  We usually have inflatables, face-painting, and sweets like cotton candy or Italian ice. 

Further information about the Work Day, Skills Clinic, practices and games will be sent out to all registered players as we get closer to the dates above.

We look forward to seeing you at the fields!
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North River Soccer Association (NRSA) is a nonprofit, tax exempt organization as recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This organization is entirely run and supported by VOLUNTEERS like you – parents and people who love soccer and want to see quality soccer opportunities for youth in Chattanooga. Your involvement allows NRSA to make this possible.


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