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Rec Season Information

 

Fall 2019 Rec Soccer Season Information

There is a lot of important info you may need to know before registering for the Fall 2019 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

REGISTRATION DATES AND FEES

Rec Soccer Registration will be open through 11:59 PM August 12th.

Late Registration will be open until August 19, 2019; however, a $20 late fee will be charged for registrations completed after 12:00AM (Midnight) on August 13th.

The Fall 2019 Player Registrations Fees for Boys and Girls are as follows:

            Rug Rats:       $65.00

            U5 & U6:        $85.00

            U8 thru High School:  $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).

Note: 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.

If you have questions about your child being enrolled in Rug Rats, please contact us at [email protected]

AGE GROUPS 

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

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.

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

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

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

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

U12: Birthdates between 1/01/08 to 12/31/09  

U14: Birthdates between 1/01/06 to 12/31/07  

High School:  Birthdates between 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 do take requests for players to play up an age group. If you would like to request that your player “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 teams may be co-ed, depending on the mix of registered players.              

The associations in our district agreed this 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 with their 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).               

U12 and older teams will play against other associations in the area. Not all games will be at the Cleveland T. Grimes Soccer Complex.

HOW TO REGISTER

Rec Soccer registrations must be completed online by going to www.northriversoccer.com 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, Visa and American Express 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, now, before beginning registration, we encourage you to go to the Parents Corner tab on the www.northriversoccer.com website, where we’ve provided links and resources for 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.

Registration Note: NRSA typically has one walk up registration day, often at the Grimes Complex or at another location.  Walk up registration dates have not yet been set, but we will announce them through our email list once we do. 

COACH AND TEAMMATE REQUESTS

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 Age U14 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. 

VOLUNTEER POLICY INFORMATION

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 chose to, and we identify many volunteer opportunities outside of coaching.  At registration, you will have the option to either register to Coach or Assistant Coach, or you have the option to add yourself to a general 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.  COACHING counts as volunteer time.  (Read notes about coaching, below).

For those that volunteer, Carolina Calderón, our new Volunteer Coordinator, will work with you to find the right volunteer opportunity for you.  Most of the opportunities are tracked on our website. Click this link (NRSA Volunteer Page link) to get started on your volunteer hours.

To keep track of your volunteer hours, all volunteers must sign up for one or more time slots on Sign Up Genius (keep in mind NRSA requires 2 volunteer hours per player). After completing your volunteer job/task, Volunteers need to sign in on the volunteer check off sheet available at concessions (on game days).  During the week, or if you forget to sign the sheet, please send Carolina an email with a selfie of the task being completed; please include your full name, the player you are volunteering for, and the date and time when you helped out.  

If you have questions or require support with our Sign Up Genius please contact Carolina (423) 451-6527 or e-mail her at [email protected].

COACHES/COACHING

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.  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.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE SEASON

Saturday, September 7, 2019 – 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 will 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!

U12 and older players usually have a game or a scrimmage on opening day. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019 – First Day of Games (Rugrats, U5, U6, U8 and U10 Age Groups)

During most seasons our U10 Teams will visit another association once or twice during the season and then host the other associations on a Saturday or two.  I don’t have those dates, but on Saturday 21st, our U5 through U10 Teams may plan at Middle Valley for the day, we can then host them on the 28th.  This will allow Middle Valley Teams to play during the County Fair.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - Team Photo Day

October 7-11 Fall Break for Hamilton County public schools – we will try to avoid playing on the 5th and 12th, but in order to get games in, some seasons we have to play on the first weekend of the break.  Stay tuned.

October (25) 26-27 Hamilton County Recreational Festival - NRSA/Grimes Complex hosts the event this Fall.  WE WILL NEED LOTS OF HELP SETTING UP AND HOSTING THIS EVENT.   The Rec Festival schedule will be published separately, closer to the dates of the event.  Note: depending on the number of participating teams that register, games may be held on Friday Evening, Saturday and Sunday.  Alternately, 2 games on Saturday and one on Sunday afternoon is typical.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 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!

Mark Harrison
President
North River Soccer Association Rec Soccer

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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.

Contact

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Phone: 423-505-9451
Email: [email protected]

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