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Fall Registration Information

Fall Recreational Soccer 2021


(Kids born 2013-2018)

Rec Registration is Closed: Can you believe we are FULL? Unfortunately we need to close Registration for Rec soccer due to higher registration numbers than expected. My hope is to provide soccer playing experiences for all interested kids in our town, and unfortunately it’s too late to expand at this time. We will evaluate increasing the size of the program, if needed, in future seasons. It's a reminder to us all to register early in future seasons!

 



Register right here at our website (click "Log In" on the top right of the page).

Registration Deadline Fri, Aug 27. There will be a $25 late fee thereafter.

Cost of Registration 
 Birth YearProgramCost
 2013Kickers$75 
 2014Kickers $75
 2015Kickers$75
 2016Dribblers$75
 2017Pre-K$60
 2018Pre-K$60

What's included in the cost of registration? For Kickers and Dribblers uniforms will be provided. For Pre-K jerseys and balls will be provided. Families will be invited via email after registration closes to pick up uniforms before the season begins (TBD). 

Financial assistance may be available. Contact us if you would like to learn more.
 
When: Sep 11 to Oct 30 

Saturdays:
8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. - Pre-K
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. - Dribblers
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - Kickers


Wednesdays:
Kickers will also hold an additional training session on Wednesdays (time TBD).
Pre-K and Dribblers do not practice on Wednesdays


Where: New Park (Portland Recreational Complex on Route 17) link

Coach Vagell: A popular part of Rec Soccer, each Rec division will participate in a weekly soccer-toon style training session that teaches fundamental foot skills from a well-renowned coach in our area. 

All players should wear cleats, shin guards covered by long socks, and bring a water bottle and soccer ball to every session.

Contacts:








FALL TRAVEL SOCCER 2021


(kids born in 2008-2013)

Register right here at our website (click "Log In" on the top right of the page). All prospective players must register and pay in advance in order to participate in evaluations. Refunds will be issued in full if a player is not placed on a team.

Registration Deadline: Fri, June 11. Last day to register for Fall is Fri, June 11.There will be a $25 late fee thereafter.

(Late registrations are not guaranteed a spot on a travel team.)

Cost of Registration: $170

The cost includes a new uniform kit for all players -- Ordering information and instructions will be sent after evaluations.

What to expect: The fall season will likely be our first return to a normal travel season. We anticipate fielding gender-based teams during the 2021 season. The season includes coach-led training sessions twice per week and also one to two games on weekends and a tournament if the coach is willing to have the team participate. Note we are planning on playing opponents from other towns.

Player Evaluations: Fall evaluations are mandatory. We will communicate important information and collect additional necessary information this day. Evaluations help us create teams that best suit the players' developmental needs. This is especially important after the disruptions caused by Covid over the last several seasons.

When: Evaluations will occur on Sun, June 13. Reminder, we need to complete our fall evaluations in early June to give the club enough time to order uniforms before the fall season begins. 

Evaluations Sunday, June 13: Start time is based on the player's birth year
  • U9 players (born in 2013): 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • U10 Players (born in 2012): 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm
  • U11 Players (born in 2011): 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • U12 Players (born in 2010): 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • U13 Players (born in 2009): 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • U14 Players (born 2008): 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Please arrive early, fully ready to play, and we will get started right away.

 Where: New Park (Portland Recreational Complex on Route 17)

All players should wear cleats, shin guards, and bring a water bottle and a soccer ball. Please do not wear any clothing with the Portland Soccer Club logo.

If you cannot make the evaluation session, please notify Chad Wilson (call or text 205-999-8842) no later than Fri, June 11, to discuss a makeup session. 

The fall Travel season will begin around the time when school starts and end in early November.


Contacts:


 

TRAVEL FAQ

Can you describe Travel Soccer for me?

Travel is for age-based teams by birth year and gender: girls teams and boys teams for each birth year. Teams are formed based on birthdate in a given year, between Jan 1 to Dec 31. It is a competitive level of play. Teams travel to other towns and compete in league play. Practice twice weekly. Matches are played on weekends, sometimes Saturdays and Sundays. Generally roughly half the matches will be home in Portland, and half away. Most away matches are in neighboring towns like Glastonbury or East Hampton. Once or twice a season you might drive more than half an hour for an away game, but this won’t be a common occurrence. Many teams participate in one tournament in the area during the season, too (coach’s decision). 

Options for U9 players

If you feel your player prefers another year of Rec, we do allow players that age to play Rec for another year. In most cases it would be the last year of Rec eligibility before they'd be required to play Travel the following year. That being said, we recommend upcoming Travel players sign up for Travel by Friday and attend the evals session on Sunday. These coaches are experienced and can evaluate all players skills and readiness. Parents can ask club representatives further questions. The coaches can help parents determine their players' readiness for competitive levels of play. If a player ends up not playing Travel there would be a full refund if desired. Our travel coaches, even for U9 teams, have done a terrific job through the years making sure all activities and messages are tailored to the age-appropriateness of the players. The young U9 players will have a ton of fun!

What if my child is in a lower school grade than others of the same age?

The travel teams are formed based on birth year independently of school grade. So all kids born in 2013 would play U9 in the Fall. There have been other similar kids in our program who played in the age-based team, who were also in a lower grade than the other players. Things have worked out well. For example there are half a dozen 2009 boys that are in a lower grade than the other 2009 boys, but those players have continued to be successful in our program over the years.

Will there be a team for my age group?

Teams will be determined after evaluations are completed by all players. The goal is to have age-based teams by gender, but it's difficult to know exactly each team's situation until we see who signs up. I'd suggest signing your player up, and recruiting their friends to sign up. After team formation the club assigns a coach to the team. Typically it's a volunteer parent (in most cases). 

What if there aren’t enough players to field a team?

Refunds are possible if there aren't enough players for a team. Another option is always to combine two age groups, say 2010 with 2009 for example. This is rare for the younger teams, but sometimes happens to some of the older teams.

Options for Middle School Players

If your son or daughter plans to play middle school soccer in the fall, they will expect to practice with the Middle School during the week, playing a short game of two 10-minute halves from time to time. No games on weekend. If you want more full-game experiences, sign up for the Portland Soccer Club and play against opponents in full-time games on the weekends. The Portland Soccer Club coaches are often flexible with middle school players, so if you are interested feel free to sign up and get your player some extra game action on weekends!

Are evals mandatory? 

The evals will be mandatory for Travel players. They are used to understand where the players are, so that we can form teams with the players' skills and development in mind. (Nevertheless in most cases older players are usually not allowed to play on younger teams)  It is very rare for us not to accept a player to a team, especially when numbers are low and the player works hard. 


Spring Registration Information

Portland Soccer Club Spring 2021

SPRING REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. Be sure to register for fall!

Be sure to read the club Covid-19 Protocols and check back frequently as things change. 

To sign up, log in at the top of this page.

Financial hardships: If you are experiencing a financial hardship and need assistance with the cost of registration, please Contact Us     

Details of the Travel and Rec programs are detailed below:

Travel-Town Soccer Spring 2021


Start
: Last week of April
End: Mid June

Cost of Registration has been reduced (from $170) to $100

For the older kids, born before 2013 

What’s included?

Players participate in team training during the week, including Coach Vagell training and skills. Team cohorts will be determined after registration closes

Play in competitive experiences on weekends among members of their team.

PSC will also enhance the experience by holding additional foot skill, shooting and goalie training throughout the season offered by outside professional trainers. These additional training experiences are included in the registration fee. 

Be sure to read the club Covid-19 Protocols and check back frequently as things change. 

Travel Soccer Refunds:

If PSC must shut down due to Covid prior to the season: $75 will be refunded, and participants will keep the shirts, which will have already been paid for up front

If PSC shuts down after the season begins, but before May 24: $50 will be refunded

If PSC shuts down on or after May 24: no refund

Recreational Soccer Spring 2021


Start
: May 1
End: June 12

Where: All games will take place at the New Portland Recreational Complex on Rt17

DivisionBornCostSaturday GamesWednesday Practices
Pre-K2016$608:45 am - 9:30 amN/A
Dribblers2015$7510:00 am - 11:00 amN/A
Kickers2013 and 2014
$7511:15 am - 12:15 pm5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Full team uniforms for Dribbler and Kicker divisions and shirts and balls for Pre-K are included in the registration fees and will be available for distribution prior to and during the first day of play. 

There will be a 30-minute transition period between sessions so that participants from prior session can leave field area prior to the arrival of the next session. This will reduce overcrowding and allow for better spacing between fields.

Be sure to read the club Covid-19 Protocols and check back frequently as things change. 

See below for details of each session. Please note some details may shift depending on how many participants sign up, but in any scenario we plan to maintain the highest priority on safety protocols.

click here for Spring 2021 recreational soccer details (Word Doc)


Reminder: The Portland Soccer Club is non-profit volunteer organization. If you would like to volunteer or donate, please contact us: Contact Us

Calling Coach Volunteers! We also coach volunteers. If you are willing to assist, please indicate your willingness online when you register your player. The Portland Soccer Club is a non-profit group that relies on volunteers. Coaching can be a very rewardingway to contribute to the community and learn some new skills!


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