SUMMER REC SOCCER Welcome to the North Branch Rec Soccer Page! All of your information can be found below utilizing the tabs. SCHEDULES & STANDINGS BELOW INFORMATION SEASON INFO FIELD & PARKING GUIDE PICTURE DAY PROGRAM AGE GROUPS WHAT TO BRING WEATHER & CANCELLATION POLICIES UNIFORM SIZING REGISTRATION & PRICING SCHEDULES & STANDINGS TOURNAMENT 3rd/4th GRADE SEASON INFO SEASON INFORMATION Season starts on May 26th, 2022 and continues through July 21st (23rd for 3rd/4th grade), 2022. Each Thursday, players are asked to be 5 minutes early allowing them enough time to get their equipment on and ready for an on-time start. Start and End Times Pre-K & K - 6:30PM to 7:30PM 1st and 2nd Grade - 6:30PM to 7:45PM 3rd and 4th Grade - 6:30PM to 8:00PM 5th and 6th Grade - 6:30PM to 8:00PM Important Dates Saturday, May 14th 2022 -- Coaches Training & Equipment Pick-up (For Coaches Only) Thursday, May 26th, 2022 -- First Night of Soccer Thursday, June 9th, 2022 -- Picture Night (tentative date) Thursday, June 30th, 2022 -- No Soccer (July 4th weekend) Thursday, July 21st, 2022 -- Last Night of Soccer Saturday, July 23rd, 2022 -- 3rd and 4th Grade Tournament Upon completion of the season, each player will receive a medal as recognition of accomplish and hard work. FIELD & PARKING GUIDE FIELD LOCATION North Branch Recreational Soccer is played at the soccer fields adjacent to the North Branch Area Education Center & Middle School (38640 Grand Ave, North Branch, MN 55056) in North Branch. The map below highlights the route starting from the North Branch exit on I-35 to the North Branch Area Education Center/Middle School soccer fields. Directions: Starting from the intersection of I-35 (exit 147) and Hwy 95 in North Branch, continue east on Hwy 95 through North Branch. Turn south on Grand Avenue. Travel 300 feet and the soccer fields will be on the east side of the road. FIELD & PARKING GUIDE ROAD MAP PICTURE DAY PICTURE DAY IS JUNE 9TH! Below you will find ordering information, how to order & other guides/video. Please start this process early to familiarize yourself with the ordering process. No paper forms this year YAY!! Team picture schedules will be released no later than the Monday of picture week (will show on your Team Snap). PLEASE BE PREPARED TO START EARLY as some younger age groups may start pictures as early as 6:00 so the photographer can through all of the teams. do not be late or you will miss your group/team photo. Picture Day Flyer & Access Code Lakes United Rec (CLICK HERE) Picture Day Step by Step How to Guide for Ordering (CLICK HERE) PROGRAM AGE GROUPS PROGRAM AGE GROUPS We offer four different age brackets: Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten - Our Pre-K/K program is offered to support the youngest of players (must be age 5 by September 1st). This program is designed as an introduction to the game of soccer. Players will learn to work as a team, move in the right direction down the field, learn about basic foot work, dribbling and shooting. No goalies, no scoring and no team standings. Players practice for the first 20 minutes as a team, with the remaining time reserved for a scrimmage against an opposing team. No scores or team standings recorded. 1st and 2nd Grade - Our 1st and 2nd grade program is designed to encourage, enable and educate players in the on-going maturity of their soccer skills. Players will be introduced to some additional rules of play. Enforcement of these rules will continue throughout the duration of the season. Players will participate in drills and other activities the first 20 minutes, while the remaining time is reserved for a scrimmage against an opposing team. No scores or team standings recorded. 3rd and 4th Grade - Our 3rd and 4th grade program is designed to promote team growth, education in advanced skills, education and enforcement of all rules and an introduction to strategic play. The pace is faster with a healthy and respective sense of competitiveness. Teams will practice for about25/30 minutes with the remainder of the time spent playing a game. No scores or team standings are recorded. Towards the end of the season, these players will participate in a tournament where they have the opportunity to compete against their fellow teams with the goal of earning a medal. This tournament is offered to help promote the experience of the true format of a competitive soccer league. This enables players to make a decision on progressing their interest in soccer to a competitive level. If your child is interested in participating in a competitive (traveling) league, see/email Josh Kopp or Jake Borash or visit the Lakes United website for more information. 5th and 6th Grade - As the players get older and enter into the 5th and 6th grade level, they'll have the opportunity to work with Lakes United's Executive Director, Club Coach & North Branch Area High School Girls Soccer Head Coach Josh Kopp, as well as Lake United's Director of Coaching, Club Coach & North Branch Area High School's Boys Soccer Head Coach Jake Borash. Through Jake & Josh's wealth of knowledge and guidance, players will be introduced to advanced drills, introduced to competitive techniques and participate in a fun, upbeat environment. They will also be guided and coached by local High School and/or Club players. Teams will practice for about 30-40 minutes with the remainder of the time spent playing a game. Scores WILL be recorded along with team standings. WHAT TO BRING WHAT TO BRING Below is a quick checklist of things to bring each night of soccer. Please read carefully as some of these items differ across age levels. Uniform Each player will be provided a uniform the first night of soccer. Please ensure that you're child wears this uniform each night of soccer for the duration of the season. Players are welcome to proudly wear their soccer jersey to school to aid in promoting soccer with friends. Soccer Ball Each player should bring a soccer ball every Thursday. When purchasing a soccer ball for your child, ensure that your purchasing a soccer ball for their appropriate age. See below for our sizing recommendations. Size 3 for Pre-K/K Size 3 for 1st and 2nd Grade Size 4 for 3rd and 4th Grade Size 5 for 5th and 6th Grade Shin Guards Shin guards are a critical piece of safety equipment when stepping onto the soccer field. Please ensure your child has their shin guards properly attached before participating. If your child forgets their shin guards, they can support their team by cheering; however they will be unable to participate that evening (for safety reasons). Water Bottle We strongly encourage all players to bring a water bottle to aid in staying hydrated. Parents, please ensure that your child's water bottle is appropriately sized as we don't have a water source for players to refill. Soccer Cleats [Optional] Soccer cleats are allowed but not required. If you choose to purchase cleats, please ensure they are soccer cleats. Other cleats such as football cleats or baseball cleats are now allowed. Plastic cleats only - no metal. WEATHER & CANCELLATION POLICIES WEATHER & OTHER CANCELLATION POLICIES Any cancellation for those reasons below will be made NO LATER THAN 5:00 PM on the day of play via Team Snap & email. Please do not assume play will be cancelled. A determination will not be made until the Club or Rec Coordinator is confident in making the call to cancel. SEVERE WEATHER Light rain is playable Extreme cold temperatures, especially with even light rain will likely warrant a cancellation (judgement of the coordinator) Severe weather such as lighting, tornado watches/warnings, hail, etc will warrant a cancellation of activities High wind situations will be the judgment of the rec coordinator HOT WEATHER - At our scheduled time of play Heat Index < 89 degrees = Normal Play Heat Index 90-99 degrees = Mandatory 2-minute water breaks (consider shortening game times) Heat Index 100 - 105 degrees = Cancellation Likely, but determined by the judgement of the coordinator Heat Index > 105 = Cancelled MAKE UP DATES We will do our best to accommodate make up dates for any cancellation. They would be extending the season a week or 2 longer. This is dependent upon field availability and other circumstances out of our control. UNIFORM SIZING UNIFORM SIZING INFO PLEASE NOTE: The following information is based upon last year's (2021) uniform supplier. As of this reading we have not confirmed our supplier for this year, but is likely similar style and sizing. Once we have updated supplier info we will notify those registered & update this info. This year we are going to ask that you indicate sizing for your player on the registration tab. Use the link below to double check the sizing. Ordering additional tops will be an additional cost. Choosing the top size based on the "Adult" or "Youth" section of the link below. NOTE: Do NOT order based on Ladies, Girls, or Juniors. Augusta Sizing Chart REGISTRATION & PRICING REGISTRATION & PRICING We are continuing to utilize TeamSnap for ALL communications via the TeamSnap app, emails and to offer electronic registration allowing parents to register your child(ren) with ease. TeamSnap allows a single platform to register, acknowledge consent forms, complete contact information and submit payment. Visa and Mastercard accepted. How Do I Register? Registration opens on January 31st, 2022 and remains open through April 10th, 2022, extended through April 30th!! Please register your child at their current grade level. To be eligible, your child must be the age of 5 by September 1, 2022. To register, login using the registration link below. If you're new to our program, you'll need to register a new account. Once completed, you'll receive an email confirming your new account creation. Login using that account and add your child(ren). If you're an existing user, login using your existing account from last year. Continue through the remainder of registration and finalize your registration by making a payment with your Visa or MasterCard. How Much Is The Program? Registration cost is $75.00 per child. For families registering more than one child, a multi-child discount is available. See the Multi-Child discount section below for additional information. Registration fees include one jersey, one pair of shorts, one pair of socks, a participation medal and summer full of soccer fun! Payment Plan Option NEW THIS YEAR we are offering a payment plan! To choose a payment plan please do so on your checkout screen. The payment plan is $25.00 deposit at registration, $25 on March 1st & final $25 on April 1st. If you register AFTER February the payments plan/options do change as the plan must be paid in full by the end of the registration period. Are Their Discounts? Yes, we're pleased to offer a discount for families enrolling two or more children. We're also pleased to bring back our offer of $40.00 reimbursement for individuals who choose to volunteer coach this year. Additional information for each of these offerings can be received by contacting Josh Kopp. Multi-Child Discount is BACK!! Families registering multiple children are eligible for a discounted rate per child. All registered children must reside within the same family. 1st child is full price 2nd child receives a $5.00 discount 3rd child receives a $10.00 discount 4 or more children receive a $15.00 discount Note: In order for the registration system to recognize that your family is registering multiple children, please make sure to follow the instructions on the registration. Discounts are applied at the checkout screen. Failure to do so will result in a forfeiture of your family's discounted rate. Volunteer to Coach Our program is only successful because of the overwhelming support of our parents who choose to volunteer as coaches each year. As a reward for their willingness to help, we are offering a $40.00 reimbursement for those that are willing to volunteer coach. We are looking for volunteers who are responsible, interested in investing in the growth of our youth and willing to commitment in attending each week. We're looking for both head coaches and assistance coaches. No experience necessary. All coaches will be invited to participate in a 60-90 minute training session where we'll provide you with guidance and tools to help make this upcoming season a success. This training is a requirement to be eligible for the reimbursement. Reimbursements are paid out the last week of soccer. All coaches are required to undergo a background check prior to the first night of soccer. Refund Policy A $10 processing fee applies to all refunds made prior to the closing of registration. No refunds are available after registration closes. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to Josh Kopp via email prior to the closure of registration. All refund requests are subject to review and approval. Approved refund requests will be reviewed and processed within 1 week. Some refunds will be issued via a mailed check. REGISTRATION - NOW CLOSED SCHEDULES & STANDINGS PREK/K SCHEDULE 1ST/2ND GRADE SCHEDULE 3RD/4TH GRADE SCHEDULE 5TH/6TH GRADE SCHEDULE & STANDINGS TOURNAMENT 3rd/4th GRADE Rules are listed below the bracket. RULES 3-game guarantee, 1st & 2nd place teams from each group play a 4th game 20 minute halves, 5 minute halftime Coaches will officiate Offside rule is in play Goal kicks & corner kicks Fouls in the box result in INDIRECT KICK from spot of foul No heading GROUP STANDINGS Point System 6 points for a W 3 points for a T 0 points for a L 1 point for goal scored (max 3), no matter W ,L or T 1 point for a shutout (max points of 10 can be earned in single game, 6 for W, 3 for GF, & 1 for shutout) Example: Teams tie 3-3, both teams get 6 points (3 for T & 3 for GF) GROUP STANDING TIEBREAKERS Head-to-Head Goal Differential (GD) - max 3 in a single game can be counted Goals Against (GA) Goals For (GF) Penalty Shootout FINAL GAMES Teams seeded by standings at the end of group play (as described above) Games are as follow: Championship - Group A #1 vs Group B #1 Consolation - Group A #2 vs Group B #2 Games must have a winner, if tie at end of regular time (2) 5 minute halves (no "golden goal") If tie at end of extra time, penalty shoot out Penalty shoot out consists of 5 players, team with most goals at end of 5 wins, if still tie each team goes single rounds until a winner is decided AWARDS 1st place team receives 1st place medals 2nd place team receives 2nd place medals All other teams receive Lakes United Rec Soccer medals QUESTIONS ABOUT REC? 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