This is a recreational league where the primary objective of the Youth Soccer Program is for the players to develop skills, learn good sportsmanship and above all, have fun. The emphasis is on self-improvement - to provide each player the opportunity to reach his/her own maximum potential development for the enjoyment of soccer. The emphasis is NOT on winning: each child will contribute to the “We, the Team” concept through equal and fair play.
FUNdamentals (Grade K-1) are co-ed teams. This is a two-year program where different skills are introduced and built upon each year, preparing the child for game play with referees in Division I. This year professional soccer coaches will oversee the 1-hour sessions beginning at 12:15PM (Gr K.) and 1:30PM (Gr. 1). There are no weekly practices for the K & 1st Grade levels. At least 4 parent coaches are required for each session. Cleats are not required. First day is Saturday, Sept 10th and runs through Nov 5th @ SBP. *No soccer on Oct 8th. Each child should bring their own #3 size ball.
U8/Grade 2 is co-ed; Grade 2 practices on Thursday's from 5:30-6:30pm beginning 9/8-11/3 and are run by Soccer Shots. Parent volunteer coaches will run the Saturday morning scrimmages from 9-10am @ SBP. The first Saturday will be Sept 10th and runs through Nov 5th @ SBP. *No soccer on Sept 24 & Oct 8th. Each child should bring their own #3 size ball.
U10, U12 & U14- there will be separate girls and boys teams.There will be some local travel for grades 3-8. We participate in the Farmington Valley Recreation Soccer League at U10-U14 levels. Children are to be registered in their appropriate age/grade division. We are not responsible for practice or game cancellations due to conditions beyond our control. Practices begin the week of Aug 29th. We are having a coaches meeting on Sunday, Aug 21st where teams will be made. At that time once your child is placed on a team, practice times will be determined and you will be informed by your child's coach. First game is Sat Sept 10th. Last game is Sat Nov 5th. *No soccer over the Columbus Holiday weekend.
U10 teams play 7 v 7 games
U12 teams play 9 v 9 games
U14 teams play 11 v 11 games
Each child in every division is provided with a team T-shirt and team colored socks. Parents for all levels are responsible for making sure their child has their own ball with their name on it (sizes below), mandatory cleats (grades 2-8) and shin guards. Please be sure to buy the correct size and put his/her name on it. Additionally, no jewelry of any kind including earring posts is allowed during practices and games.
Eligibility - Registration is open to girls and boys in the following grade groups:
Grade as of Ball
DIVISION 9/1/20 Size
FUNdamentals gr. k-1 3
U8/GRADE 2 gr. 2 3
U10 (‘13/’14 Birth year) 4
U12 (‘11/’12 Birth year) 4
U14 (‘09/’10 Birth year) 5
Fees & Registration Info- Cost covers uniforms, equipment, coaches’ training, administration & referee coordinator fees, referees fees and other fees associated with operating the fall soccer program. Soccer scholarships are available on an as-needed basis; contact the Youth Services Department no later than 8/1 for details; all scholarship requests are strictly confidential.
Registration will be accepted online at www.GranbyRec.com, in person at the Recreation office or by mail
Earlybird Registration Fee by midnight July 31, 2022: $95/player
Regular Registration Fee after August 1: $115/player
After the August 14th registration deadline, a $25 late fee will be assessed.
**Please note....any late registrations after Aug 10th unfortunately won't be guaranteed a spot on the U10-U14 teams or a jersey b/c the jersey order for the program will have already been submitted and we have to let the Farmington Valley League know the # of teams we have. Any Kindergarten - 2nd grade not guaranteed a jersey/socks once the order has been put in on Aug 22nd.
Refunds – Refunds are granted up to 5 business days prior to the start of the program less a 10% administrative fee. If cancellation is made with 5 business days of the program start a 35% admin/cancellation fee will apply. No refunds will be issued for cancellations once the program starts except for a Medical reason with a doctor’s note.
Coaches Meeting: For those interested in coaching: There will be a meeting to put the teams together on Sunday, August 21st Held in the Gathering Room at SBP:K-1st Grade: 12-1pm; 2nd Grade: 1-2pm; U10 Boys & Girls: 2-3pm; U12 Boys & Girls: 3-4pm; U14 Boys & Girls: 4-5pm. Please indicate on your child's registration if you are interested in coaching AND email Terri Ziemnicki at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at the office at 860-653-8947.
Team Assignments - Team assignments are made based on age. We do not honor team requests or moving up or down a division. Team assignments are also based on the information you give us as to the night your child is NOT available for practices (grades 3-8). Coaches will notify you by August 25th with your child's team assignment. Changes in your personal schedule do not necessitate our accommodating your change.
Parent Volunteers - Parent volunteers are a vital part of our youth sports programs. Parents can assist in various ways by being coaches or assistant coaches.
Scheduling – Practices are scheduled based on the availability of the coaches; team assignments are made based on the information you give us. Game schedules are based on field availability and some schedules are coordinated with other towns. We do NOT schedule around any player’s personal schedule.
Officials - Anyone age 13 and over interested in being a paid official should register on line and must attend the training/meeting which is being held on Saturday, August 27th from 6-7pm in the Gathering Room at SBP. Please bring your passport OR a photo ID and social security card.