Beginning and End Spring recreational soccer starts around mid-April and ends around mid-June.
Practices are held once per week at a time and place selected by the club or the coach. During registration we ask you for your primary and secondary preference for practice day, e.g. Monday, Thursday. We then try to accommodate your request when we form teams and schedule practices. The coach is a parent-volunteer. If you want to have some control the place and time for practices, become a coach. If the team wants a coach and a practice day that is impossible for the coach, then a compromise must be worked out at the team level. We ask coaches to consult the other parents with players on the team. By selecting their own place and time, each team has the option of practicing at a location central to the homes of the players and at a day and time that works for the majority of the players on the team. It is possible (but not guaranteed) that the club can switch your child to a different team if your assigned team picks a day and time or location that does not fit your schedule.
Practice Times are never scheduled prior to 5:30 pm on a weeknight. Pre-k practices usually last 30 minutes. Kindergarten practices are 30-45 minutes in duration. First-fifth grade practices are 45-60 minutes in duration. Practice schedules are usually posted 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season. If our season intersects with Easter week, won't practice Thursday or Friday. Many schools are out during part or all of Easter week. Practice schedules are posted 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season.
Friends sometimes like to play on the same team. You can request a single friend to be on your child's team. Requests for multiple friends on the same team can be a logistical nightmare to accommodate. So, please choose your child's top friend to be on the same team as your child. That will be our top priority, all other things considered such as primipary practice days. If we can accommodate primpary or secondary practice days, and multiple friend requests, we will. It is best to choose your child's top friend request online during registration. Then, email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want your child to be playing with other children.
Games are held on Saturdays or Sundays before Memorial Day weekend. They are then held on weeknights, after 5:30 pm, after Memorial Day weekend. We won't have games on the day of the Fargo Marathon. If on Saturday, games will start no earlier than 9 am but most likely no earlier than 10 am. If on Sunday, the game schedule starts 2 hours later (noon or after). Game schedules are posted 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season.
Uniforms are distributed about a week or two before the first games. You don't order a specific size uniform. Instead, you simply pick from the available sizes we have in stock. We carry a very large stock of uniforms. Uniforms consist of a reversible jersey, socks and shorts.
Other equipment such as a soccer ball, shin guards and water bottle are up to each family to provide for their child. In addition, some families can opt for soccer cleats. We recommend cleats for players in first grade or older. We sell soccer balls but you can purchase a ball from any retailer.