Upward Soccer is back at Chapel Hill! 
 

This is a recreational soccer league for kids from K4 to 6th grade, both boys and girls, and is available in the Fall each year. It is a family oriented, Christian faith-based program, open to all. The registration link is available at the bottom of this page.

 

Program Focus and Goals:

  • kids having a good time
  • learning good sportsmanship
  • being respectful of others
  • getting healthy, safe outdoor exercise
  • learning the importance of teamwork
  • learning basic soccer skills & developing self confidence

In addition, children will learn to respect their competition and be more focused on competing against their own potential as a measure of their progress. In addition we will promote the solid Christian values of compassion, following the golden rule by treating others as we would want to be treated, and loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.

The soccer program is open to all skill levels and appropriate for kids with no soccer experience as well as experienced and talented players. This is not an elite travel program and teams are established with a goal of trying to distribute individual talent evenly across the teams. Every player, based on a disciplined player substitution policy, gets to play the same amount of time as every other player on the team. The coaches work hard to find ways for all the players, regardless of athletic skill level, to be able to make contributions to the team and feel good about their participation. We accept kids that may be challenged with some disabilities and will work them into the program the best we can.

Teams are comprised of both boys and girls. We have used this mixed gender format for years and found it to work quit well. We teach soccer as a no contact sport with the need to protect the players from unsafe situations. Players are taught to be aggressive in their play but also held accountable for not injuring themselves or another player. We have also implemented special soccer rules that eliminate potentially unsafe play such as heading the ball or sliding tackles. We want the kids to play hard but to play safe.
 

Team Assignments & Details

  • Players are assigned to a team based on a number of factors.
  • Each team is assigned a specific day of the week for their once a week practice. Practices are generally one hour and last from either 6 pm to 7 pm or 7 pm to 8 pm. Many families have certain nights of the week when they cannot practice. During the registration process, you can indicate one night of the week that you cannot practice and we take that into consideration when assigning teams.
  • We have many families that have more then one child in the program and we work very hard to make sure that they get assigned to the same practice day if at all possible.

 

Coach & Volunteer Opportunities

The vast majority of coaches in the league come from the parents of the players. It would not be possible to conduct the program without this source of coaching resources. All of the effort that goes into the program comes from volunteers and we have been fortunate in finding enough parents willing to jump in and get involved with coaching their child’s team. Coaching is a lot of fun and most parents find it quite rewarding. Some parents are hesitant to consider this opportunity because they have no direct soccer experience. There is plenty of help available to provide someone without direct soccer experience with what they need to know to be effective as a coach. There are also opportunities to volunteer as an assistant coach and learn the ropes that way. Coaches can receive a discount on registration for their children by using the code Coach during the registration process.
 

Practice & Games

All practices are held at the Chapel Hill soccer fields located behind the church. All games are played at the same soccer fields on Saturday mornings. We have multiple age divisions and each age division plays on Saturday mornings in a specific time slot. The specific schedule depends on the number of teams we have in each age group and can only be determined after registration is closed and teams are assigned.
 

Registration Fees & Other Costs

  • The registration fee covers the cost of the jersey that is supplied to each player and indicates which team is the Home team and which team is the Away team each Saturday. An end of season award is also included in the registration fee.
  • Shorts are included with the registration price. Please specify the shorts size during the registration process.
  • We have an early registration discount available for those who respond quickly to the open registration period and we offer a discount structure for additional siblings to lessen the cost for a family with multiple kids in the program. A family with multiple kids playing should try very hard to take advantage of the early registration period because there is a compounding effect that can yield large savings.
  • During the registration process you can decide if you want to make an additional donation. Donations will be used to upgrade equipment, future expansion of the soccer ministry, as well as scholarships for families in need. As little as a $5 contribution will help us provide some scholarships for children less fortunate.
 
We have had great success with this program, providing an enjoyable and fun family experience.
 
If you have an interest in getting more involved on a volunteer basis, there are many areas for contribution as we expand and grow the program. If you want to find out how you might help, please contact Rob Livingston. We hope that you join us for our next season of Upward Soccer.
 
Sign up early and use the promo code JUNE to receive a $15 discount. This discount is only available for the month of June.
 
Dates
 
Registration Begins: 06/12/2018
First Evaluation: 08/11/2018
First Game: 09/08/2018
Finish Date: 10/29/2018
 
Contact Details
 
Rob Livingston
8790 Highway 43 N,
Northport, AL 35473
205-339-4071
rob@chapelhillbc.org