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Rec FAQ

***Spring Rec Registration closes on April 6th.  REGISTER NOW***


Welcome to Manchester Rec Soccer! We offer a fun, safe, low-key environment where your player can enter the world of team sports. Soccer, like perhaps no other sport, can be enjoyed at any skill level, with the least amount of equipment needed of any team sport. There’s a reason soccer is unchallenged as the most popular sport in the world. Played everywhere from dirt lots to world-class stadiums holding 100,000+ chanting and screaming fans. With a fan base of over 3 BILLION…soccer is a sport that welcomes everyone, and can be played by anyone.

Forget expensive gear, forget complicated rules. All soccer needs is open space, something to kick…and kids willing to have a great time under the sun.

Let’s get our kids off the couch, smell the grass, and have some fun. : )


 

PLEASE FIND THE ANSWERS TO OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED REC QUESTIONS BELOW...

  • When will Rec Registration open?  Rec Registration opens Mid Jan for the Spring season and Mid July for the Fall season.
  • How do I register?  To register, you must sign up for an MSA account using the link at the upper right hand corner or simply click HERE.  Once you have signed up for an MSA account, you may register for any available program including Rec Soccer using the REGISTRATION INFO tab or simply click HERE.  If you do not see a Rec Registration option, Rec Registration is closed.
  • When do the seasons start?  The Spring season usually begins the first Saturday after spring break, while the Fall season usually begins the second week of September.
  • How long is the season?  The season is usually 6 weeks long, with games played on the weekends.
  • When are games played?  Rec games are usually played on Saturday mornings, with games at 9am, 10am and 11am.
  • When are practices?  There is usually one short practice sometime during the week, depending on your coaches' schedule.
  • What are the ages for your Rec Program?  We have U6, U8 and a Travel Academy for U10 aged players who are not on one of our travel teams.  Birth years for our Rec teams range from 2011-2013...and 2015 if birthday falls before April 1st.  Travel Academy birth years include 2009-2010.  Travel Academy information can be found HERE
  • How are teams divided? Rec teams will be divided by birth year.
  • My player is 3, but she's reaaaaaallly wants to play. Can she?  MSA does not currently have a "Little Kickers" program for those players 3 and younger (however if you would like to volunteer to START and run such a program that would be fantastic!).
  • My player is AWESOME, can he play up an age group?  We encourage players at the rec level to stay within their peer group, as team building is as important at this level as skill development.  Please contact our VP of Rec at [email protected] if you have any further questions.
  • Are there boys teams and girls teams?  The teams at the rec level are coed.
  • What if they're aren't enough players to form a team?  We do everything within our ability to find a spot for every child that wants to play.  If Manchester just doesn't have enough U8 players (for example)...we will call local clubs to see if they want to combine for that age group.  If this doesn't work, that player's money is refunded.
  • What does the season usually cost?  Our Rec fees vary depending on the amount of players, new equipment, volunteer levels, school imposed fees, etc.  Our current Rec U6/U8/Academy fee is $65.  Because of the disruption to our teams and hardship for our club volunteers, late registrations cannot be accepted.  Please be aware of registration due dates and register on time.
  • Is there financial assistance available? Yes, we want everyone who would like to play for Manchester to be able to play for Manchester, regardless of their financial situation. Please download our Financial Assistance Form located under the RESOURCES tab above, and be sure to submit it by the applicable deadline.
  • What are our fees used for?  Many items, such as paint, porta potties, mowing, field and coaches equipment, insurance, flyers, yard signs, banners, scholarships, etc overlap both rec and travel, and therefore MSA has a general fund for those items.  Recently, for example, the general fund was used to buy new nets at a cost of around $1,200.  Having a general fund benefits and keeps costs lower for all of our players.
  • What equipment does my player need?  Shoes, shinguards and a size 3 ball.  That's it.
  • What will practice be like?  This depends on the coach.  Usually practice is once a week for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  It's typically low-key, with fun team-building games that simultaneously develop skills.
  • Where do we get our Coaches?  Our fantastic coaches are volunteers who usually, but don't always have their kids on their team.
  • I'd like to be a hero to the kids of Manchester...can I be a coach?  You bet!  Just contact our VP of Rec at [email protected] or come to one of our Board meetings.  There is no experience required, just a simple background check and you are on your way to hero status!
  • When will my coach be contacting me?!!!  This part is like herding cats : )  Please be patient as all of our coaches are volunteers, and often first-time coaches.  Sometimes it takes a while to find those great volunteers who are willing to step up and coach.  Sometimes we have to wait for parents to complete registration forms.  Sometimes we have incorrect or missing contact information.  Sometimes emails end up in spam folders.  Sometimes our volunteers are enjoying vacations like normal people ; )  If you have still not been contacted within a week of games starting please contact our VP of Rec at [email protected]  Currently our VP of Rec position is open.  [email protected] emails are being forwarded to MSA's President.  Be assured, we will all do our best to get back with folks in a timely manner.
  • Who do I contact with questions not answered above?   Please contact our VP of Rec Soccer at [email protected]

 

 

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Registration Listing

2019 Futsal Fridays

Futsal is FIFAs approved indoor soccer game.  Futsal is usually played on a gym surface which makes it a great indoor winter sport!

MSA Futsal Fridays is a FREE drop in, co-ed, open scrimmage for ages 4-18.  Players are divided according to age and/or ability level.  No soccer experience necessary.  All that's required are clean, rubber-soled sneakers, shin guards and lots of energy!  Take your soccer skills to the next level and join us for Futsal Fridays!!!  

For player U11 and older...
Dates are 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/22, 3/1 and 3/8.
Fustal will run Fridays from 8:00-10:00pm
Location is the Manchester Riverside School Gym

A new session has been added for U10 and under at the Klager Gym from 7-8pm
Note that the U10 and under Futsal will not be happening on January 18 and February 22nd because of Family Movie Night at Klager.

We are asking for 4 volunteers for each of our 8 Futsal Fridays.  We will need two coach volunteers who are familiar with fustal rules and are able to run futsal scrimmages.  Also needed are  two parent or high school student volunteers who are willing to assist the coach running scrimmages as well as setup, teardown, cleanup and keeping players in the gym area. Remember that MSA is a non-profit community organization and requires a great deal of volunteer effort.  Any volunteer effort by our high school students would be greatly appreciated and will look great on a college or scholarship application.  If we are unable to fill any of the 4 volunteer slots on any given Friday, MSA will cancel that futsal session...SOOO.... ...Sign up now! Sign up often!...
Volunteer Sign up ==> HERE
and as always...PLAY BIG MANCHESTER!!!

Ages 4-18

Registration closes on 03/08/2019 at 08:30 PM
Season Dates: 01/18/2019 to 03/08/2019
$0.00

2019 Spring Rec U6/U8/Academy Soccer

MSA U6/U8 REC SOCCER

MSA's U6/U8 soccer is for players with birth years 2012, 2013, 2014... and 2015 if birthday falls before April 1st.  Forget expensive gear, forget complicated rules.  Let's get our kids off the couch, smell the grass, and have some fun. : ) Visit our Rec FAQ HERE.

MSA ACADEMY

MSA's Academy program is for those players with birth years 2010 and 2011 who are too old for our rec program and are looking to increase their technical skills prior to entering the more competitive travel environment.  Dribbling, passing, trapping.  Spatial awareness, using the goalie as an integral player, using the entire field, eliminating the herd mentality, learning all positions.  Coached by dedicated coaches and high school players with competitive 7v7 refereed games each Saturday.  For answers to more of your questions, please visit our Academy FAQ HERE.

MSA Academy Program

Registration closes on 04/06/2019 at 12:15 AM
Season Dates: 04/27/2019 to 06/08/2019
$65.00

U6/U8 Rec Soccer

Registration closes on 04/06/2019 at 12:15 AM
Season Dates: 04/27/2019 to 06/08/2019
$65.00