Q . Where are soccer practices held ?
A. Most practices are at the Stoutsville Soccer complex. On occasion there are some teams with a coach that also coaches for the AC middle school or high school soccer teams, and they have held practices at the school.
Q . When are the practices ?
A. Practice days and times are at the discretion of each of our volunteer coaches to fit their availability. The K-1 league usually has 1 practice per week and some may have a second. The 2-3 grade league practices 2 times per week. The 4-5-6 grade league is 2 per week. These days and times will not be known until mid August. Practices typically begin one week before the first week of school.
Q. When and Where are the games played?
A. Games are on Sunday afternoons at the Stoutsville Soccer complex. The first game is typically the Sunday after school begins. The last game is typically in early October. In order to further enhance the quality of our league, it is possible that one or two games MAY be scheduled against teams from other local soccer rec leagues and involve traveling a short distance.
Q. Can I request a coach or request teammates during registration?
A. YES, you may indicate a coaching preference on your form. You may also indicate on your form that your child would like to be on the same team as another child for practice carpooling purposes etc.
*We will make every attempt to honor these requests, but CANNOT guarantee them.
*Timely registration forms will receive priority in completing requests.
Q. My child really loves soccer. How can he/she get really good at it?
A. This volunteer “everyone plays league” will provide a platform for players to improve, but just your child practicing with their team one to two days per week is really not enough to significantly improve during the season. We recommend parents encourage and participate with their child in practice sessions at home. Even if you know nothing about soccer, we recommend watching some of the drills at practice and then doing them with your child at home. The important thing is daily touches on the ball. We will also post links to camps and other additional soccer training on our website.
Q. My child wants to play indoor soccer. When does that start?
A. The indoor soccer facility is in Chillicothe and games usually start in the second week of November. The AC soccer rec league does not officially organize these teams but we can help you. There is usually a sign up sheet that is used to gauge interest at each grade level. Teams can be all boys, all girls, and some cases co-ed. A parent/coach would then need to be in charge of forming and organizing the team. The AC soccer board members will help you, call or email us. Cost is usually around $50-60 per player.
Q. Does your league offer Spring Soccer?
A. No and Yes . Because of kids playing other spring sports such as baseball and softball, we simply do not have the numbers to field enough teams to have a league. HOWEVER, we have helped many parent/coaches form AC spring soccer teams that have played in the Lancaster Parks and Rec league. Please see the “indoor soccer" answer above to see how this process would work. If you are willing to coach we can facilitate getting your team together and registered to play in that league. Please contact us.