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2019 Spring Recreation Registration is now Open

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AC Sandhills invites you to join our Recreation Soccer League. Recreation means that this league is for every type and level of player, from beginner to experienced, come play the World’s Game here in the Sandhills. Our League is all about learning the game, developing skills, and having fun. We have a place for any player between the ages of 2 and 18: 

 Birth Year
                                   Program
 2016/2015 (Age 2-3)                  U4 Mini Kickers
2014/2013 (Age 4-5)                  U6 Future Stars
     2012-2001 (Age 6-18)                U8 to High School

The AC Sandhills Recreation is a volunteer-based program serving over 800 players annually. Our Recreation Program serves Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen, Seven Lakes, Carthage, Rockingham, Raeford, Candor, Biscoe, Vass and other surrounding communities. The Program hosts a season in the Fall and Spring.



2018 Fall Rec Schedules

Fall Recreation Standings
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2018 Fall Rec Schedule Links:

U8 Boys
U8 Girls
U10 Boys
U10 Girls
U12 Boys
U12 Girls
U14 Boys
U14 Girls
HS Boys

Notice: While this is the Official Schedule all times may be subject to change. Always confirm dates/times with coaches. All changes will automatically send a notification, instant update on Team Connect and posted schedules links will always show the most up to date schedule.  

Want to Volunteer as a Head Coach?

AC Sandhills Recreation Soccer would not exist without its Volunteer Coaches. Thanks to the hours dedicated to spreading the knowledge of and love for soccer, our coaches are able to provide a positive experience for our recreation players.

In order to work with minors, each coach must complete a North Carolina Youth Soccer Association Risk Management Application and pass the NCYSA Background Check. Coaches are also briefed on rules of the game, AC Sandhills Player/Parent Codes of Conduct, and encouraged to attend coaches education seminars.

If you are interested in coaching a team, please contact our office at [email protected] or call us at (910)-944-9042

NCYSA Age Chart

Please use the following birthdates below as reference for your player's NC Youth Soccer Association Age.

 18/19 Age Chart

*You will only be allowed to register for your player's true NCYSA age group.*

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When will the season officially begin for practices and games?

A. The first practice sessions will begin August 27, 2018. The first games will be played on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The season will run until October 27, 2018.

Q. When/Where will games be held?

A. Games will be every Saturday beginning September 15th until October 27th. Game times will begin at 9:00 am. All age groups will play at Morganton Sports Complex in Southern Pines.

Q. When is the last day to register for Recreation Soccer and how much does it cost?

A. The last day to register for soccer is August 20, 2018. There is a late fee deadline of August 10, 2018 at 11:45 PM. $10 Late Registration Fee

Q. Can I make any requests when registering?

A.  During the registration process, you may put in for the following requests: training times and training days. **While ACS makes every effort to grant all requests, due to high volume of players with special requests, we may be unable to satisfy every demand**

Q.  How are teams formed and players allocated to those teams?

A.  Teams are formed randomly before the Fall Season with Practice Time and Practice Day preferences considered for each player. Teams and Rosters will stay together for the Spring Season.

Q. When/Where will practices be held?

A.   Practices will be twice a week for an hour. Once a week for U8 players.

Q. How do I know which Jersey to wear? Orange or White
A. Home Teams wear White, Away Teams wear Orange. Every game will have a home team and Away team, this can be found on the Game Schedule Page

Q.   Will my child get much playing time even if they have never played soccer before or went to practices?

A.    All players will be guaranteed the chance to play regardless of experience or their practice attendances. Players should expect to play about half of the game.

 

Q. How do I order uniforms?

A.   Uniforms will be provided this season. So just make sure to put in the right jersey size during registration.

Q.  Can I get a refund for my registration?

A.  If the player(s) haven't played a game, then AC Sandhills can issue a refund.  If they have played in a game, AC Sandhills would evaluate and give partial refunds accordingly.

Q.  When should I hear from my coach?

A.  Coaches Must attend the seasonal Coaches Meeting before the start of Recreation Soccer Season.  This is when the coaches get their rosters and training schedules.  We have the meeting 2 weeks prior to the first session week.  All our coaches are Volunteers and have regular day jobs so AC Sandhills asks to give them some flexibility and time to reach out to their players after our Coaches Meeting.

Q. How do I become a Volunteer Coach?

A.  AC Sandhills is always looking for coaches to help with teams.  Email [email protected] or call at 910-944-9042, to see if spots are available. **Note: Parents planning to volunteer as coaches are not required to pay for their child to play. However, they must register their child for the season before they are eligible to play.**

Q.  When registering for Recreation Soccer, can I have my child play up/down an age group?

A.  Players may play up in very special circumstances, permission from a Club Director is needed. Decisions will be made with safety in mind. No player may play down into a lower age group.


Q.  Can I train/play in game(s) wearing any of the following: jewelry, glasses or cast for broken limbs?

A.  Players may wear glasses, at their own risk, but ACS recommend wearing athletic glasses.  Jewelry (earrings, tongue/lip rings, belly button rings, wrist bands, etc.) are not permitted.  Earrings are not allowed to be taped over; must be taken out.  Medical bracelets are allowed but must be taped using athletic tape; face of band can be visible.  All hard casts on arm(s) must be covered using padding such as bubble wrap.

U8-U14+ Recreation Soccer Information


Dates
Coaches Meeting - Mon. (1/28/2019)  at 6:00pm, Tues. (1/29/2019) at 6:00pm - Will be held at the ACS Office
Teams Contacted – After February 4th, 2019
Practices Start – February 11th, 2019
First Sat. of Games – March 2nd, 2019 
Spring Break (No Practices and No Games) – April 15th, 2019 to April 20th, 2019
Rain Make Up Date – April 27th, 2019
Spring Rec Tournament – May 4th, 2019

Location
All games for U8 through High School Divisions will play at Morganton Field in Southern Pines.

Morganton Sports Complex
100 Fire Ln, Southern Pines, NC 28387


Practices

U10 to High School Divisions: practice 1 hour twice a week.
U8 teams: Per US Soccer Mandate U8 practices once a week.
All Recreation Players U10 and older are eligible to attend Free Play Days.

Not all Practice Days and Times are available; to guarantee a training time and day that will work for your schedule volunteer to coach. Our Coaches choose their training days and training times.


Free Play Days
This will be an optional extra day of soccer for players registered in the Recreation Soccer League. This is purely a time for players to practice skills and challenge themselves in a low-pressure environment. Players may come and play small-sided games hosted by AC Sandhills. Coaches are encouraged to come facilitate games but this will be a time for players to play. 
More Information to come. First Free Play Friday: Feb. 1st, 2019

 
Recreation this Season


U8 Division - $95
- 2 Jerseys (Home/Away) 
- 7 Game Days
- 9 Practice Weeks (1 Practice a week) 
- Referee for every game


U10 to High School - $95
- 2 Jerseys (Home/Away)
- 7 Game Days
- 9 Practice Weeks (2 Practices a week)
- Free Play Days
- Referees for every game
- Tournament (Spring Only)   

Late Fee
Players registered after 11:45 PM on January 28th, will be charged a $10 Late Fee

Roster Deadline
All players registered before 11:45 PM on , February 1st, 2018 will be guaranteed a roster spot, after this deadline players will be added to a WAIT LIST and added to teams if numbers allow.

Registration Deadline
The final deadline to register is 11:45 PM on March 1st, 2019, no player may be added to a team after this deadline. If this deadline has passed and you would like to participate in the future with AC Sandhills please email [email protected] or contact the office at 910-944-9042 to hear about future programs.

Jersey/Uniform
Player Recreation Uniform :
2 Jerseys -
White Home Jersey/Orange Away Jersey 
1 Soccer Shorts – Black  
1 Pair Soccer Socks – Black
1 Pair of shin Guards (Socks must always cover shin guards)
1 Pair of Soccer Cleats (please no metal studs)


The Recreation Jersey for the Fall Recreation season will be 1 White Home Shirt and 1 Orange Away Shirt both shirts will be provided by AC Sandhills included with your Recreation fees. Players must provide their own shorts, socks and shin guards.

Birth Certificate
This season, registration will require a copy of the players Birth Certificate and a photo of the player. The copy of the Birth Certificate can be a picture of the birth certificate or a scanned copy.  

Volunteers
We are always in need of Coaches for every age group, no coaching experience needed. If you are interested, please email [email protected] or call the office 910-944-9042. Volunteer Coaching Info
If you would like more information, attend the one of the Coaches Meetings, Aug. 6th or Aug. 7th

Field Attendants and Concessions Volunteers – AC Sandhills needs volunteers for Recreation Weekends, we need help at the field to maintain a safe environment for our players, and of course, to ensure that anyone who needs a candy bar can get one. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are interested in helping out the club on Game Days or 

Sign up as a Game Day Volunteer Here