How to get the ball rolling for your Calgary minor soccer player
By April Cruz and Karen Wallace
If you’re interested in registering your son or daughter to play Calgary minor soccer, here’s the steps from someone who knows, Mrs. Karen Wallace. Her son has played since he was four. He is now nine.
NSD (National Sports Development) was our local soccer club but my son went to Foothills because my nephew already played there. First go to the Calgary Minor Soccer Association website and there you’ll find a list of the different clubs.
Basically pick a club that’s closest to your area or check them out to see which one has the best technical programs.
For a parent brand new to the process, especially if your child is young, it’s good to go to a club that’s close to where you live. Then it’s more than likely your child will know a lot of the kids from their school or neighborhood. That’s a big draw, especially at the start when perhaps they’re not sure if soccer is what they want to do. If they have friends involved, that’ll encourage them to play.
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When they start getting older and more established with the game, take a look at the technical training being offered, the club’s facilities, the coaches and their background. The size of the club is something to consider too. The bigger clubs draw more kids, which is good for some players but may not be for others.
Then go directly to the club or register online. Most of the clubs have online registration now. This allows parents to fill out the details like what age group a child is in, if they’ve played before, and then make payment of fees online.
The cost for a season will depend on the age of your child and the level they’re going to play at. The younger they are, the cheaper it is. As your child gets into the higher tiers and in to the older age groups, it gets more expensive.
If your child is good at soccer, you can expect to pay more for it.
There will be a registration fee, as well a jersey and volunteer deposit required for every U10 and up player, no matter the club. The amount of these fees, however, does vary from place to place.
Registration is now open for the upcoming Calgary Minor Soccer Association’s indoor season. Every club’s website will have details about joining, their fees, evaluations, and more.
The indoor season will start in early October.
It’s worth researching where your child will begin or continue their soccer experiences.
Here is where to start, the CMSA website page with the list of clubs.
We hope this was helpful.
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