Age Groups

DUAL GRADE GROUPINGS (2019/20)

Program

Grade Requirements

AND

Date of Birth Requirements

Born On or After

U4

Pre-K

Born 9/1/2016-1/1/2017

U5

Pre-K

– 

1/1/2016

U6

K

1/1/2015

U8

2nd Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2011

Grade 3/4

4th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2009

Grade 5/6

6th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2007

Grade 7/8

8th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2005

Grades 9/10

10th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2003

Grades 11/12

12th Grade or Lower

AND

1/1/2001

PG

12th + 1 year or Lower

AND

1/1/2000

General Registration Info

Soccer runs fall-spring, and players stay in the same age group for the full soccer year. For example, the 2020-21 soccer calendar runs from September 2020 through June 2021. 

In-town soccer includes age groups U4 through U8, grade PreK3 through grade 2. Travel soccer includes age groups U10-U19, grades 3 through 12+.

Registration periods and deadlines generally as follows:

Fall Season

Registration opens on or about May 15 for all age groups

There is a $50 late fee for travel registrations received after July 1. In addition, we cannot guarantee roster spots for players registered after the July 1 deadline. Finally, travel players purchase a customized uniform that must be ordered about 6 weeks in advance. So late registrations may not have a game uniform in time for the season start. Once a player is in travel soccer, uniforms are required and must match their teammates, so substitutions are not possible. We have a very limited number of “loaner” uniforms available. 

There is a $25 late fee for all in-town registrations received after August 10th. In addition, we cannot guarantee roster spots for players registered after the July 1 deadline.

All registration for fall will close on or about August 20 (except for TOPS and Unified)

Spring Season

Registration opens on or about October 15 for all age groups

There is a $50 late fee for travel registrations received after December 1. In addition, we cannot guarantee roster spots for players registered after the December 1 deadline. Finally, travel players purchase a customized uniform that must be ordered about 6 weeks in advance. So late registrations may not have a game uniform in time for the season start. Once a player is in travel soccer, uniforms are required and should match their teammates (more so in spring than fall), so substitutions are not possible. We have a very limited number of “loaner” uniforms available. 

There is a $25 late fee for all in-town registrations received after February 10. In addition, we cannot guarantee roster spots for players registered after the February 10 deadline

All registration for fall will close on or about March 20 (except for TOPS and Unified). 

 

Registration Fees

U4 – $55 | $25 late fee

U5 – $55 | $25 late fee

U6 – $70 | $25 late fee

U8 – $75 | $25 late fee

U10 – $85 | $50 late fee

U12 – $85 | $50 late fee

U14 – $85 | $50 late fee

U17 – $85 | $50 late fee

U19 – $85 | $50 late fee

FAQs

Where do I register?

All registrations are handled through our online Sportsmanager registration system. You can access registration at www.unitedsoccerofauburn.com and selecting Registration from the top menu.

Where can I get a paper registration form?

All of our registration is conducted online. If you have an issue with internet access, do not have a credit card form of payment, or experience other issues with registration, you can e-mail registrar@usauburn.com for assistance and alternate registration options.

What if I am having trouble affording registration, uniforms, and/or equipment for my player?

United Soccer of Auburn offers financial assistance. Registration fees can be reduced or waived, as can the cost of travel uniforms. Through our partnership with Dick’s Sporting Goods, we typically have certificates for up to $50 per player to purchase a ball, shin guards, cleats, etc.

For assistance, contact president@usauburn.com. All inquiries are held strictly confidential.

Please do not wait beyond the registration deadline to register your child. If you cannot pay the registration fee at the time the deadline approaches, contact us. The most important thing is to get the players registered and on teams. Payment arrangements can be made later. 

I /my child do not live in Auburn. Can I still register for USA?

Yes. There are no residency restrictions for IN-TOWN leagues, which included U4-U8 (grades PreK3 to Grade 2).

Once the child reaches travel soccer at grade 3, there are residency requirements mandated by our parent leagues/associations. In order to play for USA if your child does not live in town, we need to secure a waiver from the club that covers your town of residence. 

In order to do this, simply register with USA as you normally would. We handle the waiver request and approval process electronically through the registration system. You do not need to do anything. In most cases, if your town club denies the waiver, there is not a lot we can do about that. This is a rare occurence, but it does happen. We would, of course, refund any registration fee if we are unable to roster your child on a USA team. 

How do Coach Credits work?

United Soccer of Auburn’s coaching staff is entirely volunteer. When you coach (head or assistant), you will receive a credit on your Sportsmanager account in the amount of your child’s current season registration.

Example: You coach your child’s U8 team in the spring of 2019. A credit for $75 (the current U8 registration fee) will be added to your account that will be automatically applied toward your next registration.

What if I coach more than one child?

You will receive credit for each child that you coach. If you coach a U8 team and a U12 team, you will receive credit for each of those children on your account.

What if the child(ren) I coach do not play the following season, but come back later?

The credits remain on your account indefinitely.

What if the child I coach(ed) stops playing soccer, but I have another child(ren) in USA?

Credits remain on your account and will be applied to any future registration.

My children are no longer playing soccer for USA, but I have coach credit remaining. Can I use it for a friend or relative? 

Sorry, no. While we believe have a generous coach credit policy, these credits are not transferrable.

Do you offer multi-player discounts? 

Yes. The second player in your family – and on your account – to register receives a $10 discount; third and subsequent players each receive a $15 discount.

Can I request a specific coach or teammate(s)?

There is a comments section on the registration form. You may add requests, but we cannot guarantee that any requests will be honored.

Requests for specific practice days or times are nearly impossible to accommodate. We do not usually know coach or field availability until well after registration closes and rosters are set.

For more information on how team rosters are built, please click HERE.

My registration confirmation said my child was registered for Team XXX, but was then placed on a different team.

Players are not placed on rosters until after the registration deadline. Due to some buggy behavior in Sportsmanager, a player’s team assignment from the previous season is sometimes included on the registration confirmation. This is not accurate, and we apologize for any confusion it may cause.

Why does registration open so early? Why are the deadlines so much earlier than the start of the season?

For in-town leagues – U4, U5, U6 and U8 – we must order uniforms, schedule fields through the Town of Auburn, and line up enough coaches to ensure we have a reasonable coach to player ratio. This requires a fair amount of lead time and coordination with other town leagues like football and baseball who also need field space. Uniform lead times are typically at least three weeks, and each team wears a different color jersey/sock. So, in order to be ready for the season start in early September or early April, we need to have our numbers and teams set so we can order appropriately.

For travel leagues, USA is a member of the Midland Area Youth Soccer League (MAYS) which, in turn, is a member of Massachusetts Youth Soccer. MAYS reviews and approves teams and rosters to ensure teams are in the correct competitive division, meet the minimum/maximum players requirements, all rostered players meet residency requirements, and more. This process is more stringent in the spring season, as spring hosts league and state playoffs.

So, for example, USA ordinarily must have our teams registered and rosters submitted to MAYS by the second week of January. Building rosters is time consuming, and it so happens that it needs to be completed over the holiday season. If we set the deadline later than December 1, we would have a very difficult time having everything together by early January.

MAYS has a team placement review process that begins in mid-February, and then an appeal process after that. So our lead time for submitting rosters and getting approval is lengthy, especially in spring.

Like the in-town leagues, we order uniforms for travel players who do not yet have on or who may need a new one. These uniforms have about a 6-8 week lead time. Spring games usually begin on or about April 1.

Uniforms

Travel players must purchase a uniform that includes a shirt, shorts and socks. For the 2020-21 year, this kit is $50. Each player is assigned a number when they reach travel age (grade 3), and that number stays with them for the balance of their career with USA. You do not need this number when you purchase the uniform.

The uniforms are a custom design offered through Cano Soccer based in Ludlow, MA. The design and styling will not be phased out like most name brand uniforms (such as Adidas, Umbro, UnderArmour, etc. who phase out styles every 24-36 months). This means your child can wear the same uniform as long as it fits or until it wears out. In our experience so far, a player entering travel at grade 3 and playing for USA through U14 has had to replace their uniform just one time, so for most this $50 expenditure will be just a two-time expenditure.

Uniforms are ordered through www,unitedsoccerofauburn.com/shop. Be sure you are 100% confident in your child’s size, as the uniforms are athletic cut and do run small. Because they are customized, they cannot be returned or exchanged.

If you do not need an entire kit, you can purchase the individual pieces also through our online store. In addition, custom goalkeeper uniforms are also available as an option. This is not required, even if your player is a keeper.

USA will compile and submit the orders, and deliver the uniforms to players via coaches prior to the season start.

In-Town players (U4 through U8) are provided a jersey and socks. You do not need to purchase any uniforms for in-town players. 

What is the refund policy?

Our refund policy is stated in the waiver included in step one of the registration process. Refunds will be only provided in the event a player/family moves from the area, if a player is injured and unable to play, if a player cannot be rostered on a USA team, or other extraordinary circumstances approved by the registrar or USA Board of Directors. Refunds will also only be considered before rosters are approved by MAYS, and only before a season begins game play except in cases mentioned above. Prorated refunds may be issued at the registrar/Board discretion. The Board also reserves the right to provide a registration credit toward future registration in lieu of a cash refund.

Once USA registers teams and submits roster to MAYS, and submits insurance registrations to Mass Youth Soccer, we do not receive a discount or refund when players drop out. Therefore, once theses deadlines have passed, we will be unable to refund or credit your entire registration fee.

Late fees are not reimburseable except in extraordinary circumstances as approved by the USA Board of Directors.

Travel uniform fees are not reimburseable, as the uniforms are customized with a player’s name and number and therefore cannot be returned or exchanged.