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Sports News & Updates:

SPRING SOCCER – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Now through January 31st we will be taking sign-ups for all our age groups to participate in the upcoming soccer season. Join us as the weather gets warmer and we can get back to the great outdoors. The Spring 2021 season will start in March with practices and continue through June with games for ages 3 and a half to 17!

U6 (12/31/15-10/1/17) – $40 members / $60 program members
U8 (2013-2014) – $40 members / $60 program members
U10 (2011-2012) – $55 members / $75 program members
U12 (2009-2010) – $55 members / $75 program members
U15 (2006-2008) – $55 members / $75 program members  (*do not pay for U15 until team is formed)


To facilitate a streamlined contactless process you can download our registration form with the link below. You can fill it out and return it via email scan to [email protected] or fax it to 540.587.5310, please notate a call number to make your payment over the phone. 
Fees are due with registration and Financial Aid is available upon request.

  

Registration Form

Each age group has limits on spots and they are filled on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay. All players and coaches will follow the current CDC and YMCA health guidelines and policies. For more information, you can contact our Sports Director, Dwayne Abbott at 540.586.3483 or email [email protected]  

SPRING TRAVEL SOCCER – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Is your child ready to take their game to the next level of play? If so we are now taking sign-ups for our Spring Travel Soccer League. These teams will start practices in March and run games through June. Game locations are TBD after teams are created but will be on most Saturdays after April.

Cost for players: $200 plus uniform fees TBD 

To facilitate a streamlined contactless process you can download our registration form with the link below. You can fill it out and return it via email scan to [email protected] or fax it to 540.587.5310, please notate a call number to make your payment over the phone. Fees are due with registration and Financial Aid is available upon request.

 

Registration Form

 

Each team has limits on spots and they are filled on a first come first serve basis, so don’t delay. All players and coaches will follow the current CDC and YMCA health guidelines and policies. For more information, you can contact our Sports Director, Dwayne Abbott at 540.586.3483 or email [email protected]  

 

Winter Youth Indoor Soccer
2021 Season Canceled due to low registration

Registration for the 2021 season open now through November 30.  Late fees may apply after that. With only 24 spots for U6 and U8 and 28 spots for U10 and up, and a first come first serve policy don’t delay!  You can register at the Member Services Desk or via email (you must be able to print, sign, and scan back) with a phone payment.

The games will start and run every Saturday in January. All players will get a jersey.
No spectators allowed.

Cost: $40 for Bedford YMCA members and $50 for program members

Age Groups: (ALL TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON ENROLLMENT)

U6 – 11:30a – 12:30p
U8 – 12:30p – 1:30p

U10 – 1:30a – 2:30p
U12 – 3:30p – 4:30p
U15 – 4:30p – 5:30p
U18 – 2:30p – 3:30p 

Play style for U6 and U8 will be 4 v 4 with no keepers. Play style for U10-U18 will be 5 v 5 with keepers and a round-robin tournament to conclude the season. 

Players must have shin guards, sneakers, and (recommended size 4) balls.

All participants will have to take temperatures, get a health screening, bring their own balls, and water bottles as there are no water fountains available. Guardians/Parents must drop their child off so we can have the most participants with capacity limits. No spectators allowed. Everyone must follow social distancing and masks are required in all common areas.

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Spring Registration is the entire month of January! 

Fall Registration is the entire month of June!

Youth Indoor Soccer Registration is the month of November!

Tournament Soccer – year round as tournament permits

We have several age groups from ages 3 – 11, we may have a U15 team if we have enough to make a team!!! Each program is different ages.

Philosophy

The YMCA program is affiliated with the U.S. Youth Soccer Association, and follows their recommendations on field size and rosters. The current trend in soccer nationwide is toward smaller sided games with less specialization of players into set positions. There is less emphasis on competition and league standings and more emphasis on individual development and creativity. We want to create well-rounded players who love to play the game, hopefully lifelong. We teach children good sportsmanship and to be gracious winners and graceful losers. “It’s not whether you win or lose – it’s how you play the game.”

Getting Ready

  1. Shinguards – required.  Inexpensive ones are available at Soccer Stop in Roanoke; Play It Again and Dick’s Sporting Goods in Lynchburg; and Wal-Mart in Bedford.
  2. Water – bring to each practice and game.
  3. Cleats or turf shoes: optional (but most children want them).  
  4. Ball – children should have their own ball for play at home and to bring to practice. Mark it with your child’s name!  U-6 and U-8 use size 3 balls, U-10 and U-12 use size 4 and U-13 up use size 5.

The Season

Practices for U-10, U-12, and U-15 and will generally be 2 nights a week with games on Saturday; your coach will contact you regarding the schedule. Most coaches want players at the field 30 minutes before a game for warm ups and strategy sessions. Practices and games will begin for U8 and U6 around Mid to Late August in the Fall and Mid to March in the Spring. Practices and games will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays for U6 and Mondays and Wednesdays for U8 from 6:00 – 7:00 at the YMCA, your coach will contact you. In case of bad weather the coach will determine if practice is to be held- the coach or team parent will try to contact you at home. Please give an alternate number if you want to be called elsewhere. Game cancellations are made by the Home Field Coordinator, who contacts the home coaches, who contact the teams, also you may go to http://www.cvrsa.org to see if the fields you are playing on are open for U-10 and above. Schedules and directions to the fields are also provided on the website.

Each team needs a team parent to help the coach with communication and socialization.  Please volunteer!  It’s not hard, and it helps so much!  Duties: 1) distribute notices, 2) help with phone calls in case of practice or game changes or cancellations, 3) make a schedule for juice or snacks, and finally 4) contact parents about items for the end of season celebration.

The YMCA will provide the players with medals at the end of the season.  It is up to individual teams to decide whether or not to have an end of season “get-together”.  Get with your coach and team parent to decide what you would like to do.  If you would like to use any of the Y’s facilities (pavilion, ropes course, climbing wall, pool, gym) please contact Dwayne at the Y.  These must be reserved and excluding the pavilion, carry standard fees.

LET’S HAVE A GREAT SEASON!

Dwayne Abbott, Bedford YMCA Sports Director
540.586.3483 or email at [email protected]

Travel and Academy Soccer!

Introducing Bedford Soccer Association! We are happy to announce that we are partnering with BSA to offer Academy and Travel soccer programs for the area youth who want a more competitive experience. There will also be tournament opportunities for most teams.