“It’s not going to look like our previous seasons,” says TinaMarie Ritter, with Slave Lake Minor Soccer Association.
The season doesn’t start until May 17, so the restrictions may change, but the association decided to plan the season based on the current restrictions for outdoor recreation.
This means no games or scrimmages and only eight kids per team with two coaches. In the past it was 20 kids per two coaches. With smaller team sizes, there is a big need for coaches.
“We didn’t want to backpedal,” says Ritter. It will be easier in the future to add games or scrimmages should they be allowed, than to plan on them happening, but not be able to run them.
There are teams for children and youth aged three to 17.
Children have to be three at time of registration, says Ritter. This is because parents cannot attend practices, and many almost three-year-olds don’t do well without their parents present.
This year, since the teams for 12 to 17-year-olds (U13, U15, and U17) are not competitive, they are the same price as the others. The only price difference is that U5 (three to five-year-olds) is $60 for the season. All other ages are $100.
The start of the season depends on when the fields at Roland Michener Secondary School dry up, but is scheduled for May 17 to June 24.
Registration opened March 29 and runs until April 30. It is on www.slavelakesoccer.com.