Upward Soccer
Fall 2017 Soccer League

REGISTER HERE
Online registration is an easy and fast way to register, especially if you have more than one child.
We accept Credit Cards online.  You may register and pay by cash or check in person at the church office.
Call 928.769.4007 or 928.769.4000 for information. You may also email us at info@desertgrace.org for information.
 
 
TEAM ROSTERS
GAME SCHEDULES
 
 
We are pleased to announce Desert Grace's SIXTH Soccer league!  Upward Soccer is a slightly modified soccer league designed to help players build skills and have the appropriate level of competition at multiple levels according to their age group.  Younger age groups will be playing a 4 vs. 4 game format, in which the goal is smaller and there is no goalie.  This allows the younger divisions to build their skills because they have more access to the ball - the entire team can participate in defending the goal and in scoring! 

Older age groups will enjoy a larger field, a larger goal, and a 7 vs. 7 format including a goalie.  This helps transition to rules and the format which more closely matches junior high or high school play.  This is also a far more competitive division than the younger players experience.
 
As always, team sizes will be limited to no more than twice the number of players on the field at any given time to ensure that all players get to play a minimum of half of the game.  This allows all players to have a great chance to play and build their skills.  This is a recreational league, intended to be fun and educational.  Friendly competition is welcome but outstanding sportsmanship from both players and spectators is expected at all times.
 

Here are important details:
 
- EARLY REGISTRATION: NOW THROUGH SEPTEMBER 9, 2017
  We highly recommend the online registration option, and we request that you pay registration fees
  via credit or debit card with no additional fees.  We also offer the ability to register in-person
  during Church Office hours. As our office is all-volunteer, we recommend calling before coming to register.    
  We accept cash or check in person, and while we are able to accept credit card payments
  in person we must add processing fees of $2.50 per player. Players who have not paid or made
  payment arrangements during the Early Registration period will be dropped from the league after
  early registration ends.
 

- COSTS: REGISTRATION FEE IS $75. LATE REGISTRATION WILL BE $85. Shorts are included in this fee for all players.
  Player kits include the jersey, shorts, socks, car magnet, and more.  The registration fee also includes
  the end-of-season award. We no longer offer a per-player discount for each additional player in a family.
  Refund policy is listed at the bottom of this page, please scroll down for information.
 

- SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE: Families qualify based on financial need.  There is a $53    
  scholarship offered by Upward Sports for ANY player who has a parent who is actively deployed. 
  For information about any of the scholarship opportunities, contact us at (928) 769-4007 or 
  at info@desertgrace.org.
 

- EVALUATIONS: SATURDAY, AUGUST 26 or SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 from 8:30-10:30AM
  Evaluations are not try-outs, but are an opportunity to help the league form even teams to help ensure 
  the very best experience for all of the young athletes.  Players should come ready to complete a few 
  simple drills during which they will be timed or goals counted. This is also when players try on their 
  jerseys to ensure proper sizing. Please note that all players must complete an evaluation
  prior to being placed on a team.
 

- FIRST PRACTICES: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
  Practice times are determined in cooperation with parents, but will not take place on Sundays or Wednesdays,
  or game days. Upward rules dictate that this family-friendly league only have a single one-hour practice per week. 
  Practices are held at the church.
 

- FIRST GAMES: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
  Games will be held each Saturday through December 9, 2017.  Games are held at the church.
  There will be NO games or practices held Thanksgiving Week (November 20-26).
 

- AWARDS CELEBRATION: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2017 (Tentative date, subject to change) 
  More details will be announced at the games!

 
 
We always need coaches, assistant coaches, referees, and other volunteers to help make this a successful season!
 

REFUND POLICY:
Refunds: We give full refunds for any or no reason until early registration ends. If a refund is requested 
after early registration ends and prior to the first practice, there will be a $10 fee deducted from any refund due, 
which is required to return the player kit to Upward Sports. After the first practice, there are no refunds.
 
 
ALL-VOLUNTEER LEAGUE:
This Soccer league is completely staffed by volunteers.  All of the income from donations, player registrations, 
concessions, photo sales, etc. is used to pay for player kits, field/court maintenance, equipment, or other costs 
associated with Desert Grace's Upward Sports programs. Absolutely NO monies are redirected to church operations 
or to pay any person associated with the league.
 
 
Please understand that you are not "paying for" coaching or referee's services.  Coaches are church, community, 
or parent volunteers who have been screened to help provide the very best experience for your child. We provide  
coaches with training resources and feedback to help them provide top-notch coaching for the entire team.  
We seek to have the very best coaches return every season. 

Referees are also provided with training resources and feedback. As with any sporting event, different plays are 
seen differently around the court/field and sometimes calls are questioned.  
 
 
With this in mind, each player, parent, and spectator is expected to be positive and consistently show the highest 
level of support to BOTH teams during each game. Coaches, referees, and league administrators are open to and  
welcome constructive feedback offered during breaks in the action or before/after games.
 
 
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (928) 769-4007
or email us at info@desertgrace.org.