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Bedford Athletic Club

Registration for Spring 2021 Travel Season is now LIVE

We have officially opened registration for Spring 2021 Soccer.  As we did not have tryouts for the 20/21 season due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have opened up our travel program to all interested parties. Deadline for registration is March 15, 2021

Registration link can be found here:  https://system.gotsport.com/programs/992824A57?reg_role=player

GENERAL INFORMATION

Bedford Athletic Club teams play under the New Hampshire Soccer League which is part of the New Hampshire Soccer Association (www.soccernh.com).  Travel soccer teams play against other teams in New Hampshire in an 8-game season, with half the games played at home in Bedford and the other at the visiting team's field.  All teams U11 and older are eligible for playoffs at the end of the season.  Most games are on Saturdays though due to the short season there may be occasional Sunday games.  Some teams also opt to play in optional tournaments either before or during the season.

Please don't commit to playing travel soccer if you are unable to make the majority of the games or have difficulty with out-of-town games.  We have limited numbers of players we can roster for each team.  While most games are played within a 30-minute radius, some teams may have a game 1-2 hours away during the season.

Teams are assigned based on calendar year age groups to match with US Soccer standards.

ELIGIBILITY

During registration, all players will be asked to provide a current photo for the player cards as well as to upload a copy of a birth certificate.  The file upload is secure, but please contact us if you don't feel comfortable with the upload and there is a way the league can verify through video.  Players who have played in a BAC season starting with FALL 2020 will already have their birth certificate on file and will just need a current photo each year.

PRACTICES

Practices are 2x per week, with one practice being run by the volunteer coaches and the other being run by professional trainers.  All practices are in Bedford and the practice schedules are generally released 2-3 weeks before the season starts.  Practice days are based on coach scheduling and field availability when released by the town.

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT

Uniforms with unique player numbers are required in order to participate in NHSL events.  Our current uniform supplier is WeGotSoccer and you can order both full uniforms and spare items at: https://www.wegotsoccer.com/bedfordac.  We have negotiated a 10% discount on all items from WeGotSoccer (including uniforms) by using the code BEDFORDREWARD.  Uniform numbers are assigned by the club to avoid player number conflict and players will retain the same uniform number throughout their playing time with BAC.  Uniforms styles are generally available for up to 3 years, but we do occasionally have to change styles as they are on limited production styles from the manufacturer.  We will likely be changing our uniform kit starting with the 21/22 season.

Uniforms can take 4-6 weeks to receive, so please order ASAP once you receive your player number from the club.  BAC does not have any way to facilitate or expedite uniform orders as they are fulfilled by a 3rd party.

All players require shin guards, soccer cleats (no football, baseball, or lacrosse spikes are allowed), and an appropriate sized ball.  Travel players U12 and below use a size 4 ball while all players U13 and up use a size 5.

FEES

The current fee structure is based on age group/team size.  Fees for the Spring 2021 season are as follows:

U8-U10 Age Groups:  $175
U11-U12 Age Groups:  $225
U13+ Age Groups:  $275

CODE OF CONDUCT

All payers and parents/spectators are expected to follow a code of conduct.  You can find more information here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/12rSR4Tw7j1hAUBbG91AwRWfKjOak7Cfp/view?usp=sharing

COMMUNICATION

Due to the sheer number of players, we ask that all communication go through your team coach, which will be assigned a few weeks prior to the season.  As we are all volunteers with the club, it is difficult for just a few board members to communicate individually with all players.  If you have an issue that you need addressed separately or are interested in either coaching, joining the board, or volunteering to help in any capacity, you can reach us directly HERE.