Highland Park, IL
North Shore Soccer Club Members-
I am happy to announce that we have formalized our adult soccer group in Highland Park under the banner of the North American Adult Soccer Association (NAASA)! Since NAASA is part of AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization), this was a relatively straight forward process and now allows us to operate as a recognized organization and solidifies our pre-existing relationships for field usage with the Park District of Highland Park and North Shore School District 112.
Any of us who played pick-up soccer outdoors in Highland Park in the past few years have enjoyed the luxury of this program being paid for by Highland Park AYSO and the local Park District. Unfortunately, Highland Park AYSO and the Park District can not continue to subsidize our pick-up games. So, we really need to become a self-sustaining organization. Going forward, playing outdoors in Highland Park will require an annual player registration and payment of a registration fee which will cover the cost of field maintenance and provide the appropriate insurance coverage that we need to safely continue playing in Highland Park. We may also be able to more easily acquire indoor space during the winter months and provide other benefits to our group.
The registration fee for this first season will be $70 per player. This includes approximately 5 months of play (April through August). In subsequent years, your registration will run from September through August (not including the winter months when we can’t play outdoors), in accordance with NAASA guidelines. We will maintain the pick-up game format as in past years and we will be enforcing the registration requirements.
As of now, games will be played at Edgewood Middle School (929 Edgewood Rd., Highland Park) on Sundays at 9am starting in April, as soon as our fields are ready and weather conditions permit. We just need the snow to melt and temperatures to warm up so we can get the fields ready! More information on the exact start date in April will be posted soon based on weather and field conditions. So if you plan to play this spring and summer, please go ahead and register now. Go to www.hpadultsoccer.org to register or for more information.
I’d like to thank Todd Rosenthal, Matt Kelly, Gabe Antman, and John Fillman who have been assisting in launching this program (as volunteers as well) – their efforts are appreciated.
For the time being, we will continue to post information about this group here on the Meetup.com website. In addition, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the Spring!
Highland Park AYSO