FAQs

Updated 6/5/18

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The easiest way to register is online by clicking the registration link on the front page of our website. You can also phone us at the office (919) 967-8797, come by the office to register in person.  Effective 5/24/18 our fees per season are listed below.  We have 2 seasons, Fall and Spring, with separate registrations for each season.

Registration fees & age groups for our Fall 2018 programs are as follows:

KickStart Coed u4-u6:  $60 (for players born in 2013, 2014 or 2015)

Rainbow Coed: u5-u7: $90  (for players born in 2012 - 2015)    

Rainbow Coed:  u8-u12: $100   (for players born in 2007 - 2011)     

Rainbow Coed: u15: $140  (for players born in 2004, 2005 and 2006)

Chapel Hill United Coed u8 - u12: $160  (for players born in 2007 - 2012)

(Registration fees for TAGS (Triangle Area Girls Soccer) u8 - u12 will be $100.)

When does the season start and end?

In the fall our one and two practice teams typically start practices the first Tuesday after Labor Day and have our first of their 8 scheduled games the second weekend in September.  The season usually ends the first Saturday of November with an optional 2 - day tournament for players u8 and older the following weekend.  Our Fall KickStart will have it's first of their six sessions the second or third Friday in September and end in October prior to the end of daylight savings' time.

In the spring our one and two practice teams typically start practices and games the third week in March.  During the spring since we work around Chapel Hill Schools' spring break and Easter weekend we schedule 1 or 2 weekends with games on both Saturdays and Sundays in order to get 8 games in prior to the second weekend of May which is the end of the season.  There is an optional 2 - day tournament for u8 and up the third weekend in May.


How do I apply for financial aid?

We do not turn down anyone in need of financial aid! If you have a financial need, we ask that you fill out our Financial Aid form (en Español) and register online while leaving your registration as pending/scholarship when complete. You can email your completed financial aid form to karen@rainbowsoccer.org, mail it to us at P.O. Box 3093, Chapel Hill, NC  27515 or drop it by our office in the Chapel Hill Professional Village at 121 S. Estes Dr., Suite 103B, Chapel Hill, next to the U.S. Post Office.

We do ask that participants contribute as much as they can for two reasons: 1) we want everyone to value the experience and feel if there is some financial contribution made by the participant, there will be a greater appreciation for the opportunity; and 2) we are a non-profit and any contribution a participant makes allows Rainbow Soccer to help other participants.

When does registration open and close?

Registration for Fall 2018 soccer will open on or before 6/1/18.  Our early registration discount of $5 on full-price registrations valued at $100 or less and $10 on full-price registrations valued at $140 or more will be automatically applied to registrations completed by 11:55 PM on Saturday, June 23, 2018.  Families receiving financial aid do not receive this additional discount.  Registration closes for each respective age group as the divisions fill up even if our registration window is still open.  Players who register for a filled age group while our registration window is open will be placed on a waiting list for a spot in their age group.

Why is there a late fee and when does it begin?

The registration fee goes up by $20 ($10 for KickStart) after the registration deadline which is normally 4 - 6 weeks before the season begins.  We want to encourage everyone to sign up early because this helps us with scheduling, knowing how much space we need for practices, knowing how many volunteer coaches we need to recruit for the season, and ordering uniforms and necessary equipment. We increase our fees, beginning around August 1 in the fall and around February 15 in the spring, because waiting later elevates our expenses, and reduces our time to plan, prepare schedules and order and distribute uniforms in a timely manner.

What does my registration pay for?

Registration fees pay a variety of items including field rentals for practice sessions and games, field representatives, referees for u8 up, field maintenance and 7, 8 or 9 recreational soccer games depending on the calendar structure (6 sessions for KickStart). Fees for all leagues include one uniform to be purchased in the fall (or spring for single season players) and used for both the the fall & spring seasons.  There is no uniform discount in the spring for continuing players.  KickStart players receive a jersey only.

Do I need to buy a uniform or purchase equipment?

Uniform kits (jersey, shorts and socks) are included in the fees for the one and two practice leagues  and a jersey is included for our KickStart players.  If your child plays both seasons (provided you stay on the same team for both fall and spring) or plays either of our two seasons, fall or spring, you do not pay extra for a uniform.  If you request a team change for the spring season within the same program you will be charged for a new jersey.  If you choose to buy an additional jersey, change teams after our uniform order has been placed, or order the wrong size uniform on the first order,  you are is responsible for informing the Rainbow office that another jersey needs to be ordered for your child and paying for the new jersey when you receive it. For Fall 2018 the cost of a replacement jersey is $15 plus shipping which will vary depending on the number of jerseys in the order. (Most recent shipping on an individual jersey was around $15.)

Additional equipment, while not required, is strongly encouraged. We suggest having a soccer ball marked with your name and phone number written on it in permanent marker.  Ball sizes are Size 3 for u4/u5/u6/u7, Size 4 for u8/u10/u12 and Size 5 for u15.  We also recommend shin guards, a water bottle (marked like your soccer ball), and appropriate footwear (sneakers are fine for young children, but we suggest cleats for 6 or 7 years old and above).

Dicks Sporting Goods (at their New Hope Commons location ONLY) offers twice a year Rainbow Soccer events where our players receive 20% coupon to help with the purchase of needed soccer equipment.  For the Fall 2018 season the Dick's Rainbow Soccer Days are August 24 - 26.

Can we get a refund for our registration?

We charge an administrative fee of $20 per player ($10 per KickStart player) for any refunds requested within a certain date range during any registration cycle.  Once we have held our first practice of the season, there will be NO refunds given.  For Fall 2018, any refund request made after 7/31/18 until practices start is subject to the administrative fee. Late registration fees are non-refundable.  After practices start on 9/4/18 for the fall season there will be NO refunds given.

What fields do you use?

We use fields throughout the Chapel Hill area for both games and practices. We typically use the Rainbow Soccer Complex & Southern Community Park for both practices and weekend games.  Our CHU u8 and u10 teams also play their weekend games at Triangle Church, u12 & u15 plays at Southern Community Park.  We use the town-owned Homestead & Cedar Falls Park fields for practices only.  We have the most availability of practice options at the Rainbow Fields, where we have the most fields; and the least availability at Cedar Falls Park where we are very limited in our rental space from the town. 

What are the age limits for leaving a child alone at practice?

All KickStart program participants and children on our Rainbow u4/5, u6, u7 & u8 teams must have a parent, guardian, babysitter, au pair or other responsible person (can be a friend of the family or another parent on your child's team) identified as their "person" available on the sidelines at all practice sessions.  We strongly encourage parents of u10's to follow the same guidelines.  Children u12 and u15 can be dropped off and picked up from the fields.  Parents or transportation providers for u12/u15's should be at the fields a few minutes prior to the end of practice so that the player does not have to wait to be picked up.  We have a designated Rainbow Soccer field representative at each field; if a coach needs to leave at the end of practice and there are still children from the team wating to be picked up, our coaches are instructed to leave the children with the field monitor until someone arrives for them.  The field representatives have notebooks with rosters/parent contact information in them.

Teams are formed based on the availability and age group and gender preferences of our volunteer coaches combined with your completed registration date and registration preferences. During online registration you have the ability to select your preferred practice days (2 choices) and your preferred practice locations (2 choices) (i.e Monday or Wednesday; 5:00 PM at the Rainbow Fields or Cedar Falls Park). One practice teams practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday depending on the age group, practice location and coach availability.  Two practice teams meet on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday depending on the same factors.  If you have a preference for a teammate or coach  you can enter that information in the box provided. Please understand that we do not offer all age groups at all practice locations in each time slot or day pairings but we try to match as many of your preferences as we can.  In the fall teams all teams are considered "new" and many of our players will move to an older age group.   In the spring all teams are considered "continuing" and players do not move up in "soccer age" even if they've had a birthday in the fall.  We have an early bird returning team preference period for both the fall and spring season where you are guaranteed a spot on your previous team, if desired and age-eligible, provided that your registration is complete by a specified date of the registration period. (6/23/2018 for the Fall 2018 season).  Teams who reach capacity with returning players during the early bird period will not be able to accept new players for the upcoming season.  For registrations completed after the "early bird" period, priority is given first to the date of your completed registration, followed by your stated preferences.  Spring teams in particular have been known to fill to capacity during the "early bird" period.  The earlier you register the better chance you have of getting all of your preferences met.

If you have a child playing with Rainbow you can volunteer to coach during registration. If you are a community volunteer, high school or college student signing up to volunteer with Rainbow Soccer you can also do that by clicking the registration link at the top of our main web page. If you have concerns about being a coach because you’ve never done it before, don’t worry, we will provide you with all the tools you need to be effective. Prior to the Fall 2018 season we will offer the Youth 1 and Youth 2 Beginning Coaching Classes in conjunction with North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) and cover the cost for first-time participants. For additional questions about coaching or refereeing please contact Drew Kepley, Director of Soccer at drew@rainbowsoccer.org.