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Spring/Summer Little Juniors Soccer Program

Tonka United offers a spring/summer Little Juniors league. This program is open to players age four through 2nd grade. The season starts in late April and wraps up at the end of June (with one exception - Tonka Kickers, our coed program for players who are at least four but have not yet started preschool, doesn't start until the middle of May). 

Registration for the 2019 spring/summer league will open in January 2019. Players should register for the grade they are currently enrolled in (for example, a player currently in 1st grade should register for a 1st grade league).

All teams are coached by parent volunteers - you can register as a volunteer while registering your child for the league. Tonka United will host a mandatory meeting for parent volunteer coaches in early April, a couple weeks before the start of the season.

Note that league details are subject to change.




Season Schedule


The season will start the week of Monday, April 29th, with Kickoff Week. Kickoff Week is an opportunity for players to meet teammates and coaches and for Tonka United to help prepare coaches and teams for the upcoming season. The Kickoff Week session for each team will appear as the first game on their schedules. 

Tonka United staff and trainers will work with teams in the Ball Masters age groups - pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teams - during Kickoff Week, leading teams in a few skills games (a sort of mini-practice) and a scrimmage. Teams in the Junior Development age groups - 1st and 2nd grade - can use that time as a practice, or to scrimmage with the other team on their field, or both.

Including the Kickoff Week session, teams will play nine games - one each week of the season. Teams also typically practice once per week during the season. Volunteer coaches will work with their teams to organize a practice schedule. (One exception - teams in our Tonka Kickers group do not typically hold an additional practice.)

The season ends with the Tonka Blast, a year-ending festival, on Saturday, June 29th. All Little Juniors teams will play scheduled games at the Tonka Blast. There will also be a lot to do at the Blast - concessions, food trucks, face painting, hair spray, bounce houses, and much more!


Cost

 

Tonka Kickers $85
Pre-k $135*
Kindergarten $110
1st and 2nd grade $145

Note that the fee for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade teams does not include the cost of uniforms (more details below).

*See note below in the Uniforms section regarding the cost for the pre-k program.

A $30 late fee applies after registration closes.



Uniforms


Uniforms are available through Nicklasson Athletic - the online store is currently closed, but will open again in early April. The complete uniform set costs $44.95. Tonka Kickers and pre-k players - you do not need to order this uniform. Read on for more details.


Note that the Tonka United Little Juniors program typically uses a uniform set for three years. The current uniform set was first used for the spring/summer 2017 season. If you ordered a uniform set since then, you can continue to use the same set. (This also means that we will use this same set for the fall of 2019 before ordering entirely new uniforms for the spring/summer of 2020).

A couple important notes for Tonka Kickers and pre-k players regarding uniforms:

The Tonka Kickers registration fee includes a team color t-shirt. Tonka Kickers players do not need to order a uniform.

Also, because pre-k players will be using uniforms for the first time, and because we will be switching to a different uniform set next spring/summer, we have a different setup for this age group.
 The registration fee will include a full uniform set - pre-k players do not need to order uniforms. This will save these players the cost of ordering the full existing uniform set. Each team will get a specific color uniform top, along with blue shorts and socks.

Players are required to wear the current uniform set.

The game schedule will indicate which team is home and which is away for each game. The home team should always wear the blue uniform top, and the away team should always wear the red uniform top. Tonka United recommends always bringing both uniform tops to all games (just to be safe).


Game Information


Teams in Tonka Kickers, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten leagues will play their games at St. Therese. Games will start at either 5:30 PM or 6:45 PM.

Teams in the 1st grade and 2nd grade leagues will play their games at Freeman Park or at St. Therese. Games at Freeman will start at either 5:45 or 7:15 PM. Games at St. Therese will start at either 5:30 or 6:45. Teams and schedules will be put together so that teams are able to play most or all of their games at the location closest to their homes or schools. Note that final teams and schedules are dependent on final registration numbers.

Teams will play on the following nights:

 Day Boys Girls
Monday Pre-k, 1st 
 Tuesday Tonka Kickers (coed) Tonka Kickers (coed), Pre-k, 2nd
 Wednesday Kindergarten, 1st
 Thursday Kindergarten, 2nd 

Note that games will not be played on Memorial Day (teams that play Monday games will play that game another night). Game nights and times are subject to change.


Team Formation


During the registration process, you are given the chance to designate one friend with whom your child would like to play. During team formation, we will honor only one mutual friend request. This means that that friend must request your child as well in order for that request to be honored (for example, Sarah requests to be placed on a team with Anne, and Anne request to be placed on a team with Sarah).

Beyond the friend request, Tonka United will also try to place players on a team with at least some other players from their school. However, registration numbers and the number of players from each school dictate final team formation.


League Format


Tonka Kickers


Each week, a Tonka United trainer will lead the two teams on the field in roughly 15 minutes of skills games. Then the trainer will work with the team parent coaches to lead a 4 vs. 4 game. The game will consist of two 10 minute halves (running time). There are no goalkeepers. Note that Tonka Kickers teams do not have additional practices.

Note that the Tonka Kickers season will start on Tuesday, May 14th.


Ball Masters - Pre-kindergarten and Kindergarten


Each week, teams will play one 4 vs. 4 game. Games will consist of four 10 minute quarters. There are no referees - games are led and managed by parent coaches. There are no goalkeepers. Teams will also practice once per week.

Junior Development - 1st and 2nd Grade

Each week, teams will play one game - teams will play 5 vs. 5 (including goalkeepers). Referees will be present to manage the games.


Picture Days


Individual and team pictures will be done on Saturday, May 11th. The picture schedule will be posted and sent out when available.



Costs:

Pre-School Coed (Includes t-shirt)            $80    
Pre-Kindergarten                                    $105 + $40 uniform    
Kindergarten                                           $105  
1st-12th grade                                        $140 
A $30 late fee applies after registration closes on February 27th.

Costs:

Pre-School Coed (Includes t-shirt)            $80    
Pre-Kindergarten                                    $105 + $40 uniform    
Kindergarten                                           $105  
1st-12th grade                                        $140 
A $30 late fee applies after registration closes on February 27th.

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