Hickory – Registration for Bumble Bee Soccer is now underway at the Recreation and Sports Tourism Administrative Office, located at 1451 8th St. Dr. NE, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Bumble Bee Soccer Program is open to boys and girls, ages 5 and 6 (must be 5 before August 31, 2019, and cannot be 7 before August 31, 2019).

Any child that has previously participated through our master registration system may call (828) 322-7046 to register, or register online at www.hickorync.gov/recreation. Any child that has not participated in a program may register online, and once registration is complete, a parent will need to come by the administrative office and sign a waiver. A birth certificate must be presented at time of registration along with a $40.00 non-resident fee for persons living outside the city limits of Hickory.

All children participating in Bumble Bee Soccer are encouraged to purchase accident insurance coverage. The $6.00 insurance fee covers the participant for a one-year period from March 1, 2019, to February 28, 2020, in all activities sponsored and supervised by the Recreation and Sports Tourism Department and must be paid at registration. The $250,000 coverage is primary coverage that pays regardless of other insurance, directly to the participant, doctor, or hospital.

The program will begin on Tuesday, August 27, at 5:30 p.m. at Stanford Park Field # 1, located at 1451 8th St. Dr. NE. Practice sessions will be held on Tuesday and Thursday for all new five (5) and six (6) year olds from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Returning players from last year will join the team after a week and a half of instruction and will be contacted by the league coaches of their practice time.

The purpose of this instructional league is to introduce and explain the basic fundamentals of soccer to the children. Instruction will be divided into three sessions: dribbling and passing, and offensive tactics; ball juggling; goalie and defense. After the instructional sessions, the children will be divided into teams and will play actual games against the other teams.

For more information, please contact Gary Long at (828) 261-2252.