​Season Information

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Panthers ~ Fall '22

General Notes on the Season

  • Players must be at least 51% homeschooled.  There are two roster spots per team for non-homeschooled players.  These players must attend a school which does not offer soccer. Please see the Eligibility page for more details. 

  • If your player doesn't fall into this category or if two spots have been taken, there is still the possibility of a waiver.  For Varsity level, waivers would need to be granted via the state and national tournament committees. 

  • Parents are required to fulfill a volunteer duty. We will try to find one that fits your schedule and your talents.  No exceptions unless specifically waived due to extreme extenuating circumstances.

  • If parents have not chosen a specific job by August 10 (JV/Varsity) or by August 30 (Middle School), remaining job needs will be assigned to unassigned parents.

  • Parents who would like their player to fulfill their family volunteer duty should approve that with the Volunteer Manager for the season. If you're not sure who that is, please check with us. 

  • No administrator, volunteer or coach is paid for their time.  Head coaches receive 1 player free.  Asst. coaches receive 1/2 cost of a player discount.   All other administrators and volunteers pay the full fee for their players. 

  • The game & practice schedule is always subject to changes.  There are cancellations that may happen that are out of our control.  Some opportunities may come up that may be added to the calendar.  If any addition is within 2 weeks, team/coach availability will be checked first.  Please make every effort to accommodate changes.  We try to keep changes reasonable!

WAYS TO HELP WITH PAYMENT

  • All payments can be made at your pace in installment amounts of your choice via the website as long as fees are paid in full by October 1st. 

  • Siblings receive $25 discount for Varsity, Junior Varsity and Middle School levels.  Example:  1st child - full price; 2nd child - $25 discount; 3rd child - $25 discount; etc. Panther Cubs receive a $10 sibling discount after the first child. 

  • Fifty percent of the amount earned via RaiseRight can be applied to your player's registration fees.  Funds can be applied through the final date that registration fees are due (October 1st). See the RaiseRight main menu tab for more information.

  • Partial scholarships are available for Hamburg Township residents because we are an approved group using township fields.  Contact Kathie Marshall for more information.

  • East Michigan Panthers is a 501(c)3 organization.  Donations are tax deductible. 

 

PANTHER CUBS

Head Coach:  Eddie Recznik

  • We welcome back Coach Eddie Recznik.

  • Panther Cubs is open to boys and girls in Kindergarten through 4th grade.  

  • Cubs are taught skills and drills and play some fun "intramural" games. 

  • If turnout is higher, Cubs will be divided into age/skill level appropriate groups. 

  • The goal of this level is to teach the kids a love for soccer; learn; have fun!

  • Sessions take place on Mondays and Thursdays beginning September 8th.  Time still TBD.

  • Sessions end on Monday, October 17th with a pizza party.  

  • Cubs receive either a ball or t-shirt for participating. 

MIDDLE SCHOOL BOYS 

Head Coach: Mike Peterson    Email:  peterson1035@sbcglobal.net

  • We welcome Coach Mike Peterson as Head Coach. We add our thanks, fond regards and best wishes to Alex Kumke who has had some important life changes; graduation, new job and wedding bells!!

  • Official practices begin Tuesday, August 23rd.  

  • The first two practices (8-23 & 8-25) are no commitment. Your player may come, practice, meet the team and coach.  After 8-25, practices are limited to committed, registered players.

  • Season ends on October 15 with the AAIAA (Ann Arbor Independent Athletic Association) League Tournament.   

  • Commitment is 3x weekly.

  • Ages:  5th-8th grade; developmental.

  • Practices & HOME games are at Manly Bennett Park.   If we get bumped from Bennett (which we do here and there), we would practice at the Whitmore Lake field off of US23 and also potentially the CTK Red Barn field. 

  • Cost:  $250 - may be paid in installments, of your amount and timing, to be completed by October 1st - 

    • includes uniform, season, and end of season banquet. 

  • Uniforms must be returned at the end of the season. 

JUNIOR VARSITY MEN

Head Coaches:   Brian Gatt & Doug Marshall

Email: bgatt21@yahoo.com ~ dmarshall8821@gmail.com 
 

  • Coaches:  We welcome Coach Brian Gatt to the team.  Brian and Doug will work together this season. 

  • JV/Varsity Placements take place Monday through Thursday, August 1st through 4th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

  • Players will be notified by the end of placement week if you will play on JV or Varsity.  No cuts. 

  • The JV team has a total of 17 games and 1 tournament.  Eleven HOME games; six AWAY.  

  • Travel:  There is no overnight travel involved with Junior Varsity.  

  • Games can be up to two hours away - possibly slightly more depending on where player resides. 

  • AWAY games will take place in Romeo, Lapeer, Hudsonville, Holt, Plymouth/Canton, Ann Arbor and Grand Blanc.

  • Commitment is 3x weekly. 

  • Cost $275  -  may be paid in installments, of your amount and timing, to be completed by October 1st.

    • includes uniform, games, tournament, end of season party. 

  • For players receiving a uniform this season, uniforms must be returned. 

VARSITY MEN

Head Coach:  Andrew Florczak   Email: andrew.florczak@gmail.com

  • We welcome back Coach Andrew Florczak.  

  • JV/Varsity Placements take place Monday through Thursday, August 1st through 4th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm

  • Players will be notified by the end of placement week if you will play on JV or Varsity.  No cuts. 

  • The Varsity team has a total of 14 games and 4 tournaments.  Six HOME games;  eight AWAY. 

  • Travel:  Our pre-season is at HOME this year.  We will not travel out of state with the exception of the National Tournament in Murfreesboro, TN.  

  • The National Tournament should be the only tournament requiring overnight accommodations. 

  • Games can be up to two hours away - possibly slightly more depending on where player resides. 

  • AWAY games will take place in Romeo, Lapeer, Hudsonville, Hastings, Holt, Plymouth/Canton, Ann Arbor and Grand Blanc.  

  • Commitment is 3x weekly - occasional 4th commitment. 

  • Cost $375  -  may be paid in installments, of your amount and timing, to be completed by October 1st.

    • includes uniform, games, tournaments, end of season party. 

  • The cost of hotel accommodations/travel for the National Tournament is the responsibility of families. 

  • For players receiving a uniform this season, uniforms must be returned. 

 

Questions?  Contact us at empanthers@gmail.com or 586.224.0114