Parent Night

Thursday, Oct 3rd at 5:00 JV /7:00 Varsity


Boys/Girls Soccer Banquet will be held Thursday, Oct 24th at 7:15pm in the ZMHS Auditorium.  Dessert and beverages will follow after the banquet.

Girl's varsity/jv/7&8 grade



Answers to questions that have recently arisen:


  • Now that we are running on the school year schedule, practices will end at 5:00 PM. On game days, teams that have games will not have practice. Varsity and JV have very similar schedules but there are a few dates that do not match up. Check the Granite Ridge calendar to verify game days for each level.


  • The fee charged for Middle School soccer covers the season which officially begins on September 3. This team game schedule is now posted on the Granite Ridge calendar. Middle School players are still invited to train and attend games with the High School team any time it does not conflict with their game schedule. Community Education established the guidelines of a Monday-Thursday calendar but the invitation is open for Friday training.


  • As soon as reasonable, announcements will be sent out regarding weather related changes, postponements and cancellations. If it looks like limited space for training is an issue, some levels may be cancelled while some may still practice. These announcements will be on REMIND text messages. (text @cb449 to 81010 to join)


  • Each of the 4 coaches will often work with a wide cross section of players in training. For game administration purposes, the following plan is in place: Coach Canton--Middle School, Coach Monroe--JV, Coach Levos--Varsity Assistant, Coach Downing--Varsity. Coaches work as a team to try to present the same information across all levels. Execution of instruction is the players objective, regardless which Coach presented it.


  • Check Granite Ridge calendar for this information. Coaches can’t remember all of this and if you ask one of us, we will have to look it out the “middle step” and look it up on your own via the Granite Ridge website.

Additional Information

This is intended to help in the decision to participate in school soccer. The decision should not be taken lightly as it carries added responsibilities for the students and families who choose to be part of the extracurricular activity.


++Participation is open to 7th-12th grade students enrolled at ZMHS or home schooled students residing in our attendance area. Participants must maintain eligible academic status.

++In a typical season, the program offers 3 levels of competitive play; Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity. Players are evaluated in the beginning of the season and placed on a team where they can continue to grow and develop as well as have an enjoyable season.

++The Middle School players are welcome and encouraged to attend all training sessions. The official season for MS actually begins the first week of school. In the past, opportunities have been available for MS players to play in JV games in August. This decision is made based on program numbers as well as the skill level of the players.


++Training for the 2019 season will begin on August 12, 2019. A parent/player meeting will be held the week prior to training to meet the coaching staff and share updated information for the season, fundraising, volunteer opportunities, last chance clothing orders as well as getting questions answered.

++Registration will open July 8th, 2019. Middle school players should register for middle school, 9th-12th grade for High School. Register for the least expensive option and if it is not right, someone will let you know.

++Prior to the beginning of the school year, practice session times may vary based on the type of training scheduled for the day. A calendar will be shared with times and locations as soon as the schedule is finalized. 

++When the school year begins, practices will be held on school days from 3:10-5:10. Players are expected to attend after school study table at 2:15 on practice days. Study table is supervised and monitored by the coaching staff and affords players a chance to make sure they are keeping up with their school work and maintaining eligibility for extracurricular participation.

++Games for JV and Varsity are usually (but not always) played on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Start times vary depending on the venue and level of play. JV games usually start at 5:00 and Varsity is 5:00 or 7:00 if the field is lighted. Middle School game days will be determined at the beginning of the season. Middle School games are scheduled through Community Education and the start times tend to be earlier and based on the travel distance for the visiting team.


++Study sessions are held in available classrooms in the school. 

++Practices are held on the field behind the stadium bleachers. All levels will begin practice sessions together and break off for specific tactical and technical training. 

++In the time the team is together, leadership topics will be introduced and reinforced during the physical training time. We include all team members in leadership training rather than naming exclusive leaders.

++Games are played at ZMHS and at other school sites as well. The 2019 schedule for JV and Varsity is nearly completed but often changes are made during the summer. The Middle School schedule will be finalized after school begins as other programs will not know their participation numbers ahead of that.


++All players must have a current sports physical (typically done in 7th and 11th grade) on file with the school. No current physical, no participation. Get scheduled ASAP as needed.

++Transportation to away games and back to school is provided. Many growth and developmental opportunities take place on the bus rides. Learning to be humble in victory and coping with a tough loss can often best be accomplished with team mates. The bus rides are part of the experience and it is requested that participants take advantage of the opportunity.

++Coaches respect family time and will do our best to end training sessions on time. In return, we ask that players are picked up on time. We don’t leave until the last player is picked up.

++Players will need NOCSAE approved shin guards, soccer socks, soccer shoes and athletic shorts/shirt. In the past, we have used fundraising proceeds to provide shirts for practice and plan to do so again. Game socks will be available for purchase at the beginning of the season.

++For schedule information, go to: and follow prompts to sign up for schedule notifications. This is the only official source for team game schedules, updates or cancellations.


Girls’ Head Coach, Jeff Downing:  763-241-3505 ext 2890

Girls’ Assistant Coach, Nick Levos:  763-241-3505 ext 2914

Activities Director, Jaimie Hilyar:  763-241-3505 ext 2810

ZSC-Zimmerman Soccer Club (formerly Zimmerman Booster Club), Pres.Tara Kuker: Cell- 612-282-9467

Player Register here:

Please sign-up for Team and Conference notifications:

Team -- Remind text messages: Girls’ Text @cb449 to 81010