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Volunteers Needed! - Open Soccer Positions
HYSA Soccer is looking for several volunteers to fill open positions in the soccer organization. The current list of open positions are:
  • Assistant VP
  • Equipment Managers
  • Volunteer Coaches
Please email the VP of soccer at soccer@harwintonsports.org to volunteer or get more information.
Micro Pre-Kindergarten Soccer (U5)
Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) Soccer introduces your child to the game and to the concept of structured physical activity. Pre-K Soccer is designed for children entering Pre-K in the Fall and who will be entering Kindergarten the following year. These children are typically 4 years old, although some may still be 3 in the Fall if they have a late birthday, and some may turn 5 in the Spring if they have an early birthday. Children under 4 years old may not participate without a responsible adult actively on the field as a coach or assistant coach.

Pre-K Soccer is also known as U5. The U5 eligibility cutoff requires children to be under 5 as of July 31 before the Fall season starts. Based on this cutoff, Kindergarteners with birthdays after July 31 are eligible for Pre-K Soccer. They may play in Pre-K Soccer or “play up” with the other Kindergarteners if desired. The choice to “play up” is made by the child’s family based on the child’s experience and maturity level.

Pre-K meets once per week on Saturdays for an hour and does not meet during the week.
Pre-K soccer uniforms consist of cotton jersey that will be handed out at the first practice or game, or as soon as they are available. Pre-K jerseys should be worn to all sessions through the Fall and Spring seasons. Shorts and socks are provided by the families. If you did not participate in the Fall, please notify your coach so you can get a uniform in the Spring.
Micro Soccer (U5 through U7)
Micro Soccer teaches your child the basic game while building agility, stamina, and strength. We emphasize teamwork and cooperation in a nurturing environment. Practices are meant to be fun and sometimes silly. Games are typically 3v3 or 4v4, and score is not kept. Teams are different every week.

Micro Soccer is for the U6 and U7 age groups. Usually U6 corresponds to Kindergarten and U7 to First Grade. To convert from grade level to age group (UX), use the formula X = Grade + 6. Using this formula, Kindergarten is Grade 0, and Pre-K is Grade -1. The age cutoff for Soccer does not match the age cutoff for school. Kids with birthdays after July 31 can play with their grade level or one grade lower if desired. For example, a First Grader who turns 6 after July 31 could play with the other First Graders (U7) or with the Kindergarteners (U6). A First Grader who turns 6 on or before July 31 can play with the First Graders (U7), or in rare situations with a Second Grade (U8) team. The choice to “play up” is made by the child’s family based on the child’s experience and maturity level.

Micro Soccer teams meet twice per week on Saturdays for an hour and one evening during the week for practice. Each team’s coach will introduce the basic rules at an appropriate pace. Kids should know about kickoffs, throw-ins, goal kicks, corner kicks, hand-balls, positions, formations, on-field tactics, and other fouls by the end of their U7 Spring season. More subtle rules like off-sides, indirect free kicks, and substitutions will typically remain untaught at this level.

Micro soccer uniforms consist of cotton jerseys that will be handed out at the first practice or game, or as soon as they are available. Jerseys should be worn to all games and practices. This will be their uniform through the Fall and Spring Seasons. Shorts and socks are provided by the families. If you did not participate in the Fall, please notify your coach so you can get a uniform in the Spring.
Recreational Soccer (U8 through U12)
Recreational (Rec) Soccer teaches continues building agility, stamina, and strength with more emphasis on the rules of the game and friendly competition. Rec fields are much larger than Micro fields. Practices are designed to build teamwork, fitness, skills, and the will to win.

Rec teams may play in an organized league with win-loss records. Saturday games are typically 4v4, 6v6, or 8v8. Teams may also play friendly games against other towns, typically 8v8, 9v9, 10v10, 11v11. Rec teams will sometimes have away games, so locations and teams will vary depending on the opponents schedule. Some games may have paid referees. Rec schedules are announced as soon as they become available.

Rec Soccer is for the U8 through U12 age groups. Usually U8 corresponds to Second Grade. To convert from grade level to age group UX, use the formula X = Grade + 6. Using this formula, Kindergarten is Grade 0, and Pre-K is Grade -1. The age cutoff for Soccer does not match the age cutoff for school. Kids with birthdays after July 31 can play with their grade level or one grade lower if desired. For example, a Third Grader who turns 8 after July 31 could play with the other Third Graders (U9) or with the Second Graders (U8). A Third Grader who turns 8 on or before July 31 can play with the Third Graders (U9) or in rare situations with a Fourth Grade (U10) team. The choice to “play up” is made by the child’s family based on the child’s experience and maturity level.

Rec Soccer teams meet three times per week on Saturdays for 90 minutes for games and two evenings during the week for 90-minute practices. Younger teams might practice for only 75 minutes, with 15 minutes reserved for setting up, announcements, and socializing. Practices are frequently shortened by darkness in late Fall. Start times are usually dictated by the coaches’ work schedule.

Each teams’ coaches will introduce rules, tactics, and skills at an appropriate pace. Rules should be enforced more strictly in Rec Soccer than they were in Micro Soccer, but it is typical to stop a game, explain a rule, and give a younger player a second chance when a teaching moment arises. Positions, formations, and on-field tactics will be explained further while continuing to developed already learned skills. Subtle rules like off-sides and indirect free kicks will typically remain untaught until at least U9.

Rec soccer uniforms consist of a sponsored jersey. Rec uniforms are handed out at the beginning of the Fall Season. If you do not participate in the Fall, please notify your coach so you can get a uniform in the Spring. Rec jerseys are required for games, and they are optional for practice. They are typically made from synthetic material, so they will wear out if they are worn too frequently.
Travel Soccer
HYSA does not field any Travel teams right now.

Players interested in joining a travel soccer league should contact the Burlington Junior Soccer Association(BJSA) for further information.

Burlington Junior Soccer Association
HYSA Soccer
The Mission of HYSA soccer is to provide a fun, safe and educational soccer experience in which our participants can further their development as individuals and team members through adherence to the principles of Teamwork, Respect, Discipline, and Excellence.
 
New Age Divisions - Every Sept 1st
New age divisions take effect September 1st of each year

Seasonal Year: 2013-2014

Under-14 born on or after Aug. 1st 1999
Under-12 born on or after Aug. 1st 2001
Under-11 born on or after Aug. 1st 2002
Under-10 born on or after Aug. 1st 2003
Under-9 born on or after Aug. 1st 2004
Under-8 born on or after Aug. 1st 2005
Under-7 born on or after Aug. 1st 2006
Under-6 born on or after Aug. 1st 2007
Under-5 born on or after Aug. 1st 2008

A child may have the opportunity to play up a maximum of 2 levels, after an evaluation by three coaches or 2 coaches and the VP of Soccer. The evaluation must be completed no later than the second week of the effective soccer season. The gaining coach should be one of the evaluating coaches but shouldn't be a family member.
Soccer Meeting Schedule
Soccer Sub-Committee will meet the first Monday of each month @ 7:00p at the Harwinton Senior Center.
General Information
Soccer Seasons:
HYSA runs two soccer seasons per year. The Fall season starts the week of Labor Day, and the Spring season starts the week after April vacation. Both seasons typically run 8-10 weeks. The Fall season ends around Halloween, and the Spring season ends around the last day of school. Individual and Team photos are usually taken on the third Saturday of the season. Team parties are typically planned for the second-to-last week of the season.

Registration:
Registration is done online using PayPal on our website, by mail to:
  • HYSA Soccer
  • 1435 E. Main St.
  • Torrington, CT 06790

Game/Practice Locations:
All regular games and practices will be held at the new Harwinton Sports Complex on Bentley Drive. There is no town residency restriction – kids from all towns may participate equally.

Players:
All players must have shin guards and water bottles, which should be labeled so kids don’t share. Soccer socks should be worn outside the shin guards. Soccer cleats are highly recommended. Families are responsible for making sure players are dressed for the weather. In cold weather it is best to wear layers that can be removed easily after warm-ups and put back on during breaks.

Responsibilities:
A parent or other responsible adult must stay in the field area at all times during practice and games. It is okay for a parent to be responsible for more than one player at a time. No child may be left alone without a responsible adult in attendance nearby. If you have children playing in two places at the same time and need to split your attention between them, then make sure you have a plan so you can be contacted in case of injury.

Families and friends are expected to exhibit a positive code of conduct on the sidelines. There should never be bad-mouthing of players, coaches, or referees.

Do not coach from the sidelines. One of the biggest reasons why kids quit soccer is that their parents yell instructions at them from the sidelines while they are trying to play. Resist the temptation.

HYSA Volunteers:
Typically, HYSA coaches are all volunteers. HYSA will pay for volunteers to attend relevant training, so long as requests are made in advance and funds are available.

Our volunteer coaches may not have any experience with mentally or physically challenged children. If your child is mentally or physically challenged, please discuss the child’s condition with the coach right away. Expect that you will need to volunteer as an assistant coach if your child requires your assistance on the field.

Organization
HYSA Soccer is an arm of HYSA and is directed by HYSA’s VP of Soccer. Right now, HYSA Soccer is organized with several volunteer positions to cover ongoing responsibilities.HYSA Soccer is an arm of HYSA. It is directed by HYSA’s VP of Soccer, who also serves as the President of The Harwinton Soccer Club, an affiliate of CJSA. Right now, HYSA Soccer is organized with several volunteer positions to cover ongoing responsibilities.

Vice President:
Sets the long-term and short-term agendas; oversees league, teams, and coaches; runs monthly meetings; handles internal and external communications, especially with HYSA and CJSA

Assistant Vice President:
Performs duties to assist the Vice President in monthly meetings and goes to monthly meetings when the VP cannot attend.

Secretary:
Takes minutes at monthly meetings

Micro Coordinator:
Oversees the Micro and Pre-K programs and their coaches

Rec Coordinator:
Oversees the Rec program and its coaches; organizes Rec schedules and referees

Registrar:
Handles all aspects of registration

Equipment Manager:
Organizes and acquires equipment and uniforms

Fund Raising:
Leads fund raisers, each fund raiser may be led by a different volunteer

Positions are often combined – our volunteers sometimes wear many hats!

Meetings are held every month except December on the first Monday of the month at the Senior Center, typically at 7:00. Contact soccer@harwintonsports.org to confirm time and place.
Contact Info for HYSA Soccer
email: soccer@harwintonsports.org
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