Submitted by the Huntsville Soccer Club
With swaths of warmer weather upon us, the time is now to register yourself or your children for the Huntsville Soccer Club’s summer season.
Youth programs feature divisions from Timbits (born in 2015) to U15 (born from 2003-2006).
The adult programs will again have an experienced league on Thursday nights, an intermediate program featuring 7 vs. 7 games on Monday nights and the women’s only introductory program on Wednesday evenings.
“We’ve seen a great growth beginning last summer and continuing through our winter indoor programs,” says adult coordinator Chris Occhiuzzi. “We are trying to expand our experienced league to six teams from four and hope to see more registrants in our other two programs as well.”
Parents and players should sign up before April 1, as late fees are implemented after this date. Registration has been open since February.
Registering early also helps the club’s volunteers better prepare for the summer. Having most, if not all, age groups full helps organizers determine team sizes, order appropriate uniforms and allocate coaches accordingly.
The summer season begins the week of May 20 and runs through Soccer Day on July 27 for the youth. While, the adult experienced league has a playoff night the following Thursday and pick-up games through the month of August for all programs.
“Ideally, we’ll have all the kids and adults signed up for the summer season by the deadline day,” says club president Dave Caplan. “Most don’t notice the time and effort taking place behind the scenes to create successful summer programming… Players can help by registering early so we have a solid understanding of how many players we have at each age group.”
The summer soccer season includes the Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) house league program as well as the Huntsville Strikers rep program.
Long Term Player Development (LTPD) focuses on age-appropriate opportunities for kids to enjoy the game of soccer.
“We want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it in a fun and encouraging atmosphere,” says Caplan.
The not-for-profit Huntsville Soccer Club is also looking for coaches, sponsors and other volunteers to ensure all have a fun summer season.
Youth and adult jersey sponsors, a new sponsorship board and other opportunities exist. Volunteer opportunities exist to help with setting up the fields, organizing events and much more.
“We’ve had amazing support from the community over the years,” says Occhiuzzi. “From businesses to individual volunteers, we are grateful for any help they can provide.”
For more information on all the Huntsville Soccer Club programs, visit www.huntsvillesoccer.ca.
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