The time is now for soccer-loving children and adults to sign up for the Huntsville Soccer Club’s summer season.
From Timbits all the up to the adult experienced league, the time is now to register for the summer season. The Huntsville Soccer Club is also looking for coaches, sponsors and other volunteers to ensure all have a fun summer season.
To this effect, the club is encouraging players of all ages to register by the April 1 deadline to avoid late fees. The more players who are registered early the better. Having most, if not all, age groups full helps organizers determine team sizes and allocate coaches accordingly.
“Even though it’s not always possible, it really is ideal to have all the kids and adults signed up for the summer season by the deadline day,” says minor soccer director Louise Azzara. “There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that takes time and effort from our dedicated volunteers. We always encourage parents to sign up their children, or even to sign up themselves for our adult leagues, as early as they can. We appreciate it when we have a good idea what the numbers are for 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. The Strikers program offers players an opportunity to experience a higher level of soccer by participating in the Huronia District Soccer League against top teams from areas like Collingwood, Bradford and Barrie.
REP COORDINATOR POSITION
With an eye towards keeping the Rep program organized, a special members’ meeting is being held on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. to elect a new club rep coordinator. The club is hosting a special members’ meeting at The Hub, located at 1 Crescent Rd. in Huntsville.
As of this writing, Sean Hill is the lone person standing up to take over the volunteer position with the soccer club, but nominations are being accepted until March 21.
Submit nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a brief biographical profile of the nominee with reference to their qualifications for the position and the nominee’s acceptance.
While the rep coordinator position has yet to be filled, spots on the rep team rosters are already taking shape as one tryout night already took place in early March.
Those who missed that evening don’t need to worry, there are upcoming tryout dates for all rep age groups.
As a note, the U9, U10, U11 and U12 rep development teams for both boys and girls require the players to register and play in the club’s LTPD soccer league. Rep players on the rep recreational and rep competitive teams in the older age groups can, but are not required to, play in the LTPD soccer league.
UPCOMING REP TRYOUTS
U9/U10 Boys in Huntsville High School (HHS) Gym C: Friday, March 24th from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
U9/U10 Girls in Riverside Gym: Friday, March 24th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
U11/U12 Girls in Riverside Gym: Friday, March 24th from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.
U13/U14 Girls in HHS Gym AB: Sunday, March 26th from 10 to 11:00 a.m.
U13/U14 Boys in HHS Gym AB: Sunday, March 26th from 12 to 1:00 p.m.
U15/U16 Girls in HHS Gym AB: Sunday, March 26th from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
U15/U16 Boys in HHS Gym AB: Sunday, March 26th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
U17/U18 Girls in HHS Gym AB: Sunday, March 26th from 11 a.m. to noon
U17/U18 Boys in HHS Gym AB: Sunday, March 26th from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
CLUB SEEKING SPONSORSHIP
The Huntsville Soccer Club is also calling on businesses in the community for support in the form of team sponsorship. While a few sponsors are already on board, there is still several more needed for youth teams of all ages.
To find out more about sponsoring or to sponsor a Huntsville Soccer Club youth team, send sponsorship coordinator Ted Maduri an e-mail to email@example.com.
“Whether you have a child playing in the program or not, it’s a great way to show your support for youth sports in Huntsville,” says Caplan. “We have hundreds of players and their families seeing business names on their jerseys and players refer to their team by the sponsor’s name. For example, kids will say they play on the Hidden Valley team.”
ADULTS CAN KICK-IT TOO
On the adult side of things, the Huntsville Soccer Club is introducing a 7-v-7 intermediate league taking place on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the McCulley Robertson Sports Complex North Fields. Interest for this program is already growing. This non-competitive program will feature teams playing on half fields in a fun, social atmosphere geared towards enjoyment and exercise.
The Thursday night experienced league will remain the same, with teams playing full field 11-v-11 matches beginning at 7 p.m. And the Wednesday night women only introductory program will stay the same.
For more information on any programs the Huntsville Soccer Club offers for youth or adults, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
“Our adult coordinator will be playing in the 7-v-7 league on Wednesday nights to ensure the program’s goals of being a fun and easy-going league remain intact,” says Caplan. “It’s a great way to get out and play on a team, but keeping the spirit of joy and friendship as the top priority. These types of adult leagues, 7-v-7, are quite popular in Europe and we feel it can be very popular here as well.”