Hershey’s Recreational Program is based on the belief that the kids and the community come first! Our program is geared for the U05-U12 player who is looking to enjoy the game of soccer, while participating in basic skills development, fitness, and team play. Our goal is to help develop them to be the best they can be and reach their potential at their own pace. We want to teach them life skills such as respect for themselves, their teammates, officials and the game of soccer. We provide a paid trainer for every age group to provide an age based curriculum to the children with the help from volunteer coaches.

If you have any questions please contact Demetrios Papadopoulos at assistantdirector@hersheysoccer.org or Paul Latham at vprec@hersheysoccer.org

WINTER RECREATIONAL LEAGUE

Trainings:

  • Dates: Saturdays from January 15th to March 12th, 2022
  • Times: TBD (age groups will be broken down into 1 hour time slots. More info once registration numbers increase)
  • Location: New Life Church of Hershey, 99 Valley Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036
  • Cost: $85

Additional Information:

  • Boys and girls will be combined at each age group.
  • No cleats allowed for indoor soccer.  Indoor shoes or sneakers required.
  • Futsal balls will be provided for the players.  Please do not bring a soccer ball to training.

COVID Procedures:
Our protocols for Winter Rec will be the following:

  • All participants must wear a mask at all times. When we send the players for water breaks, we will insure that they are 6 feet apart so they may remove their masks for that small break.
  • We will have a check in sheet with a few questions prior to each session that parents will need to answer before the allotted time slot.
  • All players will enter the gym via one entrance and will be let out on the other side of the gym to create a flow for when we change over between sessions.
  • We will be looking to limit the amount of people in the gym and that means that we will be asking that only one parent/guardian show up with your child and to do your best to leave siblings at home.
  • All of the gear will be sanitized periodically and our training sessions will be focused on continuous movement and to not keep players standing in lines in close proximity to each other.

Rec Soccer FAQ

The registration system that we use is the same for Travel and Rec Soccer. This is based on date of birth as required by US Soccer. However for Rec Soccer we can be flexible in moving kids up or down age groups once they are registered.

Yes. We have the flexibility to move the kids up or down age groups, to better suit their ability. For example a kid that has been playing soccer for a couple of seasons and wants more of a challenge could move up an age group to play.

Shin guards are required. Cleats (soccer boots) are recommended as they give better grip in the grass. Trainers / sneakers can be worn if you do not have cleats. All kids will be provided a game shirt and socks. For practicesthey can wear whatever they feel comfortable in.

Practices are on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. For U5 to U8 from 5.30 to 6.30pm, for U10 to U12 5.30 to 7.00pm

Yes. Each week the skills taught will be the same for any practice night. So if you miss say a Monday and go on Tuesday you will go through the same skills exercises for that week.

Games are on Saturday mornings. For the U5 to U8 we start at either 10am or 11am, for the U10 and U12 it is either 10am or 11.15am.

For the U10 and U12 games we have referees. These are usually teenagers that are learning to become a travel referee. They have taken referee exams and are gaining practical experience refereeing the Rec games.

Yes.We are always looking for volunteers. Each team ideally needs a Parent coach, to help the team at practices and during the games on Saturdays. We also look for volunteers to help with uniform distribution. We have a Coaching Guide for those that are interested in helping and want to know more about what is involved.

No. We teach the kids the basic rules and technics as we go through the season. We focus on one main item a week. We can provide parents who want to know the basics a cheat sheet. Parents that want to help, do not need to know the rules of soccer. For games we would like help in organizing the kids, timing games and swapping kids in and out of the game so that they all get roughly equal playing time and rest.

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