FALL 2017 RECREATIONAL SOCCER PROGRAMMING
Westfield Soccer Association’s 2017 Fall Rec Programs are now open for registration!!!
Hello everyone, as we wind down another school year we are preparing and looking forward to our 2017 Fall Rec Soccer Season. This email is to let you know registration for our 2017 Fall Soccer Rec programs are now open and provide you with some pertinent information.
***This year we are encouraging people to sign up as early as possible - this makes the planning of teams/pactices/games much more managable for our program directors who devote many hours to this process. Discount pricing will be available to those that sign up early! Please note the closing dates for each program as well!
The following is a chart of the available Rec programs (based on your childs year of birth):
|Year of Birth||Age Group||Program|
|2013||U5||Fun of Soccer|
|2012||U6||Fun of Soccer|
|2011||U7||U7 Rec- Memorial|
|2010||U8***||U8 Rec- Memorial|
|2009||U9||U9 Rec- Jefferson|
For more information on these and other WSA programs please consult the WSA website at www.westfieldnjsoccer.com
***U8 Players have the option of playing in our Rec leagues or registering for the U8 Academy. For more info on the U8 Academy, click here: U8 Academy
U5/U6 Fun of Soccer (for players born in 2012/2013)
Season Begins 9/16 & Ends on 10/28 (No FOS on 10/7)
Program fee is $125, but register online before 8/1 for only $110 (last years price!)
Registration for FOS will close on 8/25. After this time you will be waitlisted and added based on availability.
***The FOS directors try their best to accommodate requests to play with friends or with particular coaches etc, but in no way can they guarantee that all requests will be accommodated.
U7-U9 Recreational Teams (for players born in 2009-2011)
Season Begins 9/9 & Ends 11/5 (No Rec Teams 10/7 & 10/8)
Program fee is $180, but register online before 8/1 for only $165 (last years price!)
Registration for Rec Teams will close on 8/25. After this time you will be waitlisted and added based on availability. There will be a $25 late fee assessed for those added to a Rec Team from the waitlist.
***The Rec directors try their best to accommodate requests to play with friends or with particular coaches etc, but in no way can they guarantee that all requests will be accommodated.
NEW THIS YEAR!!! We have launched our Recreational Academy Program (RAP). This program provides all Rec/IC (Intercounty) players U6-U12 with the opportunity to take part in some additional training run by the Westfield SA training staff. Anyone taking part in this program needs to be registered for a Rec or IC program during the Fall of 2017.
U6-U12 Recreational Academy Program (for players born in 2006-2012)
Season Begins: 9/15 and Ends 10/27 (No Rec Academy training on 10/6)
- U6-U8 Girls (2010-2012s): Friday 3:45-4:45PM
- U6-U8 Boys (2010-2012s): Friday 5-6PM
- U9-U12 Boys/Girls (2006-2009s): Friday 615-715PM
Trouble registering? Contact the WSA Registrar.
See you all out on the pitch!!!
Drew and Chris
WSA – Recreational Soccer Program – 2016/2017 February 2016
Many of our WSA Members are already aware that youth soccer will undergo some major changes in the coming months. US Soccer has outlined initiatives which also have an impact on the current age group definitions used to determine where players place in our recreational program.
Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. Moving forward and starting the Fall of 2016, age groups will be determined by the calendar year in which a player was born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31.
How will these changes impact the recreational program?
At the start of the 2016-2017 Fall soccer our rec program will have to realign with the new age group definitions. Our WSA members can continue to participate in the rec program, but placement is based on their year of birth. To make this transition a little easier for all our members, all our ball mastery programs (winter and spring) are already ran given the new age group definitions.
As an interested player you just have to go through the grid to determine what age group you qualify for, for the 2016-2017 season.
Below a grid which shows clearly where players place come the Fall of 2016.
Year of birth
U7 Rec – Memorial
U8 Rec – Memorial
U9 Rec – Jefferson
Fun of Soccer
Anyone born in either 2011 or 2012 can sign up for the Fun of Soccer program which is a 6-week program that takes place in the Fall. Registration usually opens up in the summer for the upcoming Fall season. This program takes place at the field adjacent to the Jefferson school in Westfield.
U7 and U8 REC
Come the fall players born in 2009 are considered to be U8 players and anyone born in 2010 will be considered to be an U7 player. Our U7 and U8 Rec program runs in the fall. Training and games will take place in the weekend using the field right next to Memorial pool. The registration for this program will also open up in the summer.
* 1 – Please note that all our members born in 2009 and 2010 can participate in the WSA ball mastery program in the Spring of 2016. Registration for our Spring ball mastery program is already open.
*2 – Starting at U8 our WSA members are given the opportunity to take part in either the U8 rec program or the U8 pre travel program. The pre travel program is for those players who in the future want to try out for a team in the travel program. The biggest difference between the 2 programs in the time players need to commit to each 1 of them. Rec takes place in the weekend, where with the pre travel program 2 additional days of training during the week are added as well.
All of our current members born in 2008 will be considered to be U9 players for the 2016-2017 season. Anyone interested in rec soccer starting the fall of 2016 can sign up for our U9 rec program. Similar to the other rec programs, registration opens up during the summer for the season coming up.
Do I have any other options when my son or daughter is born in 2008?
All of our members born in 2008 can try out for a travel team for the 2016-2017. To be considered for a travel team anyone born in 2008 should sign up for the pre travel program. This is 8-10 week program in which players will be evaluated on an ongoing basis to assess whether or not they are ready to play travel soccer. This is a program which runs in the Spring and the training is ran by professional trainers assigned by the WSA. At the end of this program players could be placed on a travel team for the 2016-2017 season.
Please use the link below for more information on the pre travel program.
What if my son or daughter is born in 2007 (or earlier)?
Anyone born in 2007 can either participate in the intercounty program or become part of a travel team for the 2016-2017 season. For information on both these programs please use the links below,
For more information on the intercounty program:
For more information on the travel program and how your son or daughter can try out for a travel team:
We completely understand that there might be some confusion among our members as these changes have an impact on how our programs are structured for the 2016-201 season. We hope that the information provided has answered any questions our members might have. If you do have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our number 1 priority is to ensure that all our members, no matter their age or ability, or provided with an opportunity to play the beautiful game of soccer in an environment that best suits their needs.
Yours in soccer,
Ruben Vloedgraven – Director of Coaching WSA
Chris and Drew – VPs of Rec Soccer
WSA Rec Program
Coaches must complete the KidSafe form, SAGE form and Concussion Awareness Training in order to coach youth soccer. See links on the right.
KidSafe: Every coach must download the KidSafe form and complete it.
SAGE Form: Every coach must download the SAGE form and complete it.
Concussion Awareness Training: The State of New Jersey requires coaches to have head injury safety training to help in the recognition of concussions. Therefore all coaches will be required to have taken the on line Concussion Awareness Training and be able to present their certificate they receive from taking the course.
There are two forms that parents need to download, complete and give back to their player’s coach. The forms are located to the right.
SAGE Form: Each family must fill in all the requested personal information and sign. Note: One form per player is needed and both the player and parents/guardians must sign.
US Youth Soccer Medical Release Form: Please Fill out all personal information. This form does not need to be notarized.