New to Soccer and SV North? Here is some basic information.
SV North is for Boys and Girls ages 4 to 18 years of age.
A soccer year consists of two seasons, Fall and a Spring. You register for one season at a time. The Fall season traditionally starts the first weekend after Labor Day and concludes with the last weekend in October. A typical season usually consists of 8 games. Coaches usually start practicing 1-2 weeks prior to the first game of the season. Depending on the age, a child could play in an age group for 2 years. There is a break from outdoor and some coaches will put together an indoor team, or others in the younger age group will play at the YMCA soccer program. Rounding out the soccer year, the Spring season typically starts in early April and finishes in early June.
Our In-House program is recreational play amongst our club members on Saturdays. Times vary each week, with games at 9, 10:15, 11:30 or 12:45. In-House is for ages 4 (must be 4 years old by July 31st) (Under-5 Jr. Raiders) through age 9 (Under-10) age groups. Our U-5, U-6, U-8 & U-10 In-House players wear a colored t-shirt, which is included in the registration fee, solid black shorts (optional to purchase) & black socks (optional to purchase).
Our Sunday Travel Program is for older age groups (second year U-10 through U-19). This is the age when they play Sunday Travel program. Times vary 1pm to 5:30pm, playing other local clubs. Other teams include Beaver, Butler, Freeport, Grove City, Mars, Riverside, etc. The travel uniform includes a jersey with a number, navy blue shorts & navy blue SV North socks. Uniforms run small so most parents order bigger for them to last a few seasons. When there is a pick-up day (TBA) for uniforms, you can try them to see if they fit and exchange the size ordered.
Location: Younger ages (up to U-10) practices and games are played at the Seneca Valley High School upper Athletic Fields. Currently, older groups are practicing and playing at Portersville. Additional sites are being researched.
Coaches: Our coaches are all volunteers and the practices are based on their preferences and availability.
Practices: Depends on the age group and coach. All U-5/U-6 players don't have a weekday practice; they have a 1/2 hour practice then a 1/2 hour game on Saturdays. The U-8 players will have one day a week practice (coach preference of what day) and a game on Saturdays (approx. 1 hr). The U-10 players practice twice a week and play a game on Saturdays between 3 local clubs (mini-travel).
Equipment needed: All players must wear shin guards for both practices and games. They can wear tennis shoes but soccer cleats are recommend for safety reasons (slipping/falling). No football or baseball cleats are allowed. Soccer cleats don't have a front cleat on the bottom. You can pick up shin guards and cleats at Dick's sporting goods. The SV North Jersey, shorts and socks (required for Travel teams only) can only be purchase via our web store. The cost is not included in the registration fee.
Communications: Our club and coaches will communicate via email and our website. There are no physicals, when you register online there is a waiver you must sign to indicate children are in good physical health.
I hope this answers some general questions, but please feel free to contact the club Registrar if you should have any more questions. Thanks and hope to see you at the fields.