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WHC Soccer Information

Age Groups

Registration for Fall will open on or after April 15th. The Coaches meeting will be held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Mid August.  Practices typically start in mid to late August.  Opening Day will usually be scheduled the first Saturday after Labor Day.  The number of teams will be determined by July 1st based on the number of players that are registered.  Please register and submit payment before July 1st to Guarantee a spot on a team this year.

 

Referee's

Please contact our referee coordinator Sean Hughes at shughes001@comcast.net .

Coach and Parent Basics

  • 1 Coach and 1 assistant Coach on the players side.
  • Coaches stay on their half of the sidelines – do not pass center line or the front of the penalty box line on the sidelines.
  • No one can stand near or behind the goal to assist the goalie or instruct / distract the players.
  • The person that is chosen to help the ref on the sidelines with a flag is no longer a coach or parent they are an official for that game and can no longer advise players or distract players on either team.
  • For age groups that allow 1 coach on the field to advise; they must not obstruct play of the game or get close to the goal during play. Stay to the side, the players can still hear you.
  • The referee is in charge at all games. Do not argue with the ref. At halftime and after the game you can politely ask a question about a certain call so you will understand what the ref could see that you did not.

Purpose

Western Howard County Soccer, Inc. provides a recreation environment that enables children to develop skills in soccer and use these skills with others in the same age bracket. Emphasis is on fun, skills and team play. All of our Board members are Volunteers that put in countless hours to make soccer fun. Feel free to ask if you can help in any way.

Eligibility

Registration is open to boys and girls ages 4-18. Team age determination date is December 31 of the current year for players born before the year 2000. For players born in 2000 or after the age determination date is August 31. 4-5 year olds play micro soccer. Exact groupings of players will depend upon the number of registered boys and girls. There will be separate teams for boys and girls in all age groups. Most age groups span 1-2 years.

Practices

Practices begin mid to late August. Field availability and coaches determine practice days and times. Parents are encouraged to attend practices and games, especially in case an emergency should arise.

Season Play

Games will be played on Saturdays beginning in September.  The 4-11 age groups will play at Folly Quarter and Triadelphia Ridge.  The 12-13 age groups will play at Alpha Ridge.  Game dates and locations for the 14-18 age groups will be determined by the Age Group Coordinator.

Team Assignments

Teams are grouped by age as follows Micro 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 14-18. The following is also taken into consideration:

  • Ages 4-9: Younger boys and girls will be assigned to teams primarily according to school district, depending on the number of volunteer coaches available and the number of teams that can be formed.

  • Ages 10-18: Older players will be assigned to teams on the basis of experience, ability, and geography. In an attempt to evenly distribute talent, players may be reassigned.

Jewelry and Glasses Policy

WHCS prohibits players of any age wearing any form of jewelry other than medical alert bracelets. This ban includes studs worn in newly pierced ears. Safety glasses or safety goggles are recommended in place of regular eyeglasses or over eyeglasses. Safety goggles in place of regular eyeglasses or over eyeglasses will be required.

Registration Fees

Early registration fees through June 30th are:  $105.00 per single player. Family discounts are available: (2) 200.00, (3) $280.00, (4) $350.00, (5) $420.00, etc ... Registration fees after June 30th are:  $125.00 per single player, (2) $240.00, (3) $340.00, (4) $430.00, (5) $520.00 , etc ...

Sportsmanship Code of Conduct

WHCS promotes positive, team oriented athletics. Players and families agree that conduct at all practices and games will be of a positive, supportive nature. Comments between players, coaches, game officials and other fans will be made to enhance the game and play, and to promote the good sportsmanship and fun historically associated with WHCSoccer, Inc. Failure to follow this Code of Conduct will lead to suspension or mandatory withdrawal from this program.

Registration Fee Refund Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Treasurer, you may email treasurer@whcsoccer.org or use regular postal service mail. A $25.00 Processing Fee will be deducted from each request.

Waived Conditions:

  • Injury of child with Doctor's Note
  • Residence change from Maryland
  • No Refunds after September 1st

Payments and Mailing Address

Credit card payment is the preferred method of payment for registration.  Although payments are made through PayPal, no membership to PayPal is required.

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