The Vernon Soccer Club (VSC) is a non-profit volunteer based organization. VSC is not affiliated with the Vernon Parks & Recreational Department, however, we do work closely with the town of Vernon and other organizations to provide soccer

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In-House (Recreational) Soccer Overview & Parent Letter
 

VSC In-House Soccer is the foundation of our program. Every Saturday boys and girls come out to have a great time! Recreational Soccer is all about fun, everybody plays, everybody has fun! Teams practice once or twice a week in the early evening and play games every Saturday (Micro does not practice during the week). The breakdown below shows past VSC team grouping, final groups will depend on the number of players in each group.  

Preliminary In-House Age Groups

Micro (PreK-Kindergarten ~ 4-5 Year olds, Co-Ed) 

  • Games of 3v3 or 4v4, focus on fundamentals with fun games. 
  • The players use a size 3 ball
  • There are no goalies
  • The fields are US Soccer recommended in size 20x30
  • Using the Xara Dinomites coaching program or something similar
  • This Saturday morning program generally has a 25 minute practice/training (everyone has a ball on the foot to maximize learning). They take a quick break and then they immediately have a fun 20-25 minute game which kids and parents all enjoy.
  • No weeknight practice
  • Most weekends the program has an onsite division director, paid professional trainer, individual adult team coaches, and a highschool soccer player as a student coach per team.
  • Stylish European "Champions League" team jersey is provide to every player
  • Teams are generally capped at six players to maximize the coaches to player ratio

"U7 & U8" (6 & 7 Year Olds, Separate Boys and Girls Divisions)

  • Games of 4v4, focus on more advanced ball control and basic team play with referees
  • The players use a size 4 ball
  • The fields are US Soccer recommended in size 20x30
  • Using the Xara Imagineers coaching program 
  • One weeknight practice (nights vary based on coach) & one weekend game (generally on Saturday mornings)
  • Most weekends the program has an onsite division director, paid professional trainer, individual adult team coaches.
  • Stylish European "Champions League" team jersey is provide to every player
  • Teams are generally capped at eight players to maximize the coach to player ratio

"U11" (8, 9, & 10 Year Olds, Separate Boys and Girls Divisions)

  • Games of 7v7, further development of game skills & strategy and team play
  • The players use a size 4 ball
  • Using the Xara Aces coaching program
  • Two weeknight practices (nights vary based on coach) & one weekend game (generally on Saturdays)
  • Most weekends the program has an onsite division director, paid professional trainer, individual adult team coaches.
  • Stylish European "Champions League" team jersey is provide to every player
  • Teams are generally capped at Ten players to maximize the coach to player ratio

In-House (Recreational) Parent Letter

Practices 
Your coach will expect your child to be prepared to practice – which means being ready to work and to have fun! Please be sure that your child has on cleats (double knotted) and shin guards (worn under socks at all times). Please bring the correct size soccer ball (U4 - U5 - size 3 / U8 - U12 - size 4 / U13 - U15 - size 5) and a full water bottle. All items should be labeled with your child’s name and phone number. Long hair should be tied back and no jewelry (including necklaces, earrings, watches or hair clips) should be worn. Please have your child visit the restroom before practice.

PLEASE BE ON TIME to pick your child up from practice. Not only is this a common courtesy, but a safety issue as well. If your child is to go home with someone else, please be sure to personally notify your coach prior to the start of practice. By the same token, sometimes coaches can be delayed. Do not leave your child on the practice field without a coach in attendance.


Games 
All players should plan to arrive to the fields at least fifteen minutes before their game begins unless otherwise instructed by your coach. Again, please come ready to play. Your child should wear his/her team jersey, shin guards under socks and cleats!! 

Please drive SLOWLY around the fields!!!!

If you will miss (or be late to) a practice or a game…
Be sure to notify your coach as far in advance as possible. Soccer is a team sport and while a perfect attendance record may be nearly impossible, please try to be fair to the rest of your child’s team when planning vacations and other events.

Rain outs 
In the event of inclement weather, please check the home page of this website for FINAL rain out information.
Parents can, and should subscribe to the notices from the www.vernonsoccerclub.org website. All cancellation notices posted to the website will go directly to your home and/or work e-mail immediately upon posting. 
 If you provide your cell number you will also receive a text message alert for last minute changes. This can be particularly helpful if you do not regularly check email.

Safety
If your child has any allergies (especially to bee stings), asthma, or any other serious health issue be sure to discuss this with your coach. We do not provide coaches with an extensive first aid kit. If your child may need more than a band-aid or ice pack, be sure that your child’s coach has it and knows how to use it.

Conduct
Youth sports is the time to model correct and appropriate behavior for our children. Always keep in mind that this is a GAME and that these are CHILDREN playing. There will be mistakes made by players, coaches and referees alike. Cheer your child on, but step back from the sideline and please let your coach do the coaching. While most coaches welcome any comments from the parents about how to make the season more productive and fun, please remember that the coaches are all parent volunteers who are working hard to spend time teaching your child. If you should have any concerns about your child’s coach, please contact your Division Director.

Referees 
Our referee staff is trained and certified – but some are also young adults. Parents are not allowed, at ANY time, to make comments or have other interaction with the referees. Parents who disregard this rule will be asked to leave the fields. If you have questions or concerns about referees and/or game rules, contact the Referee Director.

Above all, please remember that the Intramural Soccer Program is first and foremost about our children having FUN. The goal is for our youth to learn to play soccer, get along with and play as a team, and be competitive and show good sportsmanship while having FUN. We look forward to another great season!