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About Hendricks Community Soccer

What makes us different:
Our purpose is to provide a family oriented atmosphere where our kids can learn good sportsmanship, teamwork, and the skills to play the game of soccer. We expect our coaches and league representatives to model our purpose and be good examples to our kids.

How teams are formed:
We take a great deal of time organizing the teams for the season.  All of our teams are co-ed, and we do our best to honor requests to play on the same team as a friend or with that special coach. After honoring those requests, we then look at experience versus new players and try to balance the teams.  Some may fall short of a good balance due to the fact that we do not know every player's skill. 

Honoring coach/teammate requests:
As always, we do our best to honor as many coach/teammate requests as we could.  Requests are honored on a first-come, first-serve basis. One of the primary reasons for not meeting requests is that the requested players and coaches are in different age divisions.  Another is that some teams filled up very quickly and we have to balance team sizes.  We regret that we cannot honor all requests, but we do our best. Please go easy on us if you are disappointed because your request is not met.

How to get involved:

  • Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Team Parents:  Each team runs the most efficiently if it has a head coach, an assistant coach, and a team parent.  If you are interested in filling one of these roles, you can volunteer for them when you register.  After practices begin, if you realize that your team still needs volunteers for these roles, you can speak directly to your team’s head coach to volunteer.
  
  • Concessions, Golf Cart duty, and Field Marshals:  Our league relies on volunteers to operate.  The concession stand helps us to raise the necessary funds to continue working to improve the experience for all of our league families.  Every season, we need each team to provide four volunteers for a 2 ½ hour time-slot to help us out with these duties.  We will create a volunteer schedule and a sign-up list shortly after the rosters and the game schedules have been released. Please sign up for your team's volunteer shift, and make sure to specify which duty you are volunteering for. Volunteers are crucial to the league's ability to operate.  Without volunteers, the concession stand and golf cart may have to shut down, and we would like to avoid that as much as possible.  You can find the links to our volunteer sign-ups on our volunteer page: http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=770653

  • Refereeing Program: Are you interested in getting involved with our refereeing program?  We are looking for more adults who either want to referee, want to help with the weekly referee assigning, or what to help us in a leadership role to continue working to strengthen our referee program.  If you are interested in volunteering in this capacity, please contact Laura Sucec at [email protected]

  • Weekly Line Striping: We will need people to stripe the fields for games each week.  Line striping is the simple process of putting a fresh coat of paint on our field lines.  With one person, this takes about 2 hours.  If you bring a friend, it takes an hour or so.  You can find the Line Striping sign-up on our volunteer page: http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=770653
  
  • Field Day: Field Day is the day that we get the fields set up and ready to go for the season!  We will be painting all the field lines, setting up all the benches and picnic tables, and cleaning up the concession stand to get it ready to go for the season.  We need as many people as possible to come help!  Nobody has to stay all day – even an hour or two would be incredibly helpful.  You can find the Field Day sign up on our Field Day page: http://www.hendrickssoccer.net/Default.aspx?tabid=844185

Practices:
We have all volunteer coaches. Since they volunteer their time, they get to choose their practice times, days, and places in which to practice.  Even though we have most of our coaches volunteer when they register their kids, there are always holes in which we have to ask for more coaches when we put the teams together. Therefore, we do not know in advance when any of the coaches plan to practice and in many cases, the coaches don't even know themselves until rosters are released. Other coaches know their practice schedule because they may only have one night in which to hold practice.

Games:
All games are on Saturdays, and each team will play one game per week for a total of eight games per season.

Seasons:
Hendricks Community Soccer has two seasons per year.  Registration for the Spring Season usually begins in September of the previous year and runs until mid-February.  Spring games usually begin around the beginning of April and end at the end of May or beginning of June. Registration for the Fall Season usually begins at the end of May and runs until the beginning of July.  Fall games usually begin around the beginning of August and end in early October.


Your registration fee covers:
The fees you pay at registration cover the purchase of the soccer jersey and socks along with the trophy your child receives at the end of the season.  It also pays for insurance that HCS must carry as well as field maintenance such as striping and mowing each week.  For the older divisions, the registration fee also includes the cost of the referees. 


Player Equipment:

  • All players must provide their own shin guards, and wear them to every practice and every game. Hard surfaces of shin guards must be covered with socks. (Referees will check this). Encourage parents to buy properly sized shin guards that have a hard surface (plastic or fiberglass) and padding to cover the anklebone.
  • All players must provide their own soccer cleats. No shoes with front cleats (toe cleats) may be worn (i.e., no baseball or football cleats if they have a front cleat, unless you cut it off). Only rubber cleats are allowed; metal cleats are not allowed. (Referees will check).
  • Each player should bring a bottle of water to games and practices. Coaches should allow adequate water breaks during practice & bring extra water (some players will always forget to bring water).
  • Each player need to provide his/her own soccer ball.  U4, U5 & U6 use a size 3; U8 - U12 use a size 4; and U14 & older use a size 5 ball.
  • At games, each player must wear their game jersey and socks (provided by HCS), shorts or pants, shin guards, and soccer cleats (without a toe cleat).
  • No jewelry, metal devices, or hazardous equipment may be worn. (Arm casts can be allowed if the player has a doctor’s release, the cast is padded with foam or bubble wrap, and the referee approves it before the game. New piercings that cannot be removed must be covered with a bandaid or medical tape and approved by the referee.)
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