2017 Fall Season Information
Registration is now CLOSED for the 2017 Fall Season for our U4-U8 Future Phantoms Program! We have made some changes and improvements to benefit our club and its members. Please take some time to carefully review the information on this page!
UPDATE: Uniforms for the U4-U8 program will be available for pickup at Soccer Nation starting on September 11. You will need to pick it up on or after this date and before the first play weekend of September 16!
Ages & Fees
For U4-U8 ages ONLY, we are creating age groups to match the cut-off dates used for school placement so that players will be able to participate with their classmates. HOWEVER, once players advance to the U9 and older age groups for both recreational and competitive soccer, it is mandated that teams are formed based on the players’ birth year. This is something that is required by any State-run league, so please be aware of this transition. You may read more about this age group change initiative coming down from US Youth Soccer at www.alsoccer.org/asa_administrative/us_soccer_initiatives.
|DOB||Age Group||Registration Fee|
|8/1/2013 — 12/31/2014||U4||$90|
|8/1/2009 — 7/31/2011||U7/U8||$140|
|HSC Bridge Program (U5-U8)||$60|
Due to the change in age group placement criteria, players born between 12/31/2009 – 8/1/2009 will have the OPTION to play U8 or U9. Please contact Paul Welch at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions! CLICK HERE for information regarding the U9 age group, as this age group participates in a different program than our U4-U8 Future Phantoms Program.
HSC Bridge Program
We are again offering the HSC Bridge Program this fall for those players ages U5-U8 who would like more than just the weekly practice with their volunteer coaches. The fee for this program is $60 in addition to the standard recreational registration fee and includes a training top, competitive coaching fees, field space and lights.
CLICK HERE for more information and details about the HSC Bridge Program.
Team Volunteer Coaches
Both our Future Phantoms and HSC Rec League programs rely on volunteer coaches. We understand that this can be quite a commitment, especially for first-time coaches, so the club is dedicated to supporting our volunteer coaches in every way possible. Below is a list of coaching responsibilities for our U4-U8 coaches as well as a list of resources that will be provided to prepare our volunteer coaches to provide a fun, positive soccer experience for all the kids. Thanks in advance for all you do!
U4-U8 Coaching Responsibilities
- Ensure that your players are having FUN and learning the game of soccer!
- Reinforce a good attitude and mentality for learning and sportsmanship.
- Communicate team specific details to your players and parents – we will also at times ask you to communicate critical club announcements, as mass email communications from the club can sometimes find its way to spam folders, and not everyone visits the website frequently.
- Organize and facilitate practice sessions.
- Facilitate games based on your given schedule – all games at these ages are between other HSC Future Phantoms teams of like ages. Coaches will act as the referee as well, with each coach officiating one half of the game.
- HSC staff will hold a U4-U8 Coaches’ Clinic on Saturday, September 9. We will give tips and strategies to running a training session for U4-U8 players, discuss some basic fundamental development habits of soccer players of this age, as well as demonstrate several drills and games to give you an idea of how to lead and interact with your players as a coach.
- All coaches will receive a Volunteer Coaches Handbook which will include the following (and more) information specific to the age group:
- Information on the developmental aspects of your players
- Tips and advice on how to run a training session
- Game day protocol, tips and advice
- A full season training plan to guide you through a full eight weeks of practice sessions
- An HSC staff representative will be at most, if not all, training sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This resource will be available to answer questions, help with drills and games, and to make the parents and volunteer coaches feel supported in every way possible.
Practices & Games
All practices and games for the U4-U8 ages will be held at the Trace Crossings fields in Hoover near the Met. The address is
5444 Stadium Trace Pkwy, Birmingham, AL, 35244 (View on Google Maps).
- Practices start the week of September 12 and end the week of October 31.
- U4 teams will have a combined practice and game on Saturday mornings at 9:00am.
- U5/U6 teams will practice 1 time per week on Tuesdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm*.
- U7/U8 teams will practice 1 time per week on Thursdays from 5:30pm-6:30pm*.
*There may be some exceptions on practice nights for U5-U8 teams based on coaches’ availability, but we try and stick to these days and ages as best we can!
- All games are intramural against other HSC Future Phantoms teams of like ages.
- Games will start Saturday, September 16 and end on Saturday, November 4. Each team is guaranteed 8 games.
- The U4 age group will have a combined practice and game on Saturday mornings at 9:00am.
- The U5-U8 games will take place on Saturday mornings beginning at 10:15am.
- For any games cancelled due to inclement weather, we will make every attempt possible to make these up on available Sunday afternoons.
- The game schedule for the fall for all U4-U8 teams will be published by Wednesday, September 6.
Uniforms & Equipment
HSC is moving to Soccer Nation as our uniform provider (www.soccernation205.com). This change will allow more organization and reliability for our members. You may also pick up any other soccer equipment you may need in addition to your uniform at Soccer Nation. Mention that you are with the Hoover Soccer Club at any time and receive a 10% discount!
- The cost of your uniform is NOT included in your registration fee.
- All players will require a new reversible jersey at a cost of $30. This jersey is guaranteed to be good for 2 years from this fall for the U4-U8 Future Phantoms Program only.
- Deadline for ordering your jersey with guaranteed arrival by first game weekend is August 31. You may call Soccer Nation at (205) 822-7900 Monday-Friday from 10:00am-7:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday from 12:00pm-5:00pm or go by their Birmingham location during these hours at 1082 Montgomery Hwy, Vestavia Hills, AL, 35216.
- You need to pick up your jersey at Soccer Nation between September 11 and September 15.
Each player will need the following items at every practice and game session:
- An appropriately sized soccer ball (U4-U8: size 3)
- Water bottle or another type of hydration
- Shin guards
- Soccer cleats
It is our goal that every participant in the Future Phantoms Program have a positive soccer experience. This is accomplished by providing a relaxed and fun learning environment where the focus is on the enjoyment of the game and participation with teammates and friends.
Our policy is to NOT give out participation medals or ribbons to any team in our club. We feel that doing so devalues actual achievement in any endeavor, sports related or not. This policy also helps us in our goal at this age of detracting from winning and focusing on fostering a learning environment and love for the game of soccer!
We understand that this policy is a matter of contention with some, but please understand that everything we do is for the benefit of our players and their development as individuals and soccer players.
We are planning on holding an official photo day for our Future Phantoms Program this fall! We are still working to organize the date, time and details for this event. More information will be made available as the season approaches.