RECREATIONAL PROGRAM FAQ
When will I be notified of when practices begin?
Typically, coaches will notify their players when practices begin in early to mid-August. Sometimes this process takes more time and can be as late as the end of August.
Where are practices and home games held?
Rec practices and games are most often held on Peninsula School District grass fields rented by the club.
How long is the soccer season?
The fall Recreation Soccer season starts in August. Games typically begin the first weekend after Labor Day, and generally run through the middle of November with some older teams playing into the first week of December.
Can I choose what day/time my child plays?
No. Harbor Soccer Club relies on volunteers to coach and they are able to choose the practice schedule that works best for them.
Can a child play in an older age group ("play up")?
While this generally is not advised, a player who is at the oldest age for their classification may be allowed to play in the next oldest age group. A parent or guardian will have to make a special request at registration. The Harbor Soccer Club Program Director will need to discuss this with the parent or guardian and possibly evaluate the player before granting permission.
Can a child play in a younger age group ("play down")?
My child has little soccer experience. Will they get much playing time?
Coaches are directed to divide playing time as equally as possible for all players, regardless of ability.
What equipment is needed?
Shin guards and cleats are required for practice and games for players playing recreation soccer (ages 4 and up). A water bottle should be brought to every game and practice. Soccer balls are provided by the club.
Full Uniforms are provided to all recreational players, which includes jerseys, soccer shorts, practice shirt and socks.
Can my child be placed on a team with their friends or a particular coach?
While there is a place in our registration system to enter a Friend Request, such requests should not be looked at as guarantees. Please review our Registration Policy for further information on team placement.
What about "rainouts" or cancellations?
Rain does not mean a game or practice is cancelled. For games, coaches and referees must meet at the field to determine playing conditions before canceling. Players should report to the field by game time. Soccer can be safely played in a light to moderate rain. We will not play or practice while lightning is visible from the field location.
Practices may be cancelled at the coach’s discretion. Make sure you have a clear understanding with your coach what the criteria and procedure will be for canceling a practice. Coaches may ask players to report to practice so that conditions can be evaluated before canceling.
Will soccer conflict with other sports?
Harbor Soccer encourages all kids to play multiple sports. Since the fall soccer season runs from August through November, there may be times when there is a conflict. Please inform your coach as early as possible of any/all conflicts. They will need to plan their practice/games accordingly.