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Intramural Program Information

Please see the "IM Schedule" page for Current Season Information

Highland Youth Soccer Club offers a robust Intramural Program for boys and girls from ages 3 to 13. The intramural program is one of the largest youth soccer programs in South Jersey and is open to any resident in the area (the program is not limited to any specific townships/counties). The program is structured with learning, skill growth, and fun as core priorities across all age groups and features a weekly training program conducted by dedicated trainers and professionally designed by Rush Academy. An intramural season is typically 8 games, and there are two seasons in a seasonal year (e.g. Fall 2020 and Spring 2021). A child can be registered for one or both seasons in a seasonal year.

About the Program

The intramural program is designed to promote growth at the individual level of the fundamental concepts and skills of soccer. This means that the program fosters involvement of all players and as much opportunity for as many "touches" or activity with/near the ball as possible. Intramural teams are constructed to make sure participants can play as much as possible and so team sizes are intentionally limited to facilitate as much playing time as possible and adequate breaks.

Intramural games are played on Sundays with start times varying between Noon and 4 PM. Games are typically 40 minutes for younger age groups and 60 minutes for older age groups. All intramural games are "small sided" or played on age appropriate field sizes. 

The intramural program is comprised of 5 core co-ed divisions:

  1. Boys and girls born in 2016 & 2017 (U4/U5)
  2. Boys and girls born in 2015 (U6)
  3. Boys and girls born in 2014 (U7)
  4. Boys and girls born in 2013 & 2012 (U8/9)
  5. Boys and girls born between 2011 through 2007 (Youth Development Program - YDP)

Enrollment

Registration typically begins in July (for the Fall season) and February (for the Spring Season). To enroll for the intramural program you must register with our online registration system. New users should create an account and add participants to your profile. Once participant profiles have been added to the user account available programs will be displayed. Select the current intramural program (Intramural programs will always have HYSC Intramurals/YDP in the title) and complete the registration process online. Once completed an email will be sent to the registered email address confirming the registration. Repeat the process for all participants.

About the Youth Development Program

The Youth Development Program (YDP) is an in-house intramural program for players age 10-13 whose would normally be eligible for travel soccer but who do not wish to participate in travel soccer. The youth development program gives players who will likely not play travel soccer or who may not be ready for travel soccer an opportunity to continue to play, train, learn, and progress their skills in both a training and game format.

Typically travel soccer begins as early as 8 or 9 years old in the majority of soccer clubs. Many clubs have limited opportunities outside of travel soccer for participants at or above that age group who may simply not be ready to transition into travel soccer or are new to soccer entirely. The youth development program is great choice.

Because many players are participating in travel soccer at this age group, teams may be mixed-age depending on how many players enroll for the season.

Intramural Rules

The intramural rules can be found in our Intramural Rules Sheet. A great resource for general Soccer rules and tips on how you can support the growth of youth participants can be found on the US Youth Soccer website - Introduction to Coaching Youth Soccer.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I determine what ā€™Uā€™ age my player is?

US Youth Soccer now has a calendar year from January 1st to December 31st.  Whatever age a player turns in the Spring of that season is their U Age Group.

(Example) For the Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 Season, whatever age the child turns in 2017 is their U age for both Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. For a detailed chart see this link.   BIRTH YEAR MATRIX

Where will games be played?

All games will be played at Gloucester Township Community Park on Hickstown Rd.

When will games be played?

Games are typically played on Sundays during the Fall and Spring, except for holiday weekends.  Games are scheduled between 12:30 and 4:00 PM.  Some games may be played during special events on weekend evenings.

All U4-U5 games are played using a 3v3 format (3 players for team A vs. 3 players from team B) to encourage more touches on the ball for each player. (U6-U9 play 4v4)

What kind of training will my player get?

Highland Youth Soccer Club has a Director of Training who selects appropriate professional trainers for the club.  Teams will train once a week with a professional trainer during the soccer season.  Trainers will follow a curriculum developed by NJ Rush Academy.

How do I get my player on a team?

Registration for Intramural soccer should be made prior to September 1st for the Fall season and prior to March 1st for the Spring season. To register your child, create an account if you have not done so, then follow the instructions to register.

What does my registration fee cover?

Your registration fee includes a jersey, soccer ball, professional training sessions and trophy or participation gift.

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