Highland Youth Soccer Club offers a robust In-House (intramural) Program for boys and girls from ages 3 to 13. The in-house 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. An intramural season is typically 8 games, and there are two seasons in a seasonal year (e.g. Fall 2021 and Spring 2022). A child can be registered for one or both seasons in a seasonal year.
About the Program
The in-house 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.
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 games are "small sided" or played on age appropriate field sizes.
The program is comprised of co-ed divisions:
- Micros - boys and girls born in 2017 & 2018 (U4/U5)
- Juniors - boys and girls born in 2016 (U6) and boys and girls born in 2015 (U7)
- Youth Development Program - Boys and girls born in 2014, 2013, and 2012 (U8/9/10)
- Youth Development Program - Boys and girls born in 2011 & 2010 (U11/12)
- Recreational Play - Boys and girls born in or before 2009
The season is 8 in-house games played on Sundays beginning on September 12, ranging in start times from 12:00 - 3:30PM. Practices/training sessions are typically held on Mondays and Fridays in the evenings, though depending on state mandates and limits related to outdoor activity size in the fall, the number or duration of training sessions may be reduced. Practice schedules by age group will be communicated closer to the season start date.
Main page: Registration instructions for in-house programs
Registration typically begins in July (for the Fall season) and February (for the Spring Season). To enroll for the intramural program you must register using our online registration system. New users should follow the online regitration insturctions. Available programs will be displayed for each participant added to the account. 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.
For age groups from U4-U7 our in-house program fee is $95 and covers a uniform tee, an appropriate sized ball, and sling bag as well as individual participation gift trophy. For age groups from U8 and up our in-house program fee is $110 and covers a uniform jersey, an appropriate sized ball, and referee fees as well as individual participation gift trophy. Training curriculum and sessions led by youth trainers is also covered in the registration cost.
About the Youth Development Program
The Youth Development Program (YDP) is an in-house intramural program for players beginning at age 7 who would normally be eligible for club soccer but who either cannot participate in club (travel) soccer or need more development opportunity before joining a club team. 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 club 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 in those cases.
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.
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 ’U’ 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.
Club soccer organizations follow governance provided by the United States Soccer Federation and adhered to by associations such as US Club Soccer. Club soccer teams are generally made up of eligible gender appropriate players from a single birth year, but our in-house program mixes several age groups to provide robust opportunities to play. Determine a players current U-Age group by birth year. >
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 4v4 format (4 players for team A vs. 4 players from team B) to encourage more touches on the ball for each player. U8-11 will play 7v7, and recreational play will be either 7v7 or 9v9 depending on the number of registrants and team size.
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 detailed and tested curriculum designed to maximize the growth and fun for each individual player.
How do I get my player on a team?
Registrations should be made prior to September 1 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.