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Overview Recreational Intercounty Travel Middle School

CSC offers soccer programs year-round for players age 4-19 of varying abilities.

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Recreational Soccer (Pre-K to Grade-2)

Recreational Soccer is fun, instructional soccer. Parent/Guardian attendance is required (drop-off is not allowed). All players require shin-guards (sold separately) to play. Soccer cleats are recommended (no softball/baseball cleats with front toe cleat).

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 Peanuts (Pre-K): 

  • Sessions begin Late March or Early April.  You can log on to your accounts online to verify which session your child is registered for.
  • Sessions will be held in Cranford & led by professional trainers from United Soccer Academy.
  • 7-8-weeks (off Memorial Day Weekend in Spring).
  • When registering choose the time/day and prices will appear.
  • All players will receive a CSC soccer t-shirt with their registration fee. Peanuts and Instructional players can pick their shirts up directly from Cougar HQ on Centennial Ave.
  • Shin guards are required for all practices and games.
  • Soccer Cleats are recommended but not required.

Instructional (Kindergarten):

  • Sessions begin Late March or Early April and will be held in Cranford & led by The Cranford High School Soccer Program.
  • The players will serve as trainers under the supervision of the coaching staff.
  • 7-8-weeks (off Memorial Day Weekend in Spring).
  • When registering choose the time/day and prices will appear.
  • All players will receive a CSC soccer t-shirt with their registration fee. Peanuts and Instructional players can pick their shirts up directly from Cougar HQ on Centennial Ave.
  • Shin guards are required for all practices and games.
  • Soccer Cleats are recommended but not required.

Rec I. (Typically 1st Grade Boys & Girls):

  • Begins Late March or Early April and will be held in Cranford.   You can log on to your accounts online to verify which session your child is registered for.
  • Players are assigned a team w/ parent coaches for gameday where they play 4v4 continuous play without a goalie. Weekday training sessions are not team based, the USA trainers will assign players to fields as they arrive.
  • The training sessions are led by trainers from United Soccer Academy while the Saturday games are led by the volunteer parent coaches.
  • An additional training session is a paid option (spots limited) for those families that want their children to have a second night of training led by USA trainers.
  • 8-weeks (off Memorial Day Weekend in Spring).
  • When registering choose the time/day and prices will appear.
  • Rec 1 and Rec 2 players will receive their shirts from their coach prior to their first game.
  • Shin guards are required for all practices and games.
  • Soccer Cleats are recommended but not required.

 Rec. II (Typically 2nd Grade Boys and Girls):

  • Begins Late March or Early April and will be held in Cranford.   You can log on to your accounts online to verify which session your child is registered for.
  • Players are assigned a team w/ parent coaches for gameday. Weekday training sessions are not team based, the USA trainers will assign players to fields as they arrive. Gameday is 4v4 continuous play with popup goals and no goal keepers.
  • The training sessions are led by trainers from United Soccer Academy while the Saturday games are led by the volunteer parent coaches.
  • An additional training session is a paid option (spots limited) for those families that want their children to have a second night of training led by USA trainers.
  • 8-weeks (off Memorial Day Weekend in Spring).
  • When registering choose the time/day and prices will appear.
  • All players will receive a CSC soccer t-shirt with their registration fee. Rec 1 and Rec 2 players will receive their shirts from their coach prior to their first game.
  • Shin guards are required for all practices and games.
  • Soccer Cleats are recommended but not required.

Intercounty Soccer (birthyear 2011 & older)

Intercounty Soccer is a recreational league comprised of neighboring towns all within a 30 minute drive from Cranford, NJ. There are no team tryouts, players are assigned to a team at registration. Intercounty soccer provides a semi-competitive alternative to travel soccer programs and provides all players an opportunity to play and develop a passion for the game of soccer.

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Fall 2018 Season (Registration Now Open)

  • Age groups by birth year are U9, U11, U13, U15 and High School.
  • Registrations will go to a waitlist once rosters hit the max # players allowed.
  • Late Fees start August 1st
  • All age groups: 7 game regular season plus playoffs/end of season tournament.
  • Weekly Professional Training provided by United Soccer Academy. Training schedule is set once teams are formed (same day/time all season)
  • Additional practice time is at the discretion of the volunteer team head coach. Usually one additional practice a week is typical
  • September 8/9 – First game of the season
  • November 3/4 – U9 & U11 SYSL Cup Tournament and Playoffs Begin
  • IC Uniform Kit Required (for new players or those who haven’t played in 2017 or Spring 2018). Additionally, shin guards are mandatory and rubber-cleat soccer shoes are strongly recommended.

Spring Season (registration opens late Nov)

  • No scheduled games Easter weekend or Memorial Day weekend
  • Weekly Pro training for much of the season, weather/fields permitting. Start/End date TBD.

“We don’t expect a player to be perfect on every play, we only ask that they give a perfect effort on every play” – Bob Ladouceur – Head Coach De La Salle High Football… The Game Stands Tall

Parents Guide to Youth Soccer

  • Soccer is a contact sport – your child will/shall/may get knocked down, pushed, tripped or just fall over during practices and games. It will happen but our volunteer coaches and referee’s priority has been and always will be, Safety First!
  • Encourage all the kids, allow the kids to learn, its OK for them to make mistakes, let them enjoy the game to the best of their abilities.
  • Please refrain from shouting instructions during games, that’s what the coaches are for.
REGISTRATION opens at the end of the season & GOES TO WAIT LIST AUTOMATICALLY once roster/training slots are filled. Standard registration ends 45 days prior to kickoff to allow proper coordination of teams & volunteer coaches (i.e. July 26th (Fall) or Feb 1 (Spring)). Late registration (with additional Late Fee) then applies without exception. NO SPACES ARE GUARANTEED. See registration area for specific costs.

Uniforms – All InterCounty uniforms should have been fitted and ordered by now through Cougar HQ. If you child did not play in the Spring, the need the new uniform! If you haven’t already, you need to go to Cougar HQ to be fitted and order one but it will not be ready in time for the seasons first game. I also recommend you purchase a Cranford Blue and Gold T-shirts for them to wear for games while the uniforms are being prepared.

Travel Soccer (birthyear 2010 and older)

Travel Tryout Overview – April 2018 – For the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season

Travel Tryout Dates/Times click here for specifics

It will be soon time to register for tryouts for the 2018/2019 Cranford Soccer Travel season!

Registration is open now and will go through May 1. The fee for tryouts will be $20 per player trying out. The details below will help you understand the tryout process and give you the tryout dates for each age group. Age groups are determined by the child’s birth year. The Travel Guidelines document here – CSC Travel Guidelines 2017 – 2018 – gives you a complete point of view on the program. We hope your young player feels like giving it a shot!

For tryouts, our goal is to have two or more teams set up for each age group for both boys and girls. Of course that depends on volume of kids we have trying out, which is why we encourage every family with a desire to try travel to come out to the tryouts. Our tryouts happen each year for both new and returning players … all players must tryout each and every year.

We typically have two tryouts for every age group that consist of the following formats, and we strongly urge every child who comes out to attend both tryouts:
1st Session:  1.5 hours (30 minute skill-based / 60 minutes 3v3 or 4v4 scrimmages)
2nd Session:  1.5 hours (30 minute small sided scrimmage / 60 minute 7v7 or 8v8 scrimmages)

These tryouts are run by USA Sports Group, whose trainers control all scoring/rankings of the kids during each of the tryouts. We feel it is very important that all scoring is handled by USA Sports Group so everything is done by a ‘neutral’ party. At the conclusion of the two tryouts, USA submits their scoring to us, which is used to form teams. The best score is kept across the two tryouts, which is why we urge all kids to attend both tryout sessions. It is important that these scores are not published outside of the board and coaches. These USA scores are also not discussed externally with any parent.

Cranford Middle School Soccer

  • Tryouts: OAS BOYS, HAS BOYS, HAS GIRLS -Thursday 9/6/18 & Friday 9/7/18
  • Tryouts: OAS GIRLS ONLY -Tuesday 9/4/18 and Thursday 9/6/18
  • “Pay-to-participate”
  • Game Schedule is posted at: Cranford High School website: Athletics: Athletic Schedule: Fall: Soccer
  • Middle school soccer is now using this same website that Cranford High School uses to post all game details for parents, including postponements, for all Cranford school sports
  • Contact: Carole Quinones email cranfordmiddleschoolsoccer@gmail.com or phone: 908-377-3656
  • CSC VOLUNTEERS HAVE NO DETERMINATION OR INFLUENCE OF MSS TEAM SELECTION

Mission:

The Cranford Middle School Soccer (“CMSS”) program tryout and selection process is designed to ensure that interested players receive a fair and objective opportunity to participate in school oriented team athletics, preparing them for continued participation in team sports at the high school level.

General Information:

Tryouts are open to all Cranford middle school boys and girls in 7th and 8th grades. Two teams will be formed from each middle school (one boys team & one girls team) based on tryout selection.

The Middle school tryout registration and payment process is being run through the Cranford Soccer Club (“CSC”) website, in addition program details, updates and additional information will be posted on the Cranford Middle School Soccer Program page of the CSC website

Logistics: 

The tryout process will be held once a year in the Fall during the first week of school, and is expected to consist of two individual tryout sessions.  The results of these tryouts will determine the teams for the fall season.

Participants are required to make at least one of the tryout sessions and are strongly encouraged to make both.

The Tryout Process:

  • Advance online registration is required and can be done here at cranfordsoccer.com click REGISTER TO PLAY
  • The online registration form must be completed prior to the beginning of tryouts
  • Each tryout session will last about 60 minutes.  There should be no cheering or individual coaching during a tryout.
  • All player specific information regarding rating/ranking will be kept confidential and will not be shared with parents or other members of the community.
  • Tryouts will be organized by USA Soccer Group in conjunction with the coaches

Tryout Day:

  • Participants must sign in at least 15 minutes prior to tryouts.
  • Participants will be issued a bib number which will be used by evaluators to identify participants.  Numbers must be returned at the end of each tryout session.
  • Participants must wear appropriate workout clothes including cleats and shin guards.
  • Participants must NOT wear uniform jerseys from other soccer team affiliations. Players who show up in any part of their uniform will be asked to change clothing prior to being allowed to participate.
  • There will be water breaks between drills and participants must bring their own water.
  • Players are required to bring their own ball.

After Tryouts:

The professional coaching staff will tally participant results and issue final selections.  Emails of acceptance or rejection will be emailed out as soon as selections are made. Team selections will be based on USA try out rankings as well as the coaches try out day. Coaches make all team selections.

Acceptance of Teams & Payments:

  • If your child is selected for a Cranford Middle School Soccer team, you will receive an email informing you that your child has secured a spot on a team.
  • You will be instructed to log into your account in order to accept or reject your roster spot.  If you choose to accept your spot, full payment in the amount of approx. $240.00 will be due within 24 hours of your initial notification.
  • If we do not receive your payment by the due date, you may lose your roster spot.

Cranford MSS is run separately from Cranford School District and Cranford Soccer Club any questions can be addressed by both the coaches or the Middle School Soccer Coordinator.

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