Where do we meet? / Where are our games?
The In-Town fields are located next to the Rec Center building behind the parking lot. Unless otherwise specified all of our In-Town games are held there and is where you will meet for all activities. The name of the fields are Foisy fields.
You can use this address 64 Powder Mill Rd. Southwick, MA 01077 for GPS settings.
What equipment does my son/daughter need to play?
All children should come in athletic attire. These should be clothes that they are comfortable running around and playing in. Soccer tends to go from warm to cold weather so please make sure they are dressed according to the weather. We are flexible in town so they can wear gloves, hats, coats, etc.. whatever is needed for them to be comfortable.
Shin guards are mandatory for all children. This is for safety reasons. Please make sure your children show up with shin guards on.
Cleats are optional but strongly recommended. They should be soccer cleats, which gives the kids extra traction to avoid injuries on wet grass.
What age groups can play InTown Soccer?
We build our structure for age groups of 4 years of age through 12 years of age. We do our best to group the kids into like ages, usually 4/5and6 year olds, 7/8 year olds, and 9+ year olds.
The spring is clinic style, do we still need coaches?
Yes. We always need coaching volunteers.
In the fall volunteers will be coaches and have their own team and will hold practices and coach game sessions for their teams.
In the spring volunteers will be assisting with running the clinic sessions and then assisting to moderate small sided games. The spring is a great time for new volunteers to become familiar with different coaching styles and familiarize themselves with soccer if they are not familiar.
When will practices and games take place?
In the Fall season there are practices scheduled during the week for the 7/8 and 9+ leagues. The date and times of the practices are determined by the individual volunteer coaches. We won't know these details until the season is starting and the coaches have made their selections. Games for all age groups are scheduled on Saturdays.
In the Spring season it only takes place one day per week, on a weekend. We target to do these sessions on Saturdays, but also work on avoiding other scheduled spring sports which could cause some Sunday sessions.
Will Spring Soccer interfere with other Spring Rec Center sports?
In general, the Rec Center sports work together to avoid as many conflicts as possible between the different programs. It's almost impossible to guarantee that we won't have any conflicts but we do try. Unfortunately, if you're child is playing two sports in the same season then there will likely be some conflicts.
Can my child be on a team with certain friends or with a specific coach?
As I'm sure you can imagine trying to create teams across so many age groups, with varying skill sets, can be very difficult. In the Fall season, we strive to create teams that are even from a skill set level so that the games throughout the season are fun and evenly matched. We do place siblings onto the same team, if they are in the same age group, to try and make transportation easier on the parents. Beyond siblings, we do not guarantee placement of friends, cousins, etc.. onto the same teams. Playing with different kids and different coaches is all part of sports and great learning experiences for all.
Travel Soccer via ROOTS
Are you new to the travel program or wondering what it is about? The Southwick Soccer travel teams are for both the boys and girls that reside in Southwick or belong to the Southwick School District in grades 2nd through 8th grade.
Where do you play the games? All of the travel team games are local but not all in Southwick. Every Season each team has home games, right at Foisy Fields in Southwick, and away games, at opposing team locations. The towns we travel to include, Agawam, Longmeadow, Amherst, West Springfield, Ludlow, Chicopee, Belchertown, South Hadley, Westfield, Easthampton, Northampton, and a few other western mass towns. All of the member leagues in Roots can be found here: https://rootssoccerleague.leagueapps.com/pages/schedules
What is the commitment like? Most of our travel teams train/practice 2 to 3 times a week and games are played on Saturdays with some Friday night ( not all teams have these but some do). Our trainings/practices are held in Southwick and the location and time and days are determined by the head coach. We use the Teamsnap app for all team communication and include team schedules and more. All Players need to purchase, in addition to the season fees the Southwick Soccer travel uniform kit and have their own shin guards and cleats.
What is the competition like? Most decide to join the travel program because they want the tougher competition that comes with the program. We are playing other local towns so we are playing the best competition that they have in given age groups.
This doesn't mean that you will be playing against competition way above your child's development level. There are divisions within the Travel Program and we place each team individually within a division, based on that team's overall level.
What is the development plan for the children? In the Travel Program kids start on smaller field sizes, with smaller number of players, and over time grow onto larger fields, with more players. This helps to make sure every player is getting as many touches as possible on the ball during a game.
- U8 - 5v5 (4 field players and 1 goalie)
- U9 and U10 - 7v7 (6 field players and 1 goalie)
- U11 and U12 - 9v9 (8 field players and 1 goalie)
- U13 + - 11v11 (10 field players and 1 goalie)
How far do I need to travel? The biggest question that I receive is how far do I need to travel? All of your practices are in Southwick and games vary in distance. We play in the Roots league, so you are playing against Western MA teams.
- All of the U8 games are at Roots in Westfield, MA
- The older age groups play 4 Home Games (Southwick Field) and 4 Away Games at other teams Fields. Many of the teams are fairly local to us (Westfield, Agawam, Enfield, etc......), but there are some that are a little further away (Belchertown, Chicopee, Longmeadow, etc.....). If you want to see all the teams in the league you can go here and get a sense of the Towns that participate https://rootssoccerleague.leagueapps.com/pages/schedules
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