Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association: Recreational Soccer

Thursday, October 31
HTSA Recreational Soccer Leagues
U6 Boys and Girls League - For 4 & 5 year old Boys and Girls as of July 31st, 2013 cutoff date.  Boys and Girls will be mixed together on teams and combined into one league.  Games will be played at the Lakes Soccer Complex in Houma. A size '3' soccer ball will be used.  We follow a 4 v 4 format with no goal keepers on the field. U8 Boys and Girls Leagues - For 6 & 7 year old Boys and Girls as of July 31st, 2013 cutoff date.  Boys and Girls will have separate leagues.  Games will be played at the Lakes Soccer Complex in Houma.  Sometimes a coach may play a jamboree type one day tournament in Houma, Thibodaux or another local association.  A size '3' soccer ball will be used. We follow a 5 v 5 format with no goal keepers.

U10 Boys and Girls Leagues - For 8 & 9 year old Boys and Girls as of July 31st, 2013 cutoff date.  Boys and Girls will have separate leagues.  Most games will be played at the Lakes Soccer Complex in Houma, but there may be games against teams from different associations such as Thibodaux and Lafourche in Raceland.  There may be some light regional travel associated with games.  Sometimes a coach or manager will play local weekend tournaments.  This age group moves up to a size '4' soccer ball and follows a 6 v 6 format which includes a goal keeper.

U11 & U12 Boys and Girls  - HTSA does not have a league with set games for U11 age groups and above.  We assign the players into Boys teams and Girls teams at their appropriate age group.  Team Managers will schedule games against other recreational teams throughout the state.  Their team may participate in recreational weekend soccer tournaments.  A size '4' soccer ball will be used and they follow a 8 v 8 format with goal keepers.

U13 - U19 Boys and Girls - HTSA does not have a league with set games for the older age groups.  Teams are formed for each age group but sometimes ages are combined to field a team.  Each team will compete against other recreational teams across the state as scheduled by the team manager or coach.  They most often participate in several recreational weekend soccer tournaments throughout the year.  The U13 and above age groups use a size '5' soccer ball and play a 11 v 11 format on a full sized field.



Tuesday, July 9
Recreational Policies 2013
Dear HTSA Membership,

We are currently in the middle of registration for the Fall Recreational Soccer season and appreciate the feedback from our membership over the past seasons. The HTSA Board has held several meetings to review and discuss the comments and concerns provided to us and are addressing them to try to improve the Association. We feel it's best to go over some of HTSA's policies, changes and events for the upcoming season that we are now implementing as a result our meetings.

TEAM FORMATION

The Recreational League is designed to be fun and developmental. It is comprised of coaches who are Parent Volunteers. As always, Parents for the U6, U8 & U10 Rec Leagues can request a coach and we will do our best to facilitate that where possible. We aim to facilitate parental requests on carpooling, friendship and geographical request when possible. However, because this is a Rec League, not a Select soccer or competitive league, coaches are not allowed to pick their team. The Rec League is strictly recreational and developmental. Once a player is old enough, he/she may try out for the Competitive League (Blackhawk) teams that begin at U10 Developmental.

UNIFORMS

At the U6 & U8 Leagues, HTSA will be going with reversible soccer jerseys so we can eliminate the use of bibs (pinnies) at the games. Also, HTSA will no longer allow teams to get their own custom uniforms as in years past. It is important to our Main Sponsor and the association that we remain uniform.

COACHING DEVELOPMENT

We greatly appreciate our Parent Coaches and all that they do for the association and children. To better serve our players and their development, we are looking to increase the number of teams and, as a result, lower the number of players per team. In order to do this, we are actively requesting for more parents to become trained coaches and assistant coaches for the association. Last Spring, we h eld our first Youth Module training in quite a while. HTSA, in conjunction with LSA (Louisiana Soccer Association), has again scheduled the Youth Modules I & II for the Fall. The HTSA Board highly encourage s all of our coaches, assistant coaches and any interested parent to participate in these sessions. Even if you are a licensed coach at the older age groups, it would be beneficial to take a refresher course. These courses are free to our Members! To sign up for the Youth Modules, please follow the links listed below.

Houma YM1: <U6/U8> July 27, 2013 (9am-11am)
Houma YM2: <U10/U12> July 27, 2013 (12pm-2pm)


Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association


Thursday, July 4
Age Chart for Fall 2013/Spring 2014

LSA (Louisiana Soccer Association) and US Youth Soccer playing age brackets follow the school year. Your childs Age bracket for Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 will be determined by their age on July 31st.  If your child is 10 years old on July 31st, 2013, then he or she will be playing U11 (Under 11) for the Fall 2013 & Spring 2014 seasons.  Please find the chart below and for download in the handout section above to help determine your childs appropriate age groupin

 

Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Age Matrix Chart

 


Handout: Fall 2013 Recreational Registration