When is the Soccer Season?
Hartford Sideliners Soccer Club plays its games in the Kettle Moraine Soccer League and the season runs August 15th to June 5th. U6 players practice and play on Friday nights during the season. U7 - U14 practices are set up by coaches and games are generally played on Saturday mornings, but in some cases evening games during the week may be needed. The Fall Season consists of eight games which run from the end of August through the end of October. The Spring Season consists of seven games which run from the end of March through the end of May. Practices may start about 2 weeks before games start.
At what age can my child start playing soccer with the Hartford Sideliners Soccer Club?
You can start your child as young as 3 years old with our U6 program. Our U6 program is only one night a week (Friday), and they'll have a 30 minute practice followed by a 32 minute game. All of that is conveniently located at Independence Park in Hartford. The start time will vary depending on the time of year with the most amount of light available. Our U6 Coordinator sets the times for fall and spring, they can be reached by emailing [email protected].
Do I have to live in Hartford to play or go to a Hartford school?
No, Hartford Sideliners Soccer Club (HSSC) is open to anybody that has a love for soccer. HSSC is recreational club and not affiliated with any Hartford school.
How do I sign my child up for HSSC Soccer?
Registration opens May 1st for the following Season and can be done through our website, HartfordSideliners.org
How much will it cost?
U6 is a $100.00 Fee, this fee includes a team colored t-shirt, Team Picture. U7-U14 is a $150.00, this fee includes a Practice Shirt, Team Picture, 2 paid Tournaments. Uniforms (Shirt/Shorts/Socks) for the season are purchased through our vendor partner.
What level will my child play?
For a better explanation, please click here. Sometimes due to circumstances a child may be asked to play up a level to form a team, or because of skill. A child will not be permitted to play down unless there are special circumstances and it is approved by KMSL board.
What equipment is needed, and do they wear a uniform?
U6: Uniforms are not required or provided at this level (all players will receive a team colored t-shirt). Black Shorts & Socks (90% Black), Soccer Shoes/Cleats (no metal or baseball cleats allowed), and a water bottle are highly recommended, Shin Guards are required. A size 3 soccer ball with your child's name is suggested for practices, but not required.
U7 - U14: Players will need to wear their assigned Uniform, Shin Guards and Black Socks. HSSC Uniforms, Shin Guards and Black Socks are required per the KMSL rules. Each player will need will need proper fitting shin guards and soccer shoes/cleats (no metal or baseball cleats allowed). Each player should bring their own soccer ball and water bottle to every practice/game. U7-U8 use a size 3 ball, U9-U12 use a size 4 ball, and U14 uses a size 5 ball.
Special Note: Jewelry & or hair accessories (containing metal or plastic) of any kind unless for a medical condition are not allowed during games. If the weather is colder, black pants and or black/orange/white shirt (90% black) may be worn under your uniform (No Side Snaps). All players can wear winter hats, only when the temperature allows.
How are teams structured?
U6: Players practice 1 night a week (Friday) during the seasons. Players are taught fundamentals and good sportsmanship. A game will follow each practice, typically 32 minutes total.
U7-U8: Plays in a 4v4 format – no goalie at this level
U9-U10: Plays in a 7v7 format
U12: Plays in an 9v9 format
U14: Plays in a 11v11 format
When and where do they practice and play?
U6: Practices/Games are held on the U6 Fields at Independence Park in Hartford.
U7 - U14: Practices are setup through your coach, these practices are usually somewhere in Hartford. Home games are played at the soccer fields at Independence Park on Wilson Ave. off Monroe Ave. in Hartford. Practice days and times are determined by the coach but generally practice once to twice a week for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. U8 - U14 usually practice 2 times a week – maximum practice time per KMSL guidelines is 3 hours per week. HSSC plays in the KMSL League. Most Teams are in Washington and a couple in Dodge County, see Field Locations. Half the season games are played at home and half are away games.
Tournaments (U7-U14): Erin hosts the Leah Fenney Memorial each Fall. Richfield hosts the KMSL tournament at the end of the Spring Season. There may be opportunity for additional tournaments during the season, but these tournaments will be at an additional cost and are not mandatory.
How will I be notified of what team my child is on?
A coach or team manager will contact you early August (usually by email). Teams are chosen by age first. If there are multiple teams for the same U level, teams will be split as evenly as possible. Sometimes due to circumstances a child may be asked to play up a level to form a team, or because of skill.
Weather and Cancellations
Please know that soccer will be played despite the weather. Our season is limited and very tough to reschedule games. Be sure to dress appropriately, additional clothing can be worn under jerseys. Safety is still a top priority, so the following guidelines are used in determining game cancellations. If the weather goes bad just before game time it is up to the Referee to call the game. We want to keep players, refs and spectators safe. Of course, the coaches can and should discuss with the referee, safety must be considered.
If Lightning is seen in the immediate area fields should be evacuated and re-evaluated after 15 minutes by the referee and coaches to see if play can be resumed. If we have a large amount of rain prior to the game and the fields are unable to shed that extra water the game may be canceled. Coaches or Field Director can make this determination. The home field coach is responsible to call the visiting coach to let them know the game is cancelled.
If a visiting team coach does not hear from the home team coach they should assume the game is on and proceed to the field on time. Spring time snow on the field, will result in a game cancellation. Again, weather interpretation can vary. Our players or parents should not make judgments at home and not show up. Most notifications are done by email or phone call.
How can I help?
Coaches, assistant coaches and other parent volunteers are always needed to keep the club running. The club requires parents to volunteer time in some capacity. Please refer to the Volunteer section, under the parents tab of our website. If you have a special skill or service, please let the club know.