Youth Soccer

Youth Soccer

REGISTRATION UPDATE: (9/18/2017) We have been able to add an additional team for the 8-9 age group, so we’re re-opening registration for ages 8-9, and continuing sign-up for ages 10-11. All teams for ages 5 to 7 are full at this time. Please email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com with any questions.

The Fall 2017 season will begin on September 23rd, and continue to mid-November. Registration for the fall season is now open!

To register online:

http://www.memberplanet.com/s/friendsofclarkpark/soccerwfocpmembershipf2017

To download a printable (pdf) registration form:

registration_form_Fall 2017

OR, if you would like a paper form mailed to you, send your address to clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com  We will also have walk-in registration on 9/23 for age groups that are not full at that time.

To ensure the best experience for all the children who participate, we need to have a limit for the number of children registered in each age group. In some recent seasons, that limit has been reached for the younger age groups a week or more before our start-up date.  If your children want to play, PLEASE don’t wait until the last minute to sign-up!

Please see Fees section below for full information about program and membership fees, and the availability of “soccership” assistance for families with financial need.

Soccer Program

Clark Park Youth Soccer League (CPYSL), a program of Friends of Clark Park, provides soccer instruction and intramural games for children ages 5-11 on Saturdays each spring and fall at Clark Park (see below for younger or older children). CPYSL emphasizes enjoying the game of soccer while learning soccer skills. Every child plays.

Children are assigned to teams by age:

Mornings (10:30-Noon): ages 5 to 6.5 and ages 6.5 to 7

Afternoons (Noon-1:30 pm): ages 8 to 9 and ages 10 to 11

Each 90-minute session includes both skills training and a game. For game cancellations in case of bad weather, the FOCP voicemail recording at 215-552-8186 will be updated and parents will be notified by email by 9 AM Saturday morning. This is a volunteer-run program held in a public park; we do not have facilities for alternate activities/locations and cannot schedule at different times in case of rain or snow.

Fees

There are two parts to the fees for the program:

  • CPYSL Fee – must be paid every season. $20 for the first child and $10 for each additional child. All children registered together must live in the same household.
  • Friends of Clark Park Membership — Because CPYSL is sponsored by Friends of Clark Park (FOCP), families of all CPYSL players must be current FOCP members. FOCP dues pay for park improvements, trees and additional park maintenance. Families with one child playing soccer pay individual-member dues of just $20/year. For families with two or more soccer children, household/family membership dues are $25 per year. Please consider subscribing at the Patron level for $50 per year.

The fee includes a league T-shirt, a team photo, and personalized participation trophy. Partial scholarships are available from the Paul Brooks Memorial Soccer Scholarship fund for those in need, for up to one-half of the program registration fee.

Uniforms/Equipment

Each player receives a team t-shirt; no other uniform is required. We do strongly recommend shin guards which can be purchased as sporting goods or discount stores, usually for less than $10. Soccer “cleats” are not required.

Volunteer Opportunities

Clark Park Youth Soccer is a completely volunteer-run program. Parents and other adults are invited to join CPYSL as a coach or assistant, or to help with the administrative work of running the program. If you’re interested in coaching or volunteering in any fashion, email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com.

Each parent is expected to support their child’s team by signing up for one week to either bring a simple snack for the team, or helping with equipment at the start or finish of the day. Sign up sheets for these tasks will be available on start-up day.

Be a Sponsor!

Sponsoring youth soccer is a great way to benefit children & the neighborhood. We ask for a donation of $160 to sponsor for two seasons. You can print, complete, and mail this sponsorshipforms-Fall-2015 to be a sponsor or email clarkparksoccer@yahoo.com .

Thanks to our current and past sponsors:

  • Metropolitan Bakery
  • Cafe Renata
  • Frank Innes, Mobile Notary
  • Grace O’Donnell, for Philadelphia Realty Exchange
  • Li’l Pop Shop
  • Monarch Hardware
  • Firehouse Bicycles
  • Rep. James R. Roebuck, Jr.
  • Spruce Hill Community Association
  • Michael’s Custom Cuts

Children too young or too old for Clark Park Soccer?

Cedar Park Neighbors is partnering with SoccerShots to offer a soccer clinic program for children ages 2 through 4.  See http://philly.ssreg.org/ for more information.

Fairmount Soccer Association offers programs for toddlers, as well as both intramural and competitive (travel) teams for older children.  See http://fairmountsoccer.org/ for more information.

Other options include the Palumbo Soccer Club, which will be offering both travel and intramural programs in Fall 2015, and the Kensington Soccer Club which offers both summer and school year programs.

 

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