The Meriden Soccer Club usually has U-10, U-12, U-14, and U-16 and U-19 teams in the spring seasons. On your registration form, your child will receive a number for the division your child will play on based on their age. Teams usually fall into this category: U9 and U-10 play u-10, U-11 and U-12 play on u-12 teams, etc. All teams except for the U-10 division can be at recreational or competition levels, which are defined below, U-10 is always recreational. In the fall we usually offer U-10, U12 and U-14 teams based on the number of players that register to play. Players that play for high school soccer teams cannot play in the fall. The MSC president and travel director will register the number of teams and level of the teams (competition or recreation) depending on the number of players registered as of the CJSA South Central Division deadline.
U-10 teams are designed to transition in-town players to play travel before they move to the next division, which are travel only divisions. U-10 is a recreational program that helps players move to a larger field and play with more players on the field. Travel coaches will work on foot skills and developing the player’s ability to understand the Laws of the Game. Coaches also stress the "love of the game". All U-10 players will play for an in-town team and then will play with the travel team for one additional practice and one additional game per week.
Recreational teams are designed to help players to develop skills so they can compete at a higher level. All players must be committed to their team (attend practice, listen to their coaches, practice their new skills, and play as a team member). Practices are at least twice a week and players must call their coaches if they are unable to attend a practice or game 24 hours in advance. There is a five score sportsmanship rule that states no team should beat another team by five or more points. The emphasis is on development of the players' foot skills, team work, fun and knowledge of the game.
Competition teams are designed for players with developed skills as assessed by our bench marks established by the MSC board of directors. Try-outs are set-up with a coach running a series of bench mark drills. Neutral assessors mark the players using the bench marks and score the players. After the try-out, the coach uses the assessment to determine his or her team. All players must be committed to their team (attend practice, listen to their coaches, practice their new skills, and play as a team member). Competition teams have no scoring limit. The level can be competitive to extremely competitive depending on the degree of competition team (low, medium and high). Practices are at least twice a week and players must call their coaches if they are unable to attend a practice or game 24 hours in advance. The emphasis is on a high level development of the players' foot skills, team work, fun and knowledge of the game.
The player will play games in the South Central District. Games are usually no more than thirty minutes away. Players must call their coaches if they are unable to attend a practice or game 24 hours in advance. If the team does not have enough players, the team will forfeit and the South Central District will fine the club. If the team forfeits two games, the team is disqualified for the season. The non-commitment of a single player can affect the whole team.