General Information for
Sturbridge Fall Rec Soccer
Tantasqua (5 Town) Travel Fall/Spring Soccer
There are 2 programs available for kids to play soccer within the Town of Sturbridge and the Tantasqua, 5 Town School System. (1) Fall Rec Soccer Program and (2) the Fall and Spring Travel Soccer Program. More details on both programs below.
Information about the first program available to kids to play soccer is the Sturbridge Recreation Fall Soccer League.
Sturbridge Recreation Soccer League is part of the 5 Town Recreational Soccer Program which has been created to allow kids to have fun and play soccer between the ages of 5 yrs to 18 yrs at a recreational level. The Recreation Soccer Program encourages kids to stay active and learning how to have fun while learning to be team mates. The Recreation Soccer Program runs in the Fall Season ONLY with games on Saturdays and practices once or twice during the week depending on the coach. The Sturbridge Recreation Soccer Program is part of the overall 5 town "Tantasqua" TRY Rec Soccer Program which is a way for kids to learn the game of soccer and to have fun while learning at the recreational level. The Recreational Soccer Program is a co-ed program that encourages kids to play in an organized manner while having fun with their team mates. The entire recreational soccer program completely relies on volunteers, all and any help is greatly appreciated.
The Recreational Soccer Program is "generally" a fall season sport with signs up online for Sturbridge from March to June 1st. The Fall soccer teams are created through out the month of June, scheduling of the rec soccer games for the 5 towns will be completed throughout July and teams wills be communicated to all families and coaches between the third week of July to first week of August. There is a mandatory all coaches meeting usually the 3rd or 4th Thursday of August to also pick up all the team equipment on that same night.
The Sturbridge Recreational Soccer Program additionally offers U8 Spring Recreational Program and Prekickers Instructional Soccer through the Real Fútbol Program. These programs are available for any of the 5 towns within the "Tantasqua" district to keep the kids active and playing if they would rather not participate in the "TRY" Competitive Spring Travel Program. As stated above, the Recreational Soccer Program completely relies on volunteers and functions completely on having these volunteers.
Volunteers can help with coordination, equipment, fields, coaches, assistant coaches, and referees!! Please consider helping out, as the existence of the program is completely based on volunteers. If you are wanting to coach, assist or ref there are 2 saturday mornings in August that Jack Keough (longtime volunteer and Board Member) offers time to go over the rules of each division played within the Rec Program (not mandatory to attend but can gather some great information).
Also the TRY league encourages and will reimburse the fee for any coach to take and obtain their G license - let the league know once you pass and complete the course for reimbursement. Click on the link tab on this website to take you to the G license website or click here: https://www.massyouthcoachingcourse.org/.
The Recreational Soccer league has 5 divisions that are co-ed;
Pee Wee-Generally Kindergarten and 1st Grade (U7) but kids 5 & 6 years old by December 31st of current year
Bantam-Generally 2nd and 3rd Grade (U9) but kids 7 & 8 years old by December 31st of current year
Freshman-Generally 4th and 5th Grade (U11) but kids 9 & 10 years old by December 31st of current year
Sophomore-Generally 6th and 7th Grade (U13) but kids 11 & 12 years old by December 31st of current year
Jr/Sr-Generally 8th Grade to 12th Grade (U14-U16) but kids 13-18 years old by December 31st of current year
visit: NEW WEBSITE--tshq.bluesombrero.com/trysoccer, old website www.leaguelineup.com/sturbridgerecsoccer for Sturbridge Recreation Youth Soccer information specifically or visit www.tantasquasoccer.com for the overall 5 town TRY Recreational Soccer and TRY Travel Soccer information.
TRY Soccer oversees the Travel Programs solely and works to collaborate between the 5 towns of "Tantasqua" to create a fun competitive TRY Recreational Soccer Program within the 5 towns of the "Tantasqua" District.
The SECOND Program available to kids to play soccer within the town of Sturbridge and 5 Town School System is the competitive TRAVEL soccer league www.tantasquasoccer.com
The TRAVEL Soccer League is available for kids to play when kids turn 8 years of age by December 31st of current year so older 2nd grade children are eligible to sign up -- which is usually for kids entering grade 3 so registrations would be mid-April to June 1st of the 2nd grade and up but for the older kids of the grade (Sept to Dec birth years -- these aged kids are eligible 2nd grade, therefore registrations would be a mid-April to June of that child's 1st grade).
Sign ups / Registrations run from mid-April to June 1st timeframe for Fall Travel Soccer and than November sign ups for Spring Travel Soccer). The TRAVEL program has both Fall and Spring leagues and play against towns outside of the "Tantasqua" district, which traveling is required for 4 of the 8 games. The TRAVEL program has a U10, U12, U14 and U16 division. The TRAVEL program is made up of same gender/sex teams. Please visit website www.tantasquasoccer.com for more information about the TRAVEL soccer program. Sign ups for the travel league are online through the state sports manager website but can be directed by visiting the "TRY soccer" website at www.tantasquasoccer.com from mid-April to June1st for the Fall travel season and November timeframe for the Spring Travel season.
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Concussion In Youth Sports Parent Fact Sheet
A Fact Sheet for PARENTS
WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A CONCUSSION?
Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians
If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:
• Appears dazed or stunned
Symptoms Reported by Athlete
• Headache or “pressure” in head • Nausea or vomiting
• Sensitivity to light • Sensitivity to noise
HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD PREVENT A CONCUSSION OR OTHER SERIOUS BRAIN INJURY?
• Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and the rules of the sport.
• Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times.
• Make sure they wear the right protective equipment for their activity. Protective equipment should fit properly and be well maintained.
• Wearing a helmet is a must to reduce the risk of a serious brain injury or skull fracture.
– However, helmets are not designed to prevent concussions. There is no “concussion-proof” helmet. So, even with a helmet, it is important for kids and teens to avoid hits to the head.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU THINK YOUR CHILD HAS A CONCUSSION?
1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY.
A health care professional will be able to decide how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child to return to regular activities, including sports.
2. KEEP YOUR CHILD OUT OF PLAY.
Concussions take time to heal. Don’t let your child return to play the day of the injury and until a health care professional says it’s OK. Children who return to play too soon—while
3. TELL YOUR CHILD’S COACH ABOUT ANY PREVIOUS CONCUSSION. Coaches should
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
know if your child had a previous concussion. Your child’s coach may not know about a concussion your child received in another sport or activity unless you tell the coach.
It’s better to miss one game than the whole season.
For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/Concussion.
Online Concussion Training for Coaches