Soccer

The St. Hilary Soccer Club (SHSC) is part of the St Hilary Athletic Association, which is part of St. Hilary Parish and offers programs for students in grades K-8.  Our primary goal is to help develop the Christian spirit of our youth players through the game of soccer.  The secondary goal of the SHSC is to build a foundation for technically skilled and creative soccer players through trainings focused on ball mastery, passing/receiving, and individual moves.

As participants through the St Hilary Athletic Association, we recognize the diverse gifts and talents of those involved, namely priests, players, parents, coaches, spectators and game officials.  Its our hope and intentions to celebrate the best of these differences by promoting the peace of Christian living, the discipline of good sportsmanship and the joy of fair athletic competition. We must acknowledge that we are all children of God and that we follow his teachings. We believe that all we do in sports is for His glory and that how we treat others is a reflection of His glory.

The SHSC is dedicated to helping youth players, their leaders and their parents realize that positive encouragement, respect for one another, respect for the efforts of one another regardless of the results, and positive acknowledgement of those results are all needed to make sports an offering to God. Pure love of the sport must be the motivation of all our work. Favoritism and over zealousness to win and treating one’s opponent as an enemy has no place in this, our ministry.

The impact coaches, parents, team managers, and spectators have on youth players is tremendous. Our example, the decisions we make, the demeanor we display, the way we relate to the best players as compared to the ones who are less talented, our language and our response to winning and losing can and does make a lasting impact on those we lead.  We are determined to never let the winning or losing of a game distort our service to our youth players.

Fall Soccer

CYO soccer is offered only in the fall for grades 3-8.  CYO teams are based on the grades and genders of the players. If registration indicates that there are enough players for more than one team for a given grade, then team composition is determined by a “draft” procedure which endeavors to create balanced teams. However, CYO rules limit roster sizes, so not all children can be guaranteed a place on a team. Games are played on weeknights and weekends against other Catholic parishes throughout the Cleveland Diocese. CYO teams typically practice one or more times each week during the season.

CYO Player Pre-Participation Form:  http://www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/yyam-cyo/athletics/pdf/PreParticipationForm.pdf

St Hilary Athletic Association’s online registration:

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Spring Soccer

St.Hilary-GAASA

St. Hilary offers spring soccer through the Greater Akron Amateur Soccer Association (GAASA). St. Hilary is the Club and GAASA is the league. Teams are based on the ages and genders of the players. St. Hilary will sponsor teams generally consisting of players in grades 3-8, although team placement will depend upon the child’s birthday.

GAASA rules restrict a player from playing for more than one team in GAASA. GAASA rules also limit roster sizes, so not all children can be guaranteed a place on a team.

Please note that children who played on a team during the preceding season are generally given the first priority to return to that team for the next season before any new child will be added to a team. Therefore, “open” registration for GAASA will only be held and publicized to the extent that players are needed for new or existing teams, as determined by the SHSC.

Games are played on weeknights and weekends against other teams in the area.  Teams will typically practice one or more times each week during the season at St. Hilary.

All-Saints Soccer League

The All Saints program is a co-ed program for 1st and 2nd graders. St. Hilary teams play teams from other local Catholic parishes. All games are played on Saturday mornings in the fall and spring. In addition, these teams will typically practice one day each week during the season. The All Saints program is organized and managed by the participating parishes and is not affiliated with the Catholic Youth Organization (“CYO”).

St Hilary Athletic Association’s online registration:

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Munchkin Soccer

The Munchkin Soccer is an introductory level co-ed program for Kindergarten.  Sessions are typically held Friday evenings and the program is offered in the fall and the spring. The program emphasizes individual skill development and fun.  Munchkin Soccer seeks to improve individual player development, enjoyment, and retention, as well as to build a less pressured youth soccer environment for the players and their parents.

Instead of playing in regular games, Munchkin Soccer consists of the following schedule: Players will show up and be divided in groups for the day and go through a four station practice session. Players will spend roughly 10-15 minutes in each station. Two of the stations will be allocated to skills (passing, dribbling, receiving, shooting, heading) and two stations will be allocated to small-sided games (1v1, 2v2, 3v3).  Each week the activities are different so the players work on different aspects of the game without even realizing it.  The station approach is excellent to keep players engaged and focused.  In addition, stations are an excellent tool to organize the players and keep them moving as they rotate through all four activities during their practice session.  This revised approach will allow all players a maximum number of touches and opportunities to attack and defend within the academy environment.

St Hilary Athletic Association’s online registration:

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Futsal

Futsal is the only form of indoor soccer endorsed by FIFA. It earned the status of FIFA’s official form of indoor soccer in the 1980s as it was recognized as a scaled down version of outdoor soccer played indoors. It is a 5 v 5 small-sided game played on a hard surfaced, basketball sized court with a smaller, heavier low bounce ball. Futsal is played with touchline boundaries and without walls.

Because the sport is a great skill developer, demanding quick reflexes, fast thinking and pin point passing, it is an exciting game for children as well as adults. The game is very economical and safe, simple and fun to play. Just by playing with the ball develops precise ball control and technical skill, agility, lightening reflexes and decision making. As the balls have less bounce they tend to stay in play longer and promote close ball control. After playing in enclosed areas and learning to think and react quickly, players find when they play to the full game they react well under pressure. Playing in enclosed areas develops creativity; players are also constantly placed in demanding decision making situations in enclosed areas which is a major reason why Futsal is one of the finest teachers of the quick pass and move. Slide tackles and excessive bodily contact is forbidden in this modified game, which results in fewer injuries. It’s no surprise that the game is popular with children, teenagers and adults of both genders and is growing in popularity internationally.

This is the game that outdoor soccer players around the globe play to refine and maintain their control skills and touch. It is superior to walled soccer in terms of developing better skills and technique. In traditional American walled soccer, players regularly whack the ball (and sometimes their bodies) against the boards which promotes improper technique and too often rewards errant play. In futsal, players are constantly reminded to play the same quality control game that is required for success in the outdoor game.

It is played in all the continents of the world by over 100 countries with 12 million players. Futsal is played on a gymnasium hard-wood floor or all-purpose sports flooring. The game does not require the use of expensive dasher boards, as do other versions of indoor soccer, therefore making it a very economical and safe sport.  Great soccer superstars such as Pele, Zico, Ronaldo, Messi, Kaka and Katia grew up playing the game and credit futsal with developing their skills.

Futsal quickly develop skills required for soccer: – balance, motor ability, agility and co-ordination, ball mastery, accurate and quick passing and receiving, perception insight and awareness. Children learn through repetition and practice in small areas this occurs naturally. As Futsal is fast and action packed, fitness is improved while learning and having fun. We find children love playing Futsal. It is exciting, many goals are scored and the game is devoid of complex rules such as off side. Children learn so much faster if they enjoy the game and spend a lot of time playing with the ball.