Intramural Soccer - Girls, Boys and Co-ed

UpdatedMonday May 17, 2021 by Paul Laub.

Vision of WRA Intramural Soccer (IM Soccer)

To provide children from 3 years old to Senior year in High School who live in and around Whitpain township opportunities to have fun playing Soccer, develop their love of Soccer, and develop their skills to their utmost in a supportive environment.


Mission Statement

WRA Intramural Soccer organizes training sessions and games for kids from 3 years old to Senior year in High School where their members will learn the fundamentals of Soccer. At the youngest ages members are trained by paid coaches and supported by volunteer coaches. As the kids age through the program, volunteer coaches will train them in more advanced skills and concepts as the game expands from 4v4, to 7v7, to 9v9, and, when possible, 11v11. Adult guardians and motivated teenaged members will be considered for volunteer coaching positions and supported by the Intramural Soccer Committee with coaching clinics, training courses,  and sample training sessions.


Recommended equipment

Soccer, fortunately, has some of the lightest equipment needs but WRA IM Soccer does require all kids to wear shin guards under long socks to all games. Additionally we recommend each kid brings their own water bottle to events and their own soccer balls and please label all their items with their names:

Division Ball size
Preschool through 2nd grade Size 3
3rd and 4th grade Size 4
5th grade and older Size 5

 

 

 

 


Current activities

WRA 2021 Fall Soccer Season

Registration for WRA Fall Intramural Soccer is now OPEN!

Although the Fall season is some time away, we open our registration during the Spring so families can make their plans before heading off for the summer. Please log in to the WRA web site and register your kids as soon as possible to help us complete plans for the Fall season and avoid any late fees which go active in July. For 2021, we are looking to open the Fall IM Soccer season on August 21st, hold games on Saturdays August 21st and 28th, take a break for Labor Day, and then run games for the next 8 weeks and finish the season before the end of Daylight Saving Time and the end of October. When registering, you have the opportunity to provide feedback on this start date so we can decide whether to start in August or wait until after Labor Day.

For our youngest players in Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten, you will have the option to select what time on Saturdays you would like your child(ren) to play. These players will work with trainers from Smart Soccer on basic soccer skills while playing fun games on Saturdays throughout the season. They will only have events on Saturdays but the divisions are limited so register early for the most options.

For kids in 1st through 12th grade the teams will have one practice during the week and games on the weekends. As part of registration this year we ask you to provide at least two weeknights your child could practice with their teams and we will do our best to place players on teams practicing on those nights although we do not guarantee it. 

Our children in 1st and 2nd grade will play 4v4 soccer games on weekends in the Fall. Our kids in 3rd and 4th grade will play 7v7 soccer games and kids in 5th and 6th grade will play 9v9 soccer games. Currently we have separated the Middle School division (grades 7th through 9th grade) by gender and the High School division (10th through 12th grade) will be co-ed. If we can get numbers to support it, these divisions will play 11v11 but may play 9v9 if the rosters need to be smaller. Based on registration numbers we will adjust the field and roster sizes so please get the word out if your kids have friends who might like to play.

As usual we need parent volunteers through all of the age groups to be Coaches and Assistant Coaches. If you have any interest in helping your kids and their friends to have fun playing soccer and become better soccer players, please consider volunteering. The WRA IM Soccer Committee is developing several coaching resources for all age groups to use to help the kids reach their potential while enjoying the game. While registering your kids to play, please register yourselves to be a part of their teams.

Additionally, we have several openings in the WRA IM Soccer Committee that need to be filled. You can see the current organization below and if you see a spot you may like to fill, please email the Chairperson, Paul Laub, and he can give you more details and answer your questions. This program is completely run by volunteers and it is not possible without their help. Please consider stepping up if you have any interest.

If you have any other questions about Fall IM Soccer, please reach out to the Chairperson, Paul Laub, and he can answer your questions.


WRA 2021 Spring Soccer Season

This spring WRA and Smart Soccer continue their longstanding partnership by offering another spring soccer season for our players. The spring season comprises once a week midweek sessions including skills and small-sided games with the emphasis on FUN!

As in the past spring seasons a professional trainer from Smart Soccer will work with each age group of players assisted by WRA volunteer parent coaches as needed. Activities will be FUN, age appropriate and each session will conclude with small sided games. There are no preset teams for the Spring season but the trainers will arrange teams at each event.

Programs are offered from Preschool (parent-child) through 6th grade. The season is scheduled to begin the week of April 5 concluding the week of May 24. The planned weekly schedule is as follows, please note there may be necessary adjustments to this schedule based on final registration numbers.

Venue: Shady Grove Elementary School

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Saturday
Preschool @ 5.45 pm Pre-Kindergarten @ 5.45 pm 1st grade @ 5.45 pm 3rd & 4th grade boys and girls @ 9:00 am
3rd & 4th grade boys and girls @ 5.45 pm Kindergarten @ 6.45 pm 2nd grade @ 6.45 pm 5th & 6th grade boys and girls @ 10:00 am
5th & 6th grade boys & girls @ 6.45 pm      

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd & 4th grade boys and girls and 5th & 6th grade boys and girls will get to select one of the sessions. At this time we are offering Saturday sessions due to the large registration numbers.

Volunteer coaches are needed!

Any parents who would like to assist with the WRA spring soccer program please notify us as part of the registration process. A pre-season meeting for coaches will be held on March 30th at 6:00 p.m.

For our kids in 7th through 12th grade we will be holding pickup soccer events for them this Spring. These sessions will play from early April until the end of May and last 60-90 minutes depending on what the kids want. The sessions will be divided into sessions for 7th through 9th grade kids and 10th through 12th grade kids:

Mondays Tuesdays Thursdays Sundays
7-9 Co-ed @ 5:45 10-12 Co-ed @ 5:45 7-9 Co-ed @ 5:45

7-9 Co-ed @ 2:00

 

 

 

Events cancelled due to weather or pandemic may be rescheduled into June. The IM Soccer Chairperson will communicate those details. Players may register for any of the pick up sessions which are convenient for them. We will be combining Boys and Girls to play Co-ed pickup soccer unless there is significant interest in dividing the groups by gender.

Players are asked to bring a dark color and light color shirt they can wear on top of any other clothing and jackets to each game session.

For these pickup soccer events we will need parent volunteers to organize and monitor the games. These Coaches will organize the field while the kids warm up and then help pick teams so the games are competitive and fun. The games will take place on a lined field at Shady Grove Elementary.


 

Summer Camps in Our Area: If your player wants to develop her/his skills in preparation for the coming season, a summer camp is a great way to do it. Here are links to some in our area (if you know of others, please notify us).


Volunteer! Our organization is managed and coached by volunteers. Please register as a volunteer to coach, help with equipment distribution, assemble teams, or assist the head referee. The program will be better if you donate some time, and that commitment is minimal as long as everyone pitches in! (Full job descriptions).

Current WRA IM Soccer Committee

Division Commissioner Area Director Volunteers-at-Large
Preschool Matt Eisen Facilities Director Chris Donnelly David Frank
Pre-Kindergarten Anna Lall Equipment Director Eric Nelson Steve Gruzska
Kindergarten Stephanie Speece Spirit Store Director Grace Pak Pete Duggan
1B - 1st grade Boys NONE Rec Select Director Sean Ruhren Jennifer Findley
1G - 1st grade Girls NONE ISST Director Paul Laub Dan Geraghty
2B - 2nd grade Boys Matt Hoy     Ashley Han
2G - 2nd grade Girls Ali Tantino     Ray Janzer
3/4B - 3rd/4th grade Boys Grant Gochenauer     Angela Ko
3/4G - 3rd/4th grade Girls NONE     Lauren Romero
5/6B - 5th/6th grade Boys NONE      
5/6G - 5th/6th grade Girls NONE      
MSB - 7th - 9th grade Boys Sean Ruhren      
MSG - 7th - 9th grade Girls Sean Ruhren      
HS - 10th - 12th grade Boys and Girls David Eisman      
 
Learn to Coach or Polish Your Skills: We are sponsoring a limited number of Coaching Certifications through EPYSA. Volunteer coaches can easily learn how to teach essential skills and drills for their children's age group. Our hope is that our coaches will feel more confident and at ease, even with little or no experience as players. In turn, kids benefit by developing their skills more quickly. More information will be posted when the details are finalized. 

WRA Intramural Soccer Manual An in depth presentation of the modified rules we follow, with specifics for each division regarding teams, games, our general philosophy - kids having fun, learning sportmanship and teamwork - and much more. Download a copy (link below) - it's a fascinating read!!

FIFA Laws of the Game

For questions on the programs, contact Intramural Soccer Chair: Paul Laub, IntramuralSoccer@WRASports.org

WRA Intramural Soccer Manual Rev 0.1.pdf