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Junior Rec Soccer Overview

If your questions/needs are not supported by the information below, please email [email protected]

Registration is closed, but we still have open spots in a few of our programs.  These are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Click 
here to register for Spring 2024 season.

Cranford Soccer Club’s Junior Recreational program offers a series of introductory soccer sessions aimed at children from Pre-K to 2nd Grade. The sessions are geared towards a fun soccer experience while introducing our most junior club members to the game and how it's played. These programs will provide a challenging, yet welcoming environmental suitable for all players regardless of commitment, experience or ability. Upon completion of the Junior Rec program, players will be ready to advance into travel or intercountry.

Players are responsible to obtain their own shin guards, size 3 soccer ball, socks & shorts. Sneakers or soccer cleats (plastic with no front toe cleat) can be used.  Socks are to be worn outside of shin guards.  Shirts will be provided to all players on the first weekend session of the season.

Spring 2024 Season: All programs at Bloomingdale Ave School.  

See below for more details for each program, including make up days and FAQs.

Junior Rec Divisions

U5 - birthyear 2019

Duration:  7 weeks.
Start Date:  Saturday, 4/20.  
End Date:  Sunday, 6/9.  ** No games on Memorial Day weekend **

1 hour of trainer led instruction per week focused on encouraging development of motor skills and relationship with the ball. Match play is 2v2 and 3v3

(60-minute sessions each week)

Session Options:

9 AM or 10 AM (Co-ed) either Saturday or Sunday


U6 - birthyear 2018

Duration:  7 weeks.   
Start Date:  Saturday, 4/20.  
End Date:  Sunday, 6/9.  ** No games on Memorial Day weekend **


1 hour of trainer led instruction per week focused on encouraging development of motor skills and relationship with the ball. Match play is 2v2 and 3v3.

(60-minute sessions each week)

Session Options:  9 AM or 10 AM either Saturday or Sunday.


U7 - birthyear 2017

Duration:  8 weeks. 
Start Date:  Monday, 4/8.  
End Date:  Sunday, 6/9. **there will be no games on Memorial Day weekend**


1 trainer lead training session per week with trainer lead games on the weekends.  Training will be focused on continuing the development of ball and motor skills while introducing team play concepts. Match play will be on weekends and will be 4v4 (trainers will determine team make-up the day of) to encourage touches on the ball and passing. 

Regular games will end on 6/2; the season will end on 6/8 with a tournament held at Orange Avenue School.  Tournament will be 4v4 parent coached teams.  Requests for parent coaches will be send closer to the end of the season.


Training Schedule Options:

Girls
:

  • Monday: 5:30 PM (Girls) (60 min sessions).
  • Wednesday: 4:30 PM (Girls) (60 min sessions).

Boys:

  • Tuesday: 4:30 PM (Boys) (60 min sessions).
  • Thursday:  5:30 PM (Boys) (60 min sessions)

Games are scheduled for Saturdays at the following times:  

  • Boys:  11:15 AM-12:15 PM 
  • Girls:  12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


U8 - birthyear 2016

U8 players have two program options this season:




U8 Rec

Duration:  8 weeks. 
Start Date:  Monday, 4/8.  
End Date:  Sunday, 6/9. **there will be no games on Memorial Day weekend**

1 trainer lead training session per week with trainer lead games on the weekends. Training sessions will be  focused on the technical aspects of the game while preparing for travel or intercountry. Match play will be  on weekends and will 5v5 and 7v7 (trainers will determine team make-up the day of).

Regular games will end on 6/2; the season will end on 6/8 with a tournament held at Orange Avenue School.  Tournament will be 7v7 parent coached teams.  Requests for parent coaches will be send closer to the end of the season.

Training Session Options:


Girls:

  • Monday: 4:30 PM (Girls) (60 min sessions).  
  • Wednesday: 5:30 PM (Girls) (60 min sessions).


Boys:

  • Tuesday: 5:30 PM (Boys) (60 min sessions). 
  • Thursday: 4:30 PM (Boys) (60 min sessions).

Games are scheduled for Sundays:

Boys:  11:15 AM-12:15 PM 

Girls:  12:15 PM-1:15 PM 

 

U8 Pre-Travel

Duration:  8 weeks. 
Start Date:  Monday, 4/8.  
End Date:  Sunday, 6/9. **there will be no games on Memorial Day weekend**

2 trainer lead training session per week with trainer or parent lead games on the weekends. Training sessions will be  focused on the technical aspects of the game while preparing for travel or intercountry. Match play will be  on weekends and will 5v5 and 7v7 (trainers will determine team make-up the day of).

U8 Pre-Travel players will play all U8 Rec games (trainer led), plus 4-5 "travel" games against other teams (parent coached).  Regular games will end on 6/2; the season will end on 6/8 with a tournament held at Orange Avenue School.  Tournament will be 7v7 parent coached teams.  Requests for parent coaches will be send closer to the end of the season.

CSC will be piloting a new process that will allow trainers to provide feedback on U8 Pre-Travel players throughout the season.  this feedback will be summarized and provided to parents during the season.  

Training Schedule:

Boys - Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30PM
Girls - Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30PM

Travel games will be held in Piscataway at the mid-NJ festivals.  Dates are:  4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, & 6/1   Festivals will be a 2:45PM check-in with games running from 3-4PM for all players

In-town games are scheduled for Sundays:

Boys:  11:15 AM-12:15 PM 

Girls:  12:15 PM-1:15 PM 




FAQs

Q:   Why were the changes made to the Junior Rec Program this year:
A:  
The Junior Rec program was changed to birth year programs to better align with the US Youth Soccer Player Development Pathway and to simplify registration for parents.  The move away from set teams for U7/U8 will allow a more consistent development program for all players,  more consistent playing time and better competition during weekend games.


Q:  If my child wants to play with the lower age bracket so they are with the kids in their grade, can they?
A: 
Players born between 10/1 - 12/31 are eligible for an exception to play in the lower age bracket so they can play with kids in their grade.  If you would like that exception, please e-mail [email protected] before you register.


Q:  Do I need to purchase a uniform for my child?
A: 
The registration fee includes a yellow or blue t-shirt for U5/U6 and a reversable vest for U7/U8.  Shirts will be handed out at the first weekend session for each age group.  Pre-Travel players will need to provide their own blue shorts and socks.  If you are unable to attend that session, please contact [email protected] to arrange pickup at the next week.  


Q:  What will the weekend sessions look like for U7/U8?
A:  
A schedule for the season will be sent out in mid-March.  Once the players arrive for their scheduled weekend session, the trainers will assign them to a team for the day.  The fields will be set up to play multiple games at the same time.  


Q:  What is the 6/8 tournament for U7/U8?
A: 
CSC is excited to "graduate" our U7 and U8 players to their next program with an all-day tournament at Orange Avenue School on 6/8. (rain date will be 6/9).  Player will be put on parent-coached teams and play a series of 3 friendly games against other Cranford teams.  U7 will play 4v4 games and U8 will play 7v7 games.  More details will be published closer to the tournament date.


If you have additional question, please reach out  to:  [email protected]

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P.O. Box 903 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

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P.O. Box 903 
Cranford, New Jersey 07016

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