Friday Harbor FC

U15/U17 Program Description

Introduction

Friday Harbor High School (FHHS) and Friday Harbor Football Club (FHFC) have organized a combined JV/U17 soccer program to give our older middle school and younger high school kids the opportunity to play competitive soccer this fall. We are targeting the following:

  • High School Freshman and Sophomores
    FHFC has consistently had enough kids playing U14 soccer in 8th grade to create a freshman or JV team in high school. The challenge for FHHS is that the schools competing in its league are not large enough to have JV programs. As a result, our younger high school kids have had very little opportunity to play games against league opponents.
  • 8th Graders with Fall Birthdays
    US Soccer has introduced birth-year registrations to be consistent with team organization in the rest of the world. As a result, there will be some 8th graders born in the fall that are now too old to play U14 with their grade-level peers. Since these players are too young to play on an FHHS team, they would have no soccer experience in the fall.

The U17 boys and U17 girls teams will be made from players in these two groups, as well as eligible sophomores who seek more game experience. The purpose for organizing these teams is to ensure that all kids interested in playing soccer have the opportunity to play more games!

For 2018, we anticipate having enough JV players to create two teams: U15 for freshman and 8th graders and U17 for juniors and sophomores. Execution of this plan depends on the number of players registered before the late registration date (7/9/2018).

Organization

  • Practices
    The combined JV/Club team will practice at the High School under the umbrella of the FHHS Varsity program. The JV coach will be working with the Varsity coach to ensure continuity with the FHHS soccer program. (The JV coaches will adjust the daily practice schedules to accommodate the weekend game schedules in case there are JV games on the same weekend.)
  • Games
    The boys and girls JV/Club teams will play club soccer games under the umbrella of FHFC in the North County Youth Soccer fall recreation league. These teams will play on Sundays and the season runs 10 weeks (September-November). Players who register for FHFC are committing to play the whole season.

  • Eligibilty
    For Fall 2018, we are offering the program to any player born with birth years between 2002 and 2004. This range covers older 8th graders, incoming high school freshman, and high school sophomores. We have opened registrations to allow high school sophomores with fall birthdays to also play with the club. If none of these older kids register, the team will play U16 in the fall. FHFC is not accepting petitions from younger 8th graders to "play-up" since those kids have practice and game opportunities through the FHFC U14 program.
  • FHFC Registration
    To ensure that we field a team at the club level, we are asking all eligible 8th graders and incoming freshman to register with FHFC through the FHFC Registration page. Club sign-ups are earlier than FHHS tryouts, so please register before the FHFC deadline (July 9, 2018).

  • FHHS Registration
    Because the U17 team will be practicing under the FHHS JV program, all players must also register with the high school. The School District requires all high school atheletes to submit registration forms each season and complete a sports physical once every two years. Follow this link for the FHHS Registration page, which links to SJISD online registration. FHHS registration must be completed before players can participate in FHHS practices. Varsity tryouts begin in August.
  • Fees
    FHFC and FHHS are working together to ensure that parents will only pay one participation fee. The FHFC fee is due at registration to guarantee the club teams' entry into NCYSA's fall league. The fee will be refunded if the player is skilled enough to make Varsity as a freshman or sophomore, in which case, the player is responsible for the FHHS participation fee. (Eligible 8th graders will only play in FHFC games.)

 


Questions? contact us at info@FridayHarborFC.org