TRAVEL SOCCER "FIRE"
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The Germantown Hills Athletic Association is dedicated to the development of our youth thru athletic programs designed to “teach” sportsmanship, team play, discipline, and responsibility. The Coaches and the Association members are volunteers donating their time and effort for the betterment of our youth.
Travel Soccer is for all children who have completed 1st grade and are younger than 9th grade. Registration for the 2023 Spring Season is open until January 28, 2023 - Tryouts will be in late January.
If you are volunteering to Head Coach your child's team, you can skip paying your child's fees, as your child will not be charged. Please indicate your interest in the volunteer space on the registration form. You can also contact us HERE.
The Golden Coaching Rule
Avoid the 3 L’s- Lines, Laps, Lectures
The kids came to play SPORTS. Not to hear lectures.
general rules & Regulations
Purpose: G.H.A.A. Fire Teams are designed to give players in the Germantown Hills / Metamora area the opportunity to play soccer at a higher level than recreational while minimizing the travel and expense associated with club/travel soccer. G.H.A.A. Fire teams will compete in the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (S.L.Y.S.A.) League.
Season: The G.H.A.A. Fire season is approximately 10 weeks in length. The fall season is mid-August through the end of October. The spring season is mid-March through Memorial Day in May.
Each team is scheduled to play 7-11 games per season.
Games are played on Friday nights or Saturday afternoons. Occasionally, games may be scheduled on Sunday afternoons.
Games are played in Morton, East Peoria, Washington, Bloomington, Pekin, and Lincoln.
Individual teams may choose to play additional games at their discretion and cost.
Eligibility: The following criteria must be met to try out for a Fire Team.
All children are eligible to participate in G.H.A.A. sports based on the requirements highlighted on the G.H.A.A. website.
The player must be in 1st-8th grade and meet the D.O.B. requirements for their age group. D.O.B. requirements for specific age groups may be found on the Illinois Youth Soccer Association website.
The player must NOT currently be on another club/travel team.
Both boys and girls are eligible to try out. The lCSL does not have separate leagues for boys and girls. There is no requirement by the I.C.S.L. for a certain number of boys or girls on teams. Teams can be all boys, all girls, or a combination of the two.
Try-Outs: All participants, including returning players, are required to try out to be considered for a team.
Try-outs are held during July and August for fall Fire Teams.
Try-outs are held in January or February for the spring Fire Teams.
A deadline date when teams will be formed will be established each season based on the details of that season’s schedule and registration requirements.
Try-out information is available through the G.H.A.A. website, through email to families with former players, and distributed through Germantown Hills and Metamora school systems when possible.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure that all kids who want to try out have the opportunity before the deadline.
Evaluation process: Evaluators are hired by the G.H.A.A. board to run the tryouts. They are expected to run all players through the same drills to evaluate their skill set. At the end of each try-out, the evaluators come together and rank the players from top to bottom. Coaches then discuss these rankings with the evaluators and get feedback on each players’ strengths and weaknesses, and a final roster is determined.
Roster size: The I.C.S.L. stipulates a maximum roster size for each age group. The final roster size is at the discretion of the coach and can be less than the maximum to assure adequate playing time for all players. Currently, the I.C.S.L. has divisions for U10 (7 vs. 7), U12 (9 vs. 9), Junior High (11 vs. 11), and High School (11 vs. 11).
Number and competitive level of teams: G.H.A.A. Fire will enter teams in all age levels of the S.L.Y.S.A. for which it has a sufficient interest in playing travel soccer.
The S.L.Y.S.A. offers teams the opportunity to pursue a high or low level of competition at each age level. In cases where there are enough interested players to form two Fire Teams at the same level, a team with the most competitive players will be entered in the upper competitive level, and a team with the lesser competitive players will be entered in the lower competitive level.
Coaches: G.H.A.A. Fire coaches are all volunteers. The G.H.A.A. board expects its coaches to represent the community well. Inappropriate language, poor sportsmanship, etc., will not be tolerated.
All coaches must abide by the S.L.Y.S.A. coaches’ code of conduct. Applications for coaches will be taken during the signup period.
The G.H.A.A. Soccer Director will select candidates. Final selection may be subject to G.H.A.A. Board review & approval.
Concerns, Issues, Complaints: The G.H.A.A. expects and entrusts its selected coaches to be an extension of the G.H.A.A. Board. Questions, problems, or issues regarding any of these guidelines, or any situation that arises throughout the season, should be addressed directly with the team coach privately. If, for any reason, the resolution is not possible at this level, please feel free to contact the G.H.A.A. Soccer Director. If necessary, the G.H.A.A. Soccer Director will address the issue with the G.H.A.A. Board for review and resolution. Under no circumstance should a problem be addressed or communicated in a public setting, in the company of players, or among other parents.
Playing Time: The following guidelines will be followed concerning playing opportunities:
Each participant/player should have an opportunity to participate in every scheduled game, regardless of how or why each game was scheduled (i.e., ‘Tournament Games’ are not to be handled differently than ‘Regular Season’ games).
This level of soccer is expected to be more competitive in nature, and therefore, it is reasonable to expect more playing time for higher-skilled players. However, to ensure the development of all players, a ‘75/25’ playing time guideline should be targeted. Players should expect to play at least one-quarter of each scheduled game.
The G.H.A.A. will expect coaches to adhere to the general guidelines outlined above. However, coaches will not be asked to keep detailed playing time records, nor is it expected or acceptable for parents or other concerned individuals to record detailed playing time logs.