Intramural Soccer - Girls, Boys and Co-ed

UpdatedWednesday July 14, 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! Regular registration is done but late registration is still available if your kids want to get in on the fun.

For 2021, we will 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. As in years past, games will take place at Shady Grove Elementary School. Practices for 1st through 12th grade teams will take place at Shady Grovel Elementary School and other local fields. The feedback from families during the regular registration perios was overwhelmingly in favor of starting in August, by more than 100 players, so we hold our first two weekends in August before the Labor Day break.

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. Please note that these divisions have been very popular this year and the openings are limited atthis time.

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. To avoid conflicts with Wissahickon Middle School team games the Middle School division will play their games on Sundays.

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.


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 Paul Geraghty 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 Michael Ferenschak     Lauren Romero
5/6B - 5th/6th grade Boys NONE      
5/6G - 5th/6th grade Girls Melissa Lore      
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