Intramural Soccer

UpdatedWednesday June 1, 2022 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 through 6th grade Size 4
7th grade and older Size 5

 

 

 

 


Current activities

WRA 2022 Fall Soccer Season

Registration for WRA Fall Intramural Soccer is now OPEN! Please note that you need to register through WRA's TeamSnap system rather than our SportsSignUp system.

Register Players with this link.

Register Volunteers or Coaches with this link.

For 2022, we will open the Fall IM Soccer season for our Preschool (3y/o), Pre-Kindergarten (4 y/o) and Kindergarten (5 y/o) divisions in August, hold games on Saturdays August 20th and 27th, take a break for Labor Day, and then run games for the next 8 weeks and finish the season before the end of October. As in years past, games will take place at Shady Grove Elementary School. 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 in numbers so register early to guarantee your spot. Please note that these divisions have been very popular each year and the openings are limited. As part of registration we ask all players to provide at least two weeknights your child could practice with their teams even though we know that these divisions do not participate in weeknight practices. This registration question is asked of all registered players, including those in our Preschool (3y/o), Pre-Kindergarten (4 y/o) and Kindergarten (5 y/o) divisions so please select "Can practice" for each night as you register players for these youngest divisions.

The cost for our youngest divisions is $100 ($90 for Whitpain township residents) for the season of Saturday events. The cost for our 1st grade through 12th grade players is $135 ($125 for Whitpain township residents) for the weeknight training session and games during the season. All players will receive a jersey to wear to games as they are sorted into teams and the fees go toward team equipment, field permits, field maintenance, and several other expenses. Late registration will begin July 9th so be sure to register soon to avoid late fees. WRA has several sports scholarships available if costs are ever an issue for any family. Please email the Chairperson, Paul Laub and he can give you more details and answer your questions.

Our older divisions will begin practices the week of August 15th and hold their first games after Labor Day on Saturday September 10th. Practices for 1st through 12th grade teams will take place at Shady Grovel Elementary School and other local fields and will be communicated by the division Commissioners and team Coaches. 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 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 and our kids in 3rd and 4th grade will play 7v7 soccer games. As a change this year our older players in our trophy divisions will form U12, U14, U16, and U19 divisions rather than based on school grade. Our U12 division will play 9v9 games and our older players will play 11v11 games. Teams for our trophy divisions will be drafted by the coaches after the Evaluation Days in July and before practices begin in August.

We are also working on plans for our U16 and U19 divisions to allow the players to practice and play pickup games during August and September before forming teams for games in October into November. Details will be communicated as registration progresses. These divisions are open to all players, even those playing travel soccer for WRA or another local club or for their Middle School and High School. Please spread the word so we can keep more kids playing into their Middle School and High School years. We will work out the schedule to avoid as many conflicts as possible.

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. WRA IM Soccer has a partnership to use the MOJO sports app and 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.

Registration for our Rec Select program will open soon. Please email Sean Ruhren for any questions about this terrific program.

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
Preschool NONE Facilities Director Chris Donnelly
Pre-Kindergarten NONE Equipment Director NONE
Kindergarten Anna Lall Spirit Store Director Grace Pak
1B - 1st grade Boys Stephanie Speece Jersey Director Jackie Woodson
1G - 1st grade Girls Ali Tantino Rec Select Director Sean Ruhren
2B - 2nd grade Boys Kattie Karas ISST Director Paul Laub
2G - 2nd grade Girls Lauren Geraghty Winter IM Soccer Director Dana Vandergrift
3/4B - 3rd/4th grade Boys Grant Gochenauer Spring IM Soccer Directors Dana Vandergrift and Jackie Woodson
3/4G - 3rd/4th grade Girls Dana Vandergrift    
U12 Boys Michael Ferenschak U12 Girls Melissa Lore
U14 Boys NONE U14 Girls NONE
U16 Boys NONE U16 Girls NONE
U19 Boys NONE U19 Girls NONE
 
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