Overview of HSA Programs:
Click HERE for the player age matrix to see which age division your child is eligible for this season.
Under 6 (U6)
Our Under 6 (U6) program is an 8-week co-ed clinic every Saturday morning (usually 9-10am). It is run by Everson Soccer Academy's certified, licensed coaches. This is an opportunity to introduce your kids to the great game of soccer. The skills drills and games are fun and enjoyable. The Everson coaches maximize your kid's touches on the ball and provide a safe and fun atmosphere for all. Be ready to bring your cameras, coffee, and donuts and get to know some other Hamden families. Cleats are recommended, but not mandatory. Shin guards and a size 3 soccer ball are mandatory. If rain is forecasted for Saturday morning, we move the clinic indoors to the Everson Complex in Woodbridge, only 10 minutes from Hamden HS.
In-House (U8 & U10)
Our Under 8 (U8) and Under 10 (U10) In-House recreational program is for soccer players of all levels of experience and skill. Practice is once a week and games are on Saturday mornings starting between 8:45 and 11am. All games are played in town (this is not a travel program). This program is for all levels of players, as it is meant to be a fun atmosphere for kids learning the game of soccer. The U8 program is run 5v5 with a smaller field, smaller goals, and no goalies. The U10 program is 7v7 on a medium-sized field and the first age group with goalies. U8 and U10 are designed for the kids to get a lot playing time, a lot of touches on the ball, and to have a lot of fun. During the fall season, we provide an extra, free clinic on Friday nights, run by certified coaches from Everson Soccer Academy. Cleats, shin guards and a soccer ball are mandatory (size 3 for U8, size 4 for U10). The registration fee covers both the Fall and Spring seasons.
Academy Program (U9 & U10)
Our Academy Program is for players in our U10 In-House program who want one additional practice and game per week, under the guidance of a certified, licensed, paid coaches. The Academy program is setup to help prepare kids for the Travel Competitive program once they move up to the U11 level. The Academy teams play against other U9 & U10 Academy teams from surrounding towns. Some games are hosted in Hamden, others require travel to neighboring towns for away games. Games are scheduled so that they do not interfere with the In-House Saturday morning league games. Academy teams practice on Friday nights so that they do not interfere with the In-House weeknight practices (Monday - Thursday). Academy teams are selected after player evaluations are completed in the spring (May/June). The registration fees cover both the Fall & Spring Academy seasons. Academy players MUST register for and participate in both the In-House and Academy programs.
Travel Recreational (U11-U15)
Our Travel Rec program is an extension of the in-house recreational soccer program. Travel Rec is designed for players who just want a fun environment for playing soccer, developing their skills, and meeting other kids from around Hamden. All recreational players are guaranteed equal game time no matter how often they are able to attend practices. So if you play multiple sports, are not able to commit fully to a competitive team, do not feel your skills are at the highest level, or just want to play and practice at a level that is less intense than the Travel Competitive division, this is the place for you. Coaching will be done by volunteer parents and the cost is half of the Travel Competitive program fee. Practices are usually held twice per week. One game per weekend against teams from surrounding towns within a half hour radius of Hamden. Cleats, shin guards and a soccer ball are mandatory (size 4 for U11-12, size 5 for U13-15). The registration fee covers both the Fall and Spring seasons.
Travel Competitive U11-U15)
Our Travel Competitive program is for higher skilled players. To participate with a Travel Comp team you will need to go through an evaluation. The top players will be invited to join the team. Teams are selected by and coached by our certified, licensed, paid coaching staff. We ask that you are willing to commit to the team for both the Fall and Spring. If you play another sport you need to inform the coaching staff and still be willing to attend the majority of practices and games. Playing time is not guaranteed. Teams practice twice per week. One or two games per weekend against teams from surrounding towns within a half hour radius of Hamden. The registration fee is for the full year covering both the Fall and Spring seasons. Tryouts and roster selections take place during the spring (May/June).