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Soccer Opportunities - The Soccer Landscape in Haslett

The Soccer Landscape in Haslett

The following table (Table 1) summarizes the options for team oriented soccer in the Haslett Community.  In general, opportunities are divided into “recreational” and “select” teams. 

Recreational Teams: Recreational teams are less competitive, open to all players (i.e., no tryouts) and run by volunteer coaches.  Haslett has two different recreational opportunities for children K-8th (although there is some overlap between the two programs and the 2nd-3rd grade levels):

  • The HYRA program (fall only) for younger ages
  • The Eastside program (fall and spring) for older ages,

Select Teams: For players seeking a more competitive level of play, the Haslett Soccer Club oversees enrollment of teams in the Capital Area Soccer League.  These are “select” teams, meaning that they are formed via a tryout process held in June of each year.  As with the HYRA and Eastside teams, the “CASL” teams are run by volunteer coaches.

For players seeking a highly competitive, professionally coached team, there are for-profit clubs in the Lansing area, and many others on the East and West side of the state that play highly competitive soccer throughout Michigan.
 

Table 1. A Comparison of Soccer Opportunities

Organizations & Leagues Ages Levels of Play & Team Composition Seasons, Practices, Games, Tournaments Competition Cost**
Haslett Youth Recreational Association (aka “HYRA”)/Meridian Parks & Rec K-1st Recreational/No Tryout; Equal playing time/Volunteer coaches/All players are placed on teams which are primarily school-based Seasons: Fall Only (Sep-Oct)/Practices: 1 practice per week/Games: 1 game per week; ~4-6 games per season; no referees/Tournaments: None Low <$50**
Eastside Soccer Club (aka “Eastside”)/Eastside Soccer League 2nd-8th Recreational/No Tryout; Equal playing time/Volunteer coaches/All players are placed on teams which are primarily school-based Seasons: Fall (Sep-Oct) and Spring (Apr-May)/Practices: Two 1.5 hr practices per week/Games: 1 game per week; ~6 games per season; paid referees/Tournaments: None Low <$50**
Haslett Soccer Club/Capital Area Soccer League U10-U19 Select/Tryout; Playing time at coaches discretion/Volunteer coaches/Teams are selected via a tryout and are primarily school-based teams. Season: Fall (Late Aug-Oct) & Spring (Late Mar-Early June)/Practices: 2-3 practices per week/Games: 1-2 games per week; ~8 games per season; certified, paid referees/Tournaments: Optional 1-2 tournaments Medium ~$150-$200**
Chill, Capital Area Rush, Cap City/Leagues: WSSL MSDSL, MSPSL, MRL U8-U19 Select/Tryout; Playing time at coaches discretion/Paid coaches/Teams are selected via a tryout and are composed of players from throughout the region. Season: 8-10 months per year, including outdoor and indoor seasons/Practices: 2-3 practices per week/Games: 1-2 games per week; ~8 games per season; certified, paid referees/Tournaments: 2-4 tournaments per year High-Very High ~$750-$2000+**
**Costs are approximate and include registration, referee fees, team equipment, field fees and uniforms. Costs do not include tournaments, individual equipment or travel. Some financial assistance is available.

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