HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - The Hasbrouck Heights Soccer Association continues to move ahead with preparations for the upcoming Rec and Travel soccer seasons it announced at its July meeting held on Zoom.

Hasbrouck Heights is currently in Phase 4 as outlined by NJ Youth Soccer. Mike Karcic said there is no timetable to move to Phase 5, but would likely be in 2021. Phase 4 allows for competition, child wearing masks to and from the field but not during competition, and parents/coaches will wear masks on the sidelines.

Travel team practices begun, and the league distributed informational materials to all the coaches and parents. These include outline “Return to Play Guidelines”, what parents should expect from the HHSA and Coaches as well as what the league can expect from parents and the players.  The materials also outline if a player tests positive how it should be reported and how the HHSA will handle.  Another item we included is asking parents to adhere to the NJ State 14-Day travel advisory regarding travel and then returning to soccer practice.

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Karcic said that with the help of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education, the groups has the approval to add more lines on Hitchcock Field to create two small sided soccer fields. The new Depken practice field will be permanently lined for small sided soccer resulting from the construction this summer. There will be three turf fields available for all kids from Pre-K to sixth grade to schedule and play games.  The new Depken Football Field will also be lined for full sided soccer lines, which offers the older players the opportunity to play more home games.  

Karcic said he was grateful to have the support of Superintendent Dr. Matthew Helfant, Athletic Director Michael Scuilla, Board of Education Elected officials, and BOE Administrators in securing these changes. 

Drafts for the fall team are complete except for the D7 division (PreK4 and Kindergarten.) Some uniforms and equipment has been ordered.

Due to the ongoing situation and as per guidance from NJ Youth Soccer and NJ Board of Health, mid-game and post-game snacks will be prohibited.  This also includes post games tunnels.

Field clean up is scheduled for Saturday. August 1, in addition to adding the lines at Woodland Park.  Practices for recreation will start Monday, August 3.  By the last week of July, all coaches will have their practice schedules.

The status of the league's annual events, Soccer Swarm, Parents Night Out, and End of Season Banquet, remains uncertain. A decision will be announced at the August meeting. Karcic said that the league would look into doing alternate events to replace them.

Travel teams will begin practicing with trainers the week of August 17.  Games are slated to start Saturday, September 12. The South Bergen Soccer League is set to start September 12th.  Teams will played a shorted season and try complete the season before the end of October for all divisions.  The D5 (third and fourth grade) tournament will be canceled in lieu of a traditional playoff format.  Ideally teams will play six to eight regular season games and then playoffs will start. 

The next meeting of the HHSA will be Monday, August 10. Login details will be emailed by the league.



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