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Recreational

NEW Programming for U5, U6

We are making our programming more user friendly for our youngest players !

Play will begin the week of October 1st (earlier than usual) and run eight weeks until November 17th.  This program will have one staff supported practice and one game day per week.  New for this year - SMSC will be offering a separate Spring season starting late January/early February !

SMSC 2019-20 Age Group Chart

Year Born Age Group 2019-20 FEES
2001, 2002, 2003 19U (Spring) $125
2004 & 2005 16U (Spring) $125
2006 & 2007 14U (Fall / Spring) $125
2008 & 2009 12U $120
2010 & 2011 10U $120
2012 8U $90
2013 7U $90
2014 6U Fall* $70
2015 5U Fall* $70
2016 / Pre-K TOTS FALL $50

For all field reservations for practices, games, etc., please contact the following individuals:

County Farm, John Charman
Espy, Nathan Powell
VA, Shane Levenson
 

Become a REC Team Sponsor !

U5 & U6 2019 Deadline is September 30th!

U7+ 2019 Deadline is OCT 24th!

Want to advertise your business while at the same time helping to keep registration fees down for all players?  Then consider sponsoring a REC team!

Team sponsorship is a cost effective way of making a contribution while putting your business - big or small - into the spotlight !  For a sponsorship of $200-300, your business name and logo will be printed on your sponsored team's uniform jerseys for the entire REC season.  In addition, your business will receive a website advertisement in recognition of your commitment to local youth.

Want to do more ?  We have Field Sponsor and custom Sponsor Packages also available.

To become a team sponsor, simply fill out a team sponsorship form, found on this page, and submit to the SMSC Registrar.

Teams are forming now for 2018-19 and are looking for sponsors, so don't delay!  

For more information - please contact John Charman

TOTS PROGRAM INFORMATION

TOTS PROGRAM INFO:

2019 FALL REGISTRATION STARTS JULY 15th

Tots soccer is specifically for pre-school aged children born in 2016.  This is a staff led activity based program that will take place on Tuesday evenings at Gulfport Sportsplex in the Fall and will be offered again in Spring.  

This program will be led by trained SMSC staff with the help of parent and SMSC athlete volunteer coaches.  We want your child to have an AMAZING first soccer experience !

SMSC Coach Development

For information on USSF and USC courses offered in Mississippi and Nationally

Coaching Education - Changes for 2018

USSF has changed the structure for coaching education for Grass Roots and REC levels of soccer.  Courses will now be offered online and in person at 4v4, 7v7, 9v9 and 11v11 and will be required for entry into the 'D' license.  These courses are specific in their focus and are accessible after completing a free introductory module online.

Concurrently with the roll out of the new courses, the current F and E courses will transition out of the U.S. Soccer Coaching Pathway.

SMSC will be providing access and information to these courses starting in August.  Dates will be published here, so stay tuned !

14U REC Rules

14U REC soccer uses regular FIFA Laws of the Game.  The only adjustment is that games are played in four quarters of 17 minutes length.

What is Involved in REC Soccer ?

  • Practice begins the week of October 1st for 5U/6U; Oct 15th for &U+.  Teams practice 1-2x per week.
  • For 7U+, Nike Shirt, shorts and socks are distributed approximately one week before the first game.
  • NEW - SINC SOCCER League scheduling.
  • Ten game league schedule. Games at County Farm Soccer Complex.
  • Games start late October - these will be training matches.
  • Turkey Day Shootout - jamboree (Nov)
  • Great Day of Soccer Tournament (Feb)
  • REC League Championships for u10-u14
  • Photo service
  • Coaching education & curriculum support from SMSC
  • Access to the REC ACADEMY in September (this is a separate registration)
  • Access to SMSC camps and the Elite Development Academy

Thank You to our 2019-20 REC Team Sponsors !

WM Construction
Blacklidge
Memorial Orthopaedic Trauma Services
Schwartz, Orgler and Jordan PLLC
Love's Pharmacy
Sellers Automotive
Fresh Coat Painting LLC
LG Truck Group
Fatsumo
Allen Custom Painting
Bancorp South
UBREAKIFIX
James F Thompson Attorney at Law
Gulf Coast Golf Carts
Ron Bernadas
JEFE
Hope Academy
Hope Academy - Seaway Business Park
Reel Easy Fishing
Reel Easy Fishing
McGuire Design and Construction
Coastal Industrial Contractors
Crunch Fitness
Lizano Kwik Stop
Ashton Park Apts
Bruni Pediatrics
Spine Institute of Mississippi
Spine Institute of Mississippi
Deluxe Cleaners
Purple Banana
Blacklidge
Magee's Masonry
Redline Heating and Cooling
Cableone

Heritage and Excellence Since 1978

The South Mississippi Soccer Club ("SMSC") is celebrating 38 years of existence here on the Gulf Coast. SMSC was established in 1978 as a full member of the Mississippi Soccer Association ("MSA") which was formed in 1974 with the United States Youth Soccer Association. In 1982, SMSC started the original Select Soccer Program in our area. The founding fathers of this program were volunteers. Examples of team names were "Coke United" and "Coke Express", after the local Coca Cola bottling company generously became a sponsor of the program. In 2012, SMSC merged with Biloxi’s Real Mississippi Select program to form the largest pool of soccer players on the Gulf Coast with a membership of over 2,000 players. Become a part of the soccer heritage in the most successful program on our Gulf Coast! We are SMSC!

Partnership with Harrison County and Gulfport

Since its beginning, SMSC has partnered with both the Harrison County Board of Supervisors and the City of Gulfport for soccer success. The City of Gulfport has resolved its "deepest appreciation and gratitude to SMSC and its continued support of SMSC as a community partner with the City for over 30 years and in SMSC’s future endeavors for the persistent provision of opportunities in the game of soccer in our area." The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has allowed SMSC to oversee the County Farm Soccer Complex and funded many programs and improvements throughout the years for soccer advancement. SMSC currently has over 2000 players from ages 4 to 18 and is the second largest soccer club in the state of Mississippi and the only club on the Gulf Coast offering recreations, all star and select soccer. With the continued support of the City of Gulfport and the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, SMSC will continue to prosper for generations to come.

Partnership with Harrison County and Gulfport

Since its beginning, SMSC has partnered with both the Harrison County Board of Supervisors and the City of Gulfport for soccer success. The City of Gulfport has resolved its "deepest appreciation and gratitude to SMSC and its continued support of SMSC as a community partner with the City for over 30 years and in SMSC’s future endeavors for the persistent provision of opportunities in the game of soccer in our area." The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has allowed SMSC to oversee the County Farm Soccer Complex and funded many programs and improvements throughout the years for soccer advancement. SMSC currently has over 2000 players from ages 4 to 18 and is the second largest soccer club in the state of Mississippi and the only club on the Gulf Coast offering recreations, all star and select soccer. With the continued support of the City of Gulfport and the Harrison County Board of Supervisors, SMSC will continue to prosper for generations to come.

Recreational Division Information

Recreational Season:  A Coach's meeting will be held in October, at which time coaches will be given team rosters.  Players should start receiving calls from their coaches shortly thereafter.  Games will be played on Saturdays starting in November, and will continue until mid-March with a break for the winter holiday season around mid-December for the following age groups 5U, 6U, 7U, 8U, 10U, 12U & 14U.  NOTE: The 16U & 19U age groups will not form until after New Years because of high school soccer season conflicts.

Game Locations: Games will be played at the County Farm Soccer Complex only on Saturdays except during the following events: Turkey Shootout, Great Day of Soccer Tournament, Club Tournament (10U - 14U), which all have the potential for Sunday games.

Coaches are always needed!  As one of the largest recreational programs in the State of Mississippi, we are constantly in need of volunteer coaches for our REC teams.  If you would be interested in coaching a REC team, please complete and submit a Coach Registration form as early as possible.  Forms may be turned in at the in-person registration sessions at Academy Sports or emailed to the SMSC address found on this site.  Forms may also be mailed to the SMSC Registrar.

Coach selection will occur during team formation (completed by Age Group Commissioners) and coaches will be notified at that time.

Coach requirements are simple:

1) Grass Roots Coaching Course (a four hour time commitment) or MSA Youth Module Certificate.  Course info coming soon

2) Complete an on-line background check.  Coaches will be given information necessary to complete this once selected.

3)  A positive attitude and a willingness to dedicate your time to this highly worthwhile and rewarding experience.

4) SMSC will provide additional coaching instruction and curriculum as needed or requested throughout the season.

Additional Information:

For more information on DIII (recreational soccer), please contact SMSC Registrar Barry Knesal.

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