What to Bring
All players should bring their own ball to each practice. Size requirements are as follows:
- U6 and U8: Size 3
- Grades 3/4 and 5/6: Size 4
- Grades 7/8 and up: Size 5
Players should also bring an appropriate amount of drink according to weather. Shin guards, socks to cover the shin guards, cleats, and comfortable shirt and shorts are to be worn.
Sneakers are acceptable for U6 and U8 soccer games and practices, however we recommend that each player wear proper soccer cleats. Below is some information on how to select and care for soccer cleats.
Buy cleats specifically made for soccer:
- NO metal studs
- NO studs at the front toe of the shoe
This is safety concern for the player and for other on the field. Cleats made for other sports (ex. Football, Baseball and Lacrosse) may have a stud at the front toe of the cleat which can injury other players on the field. Dick’s Sporting Goods has a wide selection of youth soccer cleats.
Save your money
Buy less expensive synthetic cleats (instead of leather). These are perfectly adequate for young players. We also run a cleat swap prior to each season. This is a great way to get a free pair of cleats and also an opportunity to donate your gently used cleats. You don’t need to donate a pair to get a pair and we often have shin guards and balls, too! Watch your pre-season emails for details.
Buy for the short term
We all know how fast kids grow out of shoes, however is it important to buy cleats with a proper fit. Attempting to get cleats to last two seasons (fall and spring) may result in blisters. Try on cleats with soccer socks and shin guards to ensure proper fit. Dry shoes naturally or by using a dehumidifier. Do not use artificial heat.