CMRC offers players a variety of options depending on the player’s age and interests:
•U04 – Skills clinics with no competitive games
•U06 – 3v3 in-house small-sided games
•U08 – DNL (5v5) small-sided games OR Frederick County Youth Soccer League (FCYSL) with competitive games
•U09 – HexaLeague (6v6) competitive games
•U10 thru U19 – FCYSL competitive games
Generally speaking the spring season begins in late March and concludes in late May, early June depending on the league (i.e., in-house or FCYSL). The fall season typically kicks-off the first Saturday following Labor Day and concludes in late October, early November depending on the league. Training sessions for both seasons usually start two to three weeks before the first game with schedules established by each coach.
Each coach establishes the days and time for their respective team. The U04 Skills Clinics are held on Saturday mornings. The U06 In-house divisions hold a single training session per week and the U08 divisions and above hold two practices per week.
The U04 and U06 divisions typically hold training sessions at Green Hill Park; other locations include Carroll Manor Elementary School and Tuscarora Elementary School. The U08 divisions and above generally practice at Carroll Manor Elementary School or across the street at Green Hill Park; other locations include the Carroll Manor Fire Department Carnival grounds and Tuscarora Elementary School.
The U06 In-house Division holds weekly games at Green Hill Park. The U08 divisions and above hold weekly games at locations across Frederick County depending on the league (i.e., DNL, FCYSL); game times and locations are established and communicated prior to each season. FCYSL teams are located in and around Frederick County from as far west as Hagerstown, north to Smithsburg, and east to Mount Airy.
The U08 Division consists of two distinct leagues: DNL and FCYSL. The DNL (or Double Nickel League) focuses on player development, specifically foot skills via small-sided games (5v5). The FCYSL (or Frederick County Youth Soccer League) also focuses on player development but does so via larger-sided games (7v7) and incorporates the more traditional aspects of the game (e.g., throw-ins, referees, goalie punts, and keeping score). For more information on the DNL and FCYSL Divisions, click here.
The Hexaleague focuses on player development, specifically foot skills via small-sided games (6v6). For more information on the Hexaleague, click here. Some children choose to play in both the U09 Hexaleague and U10 FCYSL.
Registration fees for the U4, U6, and U8DNL Divisions include equipment (balls, goals, field paint, cones, etc.) as well as individual player jerseys and trophies. Registration fees for the U8FCYSL Divisions and above include Maryland State Youth Soccer Association fees, Frederick County Youth Soccer League fees, referee fees, insurance, equipment, field usage fees, tournament entry fees, and trophies.
We typically start kids playing at 3 years old in our U04 Skills Clinic but do make exceptions if we’re creating a young team.
The “U” in the age groups stands for “Under” and the age is determined by the child's age on July 31. So if your child turns 4 years old on July 28th s/he may register for the U04 Division. If your child turns 10 on October 2nd, s/he may register for the U12 Division. Click here for division age ranges.
Generally speaking CMRC Soccer does not allow players to "play down" in a lower division. However, players are allowed to "play up" one age group if they possess the appropriate skills and physical abilities. While we encourage players to register for the correct age group, exceptions to the age requirement have been made in the past and are done so on a case-by-case basis.
The FCYSL requires that all players wishing to play with a cast MUST provide written documentation from the player’s treating physician stating that the player has been cleared to play. FCYSL (and CMRC) do not consider verbal acknowledgements from parents or the treating physician. Documentation must be presented to the game referee for review/confirmation that the injured player is fit for play. Casts must be wrapped in a towel or bubble wrap prior to the start of the game. Coaches or referees who allow an injured player on the field without proper medical documentation may be suspended and may also be personally and financially liable should further injury occur. CMRC adopts and supports FCYSL’s position on casts and all CMRC coaches must abide by the requirements above.
Coaching takes a strong commitment and can be very rewarding. Anyone interested in coaching should talk to his or her child’s coach and/or the CMRC Soccer Commissioner. Coaching positions include both Head Coach as well as Assistant Coach. All positions are voluntary and are subject to a limited scope background check.
CMRC Soccer has developed curriculums for both the U4 and U6 Divisions. Resources are also available for coaches in the older divisions. Click here to visit the Coaches' Corner.
Should we encounter inclement weather on game day, please reach out to your coach for team-specific information as some teams/divisions may cancel while others hold games as scheduled. Generally speaking, decisions on whether to hold U04 Skills Clinics are communicated no later than 8:00am the day of; decisions regarding the U6 In-house Division may be communicated as early as 8:00am and as late as game time (i.e., the decision to cancel games is made at kick-off).
CMRC makes every effort to accommodate players’ requests for specific coaches/teams. CMRC cannot guarantee placement on a specific team. FULL refunds are issued to players that are not placed on a team. PARTIAL refunds for players who drop before season’s end may be issued and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the CMRC Soccer Commissioner to request a refund.
CMRC Soccer welcomes dogs as long as they are on a leash and under control; not all kids (and adults for that matter) are fans of dogs so please be mindful of your furry family member when around others. Dogs are not permitted on the playing fields at any point as they may get injured as a result of a kicked ball or they may place a “present” for others to step in… Please also remember poop bags and clean up after your pet.
If you see lightning or hear thunder at any point before or during a game please notify a coach immediately. Coaches should clear all players from the field leaving all equipment (e.g., goals, benches) in place and return to their cars. Game play may resume 20 minutes following the last lightning/thunder. Information regarding canceled games shall be communicated as necessary.
Soccer is a competitive sport and emotions can run high both for the players and their parents. Please communicate your concerns to your team coach as soon as possible so as to avoid the risk of escalating a situation. If you are uncomfortable sharing your concerns with your team coach, please reach out to the CMRC Soccer Commissioner who will use appropriate discretion in addressing your concerns.
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