The River Dell Blackhawks is the travel soccer division of the River Dell Soccer Association (RDSA) and a member of the Northern Counties Soccer Association (NCSA) league. The NCSA is primarily comprised of soccer clubs from Bergen, Passaic, Essex and Rockland Counties. The Blackhawks offers an attractive option for boys and girls interested in a more competitive, year-round soccer experience than that offered by the RDSA’s recreation soccer division.
For the Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 seasons, boys and girls born between the years 2002 and 2009 to try out for Blackhawks. There has been a mandate by US Club Soccer to group players by birth year and the league the BlackHawks participate in, Northern Counties Soccer Association, also follows this new mandate.
In the fall, boys play on Saturdays and girls play on Sundays. In the spring, ALL teams play on Sundays. HOWEVER, as with any schedule conflicts arise and schedules are subject to change as this does occur occasionally. There are approximately 10 NCSA league games in each of the fall and spring seasons. Fall 2016 match play begins in early September. Road games are typically held no farther away than Newark to the south and Rockland County to the north.
PRACTICES & TRAINING
Generally there are two practice sessions per week during the fall. During the Spring season, practice is once per week. Every team receives at least one 1-½ hour training session per week with a professional trainer affiliated with FASTrack, World Class Soccer or a comparable training organization, during the entire seasonal year (September 1 through August 31). Indoor practices, league games or tournaments are usually held once a week during the winter months at the team’s discretion and is subject to additional fees. Days and times of all sessions are subject to field/facility availability and have not yet been determined. Pre-season practices for the Fall 2016 season will vary by team, but will begin in August. THIS IS A TRAVEL DIVISION AND REQUIRES A COMMITMENT FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR!
TOURNAMENTS & LEAGUES
Each team may enter sanctioned tournaments during the year, usually over holiday weekends (Columbus Day and Memorial Day weekends), and at indoor facilities during the winter.
Club Membership for the fall and spring season is $500 per player (with a $1,200 family maximum) that is due upon acceptance to a team. The fee covers league registration fees, referee fees, Club-sponsored training sessions, insurance, tournaments, field maintenance and improvements, administrative expenses, team equipment, etc. Players are required to purchase a specified Club uniform (two jerseys, shorts and socks) that costs approximately $120 and is expected to be used for two full season cycles. No player will be denied participation based on financial hardship.
If you have questions or need additional information on the BlackHawk TRAVEL program, please contact Mark Gioffre at firstname.lastname@example.org. All other inquiries about rec soccer should be addressed to the president of RDSA