Harbor Soccer Club in Gig Harbor is a well oiled machine. When I signed my son up for the Micro league, I had no idea how intense and involved it would become … and I mean that in the most positive sense. Everything from the registration, uniforms and jamboree to the website and administration. This is a “program”.
Available to all kids from ages 4-18.
“Established in 1982, the Harbor Soccer Club and its staff are passionate about the game of soccer and strive to provide the best programs for Gig Harbor and the Peninsula. Our club offers youth soccer opportunities at all age levels and competitiveness, in an environment designed to encourage development and fun. Many of our coaches have taken youth soccer training courses provided by soccer’s governing body, the United States Soccer.”
When I was growing up, South Kitsap had the football “program” and dominated everyone. They started early and created a breeding ground for future football stars at the high school level. The Harbor Soccer Club is a similar program preparing athletes to compete at a higher level. Many athletes these days are searching for “select” teams to prepare for the higher level of competition. Essentially, that’s what we have here.
Little kids begin with “Micro” and play short games of 3 on 3 emphasizing “touches” or kicks on the ball for everyone. Each player is guaranteed an equal amount of playing time. From there, they work their way up to Academy, Club and Premier Harbor Soccer.
So, does it work? Well, this past year the Boys’ Gig Harbor Tides Soccer team (ranked #11 in the nation) beat Stadium winning the Narrows League Championship, but sadly they came up short in State with an all-too-soon exit. Stadium prevailed and took home the hardware.
As for the Girls team, they are always a formidable opponent competing at the district and sometimes state levels. They have a very strong team this year and look to finish strong! Kitsap should be their biggest challenge (also with a strong club themselves).
Criticism: Some parents may not like the elitist mentality that inherently comes along with such clubs (I’d say that is pretty much void until they reach higher levels within the club). However, if you want your kids to learn from the best and ultimately have the necessary competitive edge to compete at the next level, “select” teams and “programs” are not going away. It’s a fact of life.
It’s a bit late to register for this season, but they do offer camps and other programs throughout the year. Check it out!
Life is good in Gig Harbor!