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  • Do you offer any extra training or camps?
    Our summer Training Camp is designed to teach valuable skills and technique, identify prospective players, and be a no-obligation opportunity for athletes to grow their passion for the game of soccer. Training Camp is typically led by former Heat players and coaches who will help athletes develop a competitive edge on the pitch while also prioritizing growth in discipline and character. In addition to the opportunities during the regular season, we offer summer drop-ins, winter indoor league teams, and winter futsal drop-ins. Dates will be posted regularly on the website. Join us!
  • How long is the Heat soccer season?
    The regular season, including post season tournaments, normally runs from August through October. We also have many fun opportunities for athletes to play soccer, develop their skills, and enrich their friendships during the winter and summer months. Check out the training page on the website or contact us for more information.
  • What type of competition do Heat soccer teams play?
    We play against other homeschool clubs regionally as well as local private and public schools. We design our seasons to challenge our athletes and give them opportunities to grow throughout the season. Michigan is stacked with strong, competitive homeschool teams. In fact, a Michigan team has won the National Homeschool Soccer Championship Title most of the last 13 years!
  • Where do West Michigan Heat teams play games (how far do we travel)?
    Most of our games are played in West Michigan. We work to schedule cross-state rivals in the Lansing area. Generally, our away matches are within 1.5hrs of Hudsonville/Grand Rapids (places like Kalamazoo, Lansing, Grand Haven, etc.). Carpooling is common. We are thankful to have many who are willing to coordinate travel. In fact, we have had players join our club that come from Ludington and Big Rapids, Cassopolis, and Detroit. Once you are part of the club you can refer to our Heat Family Map to coordinate carpools for both practices and competitions.
  • Where do Heat teams train and play home matches?
    We practice and play many of our matches at our home field in Hudsonville, MI. We partner with Unity Christian to lease the HEAT home field behind Hudsonville Christian School. We have athletes that commute significant distances (north, south, east, and west) to play with us. If you are considering a commute... we'll help connect you to other Heat families. Our Heat Family Map make carpools even more effective - and promote friendships as well.
  • What type of fields do Heat teams play on?
    We typically play on grass fields, with an occasional game on turf. We prioritize quality fields as necessary to keep our players healthy and as injury-free as possible.
  • Do West Michigan Heat teams participate in tournaments?
    Each of our teams compete in tournament play. We host a the Heat Kick-off Invitational for high school teams from MI and regional states. Our middle school teams compete in a tournament in West Michigan. Our high school teams participate in a tournament in Fort Wayne, IN with competitors from New York, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. High school teams also compete against teams from Michigan near Lansing, MI toward the end of the season. Our Varsity squad finishes their season at a tournament with teams from around the nation at a location that is announced each season. We find tournaments provide excellent growth opportunities and competitive exposure for our players. Our Heat Kickoff incudes regional homeschool teams and MHSAA squads. The Regional tournament allows the team to play against other competitive homeschooled teams across the state of Michigan. The National tournament featured 35 competitive homeschooled teams from TX to NY. It has been our club honor to bring home 6 State and National Championships. The player growth, team development and friendships are greatest value of tournament experiences.
  • What is the skill level (and will my child fit-in)?
    All male soccer players grades 6-12 are welcome! The skill level of our club and the teams we play against vary. Our Varsity team includes many high level club players. Some of our Junior Varsity and Junior High players have club and recreational soccer experience. We welcome all skill levels. While it is our commitment to include players of all levels of experience, we limit our teams based on the number of high quality coaching staff we have to support them. We aim for excellent athlete experience. It is our goal to help athletes connect with the team and receive the training and competition to improve as athletes and people. We encourage player development and fun!
  • What is required to participate?
    After athletes are offered a position on a team roster and complete athlete registration, each team member needs shin guards, soccer cleats, soccer ball, team uniforms, water, and a great attitude. Each family is expected to volunteer for responsibilities that support each athlete who is rostered.
  • What are the eligibility requirements?
    - High School: Minimum age of 13 and maximum age of 19 years old through final day of NHSC competition. - Middle School: Minimum age of 11 and maximum age of 14 on 9/1 of the current season. - Athletes must be homeschooled the majority of their education managed by their parents/guardians. - Athletes must not be employed full-time (40 hours per week). - An Athlete must not be recognized by one of their parents or legal guardians as being graduated from High School level education. - Athletes may only be participate at the national tournament 6 times. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
  • How can I help?
    Our club is successful and effective because of the leadership and service of many volunteers. Opportunities within our club include: team parents (liaison between coach and parent communications, etc.), tournament meal planners, team-event planners (plan fun for the boys throughout the season), ball chasers and many more. We also offer valuable sponsorship opportunities. Our sponsors have a unique opportunity to market their products and services to local and regional athletic families who homeschool and also though our competition those who send their children to a brick and mortar school. Our teams play over 100matches in a season. With an average of 17 athletes per squad that is about 70 HEAT families and 170 competitor families. If you would like invest in the experience of our players and The HEAT Family, please contact us.

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