Huntington Youth Soccer began in the late 1980s as an informal activity at Brewster-Pierce Memorial School. The program moved to the Huntington Recreation Field (behind the Huntington Fire House) where it expanded and became part of the Vermont Youth Soccer Association. The players are insured through this organization, which also requires and conducts background checks on all adult volunteers in the program. In this non-competitive, recreational program, players have the opportunity to learn skills and have a chance to play as teams in tournaments. The basic goals are to get kids out on the field and excited about playing soccer.
The number of players reached an all-time high in the late 1990s with over 100 players, which reflected the school enrollments at the time. The program now has between 75 to 90 players each season.
The fee charged for each player covers the cost of the VSA membership and HYS t-shirts. Money is also used to pay for the coaches’ background check and t-shirt, supplies and small equipment like balls and paint. In 2013, the program added new goals and nets, funded by the Huntington Recreation Fund and a portion of the soccer registrations.