Benefits of playing on the sand
The irregularity of the soft-sand playing surface leads to players' improved conditioning.
Soccer skills developed when playing sand soccer
Players should improve their agility, dribbling, passing accuracy, and shots on goal; soccer skills.
More Shots on Goal • More Scoring!
The compact field, much smaller than a normal soccer field allows players to score from anywhere on the sand, leading to numerous attempts at goal in a single game.
What skills are developed playing sand soccer?
The technical ability of players in the areas of dribbling, passing, and shooting drastically improves after playing sand soccer. Goalkeepers also gain experience as sand soccer features lots of shots on goal. Goalkeepers can perfect diving techniques on a soft surface.
Are there different levels of play?
At this time, there are not. In future years, we will be putting together recreational and premier levels. Participation in our leagues is based on honesty, people selecting the right level for their children's participation. Winning is not everything! Learning to play the game and improving your soccer skills is more important. Players are only going to improve if they play at the right level and they have to compete with someone else who can make them better.
Does Thunder Beach Sand Soccer have both men's and women's programming?
Our adult programming will vary. We are planning to offer both women's and men's options (open, over 30, etc) as well as coed leagues and tournaments for 4v4 and 5v5.
How many teams in a league?
Our goal is to have 6 to 8 teams in each league when the leagues are formed. Shooting for Fall 2020! Follow our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) and check back to this website for more information!
How many players on the field at a time?
We will be offering 4v4 (3 field players and a goalkeeper) on small-sided fields as well as 5v5 (4 field players and a goalkeeper) on the full field.
What is the average team size?
4v4 = Maximum of 10 players, a minimum of 5
5v5 = Maximum of 12 players, a minimum of 6
How long are the games?
4v4 = two halves of fifteen (15) minutes each
5v5 = 3 periods of (12) minutes each
Can you register as an individual or a team?
Yes, you can enter as an individual and once registration is concluded, we will put together teams.
You can also enter a full team. Thunder Beach reserves the right to put together teams in a higher division should we need too in order to have a league.
For a description of the various types of registration and other registration guidelines, please go to "Registration Info" under either "Youth Sand Soccer" or "Adult Sand Soccer".
What about weather concerns?
Updates on playing conditions and weather delays are available on our website (scrolling across the top of the home page) and through our social media accounts. Updates will be posted no later than an hour and a half before the time of your scheduled game.
What are the registration deadlines for summer 2020?
Programming is shifting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working to implement adult programming for the end of summer 2020 into the fall of 2020. Follow our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) and check back to this website for more information!
How much does it cost to play?
The cost to participate in the various leagues and tournaments will be posted along with the information about the event under youth and adult categories. For youth and adult costs, please look at the "Cost to Participate" tabs under "Youth Sand Soccer" and "Adult Sand Soccer".
What is the Thunder Beach KC refund policy?
Our general policy is refunds are not available. Often our rosters have limited space and last minute cancellations hinder our ability to properly plan and organize our leagues/tournaments. However, there are a few exceptions...
If you provide us with written notice of your need for a refund up to seven (7) days notice prior to the registration deadline for that season, we will be able to provide you a refund. Depending upon the price of the league and if you registered as an individual or team there may be a processing fee.
A season program credit may be offered in lieu of a refund.
In case of injury prior to or during the season, we will evaluate each situation on a case by case basis.
If a league has to be canceled for one reason or another and you are unable to play in a different league, Thunder Beach KC will provide you with a full refund.
All season refund credits must be used within two of the following seasons.
If you are unable to participate after completing the registration process, we are able to provide you a credit for any future Thunder Beach Sand Soccer KC program.
What equipment is needed to play sand soccer?
Players MAY NOT wear shinguards or shoes
Sand socks are optional
Authorized footwear includes bare feet, cotton socks taped to ankles, elastic ankle and/or foot wraps, and commercially manufactured sand socks. Other commercial beach socks with soft soles are authorized.
Sand soccer-specific soccer balls will be provided for league play
As part of the league registration fee, team t-shirts will be provided and are the players to keep
Notes on Team Shirts: When the team registers, the coach (youth) or team captain (adult) will select a color of shirt offered by Thunder Beach KC. The color is not guaranteed and is arranged first come, first serve. No other shirt is permitted for participants in Thunder Beach Sand Soccer KC leagues. If a player does not have their team shirt, they are permitted to wear a pinnie on two separate occasions before they are required to sit out until a replacement shirt has arrived. Replacement shirts cost $10.
What size is a sand soccer field?
4v4 competitions will be played on the small-sided fields which are 73' x 73' roughly. 5v5 contests will be on the full-size Thunder Beach Sand Soccer KC field which is 135' x 75'.