SKYVIEW RANCH SOCCER ASSOCIATION- 2019 SPRING OUTDOOR SOCCER

 

 

U4 BOYS & GIRLS (MIXED)

The U4 Timbits program is for girls and boys (Mixed) of 2,5 to less than 5 year old.

The program is to give players the opportunity to develop basic movement skills in a fun setting, built around informal play and positive reinforcement. It is all about having fun. Soccer contributes to the well-being of children by engaging them in the sport while teaching them basic movements. At this introductory level, the objective is to get moving and to keep active.

Fun activities will be used to encourage children to explore their physical abilities whilst including a ball with which to play. There will be activity based games that emphasize exploration and experimentation with the rolling, spinning, and bouncing qualities of the ball. The soccer ball is considered here as a toy.

The U4 programs are structured following the Canada Soccer and FIFA Preferred Training Model. In this approach, each training session is built around 4 activity “stations” that the players move around at regular intervals. The 4 stations focus on,

  • Fundamental Movement
  • Soccer Technique
  • Coordination
  • 1v1 Games

Practices are on Monday and each practice session will be 45 minutes in length, with 4 activities of 10 minutes each. Games are on Wednesday gave will be played 3v3 in a 2x 15 minutes with 5 minutes break. One parent can be allowed for each team on the field. During games and practice the parent should assist the kids. Parents bring their children to the practice and game and will stay till the end to take their children back home.

 

 

U6 BOYS AND GIRLS (MIXED)

This program is designed for 4 and 5 year old kids.

The objective of this program is to give players the opportunity to develop basic movement and ball mastery skills in a fun setting, built around informal play and positive reinforcement. At this 1st stage of development the emphasis is on:

  • Physical literacy – building players body control and developing the ABCs (agility, balance, coordination & speed)
  • Ball Mastery – players develop an understanding on how to manipulate the ball. The ball is their friend!
  • Fun activities – Foster a love for the

 

Kids at this age love to use their imagination when they play so games are designed with this in mind. There should aim to be no activities where players wait in lines to perform a pre-determined movement or required action.

Planting the seed of passion for soccer is the most important goal in this age group. All players must be active during activities and equal amounts of playing time given during fun games and 3 v 3 games.

This program is structured following the Canada Soccer and FIFA Preferred Training Model. In this approach, each training session is built around 4 activity “stations” that the players move through at regular intervals.

The 4 stations focus on, Fundamental Movement/Coordination, Soccer Technique, 1v1 games, and Small Sided Games. Addressing all 4 of these at each session will help develop well-rounded young players with a foundation in physical literacy, solid soccer skills and, ideally, an enduring love for the game.

Each practice session is 45 minutes in length, with three activities of 7 minutes each (Fundamental

Movement/Coordination, Soccer Technique, and 1v1 games) in 1 area of the field, followed by a 25

minute 3v3 game against another team. Games are on Wednesday and will be played 2×15 minutes on a 3v3. During games parents are not allowed on the field. Parents bring their children to practice and game and will stay and assist them till the end to take them back home. There is no baby sitting by the coaches.

 

 

U8 BOYS AND GIRLS (MIXED)

This program is designed for 6 and 7 year old kids.

This is the “golden age of learning” when children become less self-centered and are more able to reflect on their actions and learn from their mistakes. This provides an optimal window for further development of individual skills. The focus at this stage is on learning by doing, enhancing ball mastery, and learning the basic techniques and principles of play in a fun and challenging environment.

Players are beginning to become aware of how to interact with teammates. They can be introduced to the idea of thinking about their decisions and movement as being related to themselves and 1 (or at most 2) teammates and 1 or 2 opponents. 1v1, 2v1, 2v2.

Competition is a central element in a player’s development, however, a competitive environment should not be a result-oriented environment. The differences must be made clear. A competitive environment at the youth level encourages decisions from player and coach alike that focus on performance rather than outcome (favoring ball skill and inventiveness as the means to find success within the rules and spirit of the game). The result is just one indicator of performance and at this age, not the most important one.

 

The practice sessions will be focused between fun practicing and the 5 v 5 games. All players will have equal playing time and will have an opportunity to play all positions equally. The environment will be positive and the  emphasis on fun and  development.

Each practice session is 45 minutes in length. Practices are on Tuesdays and games on Thursdays. Games play 5v5 (4v4 plus goalkeepers) – 2×25 minutes.

Individual technical development will be focused upon in practice. Also, Small sided (4v4) game play is to be used, as this is an effective method of developing ball mastery and game awareness as it increases opportunities for players to have contact with the ball.

 

U10 BOYS AND GIRLS (MIXED)

This program is designed for 8 and 9 year old kids. This is the “golden age of learning” when children become less self-centered and are more able to reflect on their actions and learn from their mistakes. This provides an optimal window for further development of individual skills.

The focus at this stage is on learning by doing, enhancing ball mastery, and learning the basic techniques and principles of play in a fun and challenging environment.

Players are becoming more aware of how to interact with teammates. The idea of thinking about their decisions and movement as being related to themselves and 1 or 2 teammates and 2 or 3 opponents can be developed upon. Focus is on 1v1 to 3v3 situations.

The goal is to provide training and game environments that promote the continued growth of ball mastery, an increased game awareness, and an appreciation for taking calculated risks in the attack through 3v3 to 8v8) game model, all in an environment that the players enjoy.

The sessions will focus between fun and practicing the 5 V 5 game. All players will have equal playing time and will have an opportunity to play all positions equally. The environment will be positive and the emphasis on fun and development.

Practices are scheduled on Tuesdays and games on Thursdays. Each practice is 45 minutes and should address individual ball mastery as well as individual and small group decisions, when attacking and defending. As the players mature they are capable of keeping track of more things that are occurring on the field, however game situations and problem solving should still be kept relatively simple. Continue to encourage risk taking and experimenting with the ball, but begin to get them thinking about themes such as working together with their teammates to solve problems, as well as getting used to keeping  track of the other players on the field. Each game will be 2×30 minutes

COACHING

Parent/Volunteer Coaches are needed and will be appointed for the season and will run the stations each week, with assistance from the technical staff. Parent that are head coaches for the entire season will receive credit for their child for the next season. All parents are encouraged to volunteer during the practices and games.