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
- 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.