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

CANCELLED PRACTICE AND/OR GAMES

Soccer for the U8 and U10 is cancelled for today Tuesday May 21st 2019 due to the weather condition. We will be back on Thursday May 23rd 2019 at our usual times. Please stay safe and stay warm

UNDER 8 AND UNDER 10 SCHEDULE