PURPOSE: The goal of the program is allow young children to experience soccer in a safe environment while having fun and being active at a developmentally appropriate level.
- Will encourage them to look forward to the next week, and for parents to enjoy their first soccer experience with their kids.
PROGRAM: Led by parent volunteer coaches, along with technical assistance provided by local high-school Varsity and JV players with an interest in early childhood education, serving as team assistants, all under the guidance of our Director of Player Development.
- Will use a revised curriculum created by newly established Directors of Coaching and Player Development.
- Each session will have both a training and game portion.
- Children will be led through FUNdamental, individually-oriented activities such as Sea-Ship-Shore, where players are asked to dribble a ball from the sea in the middle to the shore on one side, or the ship on another side.
- This type of fun game teaches basic skills as it asks kids to dribble the ball in different directions, controlling the ball at their feet, while being mindful of the space around them as other players are dribbling in the same direction.
- Through these fun games, players also develop mental concentration and awareness.
- The game segment is just that; a fun game! No scores will be recorded and no standings kept.
- Children will play a small game (typically 3v3) within the practice area with no goalies and no hands allowed, as players get accustomed to the most basic rules of the game.
- Parents are encouraged to cheer the accomplishments of both sides, not just their child’s team, to create a positive environment for everyone.
- Coaches and assistants will supervise all the activities for safe play and to ensure all players are engaged and involved.