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Options for Younger Children

If your child is 3-5 years old there are 3 different programs they are eligible for. This page will provide descriptions for each program so you can make an informed decision on which program to enroll them in.

A couple of things to keep in mind:
  • There is no pressure to choose the right program as we have a lot of flexibility with the young ones. If they are enrolled in a program that is not right for them (physically, emotionally, mentally), we can move them to another program
  • We want your child to feel great about their participation. Everyone who works with these programs will be glad to answer questions to help your child have a great experience. Feel free to Contact Us or come to one of our in person registration events.

Playground


Playground is a unique program designed to develop children by focusing on improving a child’s Fundamental Motor Skills (FMS) in a fun, parent participatory atmosphere utilizing age appropriate activities and storybook adventures. It is a 8 week Soccer based skills Development Program for players ages 3-5 who would like to have fun in a soccer environment.

This program was designed by child development and soccer experts to give your child a foundation for sports success. Your player will hop, skip, jump, run, throw, balance, kick… and play. 

Each player needs a parent or adult helper….But, don’t worry you’ll have fun!

KEY POINTS
  • Parents are part of the program for fun and support.
  • If your player is sick or "not in the mood" it's OK!
  • PLAYGROUND is one day per week (Fridays at 4:00 or Saturdays at 9:00), all in one fun hour.
  • LESS PRESSURE!  We let them play their games with as little interference as possible. It's more important to have fun and get exercise and learn that sports are fun!
IS THIS THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR MY CHILD?
If you answer yes to these questions, Playground is probably a good choice.
  • Are they just getting down their coordination?
  • Do they have a short attention span?
  • Do they love stories and fun more than strictly organized games?

Schoolyard

In Schoolyard Soccer, children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, get to participate with them! The program is designed for kids 3-5 and takes place for 60 minutes on Saturday mornings only (there are no practices). Schoolyard Soccer provides a fun introduction to soccer for our youngest players.

A Master Coach will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce a game/activity that will practice a certain skill or part of the game using explanation and demonstration. Each pair (player/parent) will then attempt the activity while the Master Coach circles between pairs providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a suitable amount of time, the Master Coach will bring the players and parents back together as a group and recap what they have done, introducing the next game/activity.

Each Schoolyard Soccer program will end with a 20 minute short-sided game. Most importantly, we allow the players to play without coaching or teaching them as this experience is designed to expose them to soccer, not to begin developing them. The two goals of the program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and to let the game be the teacher.

KEY POINTS
  • Parents are part of the program for fun and support. Parents participate in warm up activities, skill learning activities and during games, you are the "lines" on the field!
  • Teams are made each week, from whoever shows up. If your player is sick or "not in the mood" it's OK!
  • SCHOOLYARD SOCCER is one day per week (Saturdays), this is our practice and game all in one fun hour. We learn skills and then we use those skills in a game so we can remember them.
  • LESS PRESSURE! We let them play their games with as little interference as possible. It's more important to have fun and get exercise and learn that sports are fun!
IS THIS THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR MY CHILD?
If you answer yes to these questions, Schoolyard is probably a good choice.
  • Can they run and kick well?
  • Do they have a short attention span?
  • Do they tend to get anxious if they are away from mom or dad too long?

6U

6U is a team-based, small-sided soccer program for kids 3-5 years old that practices a maximum of once per week (45 minutes) and plays a 30 minute game once a week with 4 players on the field for each team.

KEY POINTS
  • Teams are led by volunteer parent coaches that we provide training and lots of ongoing support.
  • Teams are placed in pods and work weekly with one of our UK trainers to develop soccer skills.
  • 6U is two days per week (one practice and one game on Saturdays), practice days and times will vary based on the coach.
  • LESS PRESSURE! We let them play their games with as little interference as possible. It's more important to have fun and get exercise and learn that sports are fun!
IS THIS THE RIGHT PROGRAM FOR MY CHILD?
If you answer yes to these questions, 6U is probably a good choice.
  • Can they run and kick well?
  • Do you have time for a mid week activity?
  • Do they have older brothers and sisters?
  • Are they ok being away from mom or dad?

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