This Instructional Soccer Program is designed for Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade boys and girls, roughly equivalent to ages 4, 5, and 6, playing together in a “co-ed” environment. The program is offered in the Spring and Fall seasons of each year. A season consists of approximately seven training sessions held over about ten weeks. There are usually “black-out” dates involved due to holidays or tournaments, during which the fields are unavailable, and a make-up date, to be used if necessary due to inclement weather.
Sessions are held on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:00 Noon, which are intended to correspond to the respective age groups. Sessions last one hour each. Approximately ten teams, consisting of between eight and twelve children each, are assigned to each session. Volunteer coaches are assigned to each team.
Teams are established using rough geographic boundaries based on elementary school district. The Club provides the opportunity for each player on a team to have individual and team photographs taken by a professional photographer and to receive a participation trophy. Coaches are required to attend certain youth-coaching training and are expected to attend Instructional Soccer program classes, as well. The objectives of the program are to provide each child with a fun experience, outdoor exercise, developmental growth, and an introduction to the game of soccer and its fundamental skills. Additional practice days during the week may also be made available by the Club.
Coaches are not restricted to a proscribed, rigid, program of instruction. On the contrary, coaches are encouraged to recognize the individual talents and needs of their players and team and to tailor their own instruction for the season accordingly.
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