Skill progression, foundations of team play and positions on the pitch are the focus.
Where and When?
The schedule is as follows U9
U9 Boys & Girls (2016-2015)
Monday & Wednesday 5:30-6:30p
@Three Sisters Field
U8/U9 (2016-2015) have 60min practice and practices are run with a 1 coach to 8 participant ratio.
These age groups meet twice a week for 8 weeks. Participants practice once per week and play games once per week. The season starts on April 29 and end June 24.
There will be both practices and scrimmages, with the emphasis on scrimmages increasing as players get older.
Scrimmages should not be viewed as competitive and all players should be encouraged and given the opportunity to try a variety of positions, including goalkeeper.
These numbers are subject to change based on the number of players per team. If one team has fewer than the requisite number of players at the start of a scrimmage, the other team will reduce its numbers accordingly in order to ensure an evenly-matched game (this is preferable to one team giving the other one or more of its players).
Scrimmages will be refereed by young players from the club who have taken a short refereeing course. For many, this will be their first experience of refereeing. Coaches and players should respect this and not try to put undue pressure on our younger referees. In U8/9 there will be no offside rule and the referee should take time to explain to the players the reason for any fouls. Players will be allowed to kick the ball in to play in place of a throw-in. There will be no league standings for this age group.