Development U8 - U17
Skill progression, foundations of team play and positions on the pitch are the focus.
Where and When?
The schedule is as follows :
U8/9 Tuesdays and Thursdays, ERS field, 5-6 pm
U10 and older Tuesdays and Thursdays,ERS field, 6-7.15 pm
There will be 3 age groups in the Development Program – U8/U9 (born in 2013-2012), U10/U11 (born in 2011-2010), U12 and older (born in 2009 and older).
These age groups meet twice a week in Fall for 4 weeks. The season starts on Tuesday September 7, 2021 and the final practice is Thursday September 30, 2021. 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.