All teams will work with professional trainers once per weeknight and once on the weekend for eight weeks. The trainers will follow a season long curriculum that will focus on teaching the skills our young players need to develop a sound soccer foundation. The weeknight session will focus on teaching the skill of the week and the weekend session will be a quick refresher of the week night lessons followed by 3v3 games where players will be encouraged to use the new skill. Growing on what is learned in Little Kicks these extra session and attention to player development will provide an excellent transition to our U8 program.
Training consists of a variety of age appropriate topics with an emphasis on individual technique and skill to develop a foundation and comfort level on the ball. Following each training session, athletes will take part in small sided game which focuses on the skills taught during the training session. Competition is more than scoring. Demonstrating the skills becomes the focus of the games, which in turn allows players to learn and play in a fun environment.
Weekend Game Outline
Teams consist of 4-7 players with the Trainer acting as the coach for both teams
The games will consist of 5 – 15 minute warm up/training followed by a 30 – 45 minute 3v3 small sided game
Weekend games will focus on weekly training lessons
There will be no offside, throw-ins or corner kicks
All restarts are indirect kicks & players must be minimum of 3 yards away
Players must be at mid-field for goal kicks
No goalie's or referee's
The Trainer will be on the field during the game to control movement
Handballs are only called if athletes intended to play ball
Substitutions will be made so all players see equal playing time.
A Size 3 ball will be used for games
Scoring is part of the game but more important is the use of the skills taught, during the week. So athletes should be encouraged to demonstrate the weekly training skill before scoring.
NO CHILD CAN BE LEFT AT THE FIELD OR FACILITY UNATTENDED.