1) Dribble out of trouble
2) Soft first touch
3) No kicking allowed unless we are shooting on goal
4) Introduce passing only to those players who can dribble out of trouble.
2. THE SEASON
The season is an 7 week program with practices on Saturday and mini-games on Sunday. The Saturday practices are conducted by professional trainers for 40 minutes and then coaches spend the last 20 minutes scrimmaging within the team to develop team dynamics and play! (Total 1 hour). Practice and games times will not be known until teams are finalized. The teams are typically not set until Labor Day.
At the end of this season, all players will receive from their coaches a participation award.
The WSA asks for the assistance of parent/guardians to volunteer in leading training groups of 9 to 10 players throughout the season. Each group should ideally have a "Head" Coach and 1 or 2 assistants. The program needs volunteers in order to create teams as there are no official coaching staff members.
This is the perfect age for parents to get involved in coaching as you and the players can learn the game together.
On Saturday each team will work with a professional trainer who will run a practice session for 40 min given the practice outline for that specific day. These sessions are ran per team, with one professional trainer. The volunteer coach or coaches assigned to each team can/need to assist the professional trainer during this session. The last 20 min of the practice are meant for scrimmaging. The volunteer coaches will guide the players through the scrimmage the last 20 min of practice. After 40 min of training under the guidance of a professional trainer these young players are ready for a scrimmage. This gives all teams 60 min of practice time on Saturday
U7-U8 Rec Soccer – Game Format (Sunday)
4v4 – no goalplayers
New ball when the ball goes over the sideline.
Give players the opportunity to dribble a ball in when it goes over the backline.
When a player dribbles the ball in, the opposing team needs to drop in to the halfway line to give the player on the ball an opportunity to bring the ball back in play.
Make sure to have the coaches and players along one sideline of the field, with the rest of the parents on the opposite side of the field.
It is important that all teams play their games using the same rules/regulations!
- Presents many opportunities to score goals and score goals often.
- Maximizes active participation and minimizes inactivity and boredom.
- Eliminates complicated rules such as offside that may hinder children from playing.
Every child in the program will be provided a team jersey (FIFA Countries), shorts and socks. In addition, your child will need appropriate footwear (sneakers or soccer cleats), a size 3 ball and shin guards. Open toed shoes or Crocs are not allowed for the child's own safety. Socks, shin guards and cleats can be found in most major sporting goods stores in the area or online. Please remember to bring water for your child and dress in appropriate athletic wear.
- Socks that cover shinguards
- Soccer/athletic shorts are required (no zippers or pockets)
- No jewelry (including earrings) or chewing gum is allowed
- If your child wears glasses, consider protective sport eyewear (Rec-Specs)