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The goals of the in-town soccer programs are to develop an interest in soccer, introduce basic soccer skills and to have fun. All players in these developmental clinic program are between 3 and 8 years old. Clinic players are divided into four age groups – Under 4 (U4), Under 5 (U5), Under 6 (U6) and Under 8 (U8).
Spring 2021 Leagues will begin on April 17, 2021
You can expect to hear from your coaches in late March.
Under 4 (U4)
These are players between 3.5-4 years old, who play 45-60 minutes on Saturday mornings. Time and field TBD. This division is co-ed. The season runs approximately 8 weeks from mid-April to early June (Spring) and mid-September to the end of October (Fall).
In this program, children are engaged in games that introduce touching a soccer ball and facilitate the development of beginning skills of soccer. Parents are expected to help their child to participate and get involved in this program. There is a coach who acts as session leader, introduces activities, and works with players/volunteers. Players work in small groups with parent volunteers. This program does not have traditional teams, coaches or games.
Under 5 (U5)
These are 4-5 year-old players. This division is co-ed. The children are placed on teams and are led by volunteer coaches. Play is on Saturday mornings for about one hour. Time an field TBD. The season runs approximately 7-8 weeks from mid April to early June (Spring) and after Labor Day to the end of October (Fall).
The sessions consist of about 30 minutes of activities to get the players comfortable with the soccer ball, followed by a 20-30-minute scrimmage against another U5 team. Playing format is 3v3 with no goalkeepers.
Practice time is spent on activities and skills which help to get the players comfortable with the soccer ball and game. The overall U5 programming is led by a professional coach provided by United Soccer of Auburn – currently from FC Puma.
Under 6 (U6)
These are typically 5-6 year-old players. This division is co-ed. The children are placed on teams and are led by volunteer coaches. Play is on Saturday mornings for about one hour, and on Wednesday evenings for about 45 minutes beginning about 5:30pm. Specific times and fields are TBD. The season runs approximately 7-8 weeks from mid April to early June (Spring) and after Labor Day to the end of October (Fall).
The sessions consist of about 30 minutes of activities to get the players comfortable with the soccer ball, followed by a 20-30-minute scrimmage against another U6 team. Playing format is 3v3 with no goalkeepers.
Practice time is spent on activities and skills which help to get the players comfortable with the soccer ball and game. Players are introduced to directional play and putting the ball in the net.
Under 8 (U8)
These are typically 6-8 year-old players, and teams are segregated into boys and girls teams at this age group. Teams practice twice each week for an hour, and games are on Saturdays. Game times vary. Practices days/times will be set, but are not determined until closer to season start. The season typically runs 8 weeks from mid- April to early June (Spring) and after Labor Day to the last weekend in October (Fall).
There is a referee, and players are introduced to restarts (kick off, goal kicks, corner kicks, throw-ins and penalties). Current playing format is 5v5 with goalkeepers. This may change to 4v4 with no keepers pending implementation of new guidelines from US Youth Soccer. The goals of the U8 program are to develop soccer skills, to develop teamwork skills and to have fun. Players are placed into groups according to age.
USA relies on volunteers to coach teams and there is always a need for coaches for the U4 through U8 teams. This is a great time for parents to become involved in coaching. Training is provided for coaches prior to and during each season. USA welcomes new and experienced coaches.
USA provides a shirt and socks for each child participating in the in-town programs. Parents are expected to provide shorts, adequate footwear (sneakers or soccer cleats) and shin guards.
How do I register? – Click on “Registration” from the main menu. This will bring you to the SportsManager registration page where you can create an account (if new to the league), or sign in and register. The system will automatically place your child in the appropriate age category. If you have questions or want to inquire about changing age divisions, this can be completed after the registration. Complete your registration within the assigned age group, then e-mail email@example.com with your request.
When does the season start? How long is the season? – The soccer season usually starts the Saturday after Labor Day in the fall and the second or third Saturday in April for the spring season. The U5-U8 season runs for eight weeks, weather permitting. We do not adjust or prorate fees for weather related cancellations. The U4 program usually starts the third Saturday in September or the third Sunday in April, and runs for 6 weeks.
I would like to help out. How do I volunteer to coach? – When you register, select the “Yes I am able to coach” option and enter your name in the comments field (so we know which parent is volunteering to coach). After you’ve already registered, you can login to your SportsManager account and add that you would like to coach under your most recent registration, OR e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate you would like to coach, and for which of your children (if more than one).
When are practices? – There are no practices for U4 or U5. U6 practices once a week on Wednesdays. U8 practices twice per week, once during the week with their team, and days and times vary by team. All U8 players practice on Fridays with a professional Challenger coach where players work on enhancng their fundamental skills. The U4-U6 sessions run once per week on Saturday mornings for about 1 hour.
What do I need to get for my soccer player to participate? – Shin guards are required and must fit under socks. Cleats are strongly recommended, although sneakers are sufficient. Shorts are recommended for warmer days, although warmer pants should be worn for cooler days. A full water bottle is needed for breaks. USA provides shirts and socks for each player to keep. We encourage all players to bring a size 3 soccer, though extra balls are brought by the coach for players to use during each session.
Balls must be regulation size 3 for U5-U8. Players will not be allowed to use larger balls at practices or Saturday sessions. U4s will have balls provided.
NOTE that baseball or football cleats will NOT be allowed in U8 or above beginning in Spring 2016. Players must wear soccer cleats or sneakers. The toe cleat on baseball and football-style cleats can and has caused injury to other players.