In Schoolyard Soccer, children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, get to participate with them
The Schoolyard Soccer program combines two different formats: Jamboree and One with one. In AYSO soccer, a jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. One with one refers to the concept that each player will have a parent (or other adult) working with them on the field.
A “Master Coach” will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce a game/activity that will practice a certain skill or part of the game using explanation and demonstration. Each pair (player/parent) will then attempt the activity while the Team Coach and Master Coach circulates between pairs providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a suitable amount of time, the Master Coach will bring the team coaches, players and parents back together as a group, recap what they have done, and introduce the next game/activity.
Each session will end with a 20 minute small-sided game to be overseen by the parents. Most importantly allow the players to play without coaching or teaching them as this experience is designed to expose them to soccer, not to begin developing them. The two goals of the program are to (1) allow the players to enjoy the activities and (2) to let the game be the teacher.
In Schoolyard Soccer, goals are not counted to determine who wins - every player is a winner. Young players need to get a feel for the ball and the field, so even though there are adults all around and many opportunities to offer instruction, the emphasis is on fun and play. It’s a different kind of game in U-5, but the children still wear jerseys or pinnies, cleats and shin guards. Best of all, they find out that soccer is something they can do.
There is NO practice during the week.
For those who wish to participate, there will be two mandatory parent meetings: One prior to the start of the season and one in the middle of the season. The meeting(s) in the middle of the season will be during regularly scheduled Schoolyard sessions and should not be an issue, as parents are required to attend with their child each session.
Sessions will be held on Friday evenings.
The cost is $60 for the program (8 weeks).