At GSA, we emphasize three important things for U5-U8 players:
We teach kids how to play soccer using age-appropriate games which maximize each player's opportunity to touch the ball. We don't stand in lines. We don't lecture. We involve your player in games that are FUN and EDUCATIONAL!
When kids are small, we play small-sided games. As they grow, we grow the number of players on the field accordingly. At GSA, young players have more fun because we have fewer kids on the field at one time. This results in more movement, more touches on the ball, more dribbling, more scoring and more FUN!
Players in each age group practice together with their team and a volunteer coach on a designated night under the guidance of our Lead Trainer for Recreational Soccer. The trainer provides the framework for each practice which ensures that all players are being coached to learn fundamental soccer skills. The curriculum is based on the US Soccer Federation (USSF) guidelines and incorporates methods used by the best youth soccer organizations around the country. This gets our players off to a great start with soccer by helping them learn skills the right way from the start.
Recreational seasons are held in the Fall and the Spring.
|Age Group||Practice Time||Practice Location|
|U5 (2013 DOB)||5:30pm, Thursdays||Field #3|
|U6 (2012 DOB)||5:30pm, Wednesdays||Field #3|
|U7 (2011 DOB)||5:30pm, Tuesdays||Field #3|
|U8 (2010 DOB)||5:30pm, Mondays||Field #3|
Spring Season KICK OFF Schedule:
9AM - U5 & U6 Volunteer Coaches Meeting
9:30 -10:30AM - U5 & U6 Small sided games and meet the coach
10:45AM - U7 & U8 Volunteer Coaches Meeting
11:00 - 12:00PM - U7 & U8 Small sided games and meet the coach
Practices start week of February 26th. Look for the practice weekday for your player in the practice schedule table.
8 weekend games with a rain-out added at end of season if needed. All games at GSA fields. The schedule will be announced after teams are formed.
Games will be played on these Saturdays.
March 3rd, 10th, 24th, 31st
April 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
May 5th (Rain out if needed)
Rec registration calendars align with the start of the calendar year and run from January to December.
For example, for the 2017-2018 season, a U8 player (player 8 years old or younger) would have a birth year of 2010 (Jan 1 through Dec 31)
This aligns registration with the international standard for soccer, while simultaneously providing clearer information on player birth dates.
Click HERE to access the US Club Soccer Birth-year registration matrix.
U5-U8 players are separated onto teams by the U5-U8 age group coordinator with consideration given to age, gender and skill level to promote balanced teams.
Specific team requests by players will not be considered unless there are special circumstances as determined by the U5-U8 age group coordinator and the VP of Rec Soccer.
|Age Group||Year of Birth||Season Fee|
No financial aid will be granted for the U5-U8 age groups with our fee structure.
Players are required to bring personal shin guards, cleats, soccer ball and water to ALL practices and games! NO EXCEPTIONS!
Contact Jill Gardner, Asst DOC of Rec Soccer, with any questions.
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