Saturday, January 17, 2015

Week 2 - January 18

I hope your winter season got off to a good start last week.  Balls drop for our second week tomorrow at 10:00 sharp.  As always, getting there by 9:45 gets things off to the best possible start!  

There is some rain in the forecast.  Please be sure your athletes have clean dry shoes for the gym.

If you have any thoughts about the season, send me an email or make a comment on this blog.

Here are tomorrow's field assignments.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Winter Soccer - Week 1

The season starts tomorrow...  Sunday!

The first day is always a bit hectic, so please try to be at the field at least 15 minutes before the start...  so please be at Salemwood School Gym  by 9:45, if not earlier, to get your uniforms and to get situated.

The gym is behind the school and there is a parking lot there with street parking in the neighborhood.

Most importantly, please remember to have dry AND clean shoes for the gym tomorrow.  We want to be respectful of the facility and keep the environment safe for all of our young athletes.

See you then!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Welcome to Winter Soccer 2015!

Hello Parents,

Welcome to winter soccer for U7 for the Under 7 age group.  You should have received an email with your child's team assignment.  Contact the league if you do not receive it by the end of Sunday January 4.

There are several things you need to know before the first day.

The Blog

This Blog will be the primary source for information, schedules, directions etc. Please bookmark it.  Feel free to use it and let us know what we can do to improve any aspect of U7 Soccer.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted to the blog... please check it within an hour of the start time on game-day morning.  If you do not have access to the internet on Sunday mornings, please let me know.

Parents will need to supply...

  1. If you already have the correct uniform, please use it.  If not, the league will supply a shirt, shorts and socks on the first day
  2. Indoor, clean, dry sneakers.  Sneakers must be clean and dry.  In the winter months, this often means that different footwear should be used to get to the gym.  We play on a gym surface.  Please be sure to have the appropriate shoes.
  3. Shin pads are required.  Your child may be excluded from the game if this important piece of safety equipment is not used.
  4. A size 3 ball with the players name on it
  5. Long pants and long sleeved shirt worn under the team shirt if desired
  6. Water - for frequent breaks
  7. Food is NOT ALLOWED in the Salemwood Gym

The Schedule

The season begins on Sunday, January 11 and the last day is Sunday, March 15.  We will not schedule a game on Feb. 15, which is the first weekend of February vacation.  We may use it for a snow day if conditions allow for it.  This will be announced later.

All U7 soccer will be on Sunday mornings, with a single 80 minute session starting at 10:00. The session will be split between drills/skills practice and scrimmage against another team.

Our Philosophy

At the U7 level we continue focusing on basic skills, and begin incorporating more of the basic rules into the experience.

Our primary focus remains providing a fun and healthy environment for the kids to discover their emerging soccer skills.  We do not focus on winning.  We don't keep official score, celebrate wins, or mourn losses.  We strive for every player to get equal playing time, and try to keep the number of players on the field small in order to maximize opportunities to play.  We reward skillful play, good attitudes and sportsmanship.

Here are some additional notes about the U7 format:
  1. For this indoor session we will play 5v5 or 4v4 depending on attendance.  Coaches will decide at game time.
  2. Coaches may decide to balance teams at game time if there is a need to equalize the number of players on each team.
  3. We will be using the smaller Pug nets and will not use goalies
  4. Substitutions should be made when play stops and should occur approximately every 5 - 10 minutes
  5. If the ball goes out of the side bounds it should be "thrown-in" as quickly as possible by the team that did not kick it out
  6. The game will start with a kick-off at the center, as will the second half of the game
  7. After each goal, the team scored upon will start again by kicking-off at center.  A successful kick-off means that the ball needs to roll 1 revolution forward and be touched by another player
  8. Hand balls result in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  9. No slide-tackling allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  10. No pushing with the arms or hands allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  11. No tripping from behind allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  12. No checking with hips allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to opposing side
  13. No off-sides called
  14. We also will be changing halfs of the field at half-time

Basic Rules for Parents

  1. At least one adult supervisor must stay during the entire session and is responsible for watching kids if they wander away from play
  2. Parent involvement is appreciated and encouraged when appropriate but please try not to interfere with the session
  3. Due to insurance rules players who are not registered with the league cannot play
  4. Players must not wear jewelry such as earrings, watches, necklaces, etc.  

The Season Schedule

DateTimeHome TeamAway TeamField
Week 110:00 AMColorado Rapids-PurpleToronto-GreyField 1&2
Sun 1/11/2015DC United (black)Houston Dynamo-OrangeField 3&4
Montreal Impact-BluePortland Timbers-ForestField 5&6
Week 210:00 AMPortland Timbers-ForestDC United (black)Field 1&2
Sun 1/18/2015Montreal Impact-BlueColorado Rapids-PurpleField 3&4
Toronto-GreyHouston Dynamo-OrangeField 5&6
Week 310:00 AMMontreal Impact-BlueToronto-GreyField 1&2
Sun 1/25/2015Portland Timbers-ForestHouston Dynamo-OrangeField 3&4
Colorado Rapids-PurpleDC United (black)Field 5&6
Week 410:00 AMPortland Timbers-ForestColorado Rapids-PurpleField 1&2
Sun 2/1/2015Toronto-GreyDC United (black)Field 3&4
Houston Dynamo-OrangeMontreal Impact-BlueField 5&6
Week 510:00 AMHouston Dynamo-OrangeToronto-GreyField 1&2
Sun 2/8/2015Colorado Rapids-PurpleMontreal Impact-BlueField 3&4
DC United (black)Portland Timbers-ForestField 5&6
NO SOCCER SUNDAY FEB 15 due to February Vacation
Week 610:00 AMMontreal Impact-BluePortland Timbers-ForestField 1&2
Sun 2/22/2015Houston Dynamo-OrangeDC United (black)Field 3&4
Toronto-GreyColorado Rapids-PurpleField 5&6
Week 710:00 AMColorado Rapids-PurpleHouston Dynamo-OrangeField 1&2
Sun 2/29/2015Portland Timbers-ForestToronto-GreyField 3&4
DC United (black)Montreal Impact-BlueField 5&6
Week 810:00 AMToronto-GreyMontreal Impact-BlueField 1&2
Sun 3/8/2015DC United (black)Colorado Rapids-PurpleField 3&4
Portland Timbers-ForestHouston Dynamo-OrangeField 5&6
Week 910:00 AMMontreal Impact-BlueHouston Dynamo-OrangeField 1&2
Sun 3/15/2015DC United (black)Toronto-GreyField 3&4
Colorado Rapids-PurplePortland Timbers-ForestField 5&6

Salemwood Gym

All games will be held at the Salemwood School Gym on Salem St in Malden.

We will use this configuration for game day: