AGE GROUP INFO:
2012/2013 BIRTH YEARS – NO PRACTICE. GAMES TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY MORNINGS/EARLY AFTERNOON
2010/2011 BIRTH YEARS – CENTRALIZED MONDAY EVENING PRACTICE FOR 1 HOUR. 30 MIN PRACTICE, FOLLOWED BY A 30 MIN GAME ON SATURDAY MORNINGS/EARLY AFTERNOON
2000 – 2008 BIRTH YEARS – 1-2 PRACTICES PER WEEK. GAMES ON SATURDAYS
About the Program;
The Recreational Program is geared towards providing a fun, competitive soccer environment for kids. All kids are welcome and CSL strives to make it a positive experience for the players and their families.
Winning is not the #1 goal of the Program and there are no playoffs at the end of the season. Coaches (and parents) are encouraged to teach good sportsmanship, self-reliance, and teamwork. The emphasis should not be on winning, but on team participation and self-improvement in skills, coordination, and strategy. Recreational Programs should always be about fun first while teaching the skills to improve at the game of soccer.
The goal of every youth soccer coach should be to provide every player with opportunities to reach his maximum potential in the game of soccer. Coaches must balance fun and discipline according to the ages and ability levels of their players. Coaches should evaluate players’ strengths and weaknesses in such areas as size, speed, physical strength, endurance, coordination, ball control, and tactical abilities-the ability to read and understand the game of soccer.
The league places the game of soccer ahead of any desire to win in the Rec Program. Coaches are expected to control their players and their sideline during games. Abusive or disrespectful behavior is not tolerated. Continual disregard of these philosophies can result in disciplinary action by the League that may include the suspension or expulsion of either the coach or the player. Family members and fans are also expected to act with respect and good sportsmanship while at games and practices.
This has been tried in this league and other leagues and it was noted that the kids loved it and so did the Ref’s.
On “ SILENT SATURDAY “the coaches and parents should be silent on the side lines. Sometimes as a coach and as a parent we can become over enthusiastic and yell out constant instructions like, “Pass, Shoot, Clear the ball, Center”. With the sidelines being quiet, this will let the kids make their own decisions on the field, and they will be able to talk to each other. The children will decide who will take the corner kick, goal kick, or throw in. The children will be able to hear each other talk on the field with comments like “Pass, Center, Go wide.”
So, lets sit back, suck on a lollipop, save our vocal chords, and enjoy the game.