Soccer at this age should be in the form of a fun activity that happens to include a soccer ball. Creating a joyful environment is mandatory. Children at this age should be involved in fun activities that encourage them to explore their physical abilities, while including a ball with which to play. U.S. Soccer recommends that there be no organized matches at this age. Mini games will be used at practice for your children to compete with and against each other. At this age the primary goal is to make the player’s experience with soccer so enjoyable that, given a choice of activities, the child will choose to play soccer on his or her own.
The Fall Kindergarten Clinic program starts one week after the beginning of the intramural season. Spring Clinic begins on the same day as the other Intramural programs. Teams meet on Saturday mornings for an hour; there is typically a mix of 9:00 and 10:30 sessions. Coaches will contact you a week or two before the season starts with your child’s team, specific schedule and location.
The program runs for 9 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. The format for the K-Clinic is as follows: Teams of between 8-10 kindergarten age children are formed, with two assigned coaches per team. Teams are coed. HYSA provides a ball for each player. Coaching equipment includes cones, extra balls, and first aid. Parents of each player will be required to purchase shin-guards, soccer socks and cleats, black shorts and a reversible intra-mural shirt. Reversible shirts are available for purchase from HYSA for $20 and can be used throughout a player’s intramural career. Shirts may be purchased at equipment day in the Fall.
The first 30 minutes of the clinic is instructional; small-sided games, soccer related activities, skill development, etc. The second 30 minutes will be a 3v3 mini game. Coaches will divide the team in half and play two 10-minute halves with a 5-minute intermission. At this age, U.S. Soccer recommends there be no goal keepers. Skill development at this age will concentrate on dribbling, receiving, passing and shooting. The field size for 3v3 should be 30×30 yards. When the ball goes out of bounds, the game will be restarted with a kick-in or dribble-in; no throw-ins. The 3v3 format provides our youngest players the opportunity to touch and play the ball more often and become more skillful with it. The fewer players on the field, the more possible times a player will come in contact with the ball. In fact, players will find they have no choice, the ball will quickly find them!
HYSA is always looking for volunteers to be introduced to the program at this early stage. You need not be a soccer expert to step-up and help. HYSA will help to provide you with some resources. As a clinic coach you are an “activity leader” guiding the children to explore. Please consider volunteering!
Need something? Contact the Clinic Coordinator.