Our six and seven year old players are organized into teams of ten to twelve and are staffed by a parent volunteer head coach, and one or more assistant coaches. In this age group, the focus is on learning the basic rules of the game, ball mastery, and getting lots of touches in game situations. These teams train one night a week for ninety minutes, with the parent volunteer coaches, supplemented and directed by a professional trainer from Challenger Sports. They play five versus five on age-appropriate small sided fields in accordance with US Soccer Federation mandates designed to increase ball handling by all players and fast decision making. Licensed referees paid by JCSA are used to officiate matches and operate in an instructional mode with the players. Goalies are introduced and cones are used to line out the fields. They play at the Caven Point Sports Complex on the soccer turf field on Saturday mornings. A size three soccer ball is used. Players are provided a uniform and are insured by JCSA. Parents are expected to provide shin guards, soccer cleats and water for every session. We recommend that every player have their own ball, but coaches will provide them at training and matches.
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