Leveraging the youth sports platform to bring communities together around character, development, and fun! This is about you and our neighbors sharing values, sweat, and good will to bring families together and teach valuable life lessons to the next generation. Oh... and to have a lot of fun doing it!
Affordable, community-supported, youth soccer experience with a focus on life beyond the soccer pitch. On the pitch, we apply the United Soccer Coaches (USC) five stage model for development. Stages 3-5 (ages 9-18) are the focus of our Community Based Soccer Program. Beginning with Stage 3 (3rd graders), our focus is on progressive introduction to the game and the 17 laws. The real work gets done at practice. Games are a fun showcase for progress. We are deliberate about the 1,000's of learning opportunities that youth sports provide to work on character, skills development, and fun.
We ideally work in adult teams of 4 adults: a mentor from the Federation, a head coach, an assistant coach, and a team parent. There are other non-field volunteers who are critical to making the Federation meet our community needs, but these four are featured weekly in your child's soccer adventure.
We are primarily volunteer run and 100% volunteer lead by a group of community leaders who are dedicated to our primary mission supporting the community. These volunteers bring treasure through donations and fundraising, apply talents across a wide range of skills, serve on our board of directors, as trustees, or as SSL and event coordinators (e.g. for our annual parade and BBQ's) and staff supporting the entire system.
With the birth of the Federation and a general decline in volunteerism nationally, we have hired a paid administrative staff now to handle registrations, customer service, uniform order assistance, and social media engagement. This critical support is reflected in our per-player fees and offset by donations, sponsorships, and volunteerism.
Our volunteers are from our team families and some without kids who just believe in our mission. Mentors, coaches, and assistant coaches have or are working towards age-appropriate licenses in the various games: 4v4, 7v7, 9v9, 11,11, grassroots, D, C, B, United Soccer Coaches credentials, or for the older groups NFHS National Accreditation or Certifications.
Our development curriculum for our Community Soccer Program is prepared by licensed coaches to be age-appropriate, easy to follow, and delivered weekly to our field staffs. Coaching volunteers across the Federation are give these programs weekly and supported by licensed coaches as needed in real time. This is the same curriculum taught by soccer more than
3rd, 4th, and 5th graders are in Stage 3 of development. This is a key transition stage for both players and for parents. Kids are still experiencing all positions on the playing field, learning set plays, and shapes, and gaining insights into more nuanced aspects of the game like speed of play and tempo. At the end of Stage 3, kids will be ready to play on a bigger field as their bodies will have gained additional mass. They'll have a better idea of group play and strategies to use on different parts of the field, and parents will be fully in the throws of Detachment parenting - a shift in family dynamics that affects the game both on and off the pitch.
Some Stage 3 Specifics:
6th, 7th, and 8th graders are in Stage 4 of development. At this stage, boys and girls are in varying stages of puberty and can have some noticeable size differences. Usually, the girls are bigger than the boys, but kids run the full spectrum.
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9th - 12th graders are in Stage 5 of development. At this stage, boys and girls are growing fast, but are also reaching peak hight velocity, require an emphasis on more intense physical training, and are capable of learning and applying position specific training.
Some Stage 5 Specifics: