Attention: fee for soccer registration will increase by $25.00 after August 9th 2019
First week of practice for 1st/2nd and 3rd/4th is August 19th. First week of games will be September 7th (post Labor Day).
St. Albans Recreation Department offers soccer programs for kids from age 4 through 4th Grade. Choose the grade/age that your child will be entering into the fall of 2019.
START SMART SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays 5:30-6:15 at the Barlow Street Community Fields. AUGUST 27, 2019 Through SEPTEMBER 24, 2019- 5 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2019.
Start Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game.
Parents work together with their children to develop skills and understanding. Participants meet new friends, learn sportsmanship, and experience a team concept....and maybe learn a little bit about soccer. Each participant receives a team jersey. Coaches are parent volunteers.
KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays 5:30-6:15 pm at the Barlow St. Community Fields. AUGUST 29, 2019 through SEPTEMBER 26, 2019- 5 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2019. Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed. A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. Each participant receives a soccer jersey. Coaches are parent volunteers.
FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADE
PRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 19, 2019
GAMES START on September 7th, 2019 THROUGH OCTOBER 12th, 2019
No Practice on September 2nd (Labor Day).
You're going to notice some great changes this year!
The St. Albans Recreation Department is altering our soccer format to align with US Soccer best practices. What does that mean? See Below
STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!
4v4 Standards of play. Used for 1st and 2nd grade Soccer
- Field Dimensions 90ft by 60 ft
- Size 3 Ball
- 4v4 with no goalies
- Shin Guards required
Games will be 4 ten minute quarters with 5 minute breaks between. The idea behind this is to get kids more touches on the ball. Smaller field, smaller pop-up style goals and no goalies keeps kids playing and reduces risk of injury.
7v7 Standards of Play. Used for 3rd and 4th grade Soccer
- Field Dimensions 180ft by 105 ft
- Size 4 ball
- 7v7 (6 field players with 1 keeper)
- Shin Guards are required
- Heading of the ball not allowed (If the ball is headed in game it is an in-direct free kick for the opposing team)
- Build out line is used to help promote playing the ball out of the back field in a less pressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball in his or her hands during play from the opponent, the opposing team must move beyond the build out line until the ball is put into play.
- Goalkeepers cannot punt or drop kick the ball. They must pass, throw or roll the ball into play.
- Games will be 2 x 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break between.
- Offside is not called in games but the idea can be taught in practices to prepare kids for the next level of soccer.
Choose whether you would like your child to practice on Tuesday & Thursday or Monday & Wednesday by registering for your choice below.
Coaches are parent volunteers - Practices are usually 2 times per week, with time to be determined by the coach's availability. Games are played Saturday mornings starting at 8:00am through noon at Hard'ack Recreation Area. Each Player receives a uniform. Schedules will be posted as soon as they are available. USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required.
Fun is the main reason children play sports. Every piece of research ever done, every survey ever taken, or every time we ask the children, the primary answer for why they play is fun. Adults think fun for kids is goofing off, not listening, and not being serious. Children don’t define fun this way. In fact, Amanda Visek, in her groundbreaking Fun Maps research, decided to ask children to help her define fun. What she discovered was that children have 81 different determinants for having fun in sports!
How do they define fun?
Fun is working hard. It is being challenged and competing. It is learning a new skill, being with friends, having a coach that cares, getting compliments from coaches, and a coach who respects them. Fun in sports for kids means learning from mistakes, working together as a team, applying a skill you learned in practice in a game, improving athletic skills to play at the next level, playing against an evenly matched team, and winning. Fun is getting playing time! Yes, winning is part of the fun for kids. It is not the most important, factor, though, coming in at a lowly 48 out of 81 when the determinants are prioritized.
What we should glean from this short list of fun determinants is that children see many varying things as fun. Their definition of fun is quite encompassing. They really know how to make anything fun! Two, their definitions of fun incorporate nearly all the facets of youth sport we, as adults, hope it will accomplish for them. If we made sports about fun, following their 81 determinants as a roadmap, it would fulfill their needs and our wishes for youth sports!
We will create an experience that fully engages children, keeps them playing for a long time, helps them develop vital skills in the game and beyond, and still achieves our adult-imposed goals on the whole thing. That is a win-win for everyone. They would play more, play longer, and play better if we only made it about fun.
Lack of Fun is the number one reason kids quit sports