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St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021

Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/20/2021

 
St.  Albans Recreation Department is back with FALL SOCCER! Policies for this soccer season are in direct correlation with the recommendations issued by the State of Vermont Department of Health.  Our program will meet or exceed those expectations.  Our goal is to provide a fun, active experience for your child in a safe and healthy environment.  Here is some important information for families.
 
Soccer 2021 – We are excited to be back to SOCCER SATURDAYS at Hard'ack for the 2021 season. Kids will play games against other teams in their age range on Saturday mornings and practices during the week. The focus of the season will be skills, drills and fun.  Kids will work on increasing their soccer skills in a safe, fun environment.  Our soccer program is an opportunity for kids to get out, be active and be with friends.  
Registration – All players must be pre-registered on our website or over the phone. No show ups. 
Outside – All activity will take place outside. In the case of bad weather participants will be emailed about cancellations and we will post on our Facebook page.  Please make sure you have an updated email on file for these notifications and that you've opted to receive them.
Practice - Practice days are listed below. Choose which option works best for you and your child. Once coaches are figured out we will assign practice times to the teams and your coaches will reach out to introduce themselves. Practice times are usually 4:30 and later. Practices are generally one hour in length.
Teams - We put all teams together randomly with a very similar number of grade and gender levels for all teams. We do not take team requests. 
Hygiene – We encourage all players to wash their hands before and after practice sessions each day. We will have sanitizer available for people who want it.
Equipment- Balls, nets, cones and will be supplied by the Recreation Department.  All players should bring their own cleats, shin pads and water bottles (clearly marked with their name) to practice each day.  No sharing of these items between kids.
Sick Kids or Family – Sick coaches and kids stay home.  If Covid has taught us anything, it's that sick people stay home.  That means sick with any illness.
Coaches- We are always looking for new coaches. If you are interested in coaching any level please make a note during registration for your child or email Andrew at a.gratton@stalbansvt.com. You do not need a background in soccer or teaching to coach. You just need a positive, fun attitude. We can help provide US soccer level 1 coaching certification if desired and can help provide materials for practice and drills. 
We reserve the right to make changes at any time
Our primary goal is health and safety.  We’ll be in contact with families throughout the season with any new information and please contact us at the numbers or emails below if you have any questions or concerns.



 
Recreation Cell 802-309-1810
Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.com
Recreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com



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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 2021.
Attention: $25 Late fee for soccer registration goes into effect 8/20/2021.


START SMART SOCCER (4 year old) - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Tuesdays at Hard'ack.  AUGUST 24, 2021 Through SEPTEMBER 28, 2021- 6 weeks. Children must be 4 by August 1, 2021. The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm
Start Smart Soccer is a program to introduce the game of soccer, the skills required to play and a BASIC understanding of the game. 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.
- Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. 
Each group/ team will practice separately.
- This group does not play games. Although it is nice to try once or twice toward the end of the season.

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KINDERGARTEN SOCCER - PROGRAM RUNS one afternoon per week on Thursdays at Hard'ack. AUGUST 26, 2021 through September 30, 2021 - 6 weeks. For all children entering Kindergarten in the fall of 2021.  Kindergarten soccer is designed to introduce the games basics and skills while offering lots of soccer fun. All teams are co-ed.  The players will be divided into 2 groups. Choose which one works best for your family. 5:00-5:45pm or 6:00-6:45pm.  A great way for your little one to meet new friends and learn to play on a team. 
- Coaches are parent volunteers.
- Kids will be broken down into groups/ teams of 10-12. 
- Each group/ team will practice separately.
- This group may play some small scrimmages. 
- All players receive a jersey. 

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FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADE
PRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021

No Practice on September 6th (Labor Day). 


STANDARDS OF PLAY FULL DOCUMENT LINK!

1st and 2nd grade Soccer (4v4)
4v4 Standards of play. 
- 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. 

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3rd and 4th grade Soccer (7v7)
7v7 Standards of Play.
- 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. 
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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. Each Player receives a uniform. 

USA soccer coach certification and first aid/ CPR certification is available free of charge, but is NOT required. 

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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


MORE INFO:
  • COACHES FOR GRADES 1-4 WILL CONTACT YOU AFTER THEY RECEIVE THEIR ROSTERS. COACHES PROBABLY WILL NOT CONTACT KIDS IN KINDERGARTEN AND SMART START BECAUSE PRACTICE IS A SET TIME. JUST SHOW UP ON THE CORRECT DATE AND TIME AFTER YOU REGISTER ONLINE.
  • TO ENSURE YOUR CHILD A PLACE ON A TEAM, REGISTER BEFORE AUGUST 20th 2021. IF THERE IS NOT ROOM IN AN AGE CATEGORY, THE WEBSITE WILL NOT LET YOU REGISTER. YOU WILL SEE A NOTICE INDICATING THAT THE ACTIVITY IS FULL. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE A SPOT ON A TEAM FOR KIDS REGISTERED AFTER THAT DATE.
  • MANY COACHES PREFER TO CONTACT FAMILIES VIA EMAIL. PLEASE LOG ON TO YOUR ST. ALBANS RECREATION ACCOUNT AND CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE "OPTED IN" FOR GENERAL AND CANCELLATION EMAILS SO THAT YOUR COACH CAN CONTACT YOU. IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS DOING THIS, PLEASE CONTACT ANDREW AT THE OFFICE AT 524-1500 x *268. THANKS!

Hard'ack Soccer Rules
  • Hard'ack is a great place for the whole family on Saturday morning including siblings who aren't playing soccer. Please keep an eye on them to ensure both their safety as well as the safety and enjoyment of everyone else while you're there. Not only can children get hurt, the nets and goals are expensive to replace and repair.
  • Do not allow children to hang on the cross bars of nets that are not in use.
  • Do not allow children to climb on the nets of goals that are not in use.
  • Do not allow children to ride bikes in the soccer area (including areas that are not in play) Bikes are allowed on the trails, not on or near the soccer fields.
  • Do not litter, and please encourage kids to pick up trash left behind, even if it isn't theirs.

Register Activity Ages Grades Days Date/Time Fees
 
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Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 1) 
4 N/A Tu  08/24/2021 - 09/28/2021
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area
$69.00 R, $89.00 NR
 
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Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 2) 
4 N/A Tu  08/24/2021 - 09/28/2021
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area
$69.00 R, $89.00 NR
 
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Kindergarten Soccer (group 1) 
N/A K Th  08/26/2021 - 09/30/2021
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area
$69.00 R, $89.00 NR
 
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Kindergarten Soccer (group 2) 
N/A K Th  08/26/2021 - 09/30/2021
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area
$69.00 R, $89.00 NR
 
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Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed 
N/A 1 - 2 MW  08/23/2021 - 10/06/2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area - Recreation Fields
$85.00 R, $115.00 NR
Parents will be informed of team and practice time the week before practices start.
 
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Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs 
N/A 1 - 2 TuTh  08/24/2021 - 10/07/2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area - Recreation Fields
$85.00 R, $115.00 NR
Parents will be informed of team and practice time the week before practices start.
 
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Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed 
N/A 3 - 4 MW  08/23/2021 - 10/06/2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area - Recreation Fields
$85.00 R, $115.00 NR
Parents will be informed of team and practice time the week before practices start.
 
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Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs 
N/A 3 - 4 TuTh  08/24/2021 - 10/07/2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Hard’ack Recreation Area - Recreation Fields
$85.00 R, $115.00 NR
Parents will be informed of team and practice time the week before practices start.
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