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Saturday September 25, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM    1st Anniversary Hard'ack Disc Golf Open - Single Person Entry
1st Anniversary Hard'Ack Disc Golf OpenCome support the Hard'ack Disc Golf course through our 1st  Annual Anniversary Open. This will be a singles tournament for casual but competitive players. One round of 18 holes will be played with multiple tiers, including, advanced men and women, amateur men's, women's,  and Jr's 15 and under ( red tees). Winners for the advanced division will be crowned the "Best of Hard'Ack 2021" and presented a trophy. Other prizes will also be awarded.Each participant will receive a swag bag of goodies and a voucher for a free beer. 72 slots available. Register below 
 
Sunday September 26, 2021
8:30 AM - 12:00 PM    Run For Jim 2021 - Run for Jim 2021
Run/Walk for Jim 5k and Kids racesSeptember 26th, 20215k Run/Walk at 9:30 amKids races at 8:30am     The Run for Jim Memorial Fund was established in memory of Jimmy Bashaw who died at the age of 45 from brain cancer.  Jimmy was a teacher and longtime girls’ basketball coach at Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans. Jimmy’s family and friends wish to remember him by continuing his kind and charitable ways by helping others in their time of need.  The proceeds of this event are used to aid residents of Franklin and Grand Isle counties with expenses related to catastrophic illnesses.  These awards are distributed through the Jim Bashaw Memorial Fund at the Northwestern Medical Center.  5k Run/Walk at 9:30 amKids races at 8:30am    Win an apple pie!!!  The 5K race is run on a paved loop in picturesque St. Albans. The first mile is fast with a gentle downhill. The second mile features a gradual uphill and the course finishes flat and fast.  Apple pies for top finishers and age group winners are always a crowd favorite!  Walkers start at the same time and follow the same route.  The Walk is not timed. Mimmo’s pizzas are raffled for the walkers.  Kids RaceYou can make this a family affair!  The kids races are at 8:30 and held on the track at the Collins Perley Complex.  All finishers get a t-shirt and glow in the dark medal.  There is also face painting and cookies!!!   Categories Include:2-4 year olds (Biddy Bashers 100 Meter Dash)5&6 year olds - 1/8 mile7&8 year olds - 1/4 mile9&10 year olds - 1/2 miles11&12 year olds - 1 mileREGISTRATION SHEETS BELOW OR REGISTER ONLINE HERE!St. Albans, VT 8:30AM Collins Perley Sports & Fitness Center 890 Fairfax Rd. (Route 104) Contact: Shari Bashaw, 333 South Main Street, St. Albans, VT, 05478 1-802-309-8302 sharibashaw@gmail.com
 
Monday September 27, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
Tuesday September 28, 2021
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 1)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Start Smart Soccer age 4 (group 2)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comDeb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.comIf you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363  DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. This class is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking/lunging at other dogs/people), that are very fearful, or have any aggressive tendencies.  Please review course policies.  Should you have any concerns about your dog's suitability for a group class, contact the instructor at least 7 days in advance of the first class to discuss.  We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  Covid-related and all other policies are available at the link below.  Participants should review before registering for class.https://www.goldstardog.com/find-classesor contact Deb directly at her email above. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
7:15 PM - 8:15 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Beyond Basics (5 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comDeb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.comIf you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363  DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. This class is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking/lunging at other dogs/people), that are very fearful, or have any aggressive tendencies.  Please review course policies.  Should you have any concerns about your dog's suitability for a group class, contact the instructor at least 7 days in advance of the first class to discuss.  We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  Covid-related and all other policies are available at the link below.  Participants should review before registering for class.https://www.goldstardog.com/find-classesor contact Deb directly at her email above. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday September 29, 2021
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Wild Wednesdays - Wild Wednesdays
Join us on Wednesdays in the Wilds of Hard'ack!St. Albans Recreation is offering Wednesday afternoon programming from September 1 through November 17 from 1:00 to 6:00pm for kids in grades 1-8.Kids will spend the afternoon with staff exploring the trails, playing disc golf, playing field games, enjoying the outdoors and doing creative activities.Registration is for the complete 12 week program and not available on a week by week or drop in basis.**Registration is for the entire program.  There are no refunds or credits for missed sessions.**
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Fall/ Winter Session 2021
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Thursday September 30, 2021
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Kindergarten Soccer (group 1)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
6:00 PM - 6:45 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Kindergarten Soccer (group 2)
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
Monday October 4, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
Tuesday October 5, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Dog Classes with Deb Helfrich - Dog/Puppy Essentials (6 weeks)
Meet Your Instructor! Deb Helfrich, Gold Star Dog Training LLCEmail: deb@goldstardog.comDeb is owner of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax, Vermont. She enjoys working with dogs and their handlers to solve their challenges, build a healthy dog-handler relationship, and achieve their training goals. She is highly student-focused—adept at explaining concepts, helping every student feel successful, and creating training experiences that are meaningful and effective. Deb’s sense of humor, enthusiastic teaching style, and ability to work with a wide range of students are what clients seem to like about her.  Deb has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer Director of Training and Certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. Deb also volunteers with rescues and other organizations as an advisor, training resource, and author.  Read more: www.goldstardog.comIf you have any questions please feel free to contact Deb directly at 802-849-2363  DOG/PUPPY ESSENTIALS: BASIC TRAINING AND SOCIAL SKILLSWe’re busy people.  We’ve got other priorities.*  Dog training can feel like One. More. Thing. But, you want a dog you can live with, be proud of, and about which others glowingly remark “What a great dog!” This class shows you how to have a happy, confident, well-behaved dog.  It consists of 3 important skills: practical straight-up obedience (don’t drag me down the street, come when I call, etc.), life skills (don’t jump on my friends, chill out, etc.), and understanding your dog’s body language. What you get: My simple 4-step approach for teaching your dog almost anything; course booklet and weekly training guides; force-free training; ongoing free email/phone support after the class ends; and a student-focused instructor with 20+ years’ experience teaching people and dogs.  And, we’re gonna get results while having  fun! So, to all those wiggly puppies and wonderful dogs out there: are you ready to earn your gold star (get it, Gold Star Dog Training)? *Course is also suitable for those who aren’t all that busy. BEYOND BASICS (Pre-requisite: Deb's BASIC dog class, or instructor approval)Time to take off the training wheels! This course takes your training to the next level. What's the next level? Well, that's the beauty of this class—you decide!! Like many exercise classes that show you various intensity levels of a given exercise, this course shows you various levels of each command or behavior. This permits "perfect fit" training for you and your dog! We teach and use an easy-to-apply, standardized approach to dog training and management that is designed to be useful no matter what level your dog is at with a given command or behavior. The course also continues to build a foundation of manners, training, and social skills. It’s perfect for adolescent and young adult dogs who need help weathering this “teenage” stage in a way that’s constructive and positive. NEW OFFERING - Therapy Dog Academy! (This course does not result in therapy dog certification, nor does it guarantee certification.) Requirements: There are particular requirements for this course; please review the policies for more details (link below). Pre-requisite: Participants and their dogs must have taken Gold Star Dog Training’s Essentials/Basic class. So, your dog wants to be a therapy dog?  Well, we’ve got a course for that!  This 6-week course gives dogs and handlers the necessary skills for taking a therapy dog test, working safely and effectively as a therapy dog team on duty, and developing a close working relationship with your dog. The course is suitable for those: working toward therapy dog certification; already working as a therapy dog team but wanting to develop new skills or hone existing ones; and looking for skills useful for working with his/her dog in public (e.g., in the workplace, for service dog training). Your instructor, Deb, has been a therapy dog handler since the mid-1990s, has had 6 therapy dog partners over the years, and has directed a large therapy dog certification and training program since 2005.  IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT ALL DOG CLASSES: Dogs do not attend the first class. Every dog owner must provide vaccination documentation (described in our policies). Please review all class policies/restrictions (regarding vaccinations, aggressive dogs in class, youth participants, guests, refunds) before registration. This class is not appropriate for dogs with reactivity (barking/lunging at other dogs/people), that are very fearful, or have any aggressive tendencies.  Please review course policies.  Should you have any concerns about your dog's suitability for a group class, contact the instructor at least 7 days in advance of the first class to discuss.  We've had inquiries about bringing children to the classes.  Due most importantly to liability and safety issues and secondly to space constraints, we CANNOT have children present at class. These training sessions are for adult participants and their dog only.  Covid-related and all other policies are available at the link below.  Participants should review before registering for class.https://www.goldstardog.com/find-classesor contact Deb directly at her email above. All participants must review policies HERE!  
 
Wednesday October 6, 2021
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Wild Wednesdays - Wild Wednesdays
Join us on Wednesdays in the Wilds of Hard'ack!St. Albans Recreation is offering Wednesday afternoon programming from September 1 through November 17 from 1:00 to 6:00pm for kids in grades 1-8.Kids will spend the afternoon with staff exploring the trails, playing disc golf, playing field games, enjoying the outdoors and doing creative activities.Registration is for the complete 12 week program and not available on a week by week or drop in basis.**Registration is for the entire program.  There are no refunds or credits for missed sessions.**
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Mon & Wed
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Fall/ Winter Session 2021
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Thursday October 7, 2021
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 1 & 2 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Soccer - St. Albans Recreation Fall Program 2021 - Grades 3 & 4 Tues & Thurs
St. Albans Recreation Soccer 2021Attention: $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.Games - We will host our Saturday Game mornings starting the weekend after Labor day. 9/11/21, 9/18/21 (potentially off site this week), 9/25/21, 10/2/21, 10/9/21 and 10/16/21. Games are only for our 1st/ 2nd grade teams and our 3rd/4th grade teams. Kindergartens and 4 year olds do not play games. 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 802-309-1810Program Manager Andrew Gratton 802-524-1559  a.gratton@stalbansvt.comRecreation Director Kelly Viens 802-524-1971 or k.viens@stalbansvt.com _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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 6:00-6:45pmStart 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._________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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. _________________________________________________________________________________________________FALL YOUTH SOCCER PROGRAM FOR KIDS IN 1st- 4th GRADEPRACTICES START WEEK OF AUGUST 23, 2021No 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 requiredGames 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. 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. 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. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________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
 
Wednesday October 13, 2021
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Wild Wednesdays - Wild Wednesdays
Join us on Wednesdays in the Wilds of Hard'ack!St. Albans Recreation is offering Wednesday afternoon programming from September 1 through November 17 from 1:00 to 6:00pm for kids in grades 1-8.Kids will spend the afternoon with staff exploring the trails, playing disc golf, playing field games, enjoying the outdoors and doing creative activities.Registration is for the complete 12 week program and not available on a week by week or drop in basis.**Registration is for the entire program.  There are no refunds or credits for missed sessions.**
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Fall/ Winter Session 2021
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Monday October 18, 2021
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    OTC - Off the Couch! - Off the Couch! Kids K - 2nd Grade
Want your kids off the couch and outdoors and active?  Join us at Hard'ack this fall for Off the Couch!This program will consist of a dynamic warm up followed by 1 or 2 organized physical activities and finish with a cool down activity.The main activities will consist of any of the following: Traditional or Non-Traditional games Team Building exercises Individual Pursuits  & Lifetime Activities This program is designed to exercise all 5 components of fitness and most importantly to have FUN while doing so!Instructor:  Isaac Bashaw
 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    OTC - Off the Couch! - Off the Couch! Kids 3rd - 6th Grade
Want your kids off the couch and outdoors and active?  Join us at Hard'ack this fall for Off the Couch!This program will consist of a dynamic warm up followed by 1 or 2 organized physical activities and finish with a cool down activity.The main activities will consist of any of the following: Traditional or Non-Traditional games Team Building exercises Individual Pursuits  & Lifetime Activities This program is designed to exercise all 5 components of fitness and most importantly to have FUN while doing so!Instructor:  Isaac Bashaw
 
Wednesday October 20, 2021
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM    Wild Wednesdays - Wild Wednesdays
Join us on Wednesdays in the Wilds of Hard'ack!St. Albans Recreation is offering Wednesday afternoon programming from September 1 through November 17 from 1:00 to 6:00pm for kids in grades 1-8.Kids will spend the afternoon with staff exploring the trails, playing disc golf, playing field games, enjoying the outdoors and doing creative activities.Registration is for the complete 12 week program and not available on a week by week or drop in basis.**Registration is for the entire program.  There are no refunds or credits for missed sessions.**
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM    OTC - Off the Couch! - Off the Couch! Kids K - 2nd Grade
Want your kids off the couch and outdoors and active?  Join us at Hard'ack this fall for Off the Couch!This program will consist of a dynamic warm up followed by 1 or 2 organized physical activities and finish with a cool down activity.The main activities will consist of any of the following: Traditional or Non-Traditional games Team Building exercises Individual Pursuits  & Lifetime Activities This program is designed to exercise all 5 components of fitness and most importantly to have FUN while doing so!Instructor:  Isaac Bashaw
 
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM    OTC - Off the Couch! - Off the Couch! Kids 3rd - 6th Grade
Want your kids off the couch and outdoors and active?  Join us at Hard'ack this fall for Off the Couch!This program will consist of a dynamic warm up followed by 1 or 2 organized physical activities and finish with a cool down activity.The main activities will consist of any of the following: Traditional or Non-Traditional games Team Building exercises Individual Pursuits  & Lifetime Activities This program is designed to exercise all 5 components of fitness and most importantly to have FUN while doing so!Instructor:  Isaac Bashaw
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Full Moon Hikes - Hunter's Moon Hard'ack Hike
Join us for a tour around St. Albans hidden gem, Hard'ack. Each hike will have a different theme and date. Hikes will take participants around the main loop of Hard'ack exploring some of the great features Hard'ack has to offer. Wolf Monument, Lookout Point, the Native American Stairs and more. Snowshoes can be provided for winter hikes. Hikes are weather dependant. All hikers must be physically able to climb steep inclines and rocky terrain.  Hunter's Moon Hard'ack Hike -  October 20th, 2021  - Thursday  -  6:00-7:30 pmFREE for 2021 Hard'ack Wolf Pack membersThis full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright Moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead.Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
 
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM    Full Moon Hikes - Hunter's Moon Hard'ack Hike (Wolf Pack Members)
Join us for a tour around St. Albans hidden gem, Hard'ack. Each hike will have a different theme and date. Hikes will take participants around the main loop of Hard'ack exploring some of the great features Hard'ack has to offer. Wolf Monument, Lookout Point, the Native American Stairs and more. Snowshoes can be provided for winter hikes. Hikes are weather dependant. All hikers must be physically able to climb steep inclines and rocky terrain.  Hunter's Moon Hard'ack Hike -  October 20th, 2021  - Thursday  -  6:00-7:30 pmFREE for 2021 Hard'ack Wolf Pack membersThis full Moon is often referred to as the Full Hunter’s Moon, Blood Moon, or Sanguine Moon. Many moons ago, Native Americans named this bright Moon for obvious reasons. The leaves are falling from trees, the deer are fattened, and it’s time to begin storing up meat for the long winter ahead.Because the fields were traditionally reaped in late September or early October, hunters could easily see fox and other animals that come out to glean from the fallen grains. Probably because of the threat of winter looming close, the Hunter’s Moon is generally accorded with special honor, historically serving as an important feast day in both Western Europe and among many Native American tribes.
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM    Square Dance Lessons & Dancing! - Square Dance - Single- Fall/ Winter Session 2021
Join Steve, Deb Desrosiers and the Maple Squares on Thursday evenings at the newly renovated St. Albans City Hall Auditorium on Thursdays. See the different sessions options below. No need to pre-register, just show up and pay at the door.Both lessons and dancing will be held each evening with some Contra Dancing in the mix as well.  The cost is $4 per person for St. Albans Residents or $10 maximum per family for St. Albans Residents and $6 per person & $15 maximum per family for non-residents. Fall ScheduleSeptember 8th - December 22nd 2021 (NO CLASS DECEMBER 1st)6:30-8:30pmWinter ScheduleJanuary 5th - March 30th 20216:30-8:30pm
 
Thursday October 21, 2021
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM    Halloween Home Decorating Contest - Halloween Home Decorating 2021
Join us for our Home Halloween Decorating Contest! It's FREE to sign up your home for a chance to win prizes!! Leave us your address and the members of our community will venture out to see what homes are their favorite. We will post a link to the voting site below!VOTE HERE!Your decor can be scary, whimsical, fun, lighted - your imagination is the limit!Contest is for homes in St. Albans City and Town.CATEGORIES!- Scariest design- Best light display- Best Pumpkin Display- Judges choicePLUS! Keep an eye out for our Holiday Decoration Contest that will be happening in December!
 
Saturday October 23, 2021
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM    GLOW RUN! It's Back!!! - Kid's Glow Run
WERE BACK!!!Run starts at Hard'ack at 6:00pmRace Packets can be picked up TBD.The Glow Run is back and this year we are aiming to bring it back in style! Come run the hills of Hard'ack! Leave your boring at home and get your crazy, fun, illuminated self to Hard'ack to run or watch the extravaganza. Music will be provided by JAZ Entertainment, after the run, enjoy the music and more at the base of the hill at the Greg Brown Lodge.   Kick off Halloween week with glowing spirits running through the wood of Hard'ack!!Adults will receive a t-shirt. Kids will receive a medal for the race. If they would like to run with full 5k please register them under the 5k activity. Kids will race around the soccer field within view at all times. Adults will do the 5k race on the cross country trails. Path will be lit, with volunteers to help guide people in the right direction. Prizes for best Costumes:Best Glow CostumeBest Group CostumeBrightest!!!Judges ChoiceMore info to follow
 
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM    GLOW RUN! It's Back!!! - 5K Glow Run
WERE BACK!!!Run starts at Hard'ack at 6:00pmRace Packets can be picked up TBD.The Glow Run is back and this year we are aiming to bring it back in style! Come run the hills of Hard'ack! Leave your boring at home and get your crazy, fun, illuminated self to Hard'ack to run or watch the extravaganza. Music will be provided by JAZ Entertainment, after the run, enjoy the music and more at the base of the hill at the Greg Brown Lodge.   Kick off Halloween week with glowing spirits running through the wood of Hard'ack!!Adults will receive a t-shirt. Kids will receive a medal for the race. If they would like to run with full 5k please register them under the 5k activity. Kids will race around the soccer field within view at all times. Adults will do the 5k race on the cross country trails. Path will be lit, with volunteers to help guide people in the right direction. Prizes for best Costumes:Best Glow CostumeBest Group CostumeBrightest!!!Judges ChoiceMore info to follow