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The aim of this division is to introduce younger players to the key fundamentals of the game through a series of FUN based practices and small sided games.
The Pee Wee program is an 8 week program held through the Fall and Spring soccer seasons in partnership with our Intramural program.
Through weeks 1 to 4 players will go through a 60 minute session of fun, skill building activities that promote maximum movement, involvement, and touches on the ball.
Through weeks 5 to 8 players will partake in 30 minutes of fun skill building activities followed by 30 minutes of small sided games.
Throughout the program, the following will be introduced:
- Individual Moves I.e. Pull back or L Turn
- Short Passing
- Spatial Awareness
- Introduction to Soccer Language
- Introduction to Small Sided Games and Rules
These techniques have been selected because research shows that these are the areas that young players can learn and more importantly, enjoy learning.
The emphasis of the work with younger players is focused firmly upon introducing them to the game in a manner which leaves them excited about playing. Therefore, the following guidelines will be followed:
Age - 4
Max Sessions per week - 1
Duration of Sessions - 1 hour
Type of Game - Small sided, 3v3 or 4vs4, no goalkeepers
Length of Game - 32 minutes total
The guidelines below can be used as "golden rules" which will help you run your games and practices in a developmentally appropriate manor.
1. Players learn best when touching a ball. Try to give the players as much active time with the ball as possible.
2. Juggling and Dribbling type moves should be part of every session you do.
3. Do not use practices that involve the players standing in a line.
4. Play scrimmages that are as close to the recommended guidelines as possible. Ideally 3vs3 or 4vs4 with a goalkeeper.
5. Try to finish the practice on a positive point and when the children are having tremendous fun.
6. Be an entertainer. A child's world is one with color and imagination. Avoid treating them as a mini adult.
7. Use your body language to express enthusiasm. Young players relate better to enthusiastic characters.
8. Try to use language that encourages participation from all players (The hardest working player wins), rather than encouraging participation from a select, gifted few (The first player to .... Wins).