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U6 Program Details

This program meets in a clinic environment for eight sessions. Each session consists of warm-up,skill-building games/instruction, and a short scrimmage with another team during one hour. The Club Registrar and Under 6 Age Group Coordinator form mixed gender teams of up to six players (4 & 5 year olds) each season, based on gender, age, and experience. The scrimmage (without goalies) is 3 vs. 3 with one coach from each team permitted on the field for instruction during play.

Players must be 4 years old, by July 31 prior to the season they register for, to be eligible to play. Score reporting or reporting of team records is neither appropriate nor supported for this program.

The program goals are:
1. Introduction to soccer rules/game
2. Ball control basics
3. Shooting basics The FIFA laws of the game, with the following exceptions,shall govern the Under 6 age group along with the recommendations as suggested by the USYSA parent & coach primer.

Parking:  Parking on the grass is NOT permitted.  There will be signs posted and the league is responsible for all damage caused.  Please be diligent to park in a marked spot or along a cement curb.
 
Practices:  There are no weekday practices for this age group.  Practice will be the first 30 minutes of you 1 our Saturday time slot.  The second half hour will be your game.

Games: are played on Saturdays on the U6 fields located in front of East Coventry Elementary school.  Game times are 8am, 9:30am, 11 am and some times 12:30 pm.

Ball:  Size 3.  We recommend you bring a ball with you to use during practice.

Equipment:  Every player must have shin guards on and soccer cleats.  Socks are not provided by the league.  
 
Jersey:  In the registration process you will need to indicate if your child already owns (and fits into) a reversible red and white jersey.  If not, please make sure you indicate the size they will need.  These jersey's run small.  If you need to exchange, please contact Meredith Murray, the program director.  

Game Day Jeresy Color: home team wears red. Away team wears white  

Parents are responsible for the conduct of their child while on property.  The nets are portable and no child should hang on the nets or bars.

Lessons Learned:  
* By the end of September and beginning of the spring season, it can get cold in the early am. Dress your child in layers. I have found it successful to wear an UnderArmour type shirt under the jersey and have a pair of knit gloves and hoodie around. There are no regulations on the pants or shorts. So wear what feels comfortable but make sure the waist is snug and the length is not too long (to avoid tripping).
* The kids need shin guards and recommend they bring a ball each game so they have one to use during that first 30 minute practice.
* Bring a drink for your child to utilize during the game.
* For spectators... bring your chairs and blankets. On the colder days the kids that are not playing can usually be found snug in their chair under a blanket. The ground is especially dewy (is that a word?) during the early morning hour games. If you have a blanket that has a water resistant side bring that in case your player (or other family members) wanted to sit on the ground and watch.



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