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U8 Program Details

This program meets for practice once a week and one game each weekend for eight sessions. The Club Registrar and Under 8 Age Group Coordinator form mixed gender teams of eight or nine players (6 & 7 year olds) each season, based on gender, age, and experience. The games (without goalies) are 5 vs 5 with each team's coach responsible for refereeing play for one-half of the game. The opposing coach is to be with their team on the sidelines when not acting as the referee. Score reporting or reporting of team records is neither appropriate nor supported for this program. 

The program goals are:
1.  Understanding soccer rules/game
2.  Ball control, Attack and Defense basics. 
3.  The FIFA laws of the game, with the following exceptions, shall govern the Under 8 age group along with the recommendations as suggested by the USYSA parent & coach primer.

Practices:  Practices are 1 hour - 90 minutes. one day during the week.  Please remember to indicate during registration the days of the week your child is available.  Team are created based on this information.

Games are played on Saturdays on the U8 fields located in front of East Coventry Elementary school.  Game times are 8am, 9:30am, 11 am and some times 12:30 pm.

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.
 
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.  
 
Jersey:  In the registration process you will need to indicate your child's t-shirt size.  If you need to exchange, please notify your coach at time of issue.  

Game Day Jersey Color: Each player should wear their league provided t-shirt jersey and matching socks.  

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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