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U8 Program Details

This program meets for practice once a week for approximately one hour and one 50 minute game (two 25 minute halves) each weekend for approximately eight sessions. The Club Registrar and Under 8 Age Group Coordinator form mixed gender teams of ten to twelve players (6 & 7 year olds) each season, based on gender, age, and experience. The games (with goalies) are 7 vs 7 with each team's coach or assistant 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. U8 games for the Fall 2022 season will be played at a local Coventry field.

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 45 - 60 minutes one day during the week.  Please remember to indicate during registration the days of the week your child is available.  Teams are created based on this information.

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 4.  We recommend you bring a ball with you to use during practice.

Equipment:  Every player must have shin guards on and soccer cleats.  Shin guards MUST be worn under long socks and cleats may not be metal or have a toe cleat.   
Jersey:  In the registration process you will need to indicate your child's shirt size.  Each team will receive different colored jerseys to wear to each game throughout the season. Extra socks are recommended for practice. 

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 is allowed to 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.
*Please remember only Coventry Soccer Association CLEARED VOLUNTEERS are allowed on the "Team Side".  All spectators and siblings not playing must sit on the opposite side of the field from the team. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

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