Small-Sided Game Program Fall 2023
The focus for our youngest players will be on building confidence on the ball through fun games to encourage balance, coordination, agility, vision, individual ball handling skills, 1V1 to 3V3 defending/attacking, and of course, having LOTS of fun.
Your player will be part of our Friday Small-sided Game Night Program. Players will be demonstrating what they have learned during the week, showing us their creativity, enthusiasm and enjoying our cheering at the games.
PRACTICE: All practices will be held at the YCSC Arena (behind the Carlton Market). LevelS I, II & III start Sept 5th, Levels IV and V Sept 6th. Meanwhile, all registered players are welcome to attend our free summer programming and earn their free Champions Club jersey & jacket!
Note: No cleats at the arena, running or court shoes and shin guards please. Bring a water bottle (name on bottle please). If you provide a snack for your player, please do not bring it into the Arena. Low glycemic, healthy snacks are great before or after their training session.
Please walk your young players to and from the arena gate, No children should be alone in the parking area.
Park perpendicular to the concrete barriers/cones. DO NOT park near or block access to garbage/recycle containers and always provide clear access for winery trucks /trailers through the property.
A waiver is now required for everyone who enters the arena play area. Please register All children and adults for free Drop-in
LEVEL I (Pre-K, parent "Buddy" welcome on the court) two time options for AM & PM PreK Mondays 2:30-3:00 & Tuesdays 11:00-11:30.
LEVEL II (Kindergarten & Experienced PreK ready for 1V1 competition) Mondays/Wednesdays 3:00-3:30 pm.
LEVEL III 1st Grade & Advanced K & new 2nd, Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-4:15 pm. This session will focus on 2v2 & building to 3v3, seeing teammates & learning to attack space with/without the ball.
LEVEL IV all older and advanced SS players (able to play 3v3 & 4v4, using teammates to build an attack, transition from offense to defense) Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:00+ pm (3:45 on YCHS Home game Nights).
LEVEL V All advanced players w/ Vision Training & skills conducive to 7v7 team play. Boys and Girls Teams entered in Mac Parks and Rec League in addition to Small-sided games Program. Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00-4:00+ pm (3:45 on YCHS Home game Nights). w/ Level IV, plus one additional weekly session for Team specific training.
Champions Club/Shape Game (extra time & make-up) Wednesdays 2:15-3:00 pm
Note: It is best to start your player at the level they will be most confident and comfortable. It is much easier to move a player up than down. If you have a question about what level is best for your player please call Coach Karen.
GAMES: Friday nights Sept 22- Oct 27 at the YCSC Turf field (cleats suggested & shin-guards required). New teams will be formed for each week immediately following check-in. More game info to follow.
PARENTS: Our young players should have a parent at/near the pitch during every practice and at games. We want our young players to feel comfortable and confident and have a parent to attend to them for any personal needs. At games, parents should cheer, but please refrain from directing your player. Soccer is a sport that requires the development of vision, decision-making, and creativity. If you tell your player what to do, you are ultimately limiting their growth potential. If your player is missing an aspect of the game and you want to help, try gently asking them questions that can lead to self-discovery.
Please contact me with any concerns or suggestions at any time during the season! We want this to be the best experience possible for every player. Thank you for signing up for the YCSC 2023 Fall Program, it's going to be a fantastic season!
Welcome, Coach Karen