Spring Soccer Program
During the Spring, the R.I. Youth Center offers a nine-week skill development soccer clinic, held every Saturday beginning at 9 AM. Children ages 5 to 18, of all skill levels, are invited to participate in this exciting co-ed youth soccer program.
Kick Off Day, Saturday, April 27th!
Season is Saturdays: April 27th, May 4th, May 11th, May 18th, May 25th, June 1st, June 15th, June 22nd & June 29th
Group Session Schedule:
Firefighters Field (across from the R.I. Tram)
Ages 9-10: 9:00 AM– 9:50 AM
Ages 11-14: 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Ages 15-18: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Sportspark Gym (250 Main Street)
Ages 5-6 (Group I): 1:30 PM– 2: 15 PM
Ages 5-6: (Group II): 2:20 PM- 3:05 PM
Ages 7-8 (Group I): 3:10 PM- 3:55 PM
Ages 7-8 (Group II): 4:00 PM- 4:45 PM
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your session start time! Due to limited space in the Sportspark gym, parents will be directed to stay in the lobby until the session is over.
Each week different soccer skills will be introduced through fun games, drills, and scrimmages.
Skills to be covered:
Ball Control and Passing
Learning position play
WHAT TO BRING?
It is recommended that each participant bring the following items to all sessions. Please don't forget them:
- Soccer shoes (outdoor only)- Rubber cleats preferred, sneakers (indoor) are acceptable for outdoor as well. Sneakers must be worn indoors.
- Shin guards.
- Water bottle.
- Mouth guards are recommended.
- Active wear- shorts, t-shirts, sweat pants, etc. (no jeans).
- Goalkeeper equipment (if you have it).
- LET THE KIDS HAVE FUN!
- DEVELOP A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY AND TEAMWORK. Players will learn to take the responsibility for being at sessions on time and ensuring they have all their gear. Teamwork is critical to support teammates and learn to work together as a unit. Therefore, we must support our teammates and help everyone become strong and become more capable players.
- MAKE FRIENDS. We encourage bonding between players, coaches, and families.
- DEVELOP BASIC SOCCER CONCEPTS AND SKILLS. Many players have not been playing for a long time, therefore, we will be working on some basic concepts and rules. The players will need to learn the difference between offense and defense, the different positions and their responsibilities, and teamwork and how to play the game.
EXPECTATIONS FOR PLAYERS
- HAVE FUN!!!
- Come to sessions on time, with all your equipment, and be prepared to practice. PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.
- Support your teammates. Some kids are more skilled and developed than others. Stronger and older players should encourage younger players and help them improve. DO NOT CRITICIZE YOUR TEAMMATES, cheer them on instead!
- Respect your coaches. Sometimes, a coach might tell you something you may not like. However, put the team ahead of yourself. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.
- Respect the other team during games. No taunting, mocking, or other inflammatory behavior.
- TRY YOUR HARDEST. Everyone can't be the goal keeper. If you are in a position you don't like, do your best because the team is counting on you. Think of the team first and how you can help win and have fun. We will try to get everyone a chance to play in all the positions.
We recommend that you regularly refer to our Code of Ethics form, which was included with the registration forms, for program expectations of parents, spectators, and staff.