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Kiddie Kick (U5)

Spring 2015- U04/U05 Division (Kiddie Kick)


 

Tuesday Evening & Saturday Morning
Kiddie Kick Coordinator
& Head Coach

Josh Crowder

Tuesday Morning
Kiddie Kick Coordinator &
Head Coach

Teresa Paz


 

Important Program Information:
Welcome to the St. Mary’s Soccer U5 Division (Kiddie Kick)!
The U04/U05 Kiddie Kick Division operates as a weekly (one day per week – six sessions) soccer clinic at Chancellor’s Run Regional Park, field #2.
Note: You will be notified in advance of ANY changes to this via SMYS Broadcast Email and this webpage!
The U04/U05 Kiddie Kick
 Division is split into three separate programmatic sessions (Tuesday Morning, Tuesday Afternoon, or Saturday).
Your child has been assigned to one of those days, based on your request when you registered.

Here's the complete schedule for Kiddie Kick:

 

Tuesday AM (10-1115a) & PM (6-715p) Saturday AM (8a-915a)
April 7 April 11
April 14 April 18
April 21 April 25
April 28 May 2
May 5 May 9
May 12 May 16

If raindates are required, we will announce them separately.
Due to time and field space limitations, we can on offer a max of 
two raindate make-up sessions per season.

We will start early at the first session for some administrative items such as check-in, jersey distribution, parent indoctrination and volunteer parent-coach indoctrination.

Please arrive 30 minutes early for session 1 (all groups).  PLEASE REMEMBER that you CANNOT just drop your child off and leave; a responsible adult must be at the field for the entire session. In case of bad or potential bad weather, check the website at www.stmaryssoccer.org for cancellations, since we cannot call everyone. If in doubt, please check the website.
The Kiddie Kick Coordinator, Chandra Norton will assist with the administration of the program.  Please contact Chandra if you have any questions about the kiddie kick  program. Coach Joshua Crowder will oversee the coaching and training of the U04/U05 Kiddie Kick Program.  Coach Crowder will be assisted by additional coaching staff as well as volunteer coaches. 

WANT TO HELP?  Please register to volunteer here.  Each Kiddie Kick Team (there will be as many as 4 teams at each session) will need at least 6 volunteer parent coaches to work with the children at each session.

If you're interested in being a volunteer coach - please contact Coach Crowder.  Thank you for your consideration, there can be no Kiddie Kick without your involvement!

FIRST KIDDIE KICK SESSION

 The first week/session can be a little hectic…, but things settle down once everyone understands the routine.  We will start early at the first session for some administrative items such as check-in, jersey distribution, and parent indoctrination.

 Please arrive 30 minutes early for session 1 (all groups).  PLEASE REMEMBER that you CANNOT just drop your child off and leave; a responsible adult must be at the field for the entire session. In case of bad or potential bad weather, check the website at www.stmaryssoccer.org for cancellations, since we cannot call everyone. If in doubt, please check the website.

 WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING

All players are required to wear shin guards covered by  socks, sneakers (or cleats if you have them), and the Kiddie  Kick T-Shirt (which you will receive at the first  session).  Your child will also need to have a size 3 soccer ball (marked with their name) and water bottle (with  their name marked on it).

KIDDIE KICK PROGRAM GOALS

 The Kiddie Kick Program’s main objective is to initiate a lifelong love of the game of soccer and to promote and emphasize the skill of dribbling.  Dribbling, Dribbling, and more Dribbling.  Our young players need to learn to dribble with every part of the foot and within a variety of playing situations, such as  dribbling forward unopposed, changing speed and direction,  shielding the ball from opponents, dribbling past an  opponent, and using dribbling to get away from  pressure.  The ability to dribble is absolutely critical since dribbling is the foundation and preparation for the other fundamental skills of soccer, such as controlling, passing and shooting.

TYPICAL KIDDIE KICK SESSION FLOW

-    Warmup.  5 min prior to 5 min after start to get players warmed up and focused on soccer.

-    Body Awareness Games.  5-10 minutes – 1 or 2 activities that emphasize the use of body parts,  motion, coordination, and balance.  With and without the ball.

-    Maze Games.  15-20 minutes.  3 to 4 activities in which the player has the opportunity to  move in a 360 degree or circle environment with and without  the ball.  Not necessarily a specific target or boundary to go to, even though the area is defined.  These activities will allow the player to make decision while moving in all directions.

-    Target Games.  10-15 minutes.  2 to 3 activities that involve solving the objective of  going from point A to point B.  These activities are  directionally defined and can be done with or without the  ball.

-    Small Sided Games.  10-15 minutes.  We will start out with the players playing 1  v 1 and transition to 4 v 4 games in the later sessions.

-    Cool down.  1 to 2 minutes.

 Tossing/catching the ball or Juggling.

 SESSION LENGTH

 The length of the clinic session will run approximately 1 hour.


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please keep in mind that the entire clinic session can run anywhere from 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes. The length of each session depends on how much the children can handle at their age. Some can go longer than others depending on their day…