Recreation Program

EG Soccer “This is where the fun starts”.

We adapted this

slogan in 2015 to reinforce what soccer is ultimately about.

Recreation soccer here in EG is the same as it is across this province

and country: no scores, no standings, no individual awards.


Self esteem, confidence, development of social skills, team dynamics

and respect….these are the core messages and qualities we strive to

achieve.


For those of you looking for more background on LTPD or other

aspects of the sport today, please visit the OSA or YRSA  web sites,

where you will find plenty of articles, player and coaching guides, etc.


Here are some key points for you to be aware of here in EG:


U4 & U5

Also known as Mini-Mites & Mites. The objective here is to get

children moving, active and having fun. The Physical Literacy

Curriculum provides for basic fundamental movement skills such as

running, jumping, twisting, throwing and catching. Once the program

is underway, small-sided soccer games in a 3 v. 3 format will be

introduced, for half the evening session.


Please note:

The OSA recommends this level of soccer to include

on-field involvement of a parent, sibling or guardian. Coaches are

encouraged to build this into the team's weekly activity, especially

early in the season wherever possible.


U6

Also known as Tykes. Soccer skills development at this level should

be more structured, positive and of course, FUN. Coaches should

create a stimulating learning environment developing the ABC's of

Agility, Balance and Co-ordination, plus Speed. 3 v. 3 games with GK

will be part of the weekly program.


New this Season:

All U4, U5, U6 soccer sessions will be played at

MALP (Mount Albert Lions Park), the main soccer field complex for

the rest of our club.


U8

At this age level families will see the biggest change to our soccer

program in 2016 as we change from 7 v. 7 to a fantastic format called

Festival Soccer: 4 v 4 with GK.


It has been proven: the smaller the number of players on a smaller

field, players develop greater skills, more confidence and greater

involvement or “touches” on the ball. With multiple matches being

played on the same full-size field, you will quickly get the sense of

why this has been named Festival!



U10 & Up

The format and fields of play remain the same as they have in previous seasons. However, we have one important new change to keep the game as fun as possible with the introduction of The Good Sportsman Rule.


While we do our best to balance teams using the Coaches Ranking Survey from the previous season, there may be “one of those nights” when a game becomes lop-sided.


Should a team be outplaying their opponent badly and be ahead by 4 *goals, that team must remove a player from the field. Example: in a 7 v. 7 format, one team will play 6 v. 7 if, or until, the losing team bridges the 4-goal gap.

Coaches and referees will work as a team to make this happen.


(*Note: While the club does not recognize scores, it is part of the referee's job to do so each game.)


Station Soccer

After the successful launch of a Station Soccer event last season, it is back by popular demand:

June 25th

, MALP. (Time TBA).


For the player (ages 9-12) who just wants a bit more soccer, this skills development day features a number of 'stations' where different coaches help players with different aspects of the game.


This a Bonus feature to the house-league schedule. Sign-up details will appear on the club website and via mass email.


EGSC Summer Soccer Camp

We will be running our annual 6-week mixed soccer camp program on Saturdays commencing June 10th at MALP.


U8’s at 9:00 am

U10’s at 10:00am

U12’s at 11:00am


Registration Fee is $60 and includes a T-shirt and certificate upon completion. Players must wear shin-guards and bring water each week.


(See Power-Up for registration details).


Town of EG/EGSC Joint Summer Camp

Keep you

r

eyes on our site for details of the full-day camp jointly operated by EG Parks & Recreation and EGSC technical staff. (While not official, we anticipate two, one-week camps in July: one half day soccer, one half general Parks & Rec. mixed sport & fun games program).