Developmental Programs (U5-U8)
MicroSoccer, KinderSoccer, and Developmental
The Developmental Program is for the youngest players, age 4 to 8 years of age, where the core focus is on the development of skills and fun. PASC does not conduct or require tryouts for our Developmental program. Parents function as volunteer soccer coaches. Coaching clinics are offered by the club to any coach wishing to increase their knowledge of the game. These age groups play on fields located in North Whitehall, South Whitehall, and Upper Macungie townships.
 
Academy sessions are run once a week for each age group by professional trainers to develop the skills of both our players and coaches. These sessions combine all PASC players for that age group and focuses on the technical development of our players. The trainers are licensed, well known, and respected high school and college coaches from throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Age Groups:

Micro/Kinder (U6) Structure

  • Team Formation:  Coed age group with players split evenly into U5 and U6 teams as determined by the median date of birth of that session.  Registration will be determined by date of birth as set forth by US Youth Soccer.

  • Structure:

    • 1 soccer academy per week with two paid trainers lasting 75 minutes

    • 9 week session length:  week 1 coach/parent training session followed by 8 academy sessions

    • Session structure and break down:

Activity

Time (minutes) - Max 75 minutes

Instant Activity with Team

5-10

Large Group Warm-Up with Trainer (footwork warm-up)

10-15

Team Drills (Physical/Technique)

30-40

Scrimmage

20-30

 

U7 and U8 Structure

  • Team Formation:  Gender specific age group.  Registration will be determined by date of birth as set forth by US Youth Soccer.

  • Structure:

    • 10 week In-House soccer season with 2 to 3 events per week

      • Practice (75 minutes each): 7-8 over the course of the season

      • Academy (75 minutes each): 8 over the course of the season with one paid trainer

      • Game (four 10 minute quarters): 5-6 over the course of the season

      • Soccer Festivals (75 minutes each):  1-2 over the course of the season.  3v3 small sided games lasting 10 minutes in length.  Teams will be formed randomly from players present.  Teams will play 5 to 7 games during the session.

    • Games will follow PASC In-House Rules.  

Summary Chart:

 

U5/U6

U7

U8

Team formation

Coed

Gender specific

Gender specific

Academy trainers

2

1

1

Sessions per week

1

2-3

3

Session time (minutes)

75

75

75

Game time (minutes)

20

40 (four 10 minute quarters)

40 (four 10 minute quarters)

Max time per week (minutes)

75

200

225

Players per team, ideal

8

9

9

Players per team, max

9

12

12

Player on the Field

4 vs 4 (no goalie)

6 vs 6 (including goalie)

6 vs 6 (including goalie)

 

 
* Developmental or Recreational players with August or September birthdays have the option of ’playing up’ an age group to remain with players in their school grade if spots are available. Please note your preference when registering.

 
For more information about any of these programs, please contact our Developmental Coordinator, inhouse@parklandsoccer.org.

 

U8 Academy Fall 2012

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