U5 News July 31, 2015
Well, the season is almost upon us. We begin play on Saturday, August 22, 2015. This is our first communication to the U5 division for the upcoming season. It is very important that you read these emails and watch the U5 section on the region 68 website (camarilloaysosoccer.org) Below are key information items. Please read carefully – there is a lot of information!!
What is U5 Jamboree? – The Jamboree format is a way to help kids get introduced to soccer and the basic elements of play. Each Saturday (there are NO practices during the week), the players will come together as a group for an hour. They will go to a field where a Field Coordinator (Coach) will be waiting and will get 30 minutes of soccer instruction and practice (a parent/sibling/responsible adult must accompany each player on the field during this time to assist with the teaching). By having each player work directly with their parent/adult it enables them to feel more confident and get more touches on the ball – thereby increasing their learning rate. After 30 minutes of practice, the parents will leave the field and watch as the little ones play a 3vs3 small-sided game. The Field Coordinator serves as the Coach and the Referee.
Field Coordinators – Those of you who put down a willingness to coach or referee will be contacted next week to serve as Field Coordinators or you can sign up at the uniform pick-ups. As a Field Coordinator (FC), you will be trained on how to coach. Each week, a curriculum will be provided so that all players are learning the same thing each week. If you are concerned about never having coached before – be assured that we will give you all the tools to do a great job. In addition to the curriculum, there will be master coaches at the sessions to assist you with the training. THIS IS A GREAT, LOW-PRESSURE WAY TO FIND OUT IF COACHING IS FOR YOU MOVING FORWARD
Uniform Pick-Up – Uniform pick-ups will be at the Region 68 Headquarters, 1161 Calle Suerte, Ste. F, Camarillo, CA. They will be held Thursday, August 13 at 7:00pm or Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00pm. Please plan on attending one of these.
If you are unable to make a uniform pick-up, please plan on arriving at the fields 15 minutes prior to your first session. You will be given your uniform and will have time to change.
Please come with your player. They will receive a ball, jersey (shirt), shorts and socks. You are responsible for providing shoes and shin guards. You can find these at any sporting goods store this time of year. If you are purchasing cleats, be sure to buy soccer cleats (baseball cleats are not permitted since they have a cleat on the toe and that is very dangerous in soccer). If you are not sure – ask the sales help at the store.
A U5 COORDINATOR WILL BE AVAILABLE AT UNIFORM PICKUPS TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.
Session Times – Players will be divided into two sessions (A or B). The session times are from:
· 9:00am-10:00am (Session A)
· 11:00am – noon (Session B)
You will have the opportunity to sign up for the session that you would like during the Uniform Pick-Ups. Session selection will be on a first-come/first-served basis. Once you are assigned to a session, your child will play during that time every week of the season.
ALL SESSIONS ARE AT THE WEST-END OF PLEASANT VALLEY FIELDS
Finally – The U5 page on the region 68 website (camarilloaysosoccer.org) is the single best source for your U5 information. (You can find it under the ‘Players’ tab on the website). Please check it frequently (weekly) throughout the season. There will be additional information about snack schedules, team parents, picture days, etc. coming in the near future.
I look forward to seeing you at the fields.
U5 Division Coordinator