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Join Us for the  U5 Season-Ending Party

Saturday, November 8, 2014   11:00am at PV Fields U5 Area
All Sessions at the Same Time
Region 68 will be hosting our end-of-the-season party this Saturday.  Food and drinks will be provided.  Please join us as we celebrate the success of the kids, show appreciation to our volunteers and awards our trophies to the kids.

Thank you all for a fun and successful  U5 season!!!


U5 Jamboree News – 10/17/2014

U5 News

October 17, 2014


Session A – 1:00pm

Session B – 9:00am

Session C -11:00am

Snacks –  We are sending out reminders when it is your week to bring snacks.  Please bring a food item and a beverage for 8-10 players.  Drop them at the U5 table at the beginning of your session.  Session C is missing several families that haven’t signed up yet.  Please come to the tent and add your names to Weeks 8 or 9.

Please Continue to Help your Field Coordinators –
The amount of parent participation was excellent last week. The kids benefits from added direction on the field.  Have your kids thank their coaches at the end of the session.  On occasion, we may be short Field Coordinators.  Please step up jump in.  It’s for the kids after all.

Snack Distribution –
Please volunteer at the end of your session to help with snack distribution.  3-4 parents each session make for quick work.

Time Rotation –
Continue at your current times through October 11.

End of the Year Party –
We will hold our U5 party at the U5 area on November 8.  The region will host the food and beverages.  All sessions will come together at 11:00am.  Please try to be there.  The players will receive their trophies and we will recognize our coaches for their hard work.

Thanks for the help –
The 1:00pm sessions have been doing a great job helping clean up.  Please continue to take a moment at the end of the session to help your Field Coordinators collect cones, put away nets and flags.

For The Beautiful Game,

Coach Dan

October 2nd U5 JAMBOREE NEWS


·        Continue to help our Field Coordinators

o   Be on the field during the first half of the session.  Helping teach your child

o   Help the Field Coordinator if your child is not focused and being a distraction for the field

o   Please fill in as needed if we are short Field Coordinators

FIELD COORDINATORS – I have been emailing out the practice plans for the past three weeks.  If you have not been receiving them, eitherit is going to spam, I have an incorrect email address or I have no email address for you.  Please send me an email to let me know that you are not receiving the plans and I will add you to the list.  (

In addition, we are adding the practice plans to the U5 page on the website.  The link to the documents is in the upper right hand corner of the page.  You can get it there is you don’t get an email.


·        Make up Picture Day is October 4, 2014 from 9-11am.  Please don’t miss this.  There will be no other make-up date. 

·        Have your child in uniform with their ball


·        Please remember that snacks should be for 8-10 players

·        Drop snacks at the white tent at the beginning of the session

·        Pre-Packaged (no homemade) goodies – please


·        Remember your whistles each week

·        Sign into the FC notebook each week so you get credit for helping

·        Look for practice plan email each week.  Let Dan know if you are not receiving it

September 20, 2014

I hope you have all enjoyed the first three weeks watching your little soccer players begin learning ‘The Beautiful Game’.  I have seen a lot of soccer moments as they begin to understand how to move the ball and the objectives of scoring and preventing the other team from scoring.  You are doing a wonderful job cheering them on!           

Here are some tips for helping your little one learn and reminders for the upcoming weeks.

PARENT PARTICIPATION:  In order to help our players learn, parent (sibling or grandparent) participation is essential.  You are their coach as well as the Field Coordinators.  Here are a few tips:     

      Be prepared to be on the field helping your child learn during the first half of the session.  The Field Coordinators need your help demonstrating and teaching  the skills and games as your child is learning.  They are working hard to help teach the kids but the session will run more smoothly if they have as much help as possible.  Remember – they have their kids with them as well. 

      As the kids become more comfortable, they may become disruptive to the group.  I have noticed some players not paying attention to their coaches and they have begun distracting other players throughout the session.  IF THIS IS YOUR CHILD – Please jump in and help keep them focused.  The Field Coordinators should not have to manage each child and one disruptive child can affect the entire field.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE THIS FUN FOR EVERYONE!!


SESSION ROTATION:  This is the last week at your current time slots.  Beginning next week, the schedule will be as follows:

     ·         Session A moves to 11:00am (September 27, October 4 and October 11)

     ·         Session B moves to 1:00pm (September 27, October 4 and October 11)

     ·         Session C moves to 9:00am (September 27, October 4 and October 11)

Session C Field Coordinators need to arrive at 8:45am to help set up the fields

Session B now helps with clean up at the end of the day.

SNACKS:  Please remember to sign up at the white tent for bringing snacks.  There are a lot of spaces still open and the kids will be disappointed if they don’t get their snacks.  Please print your email clearly so that I can send you a reminder email a couple of days before it is your turn.

Remember to bring snacks for 8-10 including a beverage.  Drop them off at the white tent when you arrive.  Left overs will be kept by the U5 division and used if there is ever a shortage.  Bring only pre-packaged snacks.  We cannot hand out home-made goodies, no matter how good they look.

PICTURE DAY:  We have made a change and will be doing pictures prior to your sessions.  Picture Day is this coming Saturday, September 27.  Please arrive a few minutes early with your Picture Order Forms filled out (if you forget it, or didn’t get one, there will be extras available at the photo tent.  If you are late, your child will miss out on being in the big group picture.  The photographers are set up near the playground at PV Fields.  Below is the schedule:

      ·         Group C – 8:00am (Group picture first then-individuals)

      ·         Group A – 9:30am (Group picture first then-individuals)

      ·         Group B – 11:50am (Group picture first – then individuals)

Order forms will be at the U5 white tent.  A sample order form with the key information will be at the white tent as an example.

THANK YOU:  Once again, we thank you for all your help and participation.  Show your appreciation to your Field Coordinators by thanking them and helping them ensure your session runs smoothly!

For The Beautiful Game,

Coach Dan                                                            


Hello to all our U5 families,

The soccer season is upon us.  We begin this Saturday, September 6 with our first sessions of the season.

Please try to arrive 15 minutes early so that we can start on time.  Have your players in their uniforms (remember they must have shin guards). If you need to get your young one's uniform, then arriving early is essential so that they will have time to change into their kits (uniforms in soccer language).  We play at the very West End of Pleasant Valley Fields (near the baseball diamonds).

It is very important that you visit the U5 page on the region 68 website (  We will be posting more news and attachments tonight and Friday.  It might even be smart to check  it out Saturday morning.

We will begin with an Q&A time for the first 15 minutes and expla

in how each session will be run.  The players will then get some instruction and play a short game before the end of their session.

The region will provide snacks for the first two weeks of the season while all families will sign up to bring snacks just once during the remainder of the season (enough for eight players).  Our Team Parents will help with handing out the snacks at the end of the session.

This is an extremely exciting time for the players.  Come ready to help them and cheer them on so that their first soccer experience is one that they will always remember.
See You at the Fields
Dan Bodemeijer
U5 Coordinator

U5 NEWS (August 27th 2014)

Well, the season is almost upon us.  We begin play on Saturday September 6, 2014.  He are some key information items.  Please read carefully – there is a lot of key 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 surface and watch as the little ones play a 3vs3 or 4vs4 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 this week to serve as Field Coordinators or can sign up at the uniform pick-ups.  As a Field Coordinator (FC), you will be trained on how to coach and be given a curriculum each week.  We will have a training day next week.  I will contact you once I have contact information.  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!!!  We are looking for 24-36 volunteers for this role.

Uniform Pick-Up

We will have two times for uniform pick up at the region office (1161 Calle Suerte, Suite F  Camarillo, CA 93012).

·         Friday, August 29 from 5:30 – 7:00pm

·         Tuesday, September 2 from 6:30 – 7:30pm

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.


Session Times

 Players will be divided into three groups (A,B,C).  The session times are from:

·         9:00am-10:00am

·         11:00am – noon

·         1:00pm-2:00pm


Each group will play three weeks at a given time slot and then rotate.  For example:  Group A will play the first three weeks of the season at 9:00am.  Weeks 4-6, they will play at 11:00am and weeks 7-9, they will play at 1:00pm.  The 10th week of the season, we will have a group party for all three sessions during the 11:00am slot.  (Trophies will be awarded, coaches will be recognized, etc.)

Finally – The U5 page on the region 68 website ( 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.

In the mean time…. I look forward to seeing you at the fields.

Dan Bodemeijer

U5 Division Coordinator


Welcome to the 2014 Fall Soccer Season

Please be assured that you have not missed out on any important information!!

As you may know – the Jamboree format entails players arriving each Saturday and forming different teams each week.  For this reason, you will not be contacted by a coach prior to the season beginning.  There are no separate practice times during the week.

This site, blast emails and information notes each week will be the means of communication with our U5 families.  If you do not have an email on file with our region – please make sure that you are visiting this site several times each week for updates.

This weekend, we will be posting all the detailed information for the upcoming season.  In the mean- time, here is some of the most pressing information:

   Uniform Pick Up – We will have two dates for you to bring your player and pick up their uniform.
        Friday August 29, 2014 at Region 68 Headquarters (1161 Calle Suerte Suite F  Camarillo 93012).  From 5:30-7:00pm
        Tuesday September 2, 2014 also at Region 68 Headquarters.  From 6:30-7:30pm
         If you are unable to make either of these times – arrive 15 minutes early to your first Jamboree session.

Uniform Requirements – All players MUST HAVE:  shirt, shoes (cleats are preferred – no baseball cleats with a toe spike are permitted), shorts, socks and shin guards (players without shin guards CANNOT be allowed to play).  THE REGION WILL PROVIDE:  SHORTS, SHIRTS and SOCKS.  We will also provide all players with a size 3 ball.  You must provide the shoes and shin guards.

  Opening Day:  Saturday, September 6, 2014 (season runs for ten weeks on Saturdays – no rain make-ups)

Jamboree Sessions – Due to the size of the U5 program, we will hold three sessions each Saturday (9am, 11am and 1pm).  We play for nine weeks and hold a Region-Hosted party the last week of the season.  Your player will be assigned to either group A, group B or group C.  The groups will play three consecutive weeks at each of the three time slots and then rotate.  Group assignments and schedules will be communicated in the next week or so.

Please review this entire message and watch for our next posting this weekend prior to sending any other emails with questions.  You will also have the opportunity to talk with me directly at the uniform pick-ups.

I am really looking forward to an awesome season with all the kids!!

For the Beautiful Game

Dan Bodemeijer
U5 Division Coordinator

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