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Schoolyard/U5 Division

Welcome to Fall 2019 U5 Schoolyard

When and Where Do we Play?

The 5U Schoolyard program will be broken into three, one-hour sessions every Saturday at 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am.  Your player will be assigned to one of these sessions.  Our first week is Saturday, August 17, 2019.  We meet at the very West End of Pleasant Valley Fields (off the Dawson off-ramp of the 101 Freeway).  The West End is by the baseball diamonds.  Look for a white tent with a flag identifying the 5U area.  The season lasts 10 consecutive weeks (except for Labor Day Weekend on September 2).

 

FAQ's

  What is Schoolyard?
Schoolyard is an introductory program to soccer.  Its purpose is to introduce players to the basic skills necessary for success as they move through their soccer careers.

Players are not placed onto formal teams.  Once each week, we gather for an hour to practice and play a game.  As players arrive, they will join a field, with a Field Coordinator (coach) and begin their session. The first 1/2 hour is used to teach skills and do drills.  During the second 1/2 hour, we play a game.

This is the extent of soccer during the week.  There are NO weekday practices or moving game schedules.

Why Do We Play in This Format?
 The purpose of the Schoolyard program is to first and foremost help ensure that kids learn to enjoy the game of soccer.  At this age, proper technique and a good understanding of the basics of the game are much more important than competitive results (there is plenty of time for that later in their playing careers).

We focus on only a few skills throughout our season to ensure that players learn how to properly pass, kick, stop(trap) and shoot a ball.  We do many different drills to enforce these skills and these proper techniques will serve them well in the future.

Although, at its core, soccer is a simple game, the complexities of a game can overwhelm the processing abilities of four and five year-olds.  We simplify things to ensure proper understanding.

When and Where Do we Play?
  The 5U Schoolyard program will be broken into three, one-hour sessions every Saturday at 9:00am, 10:00am, and 11:00am.  Your player will be assigned to one of these sessions.  Our first week is Saturday, August 17, 2019.  We meet at the very West End of Pleasant Valley Fields (off the Dawson off-ramp of the 101 Freeway).  The West End is by the baseball diamonds.  Look for a white tent with a flag identifying the 5U area.  The season lasts 10 consecutive weeks (except for Labor Day Weekend on September 2).


What if I want to Coach or Be a Team Parent?
Don't worry.  There are volunteer opportunities for our program.  Each field will need 2-3 'Field Coordinators' These volunteer parents-of-players act as coaches.  They will demonstrate the skills and drills and then act as referees during the game.  Don't worry if you don't know how to coach.  We provide the practice play every week.  Prior to each Saturday, Field Coordinators will receive the plan to review and prepare (takes about 10 minutes).  This way, we are teaching our coaches how to coach at the same time we are teaching our players to play.  If you aren't sure if coaching is for you.... this is your low effort/low risk way to find out.  Although we refer to them as Field Coordinators, we encourage the players to refer to them as 'Coach'.  There will be a training for Field Coordinators prior to the second week of the season.

Because we ask parents to bring snacks each week, we will also need 3-5 Team Parents to coordinate snacks and the End-of-the-Season Party.

Do the Players Play Co-Ed?
No.  Fields are separated by gender.

What about Uniforms?
 Camarillo, Region 68 provides uniforms for your players.  The region provides a jersey, shorts and socks.  You will need to provide shin guards (REQUIRED) and shoes.  Tennis shoes, soccer cleats or turf shoes are acceptable.  YOU MAY NOT USE BASEBALL STYLE CLEATS. (Baseball cleats have a cleat on the toe and are dangerous in soccer).  If you are unsure of the equipment to buy (including a ball) please wait until after week 1.  We will cover this information at our first session.

What Will We Be Doing Week One (August 17)?
We will NOT be playing week one.  We will be handing out uniforms, having a general meeting to go over the details of the program, answer questions and sign up our volunteers.  Please arrive a little early at your scheduled session so that we can get started ON-Time.  We all have busy soccer schedules and we want to respect everyone's time.  Weeks 2-9 we will be having our regular sessions and then during Week 10, we have a party hosted by Region 68 (Camarillo AYSO).

What if I Miss Week One?
 Arrive 30 minutes early to your session on week 2.  We will give you your uniform and bring you up to speed on the information covered in Week 1 (plus most of the information will be posted on this website).

What Is The Best Way to Communicate?
 Please get in the habit of checking this website, WEEKLY.  There will be information updates posted here.  The website will typically be updated by Wednesday evening.  If you have questions, you can email Curt Shibata (5U Schoolyard Coordinator) at [email protected].  If there is essential information, we will be e-mailing the entire division.  Please check your email regularly, including your Spam or Junk folder. 


When Is Picture Day?
Picture Day is tentatively scheduled during Week 2 (August 24).  There will be a make-up date. There will be more information to follow.  STAY TUNED.

We recognize that this is a lot of information.  Thank you for taking the time to read thru all of it.

FOR THE BEAUTIFUL GAME,
Curt Shibata

5U Schoolyard DIVISION COORDINATOR


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