The U05-U06 Academy is for children under 6 years of age. The focus of this Academy is mainly on ball control and ball movement. There is typically very little passing in this league and not something that is focused on in practices. Each Academy session is limited to 24 - 32 players and will meet either on Monday or Tuesday nights each week for 10 weeks. At this age, players will be assigned to a team and coached by two parent volunteers. There will be 7-8 Saturday games.
Each training session will last 60 minutes. A paid North Carolina Football Club (NCFC) training coach, with the assistance of several volunteer parent coaches, will lead the players through practice but parent coaches will be responsible for coaching their own team on Saturdays. The NCFC staff will provide training session plans prior to each practice which will include a warm up, two skill focused drills and each session ending with small sided "scrimmage" type games. The NCFC coach will warm up the group with fun games that concentrate on ball skills as well as demonstrate each skill focused drill. Parent coaches will then take their teams and execute these drills and scrimmages with the NCFC coach assisting all coaches as needed.
Our goal in this league is for all of the kids to become familiar with the rules of the game, have confidence with the ball and learn a bit about being aggressive on the field and going after the ball when others have it. The U05-U06 division will have an assessment day (TBD) so the GCAA staff can make teams as fair as possible. Player choice of practice day will also influence team assignment. The teams are co-ed and will have a roster size of 6 to 8 players. Teams will play 4v4, without a goalie, on a field size of 20 yards x 30 yards with 4’ x 6’ goals. The coaches are the referees in these games, which allows the games to be very simply, in turn reducing any stress the kids may feel about playing in a "real" soccer game. Scores are not kept, and no season standings are maintained. There is no focus on wins and losses only on having fun and learning about the game of soccer, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
In the fall, each player will be provided a shirt, shorts, and socks. In the spring, only new players (those that did not play in the fall at GCAA) will be provided a shirt, shorts, and socks.
All kids are required to wear shin guards. Each player should bring their own size 3 soccer ball to every practice. Soccer cleats are optional (but recommended)... however, no metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats) are allowed.
For the 2020 Spring Rec Soccer season, the U05-U06 division is scheduled to have one academy session a week and two Saturday academy sessions until the games starts. The Saturday sessions for U05-U06 academy will be on February 22nd and February 29th, time TBD. Weekday practices will start Monday, February 24th. Academy sessions missed due to weather will not be rescheduled.
The U05-U06 division is scheduled for 7-8 games. The first game will be on Saturday, March 7th and the last game on Saturday, May 2nd. GCAA has scheduled one makeup date (May 9th) in the event of weather cancellation. If there is more than one games cancelled due to weather it will be up to the coaches to reschedule the additional cancelled game.
Monday at 7:00 - 8:00 PM
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Tuesday at 6:00 - 7:00 PM
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