The U07-U08 Academy is for children under 8 years of age. The focus of this Academy is mainly learning about the team aspect of the game. If the players have learned a good foundation of ball handling skills, then the next step is to teach passing and positioning. The goal in this Academy is for all of the kids to start to become true soccer players. They should start to learn to look for passing opportunities when they have the ball and when they don't have the ball to learn to move into positions to receive a pass. Also the players should become more aggressive on the field and really start attacking the ball to gain possession. Each Academy session is limited to 24-40 players and will meet either on Tuesday or Thursday 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 master the rules of the game, become skilled ball handlers, and possess the knowledge of passing to teammates and moving into space. The U07-U08 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 coaches to work together to ensure the games remain fun for all the kids. 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 highly recommended)... however, no metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats) are allowed.
For the 2020 Spring Rec Soccer season, the U07-U08 Assessment Day is Saturday, Februuary 15th at 10am. The U07-U08 division is scheduled to have one academy session a week and two Saturday academy sessions until the games starts. The Saturday sessions for U07-U08 academy will be on February 22nd and February 29th, time TBD. Weekday practices will start Tuesday, February 24th. Academy sessions missed due to weather will not be rescheduled.
The U07-U08 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.
Tuesday at 7:00 - 8:00 PM
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Thursday at 6:00 - 7:00 PM & 7:00 - 8:00 PM
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