Fall/Winter Recreational Programs
Our Recreational Program is geared towards players interested in having fun and playing at a less competitive level.
Chilliwack FC is excited to introduce two new programs for our U5 and U6 age group players for the Fall 2018 season.
We have revamped our recreational mini ball program for these two age groups. We feel that the new programming will further engage our youngest players and help to nurture a real love for the game. The weekly practices will also aid in getting them off to a good start as they develop into young soccer players. The new format will take effect this coming fall and will also be implemented in our spring programming.
U5 AGE GROUP – Dynamite Dribblers
GAMES: Players will not be assigned to specific teams as in the past. They will all gather on Saturday mornings and be placed onto weekly teams using coloured pinnies. They will then play three 15 minute games against other coloured pinnies. This will provide more variety for player in terms of opponents and team mates. The games will be 4v4 without a goalie. We will look to recruit volunteer parent “game day” coaches to run teams through their three games. This format will provide more opportunities for players to experience success each Saturday morning and score more goals. Which is what they love to do!
PRACTICES: All U5 players will gather once per week on a weeknight for a group practice overseen by CFC coaching staff (day, time, location TBA) We will look to recruit the help of our “game day” coaches to help implement these practices. The practices will have a large focus toward fun with lots of ball contact and will last for 45 mins. Practices will take place on one of our artificial turf fields throughout September and October and move indoors for November.
U6 AGE GROUP – Shooting Stars
GAMES: Players will be placed onto specific teams and a volunteer parent coach will be assigned. The teams will gather on Saturday mornings and play three 15 minute games against other teams of the same age group. The games will be 4v4 without a goalie to encourage more opportunites to score goals! The multi game format on Saturdays will provide players and teams with more opportunities to experience success each week.
PRACTICES: All U6 players will gather once per week on a weeknight for a group practice overseen by CFC coaching staff. We will look to recruit the help of our “game day” coaches to help implement these practices. The practices will have a large focus toward fun with lots of ball contact and will last for 60 mins. Practices will take place on one of our artificial turf fields throughout September and October and move indoors for November.
WHY THE MOVE TO THE NEW FORMAT FOR U5/U6?
Over the course of the last few seasons we have identified that there are better ways to engage our young soccer players as they are introduced to soccer. The traditional format of placing children onto fixed rosters and having them participate in one game and one practice per week has not always proven to maintain their interest in continuing to play the game. Fixed rosters often result in teams that dominate on a weekly basis and teams that struggle on a weekly basis due to imbalance. For those teams that rarely get an opportunity to experience success on the field the players can often lose interest in the game. Their development is limited due a lack of ball contact in games. Even players on winning teams may experience limited development as a result of playing alongside a strong, athletic child that dominates possession in matches.
By mixing rosters on a weekly basis the children will play with new team mates on a regular basis. We will be able to pick teams weekly with the ability to balance them more evenly allowing all players to experience winning, experience losing and see plenty of contact with the ball. The children will also have the opportunity to meet more team mates and build friendships.
The introduction of weekly “group” practices where all teams will attend will allow players to practice under the supervision of CFC staff coaches. The CFC staff will develop the weekly session plans with a focus on lots of ball contact for all players and a heavy dose of fun. Weekend “game day” coaches (volunteer parents) will be asked to participate in the practices to help supervise the players and keep them engaged. The practices will also serve to develop the game day coaches as they will gain new practice ideas and insight into young player development.
The format of playing three 15 minute games each Saturday provides more variety of opponents and more opportunities to experience success by winning or scoring goals, which is what they love to do. The multiple, shorter mini games will also prove to keep the players engaged.
Our U7-U10 teams are typically selected based on school catchment area. Some combining of age groups may be required if the the registration numbers don’t allow for enough teams for one age group. Our U7-U10 teams play locally in Chilliwack and do not travel for games. Games are played Saturdays and the season runs until early December. Practices are typically once weekly and are up to the individual team coach as to when and where they are.