The objective of the Under-5 Jamboree is to provide our youngest players and their parents with a “pressure free” introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.
This program allows players to discover the game for themselves, while parents are given a soccer foundation on which to build and grow into future soccer enthusiasts.
The teams will be 5 players each and the “short-sided games” with 3 players on each team. This mimics the real game and allows for maximum touches of the ball, and interaction between the players. No scores are kept, and all efforts will be made and enforced to keep the activities “pressure-free” and fun! (See the Under 5 guidelines and also the Coaches Guidelines with tips for coaches. Parents can get also get an idea how each day will be run and some of the parental expectations.)
For parents, (Moms AND Dads), this is a great way to spend extra time with your child and help them work on their social and physical development, as well as learning about soccer in a pressure-free environment.
For the benefit of this young age group, there are a few subtle changes. There will no practice during the week. Instead, there will be two back-to-back sessions of the Saturday morning Jamboree:
There wil be a fun “set of warm-up games” coordinated by the coach and parents to help teach the child before the regular games. So parents/coaches, please wear appropriate play clothing.
Each team will play a 20 minute game against another team in the 3v3 format. Each game will have four 5-minute quarters with breaks. The coach from each team is expected to be the “referee/monitor” of the game and the parents get to sit back and enjoy the game. This is the time for the players to enjoy playing with no coaching from the sidelines. Cheering only for both sides!
Parents and coachs, before the season begins, and so your child can get the most benefit from this program, we strongly suggest reading the rules and details of the Under-5 program. (See the Under 5 guidelines)
Thanks. You are the pioneers of the future.
If you are interested in “coaching” (actually more of a playground monitor), please contact our Under-5 Coordinators.