NO PETS POLICY AT HERBST FIELD
Please take note that there is a strict NO PETS policy at Herbst field as CBAA in not insured for the loss of a pet nor the unfortunate occurrence of an injury due to a pet. Some families are new to the league and need to be reminded about this policy, and we expect coaches to police this by politely excusing parents to take pets home if they unexpectedly appear. Signs are posted at the field, but some families have not noticed and need to be reminded. Thanks for everybody's cooperation.
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"Ask the D.O.C" Corner
In our CBAA Soccer e-newsletter we feature a Q&A section where our DOC, Neil Smart, answers questions that coaches are commonly asked by parents. Each e-newsletter features a different question. If you have a question that you want answered please email us at email@example.com.
This e-newsletter's question is frequently asked by parents of the youngest players in the program, in the U5 & U6 age groups.
What factors are most important for a child in their first two or three years playing soccer?
For the beginner there are many important issues to consider but the 4 below items are certainly significant:
- They need to be in an ‘environment of comfort’ so the role of the parent remains key even though a formal coach may oversee the program.
- The coach in charge of this environment needs to focus on Fun and more FUN! Personality traits of the coach of such young ‘raw’ players must include patience and a keen sense of humor!
- A main objective as far as the ‘technical’ content of the sessions is to get beginners and young players touching the ball and feeling comfortable while in movement with the ball.
- It is essential the coaching environment is informal and low key allowing every child the opportunity to be as involved as possible.
All of the above remain important once players have played a few seasons but as players move into the U6 & U7 programs I would also consider the following:
- Gradual introduction of skill teaching into the environment with continued focus on touches and dribbling skills. Other skills should be introduced but not necessarily taught formally.
- If players are assigned formal teams this must be supplemented by squad (multi team) training and a significant festival environment
- Skill streaming of players at these ages should be very minimal use a random games approach where coaches can adjust teams when necessary so that all players are challenged
Of course as with any question there is much more but these are some of the key points when we consider the soccer development of our younger players.
Thank-you for taking the time to read and please feel free to submit a question for the next edition.
Neil M. Smart
CBAA IM Director of Coaching
IM Upcoming Soccer Events
Upcoming Activities for Intramural Soccer
- Week of May 13: u7 & u8 squad practices
- Saturday, May 18: u5 Festival! 9:30am (u6 sessions will follow also on Herbst 8)
- Week of May 20: u7 & u8 squad practices
- Week of May 20: u15 & u18 team training
- Thursday, May 23: u15 & u18 Goalkeeper clinic from 6:00pm-7:30pm on Herbst Field 4
- Week of May 27: u7 boys & u8 & u10 boys & girls festivals! - specific dates and times for each age group below
- Week of June 3: Last week of IM practices
- Saturday, June 8: u7 Girls Festival! 11:30am