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MICRO SOCCER: AGE GROUPS U4 & U5

Questions:  Email our Micro Commissioner,  Caroline Beglin at [email protected]

Micro Soccer provides an introduction to the game of soccer in a positive, engaging, and non-competitive atmosphere.  At this level, our youngest players learn basic soccer skills while developing their gross motor skills and coordination. Players are encouraged to have multiple touches on the ball through fun skill-building games. They are introduced to soccer while making new friends and most of all, having FUN!

COVID Guidelines for Playing Micro Soccer:

Careful consideration and "practice runs" have been used to make the decision to hold a micro season with several guidelines and rules that will be strictly enforced.  Parents are ultimately responsible for the well-being of their children and should only register their children to play if they feel comfortable. One important change from the Fall is that ALL  PARENTS MUST HAVE A MASK ON AT ALL TIMES.

Guidelines:

1.  At the start of practice, all micro players will be escorted by one parent/guardian to a "player station," which will be marked by an individual cone.  The parent can stay at this area or return to the car.   Parents should escort players off of the field or arrive at the "edges" of the field to guide players off.   A mask or face covering is required for parents and players during drop off and pick up.

2.  Pursuant to the latest mandates by the governor and Union County, all players must wear a mask while sitting on the bench during games, traveling to the practice field, and away from the practice field.  The only time our Micro players are not required to wear masks is DURING PRACTICE or WHILE ACTIVELY PLAYING IN A GAME.

3.  Coaches will use club-issued training sessions designed to keep players active while limiting contact.  No high-fives, handshakes, or team huddles will take place at practices or games.  All coaches must wear a mask during practices and games.

4. Games will be scheduled throughout Saturday and Sunday to limit the number of people on a field at a given time.

5.  Up to two family members can attend a game, including the player.  Player + 1 Family Member

6. Game attendees must sit at designated "player stations" along the outside of the field (image to follow).

7.  All parents of participating players must sign and submit the "Hold-No-Harm Release."  

Important Spring 2020 Dates:

Registration opens January 1.

Registration closes February 26.

Practices  start the week of March 15.

Games start the weekend of March 20.

No games on April 3 or 10.

Games will end the weekend of May 22.

Ages

Micro 1:  Birth Year 2017

Micro 2:  Birth Year 2016

To be clear, there will be no overlap between 2016 and 2017 birthdays on teams. Each birth year has it's own division.

Practices & Games

Micro teams generally have one practice per week with their volunteer coach. If you have any practice time conflicts, please note those in the comment sections during the registration process. Team requests are considered but not guaranteed.

Games will be held at various times during the weekend.  We will schedule up to 8 games per season.

All practices and games are held at H.C. Nesbit Park behind Kensington Elementary School.   

Games consist of 3 players on the field with substitutes on the bench.  Games consist of three 8-minute periods and typically last 30 minutes.

Equipment Needed

The registration fee for the micro program covers the cost of a team t-shirt.  The rest of the uniform consists of black shorts and black soccer socks that you will need to purchase on your own.

Each child will also need shin guards and a size 3 soccer ball at each practice and game.  Cleats are not required but are highly recommended.

Each child is required to bring a personal hand sanitizer and water bottle, marked with his or her name.

Each child is required to wear a mask while on the bench and walking to and from the field.

Fees

The fee for the Spring 2021 season is $50.  There are no refunds after registration. 

This includes a team shirt.  Players have the option of purchasing black shorts and socks on their own to complete the uniform. 

Trophies are included in the registration fee at this level of play!


Coaches

Coaches at this level are volunteers.  They willingly give of their time and energy to our young players.  In return for their efforts they receive our appreciation, memories made with their children and a group of smiling faces.  Please consider becoming a coach and indicated your interest during registration.  You will be contacted.

Philosophy and Objectives

The Waxhaw approach to soccer education at this age focuses on developing a love of soccer.  At these ages, happiness is the most important achievement. However, Waxhaw fully intends to develop skill, balance and coordination, positive socialization, and early leadership skills.

  • Soccer Education:  1 ball, 1 player

    • Technical activities are disguised as fun, imaginative, role-playing activities

    • Emphasis consists of dribbling-starting, stopping, changing directions, and varying speeds

    • Passing into a net, passing/striking the ball into open spaces and nets will be game driven

    • Games will include problem-solving, teamwork, individual expression, and goal-setting


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