United Soccer Alliance of Indiana offers Recreational Soccer for boys and girls from 4 years to 18 years old. Participants can either play in the USAi Pike Rec and Rec Plus Program or USA of Indiana Brownsburg/Avon Rec and Rec Plus Program. New or developing Rec League players learn basic soccer skills, teamwork, and sportsmanship. Fun and soccer skill development are the goals. Competition is not. Each player plays a minimum of one half of each game. Scores, team and league standings are not kept, and all players receive a participation trophy or medal at the end of each season. US Youth Soccer, National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Indiana Youth Soccer Association, and USA of Indiana believe Rec Soccer players learn best, and have more fun, playing small sided game format of 3 v 3 or 4 v 4. It is widely accepted young players need to develop techniques before being taught tactics. The best way to teach soccer skills and techniques is having children play soccer! Pike Soccer Club moved to small sided format many years ago. Format of play for Soccer Tots is each session ends with 3 v 3 games; U5 and U6 play two 3 v 3 games at the same time on dual fields, U7 and U8 play two 4 v 4 games at the same time on dual fields, U12 plays 8 v 8 games, U13-U14 play 11 v 11 in a Rec Plus league. High School Rec U15-U18 plays 11 v 11 in the Spring and 6 v 6 in the Fall. Please see rules of play. All coaches and volunteers complete a criminal back ground check and coaches complete a coaching certification course.
Age Chart for all USAi, Travel, Rec Plus, Rec & Tots. In Indiana, “soccer age” is determined by the player’s age on August 1. This is the age group at which the child will play for the entire seasonal year (fall to spring seasons). For example, if a player is 7 on August 1, he plays in “Under 8.” Even though the player has a birthday during the season, the player continues to play on an “U-8″ team through the following spring.
Does your preschooler just love to kick a ball around? Soccer Tots is a developmental program for four year olds (ages 3 years 8 months to 4 years 7 months and their parents). The Spring & Fall season program helps children develop physical skills, get exercise, make friends, and have fun. All activities are inclusive. Each 50 minute session includes fun games that develop gross and fine motor skills, and end with a 3 vs. 3 soccer game (with plenty of goals scored for all). Registration fee includes participation award (“trophy!”). Uniforms or t shirts are purchased for an additional cost of $25 or less. USA of Indiana Soccer Tots Information
Recreation League Fee Assistance Options
Families may spread payments over several months if necessary.
Why no Goalies
Sam Snow, U.S. Youth Soccer had the following interaction with a coach in Florida not long ago:Sam, can you send me some good articles or a comment on why we should play without goalies at U-8? I am trying to influence a club to change to this format.
The U-8 age group is still in an egocentric phase of psychological development, which tells us that we should allow these children to run and chase the ball, to be in the game – not waiting at the end of the field for the game to come to them. It is more important at this age that they chase the game. Children this age want to play with the toy (the ball) and they need to go to where the toy is to be fully engaged. Click here to read for article.
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