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TOPS (Special Needs)

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TOPSoccer is a program designed for special needs children who require more one-on-one attention than can be provided in our traditional team-based programs. The special needs include any physical or mental challenges, such as Downs Syndrome, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy and any form of Autism including Asperger’s.

Our goal is to give each player a sense of accomplishment and belonging to something.  It may be a small group of friends to play with, or being a part of a sport. Modifications are made to the game and training environment to allow full participation and enjoyment to each athlete that participates. Each coach is looked on as a mentor to achieve our goal.

In the TOPS format, coaches or “buddies” work with the TOPSoccer players in a one-on-one format on the field. This could be one player with a coach participating in a small sided game with other players, or one player and one coach alone.

The “buddy” role is to build self-esteem and confidence. Soccer experience is not required; all the buddies need is a desire to help build the confidence of a child. We will help train the buddies.

The TOPS program meets weekly on Sundays from Mid April until Mid June in the Spring and from Sep-Oct in the Fall seson.

Unified


This team will be in addition to the existing TOPSoccer program. The unified team will meet once a week on Saturday’s at a field in Auburn, with a 30-minute foot skills practice followed by a 30-minute scrimmage. The team will have players in the10 to 16 year old range, with and without intellectual disabilities playing together. We will follow the Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) rules, all players are equal and can play any position and all can score.

If there are enough participants, games will be held against other towns and may also play in two SOMA fall tournaments.

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United Soccer of Auburn
P.O. Box 110 
Auburn, Massachusetts 01501

Email: [email protected]
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