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Greetings from Stafford Springs Soccer Club


August 22, 2022


Registration is now open for all fall soccer programs.  Register online at the club website 
https://clubs.bluesombrero.com/staffordsprings.  Volunteers are always needed and welcome. We are asking all teams to have a standby assistant coach who is fully credentialed (Safesport training and background check complete) so we don't have to cancel any activities in the event a Covid-19 infection or exposure sidelines the head coach for a few days.  Please consider this role and complete the training if you can help.

A Volunteer orientation session for Recreation volunteers is scheduled for Thursday August 25 ay 6:15pm at the Stafford High Varsity soccer field.  Stop by to find out more about the logistics if you are still considering helping.

Recreational Format for Fall 2022

Intramurals (6-7 yr olds) - year of birth 2015-2016
$35/player
The plan for Intramurals is to start on Tuesday September 6 with a pre-season workout session at 5:30pm at the middle school fields. The intent is to hold 3 sessions per week, including one on Saturday mornings at 11:00am with formal game action.  We are planning to continue to use a 4v4 format this fall to best develop the kid’s soccer skills. The game schedule will run from Saturday September 17 through October 29 or November 5.  The weeknight sessions will be set at the discretion of the coach / players families any two days of Monday thru Thursday. With the 4v4 format we are especially in need of several volunteers to facilitate the activities, no experience necessary.  Kids should dress for the weather, wear shin guards, cleats or sneakers, bring your own water bottle and a #3 size ball if you have one, and follow the Covid protocols that are in place at the time.

Minikickers (4-5 yr olds) - year of birth 2017-2018
$30/player
The plan for Minikickers is to start on Wednesday evening, September 7 at 6:00pm at the SHS lighted field and play twice weekly until Saturday October 29.  The program sessions will be held Wednesday evenings at 6:00pm-7:00pm and Saturday mornings 10:00am-11:00am.   We are in need of several volunteers to facilitate the activities, no experience necessary.  Kids should dress for the weather, wear shin guards, cleats or sneakers, bring your own water bottle and a #3 size ball if you have one, and follow the Covid protocols that are in place at the time.

Microkickers (3 yr olds) - year of birth 2019
$30/player

The plan for Microkickers is to start on Saturday morning, September 10 and play every Saturday morning at 9:00am-10:00am until October 29, all at the high school lighted field surface.  We are in need of a couple volunteers to facilitate the activities, no experience necessary. Kids should dress for the weather, wear shin guards, cleats or sneakers, bring your own water bottle and ball (the club provides a #1 size ball for each microkicker), and follow the Covid protocols that are in place at the time.


April 17, 2022


Message to all families of the spring recreational soccer programThe start of the spring program will be here before we know it.The program will be held Saturday mornings from 10:00am-11:00am or so at the Stafford High School Varsity soccer field.  Saturday April 23 is the first day and Saturday June 11 is the last day. Bring your own water bottle, size 3 ball if you have one, wear shin guards and your club t-shirt if you have one.  New players will get a t-shirt on opening day and we have some extra soccer balls to take rent free for the season. Soccer spikes are optional.  We will be breaking into two groups, roughly by age with 4-5 year olds in one group and 6-7 year olds in another.We have a really good turnout already and we could really use a couple extra assistants each Saturday.  So even if you cannot commit to every Saturday, it will be very helpful to step in whenever you can.  I am holding a brief volunteer orientation on Tuesday April 19 at 6:00pm at the SHS field for anyone else considering to volunteer.We are looking to experiment with a little MOJO this spring - a new set of fun soccer activities.  And on April 23, we have a special guest coach Bryan who promises to get everybody moving!Send any questions my way,Dave Bachiochi860-424-1502



Activity Suggestions

Minikicker Activity Suggestions

General: Emphasize kicking, dribbling and running in all activities.  Keep activities very basic and simple to understand.  Encourage energy around the ball.  If anything is too hard, either simplify it or move onto something else.  Attention spans are not long in any case.  Activities should be structured so all or many kids are participating at once. Kids standing in line watching one shoot the ball is VERY BORING.

 

1.     Knock Down Cones – Coaches set up cones.  Every kid has a ball.  Have kids kick ball to knock down cones.  Coaches race to set them back up while kids continue to try to knock down every cone at once.

2.     Knock Out – Every kid has a ball in an enclosed, marked area.  Kids move ball around the area trying to kick other balls out while keeping their own ball inside the area.  Ball out of the area (or three times out of the area) means that kids sits on the perimeter.  Last one in wins.

3.     Red Light, Green Light – Kids line up and coach is a distance away facing away.  Kids dribble toward coach on green light and must stop on red light.

4.     Character square –Mark a square area.  Assign each side of the square a name of some character the kids know.  (Let the kids pick the characters.)  Coach calls out a character and kids have to dribble their ball to the line marking that side of the square and stop the ball on the line.

5.     Relay Races – Two or three teams in a short line take turns dribbling one ball per team up and back in a team race.

6.     Cone dribbling – Set up a small course using cones or parents or both for the kids to dribble through.  If you don’t let the return trip follow the same route you can send one kid off, then another after the first gets out a few cones, etc. This lets every kid participate at once.

7.     Punt the ball from hands – Have the kids pick up the ball with their hands, drop it and punt it before it hits the ground.  While this is really goalie practice, it is a good skill to develop coordination and also can be done at home. Try with either foot.

8.     Long Kicks – Match up kids that can kick about the same distance and let the kids just kick back and forth as far and hard as they can.  The objective is to strengthen their legs and learn to kick hard with either foot.  Try to spend five minutes on this one every session.

9.     Follow the Leader – kids take turns dribbling and are encouraged to do something creative or silly while doing so.

 

 

Thank you!

Dave Bachiochi

 

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Stafford High Varsity

145 Orcuttville Road Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

Lower Soccer field

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:16 AM )

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Field 1

11v11 full sized field

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:16 AM )

Field 2

North (left half of varsity field) for Minis/Micros

(Last updated 04/18/21 at 12:40 PM )

Field 3

9v9 South (right half of varsity field)

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:16 AM )

Stafford Middle School

Levinthal Run Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

Field complex

(Last updated 09/10/20 at 12:41 PM )

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Field 7a

Field 7 Small field lined across large field near parking lot

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:28 AM )

Field 9

Field 9 Softball outfield behind the hill

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:29 AM )

Field 7

full sized middle school adjacent to parking lot

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:29 AM )

Field 8

Front SMS softball outfield

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:28 AM )

Stafford High Lighted Field

145 Orcuttville Road Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

Minikickers only startng September 8

(Last updated 08/22/21 at 10:16 AM )

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Stafford Middle School (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

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Field 9 (10:29 AM | 08/22/21)

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Field 7 (10:29 AM | 08/22/21)

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Field 8 (10:28 AM | 08/22/21)

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Stafford High Lighted Field (10:16 AM | 08/22/21)