Website Manager

Stafford Springs Soccer Club

Content

Greetings from Stafford Springs Soccer Club

 

September 14, 2020

Message to families who registered for Under 8 Intramurals, Under 6 Minikickers and 3 year old Microkickers

I am happy to announce that we WILL be offering soccer in all three age groups.  I cleared the wait list to continue the registration process. All three groups start Saturday September 12 at the times indicated below.  Please reach out to me if you can help our volunteers.  Here are some details.

  • All Saturday sessions will be held at the SHS varsity soccer field, parking lot level.
  • Microkickers will be held on Saturday mornings 9:00-9:45am.
  • Minikickers will be held on Saturday mornings 10:00-11:15am and Wednesday evenings 6:00-7:15pm.  Wednesday evenings are planned to be held at the SHS lighted field inside track, however please report to the SHS varsity soccer field on September 16.
  • Intramurals will be held concurrently with the minikickers and at the same fields.
  • Intramurals will follow a similar activity based curriculum as the minikickers, and won't play league match format.
  • Activities are structured in the Return To Play (RTP) phase 1 model.  We will consider phase 2 which includes scrimmage activity starting week 3 at the earliest.
Covid protocols include
  • Symptom check at home and confirmed by attendance taker at field. (We need your help with this.) 
  • Ask each player how they feel, and clean hands with a squirt of hand sanitizer.
  • Each player brings their own water bottle and soccer ball.  We have some extra soccer balls for those that need them.
  • Player wears face covering from parking lot to field.  Player doesn't need to wear a face covering when actively participating, but can if they want to.  Player wears face covering field to parking lot at end of session.
  • Coaches and spectators (parents) MUST wear a face covering and maintain social distance between households.  Siblings not participating must stay with parent.

We need everybody to comply with Covid protocols or the season could be suspended or cancelled.

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

 

Registration Listing

No Programs are Currently Displayed

There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.

Content

Add Content...



Field Directory

Locations

Stafford High Varsity

145 Orcuttville Road Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

Lower Soccer field

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

View Directions

Field 1

11v11 full sized field

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

Field 2

9v9 North (left half of varsity field) subject to COVID mitigations

(Last updated 07/17/20 at 08:26 PM )

Field 3

9v9 South (right half of varsity field) subject to COVID mtigations

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

Stafford Middle School

Levinthal Run Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

Field complex

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

View Directions

Field 1

Field 8 Softball adjacent to large field; practices only

(Last updated 09/27/20 at 06:52 PM )

Field 2

Field 9 Softball behind the hill

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

Field 3

full sized middle school adjacent to parking lot

(Last updated 07/17/20 at 08:26 PM )

Stafford High Lighted Field

145 Orcuttville Road Stafford Springs Connecticut United States 06076

On Wednesdays only

(Last updated 09/27/20 at 06:51 PM )

View Directions

Field Status

Open Open

Stafford High Varsity (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Open Open

Field 1 (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Closed Closed

Field 2 (08:26 PM | 07/17/20)

Open Open

Field 3 (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Open Open

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

Open Open

Field 1 (06:52 PM | 09/27/20)

Open Open

Field 2 (12:41 PM | 09/10/20)

Open Open

Field 3 (08:26 PM | 07/17/20)

Partially Open Partially Open

Stafford High Lighted Field (06:51 PM | 09/27/20)