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U6/U7 Coed Skills Clinic - Fall 2020


Photos by Joy Larsen-Giacalone

October 4, 2020

West Seattle Soccer Club is pleased to announce a skills clinic program for our Fall 2020 U6/U7 Coed season. For several years, we have partnered with UK International Soccer to provide Master Coaches that assist our volunteer coaches each game day by demonstrating skills practice for our youngest players. This season, we again have partnered with UKIS to provide Master Coaches for a skills clinic program where games are not permitted under Phase 2 Covid restrictions.

Each Sunday for six weeks, our U6/U7 Coed teams can participate in one-hour skills clinics at Hiawatha playfield under the guidance of UKIS Master Coaches. All participants are required to execute a hold harmless waiver and strictly observe safety protocols, including masking, social distancing and sanitizing. We are excited to have our young players exercising outside and look forward to everyone working together to make this program a success.

Overview and Guidelines

The following program allows safe soccer training for U6 and U7 players. It is designed to maintain safe distance and other precautions against spreading COVID-19 while also providing an structured opportunity for young children to be active, develop physical skills, and be part of a team.


Session Description

This program is a modification of the normal Master Coach program for our U6 and U7 teams and volunteer coaches. There are no actual games but there is plenty of soccer. Each team and their coach will work with a UKIS Master Coach – a professional coach with a lot of experience with this age group – doing soccer-based activities designed to develop skills and keep the kids engaged - while socially distanced! There will be two UKIS Master Coaches, each rotating between 3 fields, supporting and assisting our volunteer coaches.

Welcome Letters sent on Sept. 30 to:

Coaches Meeting

Players, Teams and Fields

  • We are expecting up to 22 teams, each comprised of 6-8 U6/U7 coed players.
  • Each team is divided into two cohorts of no more than 4 players each. Players will remain with their cohort for the entire 6-week program.
  • Hiawatha playfield is to be divided into 6 modified fields of 45’ x 75’. (See diagram.) This size field is appropriate for 5-6 year old players.
  • Each modified field is divided in half by soccer cones into A and B sides. Each cohort of a team is assigned to either the A or the B half of their modified field. Players do not cross the cone line and cohorts do not mix.
  • The field layout is designed to minimize the possibility of contact between players on neighboring mini-fields and to allow coaches to interact with both cohorts on their team while maintaining safe distances.
  • Field numbers, entrances and exits will be clearly marked.

Sessions/Arrivals/Departures

  • There are four 1-hour sessions on Sunday afternoon, for each of 6 weeks, October 11-November 15.
  • Session times are: 12-1:00 PM, 1:20-2:20 PM, 2:40-3:40 PM and 4:00-5:00 PM.
  • There is a 20 minute gap between the end of one session and the beginning of the next.
  • Players and one accompanying parent (per child) arrive at the field no more than 10 minutes before the session start time.
  • Players and parents enter the field area from the east side of the Hiawatha field nearest the community center and proceed to their assigned field.
  • Players and parents know ahead of time the number and location of their assigned field.
  • After practice sessions, players and parents will leave the field area on the west of the field within 5 minutes of the session end time.

Skills Clinic Procedures

  • Scrimmaging and close 1 v 1 play are not allowed. Training is designed around developing individual ball-handling skills and passing to teammates at a distance.
  • Each player has his/her own ball, marked with their name which they bring to practice each week. Balls are sanitized before and after each practice session.
  • Player cones are set up, off the modified field, at a minimum distance of 6 feet apart. These cones are the designated place for players to leave their water bottle and any other belongings. Players return to their cones during water breaks, maintaining safe distance.
  • Each child may have 1 parent in attendance. Parents are allowed to accompany their child to their cone and get them settled before practice begins. After that, they are retreat to a distance from the field where they can both observe the field and maintain social distance from each other.
  • Parents may approach the touchline to assist their child in the case of an injury or upset.
  • Parents and coaches are masked at all times. Players wear masks to the field and may remove their masks during practice. Players wear masks when leaving the field after training. Coaches may, at their discretion, ask players to remain masked while on the field.
  • Player cones are sanitized with disinfecting wipes between sessions.

Other Safety Measures

  • Players exhibiting any signs of an upper respiratory infection, i.e., coughing, sneezing, lethargy, fever, etc. are not to attend practice.
  • Parents should inform coaches if their child has been in close contact (through school, family or otherwise) with a person who has subsequently been diagnosed with COVID-19. Children who have had such a close contact are not to attend practice.
  • West Seattle Soccer Club will inform other parents if such an exposure has taken place, while working to protect the confidentiality of personal medical information.

UKIS Master Coaches

Neil and Jordan are leading our skills clinic. 

Weekly Session Plans

Week 1 (Oct 11)

Week 2 (Oct 18)

Week 3 (Oct 25)

Week 4 (Nov 1)

Week 5 (Nov 8)

Week 6 (Nov 15)

 

Hiawatha Field Schedule and Setup

Hiawatha field & schedule

Field schedule (updated 10/9)

View Field Layout and Session Times (pdf).

Age Group Coordinators

Clydene Evans-Wenzel, U6 Coordinator
[email protected]
206-355-0448 text only
206-932-8861 voice only

Pushpa Larsen-Giacalone, U7 Coordinator
[email protected]
206-498-1500 voice or text