Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Reminders of U9 Schedule

Hello Parents/Coaches,

A reminder that we will play every Sunday until March 17, including this coming Sunday Feb. 17.

Also, if you plan to sign up for spring soccer do not wait until the last minute. Spring and Fall sessions fill up. Registration is already open and you can do it right online at and on the left side you will see 'registration'.


Saturday, October 27, 2018

No Soccer 10/28/18 due to weather

Pine Banks has closed the field due to weather conditions and field being too wet.


Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fall Soccer is Here!

Welcome back to fall soccer. The fall season starts on September 9th.  We will run for 9 weeks, with our last game being November 4th. Your child’s team name/color, and field schedule will be sent to you on Tuesday. They will play at 12:00-1:45 on Sundays at Pine Banks.

We do have a mother and child that need a ride to soccer on Sundays. If you are able to volunteer to help with a ride, please let me know. It does not have to be every week, but I would love to have a few that can help out, please.

Each session will start with a 40 minute skills/drills session and finish with 60 minute scrimmage/game, with a 5 minute break between practice and scrimmage.

The Blog:

This Blog will be the primary source of information for schedules, cancellations, etc.

Cancellations due to weather will be posted to the blog... please check it within an hour of the start time on game-day morning.  If you do not have access to the internet on Sunday mornings, please let me know.

What you need:

-If you already have the correct uniform color, please use it.  If not, the league will supply a                shirt, shorts and socks on the first day. 
-Appropriate shoes.  We'll play on real grass, cleats are recommended (but are not required)
-Shin pads are required.  Your child may be excluded from the game if this important piece of safety equipment is not used.      
Players must come to the session with their own size 4 ball with the players name on it.Long pants and long sleeved shirts may be worn under the team uniform if desired
- Water - for frequent breaks
    A snack for between the practice and game may be desired
    Players must not wear any jewelry (earrings, watches, etc.) during the practice or game
    Parents must remain at the field with their children during the entire session

Our Philosophy:

At the U9 level we continue focusing on basic skills, and begin incorporating more of the basic rules into the experience.

Our primary focus remains providing a fun and healthy environment for the kids to discover their emerging soccer skills.  We do not focus on winning.  We don't keep official score, celebrate wins, or mourn losses.  We strive for every player to get equal playing time, and try to keep the number of players on the field small in order to maximize opportunities to play.  We reward skillful play, good attitudes and sportsmanship.

Adults, please try to keep this in mind.  If you see a player on a team opposing your child's team, and that player is exceptionally good...  please try to celebrate that skill as opposed to trying to suppress it.  All players develop at different rates, and at this age, some kids really stand out.  This is a good thing, try to not take offense by it.

Here are some additional notes about the U9 format:

For this outdoor session we will play 6v6 including a goalie.  We will use the bigger nets. Coaches may decide to change the structure as needed for a fun and fulfilling game depending on attendance. Coaches may decide to balance teams at game time if there is a need to equalize the number of players on each team.

Substitutions should be made when play stops and should occur approximately every 5 - 10 minutes.

We will play with throw-ins, goalie kicks and corner kicks.
The game will start with a kick-off at the center, as will the second half of the game.
After each goal, the team scored upon will start again by kicking-off at center           
A successful kick-off means that the ball needs to roll 1 revolution forward and be touched by another player.                
Hand balls result in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
No slide-tackling allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
No pushing with the arms or hands allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing sid
No tripping from behind allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
No checking with hips allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to opposing side
No off-sides called
The coaches may decide to break for half-time

Basic Rules for Parents

    Players must play within their designated age group.
    Players must play on the team they have been assigned to.  Requests for specific teams will be  honored if made early and availability permits.  Requests made close to the start of the season are often hard or impossible to accomodate.
    At least one adult supervisor must stay during the entire session and is responsible for watching kids if they wander away from play.
    Parent involvement is appreciated and encouraged when appropriate but please try not to interfere with the session.
    Due to insurance rules players who are not registered with the league cannot play.
    Players must not wear jewelry such as earrings, watches, necklaces, etc. 

Pine Banks Field

All games will be played at Pine Banks Field.  We will use the field inside the track with natural grass turf, at the corner of Main St. and Sylvan St. in Melrose.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Last day of soccer - FIELD DAY SCHEDULE

Hello U9 Soccer Families,

This is the last week of Spring Soccer!

Instead of our annual banquet, we will have a soccer field day and a fun tournament during our last soccer session this week.

UpTeam Schedule
10:15 - U9 UpTeam players should arrive at the field and warmup with coaches
10:45 - Ball drops for the exhibition game against a Malden Youth Soccer U10 team
11:50 - UpTeam Exhibition game ends
12:00 - UpTeam coaches will hand out trophies
12:15 - UpTeam will enjoy pizza and field day activities

Regular U9 Soccer Schedule
11:45 - U9 Players should arrive at the field and prepare for a prompt start at noon
Noon - Race for seed! - Each team will select 1 player who will race the length of the field to determine tournament seeding
12:15 - A fun-format tournament will select a first and second place team.  Each team will play 3 x 20 minute matches (See schedule below)
1:45 - Tournament ends.  First place will receive a small honorary reward.
2:00 - Coaches will hand out trophies
2:15 - U9 teams will enjoy pizza and field day activities.

Tournament Structure
Teams will be seeded by way of a race executed promptly at noon.  The first and second seeds will receive a buy, but will play an exhibition game for fun.  There will be a single elimination tournament, with inclusion of consolation games to ensure everybody plays 3 full 20 minute games.

Ties will be broken via best of 5 penalty shots.  If still tied after 5 points per team, then one player from each team will play a single round of rock/paper/scissors.

Tournament Rules
  1. Each of the 3 games will be a timed 20 minutes, with no extra time.
  2. Teams will play 6v6, including the goal keeper.
  3. Every player should receive no less than 50% playing time for each game.
  4. Substitutions may only be made when play stops due to the ball leaving the field surface.
  5. Each game will start with a drop ball at center field.  One player from each team will be selected to participate in the drop ball.
  6. After each goal, the team scored upon will start again by kicking-off at center.  A successful kick-off means that the ball needs to roll 1 revolution forward and be touched by another player
  7. There will be no direct free kicks.  All foul kicks will be INDIRECT, meaning the ball must touch another player (on either side) before a goal will be counted.
  8. INDIRECT free kicks will be used for:
    1. Hand balls
    2. Slide tackling
    3. Pushing players with hands, arms
    4. Tripping
    5. Hip checking
  9. No off-sides called
  10. We will use Sideline Throw-ins, Goal Kicks, and Corner Kicks according to customary out-of-bounds rules
  11. Throw-ins must be thrown overhead.  It is not necessary for feet to remain planted.  
  12. Players will get a second chance for an improper throw-in or corner kick.  After a second improper attempt, the other team will get the ball.
  13. For goal kicks, the opposing team must move back to half field
  14. Coaches will ref the game, their decisions are final.  In the unexpected event when coaches cannot agree on a ruling, the U9 coordinator will make the final decision.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Might be a little wet... but we will play

U9 Parents:

We might get some drizzles, but we will play in any case.  Please dress for the weather.

Don't forget to wear your shinpads and to bring water.

Sunday 4/29/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
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