Sunday, April 22, 2018

Soccer is ON!

Finally, we get spring soccer weather, and can play soccer on Sunday morning.

We will start today with the Week 2 Schedule.

See you soon.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

U9 Soccer Cancelled Today April 15

Due to weather, we will cancel soccer today, April 15.

Hopefully we will have a better start next Sunday.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Welcome to U9 2018 Spring Soccer

[4/4/2018:] This post was edited to change the start date to April 15 as a result of Pine Banks field being closed due to saturation.

Welcome

Malden Youth Soccer's In Town program starts on Sunday, April 15.

Teams are being finalized now.   You should get an email welcoming your child to her or his new team very soon.  If you don't get your welcome email by this Sunday, contact the league, as you may not be registered properly.

We still have spots available.  If you have not registered yet, you should do it as soon as possible.  If you know somebody who would like to play, please let them know that they need to register now.

You can register here:
http://www.maldenyouthsoccer.org/register.html

If you are interested in coaching, please contact me.  I still need several assistants and one head coach!

The Season

We will have a 9-game season this Spring.  All U9 games will be on Sunday mornings.  The season runs between April 15 and June 10.

Every team will play at the same time every week.  Regular teams will play from 12:00 thru 1:45.  "UpTeams" will play from 10:30 thru 12:00 unless there is a scheduled tournament.

The last day of the season, June 10, will be a special tournament for the regular U9 teams.

As a result of the cancellation on the first week, THERE WILL BE SOCCER over Memorial Day Weekend

Schedule & Cancellation

The schedule posted at the bottom of this webpage is the official source for scheduling.  If we need to cancel due to weather, this blog will be updated and an email will be sent prior to the session.  If you do not have internet access on Sunday mornings, please let me know ahead of time.

As a reminder, Soccer is an all-weather sport.  As long as the town does not close the field, we will play in all conditions excluding heavy rain and lightning.  Please be sure to dress your player and yourselves appropriately for the weather of the day.

You need...

  1. 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.  Your uniform color is communicated in your team's welcome email.
  2. Appropriate shoes.  We'll play on real grass, cleats are recommended (but are not required).  We have some cleats available from our trade-in program.  If you need them, ask.
  3. Shin pads are required.  Your child may be excluded from the game if this important piece of safety equipment is not used.
  4. Players must come to the game with their own size 4 ball with the players name on it
  5. Long pants and long sleeved shirts may be worn under the team uniform if desired
  6. Water - for frequent breaks...   PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES ON THE FIELD!!!
  7. A snack for between the practice and game may be desired

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.

Game Rules

Here are some additional notes about the U9 format:
  1. For this outdoor session we will play 5v5 including a goalie.  Coaches may decide to change the structure as needed for a fun and fulfilling game depending on attendance.
  2. Coaches may decide to balance teams at game time if there is a need to equalize the number of players on each team.
  3. Substitutions should be made when play stops and should occur approximately every 5 - 10 minutes
  4. We will play with throw-ins, goalie kicks and corner kicks.
  5. The game will start with a kick-off at the center, as will the second half of the game
  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. Hand balls result in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  8. No slide-tackling allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  9. No pushing with the arms or hands allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  10. No tripping from behind allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  11. No checking with hips allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to opposing side
  12. No off-sides called
  13. The coaches may decide to break for half-time
  14. Players must not wear earrings during the practice or game
  15. Players are expected to receive roughly equal playing time.  Blatant failure on this rule should be reported.

UpTeams

U9 will resume the UpTeam experiment started last spring.  We are consolidating the most skilled players in the U9 league onto the "UpTeams".  We have a few objectives with this change.  Foremost is to improve the experience for all players in the age group.  We aim to avoid the blowout situations that can arise, and to avoid the poor experience of teams who are not balanced to compete.  Secondly, we want to provide the emerging players some space to discover their own capabilities.  Finally, we want to provide a competitive environment for the players who have already found a high level of skill and passion for soccer.

The UpTeams will not play against the regular teams.  Instead, they will play mainly against each other and and will participate in some competitive tournaments in the region. 

Basic Rules for Parents

  1. Players must play on the team they have been assigned to.  Requests for specific teams will be honored if availability permits.  Requests made close to the start of the season are often hard or impossible to accomodate for.
  2. At least one adult supervisor must stay during the entire session and is responsible for watching kids if they wander away from play
  3. Parent involvement is appreciated and encouraged when appropriate but please try not to interfere with the session
  4. Due to insurance rules players who are not registered with the league cannot play
  5. 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.


Schedule

DateTimeFieldStreet Side
Parkinglot Side
Sunday 4/15/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 112:00Field 1&2BarcelonaBayern Munich
Field 3&4ChelseaLiverpool
Field 5&6HiberianReal Madrid
Sunday 4/22/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 212:00Field 1&2Bayern MunichHiberian
Field 3&4ChelseaBarcelona
Field 5&6Real MadridLiverpool
Sunday 4/29/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 312:00Field 1&2HiberianChelsea
Field 3&4Real MadridBayern Munich
Field 5&6BarcelonaLiverpool
Sunday 5/6/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 412:00Field 1&2Real MadridBarcelona
Field 3&4Bayern MunichChelsea
Field 5&6LiverpoolHiberian
Sunday 5/13/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 512:00Field 1&2BarcelonaHiberian
Field 3&4ChelseaReal Madrid
Field 5&6LiverpoolBayern Munich
Sunday 5/20/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 612:00Field 1&2ChelseaHiberian
Field 3&4Bayern MunichReal Madrid
Field 5&6LiverpoolBarcelona
Sunday 5/27/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 712:00Field 1&2LiverpoolChelsea
Field 3&4Real MadridHiberian
Field 5&6Bayern MunichBarcelona
Sunday 6/3/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 812:00Field 1&2ChelseaReal Madrid
Field 3&4BarcelonaHiberian
Field 5&6LiverpoolBayern Munich
Sunday 6/10/201810:30UpTeams play at 10:15 every week
Week 912:00Field 1&2
Fun U9 Tournament!
Field 3&4
Field 5&6

Thursday, January 18, 2018

2018 Winter Soccer

Welcome to U9 Winter Soccer

The winter session begins this Sunday, January 21.  The session will run for 10 weeks until March 25.

We still have spots available, but there will be a strict limit on the number of players accepted and remaining kids will be wait listed.  If you have not registered yet, you should do it asap.  If you know somebody who would like to play, please let them know that they need to register now.

You can register here:
http://www.maldenyouthsoccer.org/register.html

The Season

We will have an 10 game season this Fall.  All U9 games will be on Sunday mornings at from 11:30 to 12:55 each week.

The Blog

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

http://maldenu9soccer.blogspot.com/

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.

Parents will need to supply...

  1. Appropriate shoes.  We'll play on a gym floor.  Please come with clean dry gym shoes.
  2. Shin pads are required.  Your child may be excluded from the game if this important piece of safety equipment is not used.
  3. Players must come to the game with their own size 4 ball with the players name on it
  4. Water - for frequent breaks
  5. A snack for between the practice and game may be desired
  6. Players must not wear any jewelry (earrings, watches, etc.) during the practice or game
  7. Parents must remain at the field with their children during the entire session 
IMPORTANT NOTE:
U9 will not use colored uniforms this winter session.  Pinnys will be provided by the coaches.

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 suffer from 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:
  1. For this indoor session we will play small sided games 3v3 or 4v4 depending on attendance. We may choose to omit the goalie and play with smaller pug nets. Coaches will decide on the final format each game. 
  2. Coaches may decide to balance teams at game time if there is a need to equalize the number of players on each team.
  3. Substitutions should be made when play stops and should occur approximately every 5 - 10 minutes
  4. We will play goalie kicks and corner kicks but will allow play to continue off the walls
  5. The game will start with a kick-off at the center, as will the second half of the game
  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. Hand balls result in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  8. No slide-tackling allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  9. No pushing with the arms or hands allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  10. No tripping from behind allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to the opposing side
  11. No checking with hips allowed, results in an INDIRECT kick to opposing side
  12. No off-sides called
  13. The coaches may decide to break for half-time

Basic Rules for Parents

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

Schedule

Be sure to note the time you play each week...  it changes!


DateFieldBleacher SideWall Side
Sunday 1/21/2018Field 1&2ArsenalLiverpool
Week 1Field 3&4Bayern MunichReal Madrid
Sunday 1/28/2018Field 1&2ArsenalBayern Munich
Week 2Field 3&4Real MadridLiverpool
Sunday 2/4/2018Field 1&2ArsenalReal Madrid
Week 3Field 3&4LiverpoolBayern Munich
Sunday 2/11/2018Field 1&2LiverpoolArsenal
Week 4Field 3&4Bayern MunichReal Madrid
Sunday 2/18/2018Field 1&2LiverpoolBayern Munich
Week 5Field 3&4Real MadridArsenal
Sunday 2/25/2018Field 1&2LiverpoolReal Madrid
Week 6Field 3&4ArsenalBayern Munich
Sunday 3/4/2018Field 1&2Real MadridLiverpool
Week 7Field 3&4Bayern MunichArsenal
Sunday 3/11/2018Field 1&2Real MadridArsenal
Week 8Field 3&4LiverpoolBayern Munich
Sunday 3/18/2018Field 1&2Bayern MunichReal Madrid
Week 9Field 3&4ArsenalLiverpool
Sunday 3/25/2018Field 1&2ArsenalReal Madrid
Week 10Field 3&4LiverpoolBayern Munich

Salemwood School Gym

We will play indoors at the Salemwood School in Malden at 529 Salem St, Malden, MA 02148.





Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017 Fall Schedule


All U9 Games this fall will run from 12:00 - 1:45.  All games are at the track field at Pine Banks park.


DateTimeFieldStreet SideParkinglot Side
Sunday 9/10/201712:00Field 1&2BarcelonaBayern Munich
Week 1Field 3&4ChelseaLiverpool
Field 5&6ArsenalReal Madrid
Sunday 9/17/201712:00Field 1&2Bayern MunichArsenal
Week 2Field 3&4ChelseaBarcelona
Field 5&6Real MadridLiverpool
Sunday 9/24/201712:00Field 1&2ArsenalChelsea
Week 3Field 3&4Real MadridBayern Munich
Field 5&6BarcelonaLiverpool
Sunday 10/1/201712:00Field 1&2Real MadridBarcelona
Week 4Field 3&4Bayern MunichChelsea
Field 5&6LiverpoolArsenal
Sunday 10/8/201712:00Field 1&2BarcelonaArsenal
Week 5Field 3&4ChelseaReal Madrid
Field 5&6LiverpoolBayern Munich
Sunday 10/15/201712:00Field 1&2ChelseaArsenal
Week 6Field 3&4Bayern MunichReal Madrid
Field 5&6LiverpoolBarcelona
Sunday 10/22/201712:00Field 1&2LiverpoolChelsea
Week 7Field 3&4Real MadridArsenal
Field 5&6Bayern MunichBarcelona
Sunday 10/29/201712:00Field 1&2ChelseaReal Madrid
Week 8Field 3&4BarcelonaArsenal
Field 5&6LiverpoolBayern Munich
Sunday 11/5/201712:00Field 1&2LiverpoolArsenal
Week 9Field 3&4Real MadridBarcelona
Field 5&6Bayern MunichChelsea