Recreational Development League (U9, U10, U11 & U12)
The U9 – U12 age group is the third stage of soccer development that our players go through, commonly known as “the golden age of learning”.
The impact of the coach as a role-model is very important at this stage. Children begin to identify with successful players and teams, and they want to learn imaginative skills. Skill demonstration is very important, and the players learn best by “doing”.
At this stage, our program strives to guide the technical development of young players as they acquire a greater level of understanding of soccer and familiarity with the ball. In nurturing the child’s initial engagement with the game, our coaches deliver a program which emphasises consistent child attachment to the ball, incorporating a high level of technique refinement as opposed to tactical or team play. The inclusion of structured small-sided games (4v4 up to 7v7) allows our young players to begin the process of transferring skills into game scenarios as outlined in our Long-Term Player Development Model (LTPD).
Ontario Soccer has directed that all clubs not have scores and standings at this stage, so there will be no published scores and standings up to and including U12. For more information on this please refer to NTSC's webpage: Long Term Player Development.
The program goal is to provide a rewarding, enjoyable soccer-playing experience for all participants, regardless of their skill level.
The program follows the GAG model, which is the Game Activity Game. See curriculum below.
This program focuses on teaching the fundamental aspects of:
- high level stimulation to master fundamental skills
- understanding of the basic principles of play
- establish a training ethic and discipline
- learn fundament tactical skills
High level stimulation to fundamental techniques, our program is designed to;
- to allow participants to try and fail in an encouraging environment
- to master the fundamental soccer skills dribbling, passing, and shooting in a competition free environment
The use of the GAG Model – Game Activity Game – allows for a balance of coaching a specific topic within a game, developing that topic in the activity and allowing the players to implement that in the game for themselves without coaches constantly talking.
The second game is vital to allow players to make mistakes or do something great and so learn for themselves. Coaches will be there to encourage for this game and ensure player rotation.
Player development sessions are included in all divisions up to U12 and focus on building each player's confidence with the ball, under the supervision of our development coaches and their team coaches.
Train to be a Nitro (FOR U7-U10 ONLY)
Further development will be available with senior technical staff through ‘Train to be a Nitro” – additional training starting after the second week of sessions. More information will be available closer to the time.
Field layout: U9, U10 = 7v7 = 1/3 of full field U11, U12 = 9v9 = 1/2 of full field