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As most of you are aware, we have made several changes to our programming which we believe will improve the emotion, environment and experience we create at our soccer club and provide better support and structure for our volunteer coaches.

Below are some program structure guidlines to help you be better prepared for what to expect for each program being supported by Evolution Soccer this season. We trust this new approach and structure will provide you with a dynamic and fulfilling coaching experience.

Sincerely,
Gary Scheodler
Director of Coaching, SWSC
Programs
Little Kickers Under 4 & Under 5 (U4 & U5)
U7 Developmental League
U9 Developmental League
U11 Developmental League
U14 Recreational Travel
Travel Soccer
TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer)

Little Kickers Under 4 & Under 5 (U4 & U5)
Organization

Players will be organized into groups of 8-10 players and placed with an "Activity Leader" (volunteer coach) who will facilitate the games and activities each week. Each volunteer coach will be supplied with a coaching bag and curriculum.

Parent Participation

This program is designed create a memorable family soccer experience, so the curriculum is structured to call upon parents from time to time. Young children in this age group feel most comfortable with a parent close by and parents should expect to be on the field from time to time.

EVO Facilitation

A professional trainer from EVO Soccer will coordinate practice each week by beginning the session and splitting children into their teams. From there, they will rotate from team to team, ensuring each volunteer coach is comfortable and help support and run an activity where needed.

U4 Curriculum

The goal of this program is to develop young children′s gross motor skills in relation to the game of soccer. Children also begin to learn how to listen to an authority figure in a group, follow directions from someone other than a parent, and turn taking.

U7 Developmental League
Weekend Games

Teams will play 3v3 or 4v4 Micro Soccer. Basic soccer rules apply; no off sides, no throw-in's or corners, just use pass-in's and goal kicks, no goalkeepers and allow the players to experiment with learning from the game.

Organization

Each night 2-4 teams will practice being supported by the EVO trainer. Coaches will receive a U7 Development Curriculum manual and we will work through the curriculum week by week, you should come prepared to work through the activities with your group for each weeks adventure.

The U7 curriculum is a story-based curriculum designed to engage the imagination of 5 & 6 year old players and begins to introduce teaching soccer techniques. Some of the activities require PARENT PARTICIPATION, which is key to fostering a memorable family soccer experience as well as helping you the coach engage the players in your group.

EVO Facilitation

The EVO trainer will facilitate each practice by demonstrating the first warm-up activity with all the teams and then each team will progress through the curriculum in their individual groups. The EVO trainer will then circulate around the teams and work with each team. Some coaches may require more assistance than others, if you are unsure of an activity or need help, don't be afraid to grab the trainer to help you. The EVO trainer will jump in and run various activities with various groups as they see fit, to ensure a consistent coaching experience.

The EVO trainer will also engage the players at the end of the session with some 'Soccer Homework' challenging the players to learn about the teams they represent during the season. There are also online support materials to help create a memorable soccer experience.

At the weekend games, the EVO trainer will help set-up the games, work with teams to provide appropriate game day warm-ups, provide feedback/coaching to players, help coach from the sidelines and complete a 'Developmental Team Analysis' for each team. The 'Developmental Team Analysis' is a snap shot evaluation of the teams development/performance, evaluating the technical proficiency of the players in each team to help track the players technical development. The purpose of the U7 Development League is to create a fun, safe game day experience for our players to grow and learn the game in a positive learning environment.

U9 Developmental League
Weekend Games

Teams will play a 6v6 game format.

Organization

Each practice teams will be following the EVO Soccer U9 Curriculum. This age specific curriculum is designed to be a progressive curriculum starting with basic soccer concepts/techniques at the start of the season to more challenging topics towards the end of the season. Our expectation is that coaches print off each weeks curriculum and have it with them, prepared for the start of each practice.

EVO Facilitation

The EVO trainer will facilitate each practice by demonstrating the first warm-up activity with all the teams and then each team will progress through the curriculum in their individual groups. The EVO trainer will then circulate around the teams and work with each team. Some coaches may require more assistance than others, if you are unsure of an activity or need help, don't be afraid to grab the trainer to help you. The EVO trainer will jump in and run various activities with various groups as they see fit, to ensure a consistent coaching experience.

The EVO trainer will also engage the players at the end of the session with some 'Soccer Homework' challenging the players to learn about the teams they represent during the season. There are also online support materials to help create a memorable soccer experience that the EVO trainer will engage players with.

At the weekend games, the EVO trainer will help set-up the games, work with teams to provide appropriate game day warm-ups, provide feedback/coaching to players, help coach from the sidelines and complete a 'Developmental Team Analysis' for each team. The 'Developmental Team Analysis' is a snap shot evaluation of the teams development/performance, evaluating the technical proficiency of the players in each team to help track the players technical development. The purpose of the U9 Development League is to create a fun, safe game day experience for our players to grow and learn the game in a positive learning environment.

U11 Champions League

The Recreational program is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high level competition. The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a lifelong love of the game.

U14 Recreational Travel

The Recreational program is primarily devoted to the enjoyment and development of soccer players without the emphasis on travel or high level competition. The purpose of recreational soccer is to provide an opportunity for the participants to have fun, learn the sport and develop life skills including a lifelong love of the game.

NOTE: Recreational Travel Soccer requires travel to nearby towns for games. These towns include, but are not limited to, West Hartford, Berlin, Glastonbury, Vernon and Windsor Locks.

Travel Soccer

Eligibility: Boys and Girls that played SWSC Travel during the Fall 2013 season.

Travel teams participate in 2 practice sessions per week and may have 2 or more games per weekend during the season.  Games are played in local towns such as, but not limited to, Wethersfield, Farmington, Avon, Manchester, Simsbury, Glastonbury and Middletown.  Each teams opponents will vary based upon their division and skill level.

Travel teams routinely participate in Soccer Tournaments held in other towns at the coaches discretion. These sessions are not governed by the South Windsor Soccer Club.

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer)

"TOPS" Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based program for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, age four to nineteen, who has a mental or physical disability. The South Windsor TOPS Program started in the Spring of 2000 and has been very successful with many returning players each season.

Each participant is assisted with activities on the field that help with balance, coordination and strength!  Volunteer mentors play an important role in the TOPS program. Mentors, age twelve to adult, are paired with the athletes to help demonstrate drills and foster interactions between players.