Active Start (U4-U6)

Stage One - Active Start (U4-U6)

Age: Girls-u4-u6 / Boys-u4-u6

Overview

From 0-6 years, boys and girls need to be engaged in daily active play. Through play and movement, they develop the fundamental movement skills that will provide the foundation for learning fundamental sports skills at older ages. 

From ages 0-6 years, children need to be introduced to unstructured active play that incorporates a variety of body movements. Children this age need to develop the ABCs of movement – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed.

 

The ABCs are essential for developing fundamental movement skills, and fundamental movement skills will later provide the foundation for fundamental sport skills. Together, fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills form the basis of physical literacy.

Details

At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Informal games can be set up at the end of practices or as part of a jamboree mixing exercising and games. Play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.

GOAL: Encourage child activity and develop basic motor skills.

TECHNICAL: Introduce individual skills. Dribbling with all parts of the foot, combined with simple techniques for changing direction (turns, drag backs). Basic shooting where players experience success and the thrill of a goal!

TACTICAL: No tactical instructions. Emphasis on the individual.

PHYSICAL: Provide a fun setting and simple mode of play that develops basic movement skills in running, jumping, kicking, throwing and catching. MENTAL: Fun and passion for play. Experience success and build confidence by receiving positive recognition.

LIFESTYLE: Enjoy a variety of sports and physical activities.

PERSONAL: Positive attitude and self-esteem.

GOALKEEPING: No goalkeepers at this age. All players should learn the basic techniques of ball handling at different heights (not high balls) and throwing with one and two hands on the ground and in the air. Footwork is introduced including side-skip to get in line with the ball. Introduce diving from a kneeling position.

Gorge Programs

At this stage, players should participate in stimulating practices and games that develop basic technical skills in a FUN atmosphere. The emphasis should be movement exercises and games that promote a feel for the ball while teaching basic principles of play within a fun but structured setting. Informal games can be set up at the end of practices or as part of a jamboree mixing exercising and games. Play equal time and try all team positions, including goalkeeper, and equal time should be allotted to practices and games.

Ref: Canadian Long Term Player Development (LTPD) – Active Start

Age Group

4 and 5 year olds

Birth years 2010 and 2009

Note: Gorge is flexible on age and gender groups and placement – we want the player to be with a group where they will feel comfortable/confident and have success.  We think they should be placed with “like” players (like skill/ability, like motivation, like physicality, like maturity). 

Some call this soft-tiering … Gorge calls it, player-centric.

Gender:

Gender separate teams are preferred

We will also have some mixed/co-ed team for those requesting this.

Season: Mid-September to early-April (24 weeks)
Schedule:

Training: -- nil --

Games: Saturday Morning: 830am / 930am / 1030am / 1130am

Cost: $175.00
Equipment:

Jersey (t-shirt) supplied

Shorts and shoes (runners are fine as players are on turf or in gym)

Shin guards are not mandatory.

Primary Goals:

Fun!!

Physical literacy, exercise, coordination, decision making, confidence, teamwork, motivation, and basic ball skills.

Our experienced Active Start Program Coordinator will help guide parents and coaches to help each child feel the joy of accomplishment while encouraging their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development in a soccer related environment.  Participants will experience exercise, movement and team sports through a series of games that are centred on a soccer ball.  Later in the season we will have a gradual introduction to competition through 1v0, 1v1 and 2v2 situations.

Participants can expect a Coach to Player Ratio of 1:5 ...  but hopefully 1:1 if parents jump in!

Parents are encouraged to stay and assist with the guidance of club coaches.  Our U5/6 training involves the parents, so both player and parent can have fun while developing their skills, and so you can support your child outside of practice time.  Throughout the season, we will also support interested parents in beginning coach training.  If you’re interested in becoming a coach please let the coordinator for your age group know.

Example of a standard lesson plan (based on CSA's LTPD Active Start)

  • First 5 min –free time for players and parents to settle in – with communication time and team building
  • Physical literacy component - game of tag, relay races, stop and go type activities
  • Technical development component - mini games focused on fun and interaction with the ball
  • Game play - mini games with 1-3 players against each other for a short period of time
  • Last 5 min - free time for players and parents or a repeat of a previously liked game