The Wilton Soccer Association is dedicated to providing Wilton children, their families and the community with a positive soccer experience at all skill levels that emphasizes having fun, building character through sportsmanship, coaching excellence, te

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Spring 2012
   
 In cooperation with Wilton Soccer Association (WSA), the common goal in the K-2nd grade intramural program for Mickey Kydes Soccer (MKS) is for players to have fun, problem solve, develop basic soccer and life skills in a structured environment. Our K-2nd grade intramural soccer program is an all inclusive and non-competitive soccer experience, and regarded as the foundation of the overall town soccer program.
 
MKS has over 17 years of on field experience and oversees WSA's K-2nd grade weekly intramural soccer clinics. MKS curriculums are customized taking in to consideration the children's developmental stages, with an emphasis on soccer skills, decision making, responsibility, sportsmanship and fun.  MKS sole focus on the children, structured and organized environment, and skill development, ensures that that each child participating in our clinics develops a love for the game, has fun, feels good, and can't wait to come back for the next time.


***All 2nd grade practices on Friday May 18th will be held at Landmark instead of Allen's Meadow.


  
We have moved the dates of the season out 1 week because the fields will not be open until April 1st.

Mickey Kydes will be having a parent coach clinic on Friday April 27th for all coaches.  Bring your kids.  there will be some fun things for them to do also. 


Coaches meeting will be held on April 4th at 7:30 pm at Comstock room 18- Tee shirts and bags will be handed out to the parent coach that night. 


Please note the following dates are subject to change based on weather and field availability.
Late Fee will apply: ON March 1, 2012
Information will be distributed by the parent coaches: the week of March 26th
First week of practice: April 2, 2012
First game: Saturday April 7, 2012   
Please note there will be scrimmages on Saturday April 7th (Easter weekend) for all who are available to play
Last game: Saturday June 9, 2012 (10 week session)
Photo Day: Saturday April 28, 2012 ***Schedule will be sent out on Wednesday April 25th.


*** We are planning on having practices the week of April break (16-20th) for all those who are available to attend. 

****Changes to our practice schedule**** All practices are being held on Allen's #4
MU6- (kindergarten boys) Monday 5:30-6:30
GU6-(kindergarten girls) Monday 4:15-5:15
MU7- (1st grade boys) Wednesday 5:30-6:30
GU7-(1st grade girls) Wednesday 4:15-5:15
MU8-(2nd grade boys) Friday 5:30-6:30
GU8- (2nd grade girls) Friday 4:15-5:15
Please note- these are the only practice days and times.

***There will no longer be friend requests for teams since all the kids will be practicing together for each age group and we are balancing the teams for Saturday games. 
 
Game schedule for Saturday mornings:
GU6- kindergarten girls  10:45am (Kindergarten) Allen's 4
MU6- kindergarten boys Noon (Kindergarten) Allen's 4
GU7- 1st girls 9:30 am (1st Grade) Allen's 4
MU7- 1st boys 8:15 am (1st Grade) Allen's 4
GU8- 2nd girls 8:30, 9:45, 11:00am, 12:15 pm and 1:30pm- times vary depending on the number of teams (2nd Grade) Landmark Field
MU8- 2nd boys 8:30, 9:45, 11:00am, 12:15 pm and 1:30pm - times vary depending on the number of teams (2nd Grade) Landmark Field
  
Girls will be on field A (closer to school), boys will be on Field B (closer to Rt 7)


   

General Information:

  • Designed for children in Kindergarten thru 2nd grade
  • 2 seasons: Fall and Spring  Generally 10 weeks long depending on field availability
  • Practices are run by professional soccer coaches 1 hour long 1 day a week
  • Games are coached by parent volunteers
  • Fall and Spring Seasons include a practice during the week and a game on Saturday
  • Practices are by grade and gender at a specific time during the week
  • Teams are balanced for competitive parity- we do our best!
  • Teams are rostered by the League Director
  • Grades K - 2 teams play each other in town
  • Every effort is made to be inclusive for all who want to play

  
Registration information-
  • During registration- please make the following for grades- kindergarten- 0, 1st- 1, 2nd- 2
  • Medical Info- Medical authorizations are now completed online at registration.  There are no medical forms to gather; however, registration information given to you contains confidential information and may not be disclosed to players or other parents in the case of grades 2 and up. 
  • WSA Code of Conduct- Please ensure that parents read this form because you are agreeing to it during the registration process. 
  • Each team will be assigned a soccer team name in hopes that they will learn and watch this team throughout the season.
Uniforms & Equipment-
  • Tee shirts will be handed out before the first game
  • Shorts - While not required, most children wear blue shorts.
  • Socks - Soccer socks are to be worn over the shin guards.
  • Footwear – Cleats are not required. If they have cleats great, if not, sneakers will suffice. Absolutely NO baseball cleats with the "center front" cleat on the shoe.  This is for safety reasons. 
  • No jewelry should be worn during any games or practices
  • U6, U7 & U8 all use a Size 3 ball. U9 and above use Size 4 or 5 ball.
  • IMPORTANT!!ALL PLAYERS MUST WEAR SHIN GUARDS. IF YOUR CHILD HAS NO SHIN GUARDS THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO PLAY. All done for their safety of course.
Practice Information-
  • Please note in the fall we cannot run the season any longer because it gets too dark at night for practices and Parks & Rec close the fields for the winter.
Game information-
  • If your team has assigned a snack schedule- I would recommend only having the families bring a healthy snack for half time
  • Referees (U8): Remind players of the role of the referees – they are to help the kids learn the rules of the game and to ensure that play is safe.  Make sure players and parents know they are to listen to the refs, not argue with them – Be a role model of this behavior!
  • Timing: The referee and the teams must be at the field 15 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time. If there is no referee present at kick-off time, the two coaches will appoint an acting referee and the game will start on time. Cases where a referee does not appear, or is late should be reported to the League's Referee Coordinator and the Vice President of Intramurals.
  • Sidelines: Parents and spectators on one side of the field, coaches and players on the opposite side of the field.  Not more than two adults per team are allowed on the players' side of the field.
  • Substitutions: Substitutions may be made at ANY stoppage in play as long as permission is received from the referee.  All subs will enter the field of play from the mid-line after the referee waves them in
  • Overtime: No overtime will be played if the game is tied at the end of regulation play.
  • Duties of the Referees (U8 and older leagues): (1) Enforce the rules of the game. (2) Be the official timekeeper for each match. (3) Use yellow cards for warnings and red cards for eject ions. All complaints about refereeing should be made to the Vice President of Intramurals. Many of our referees are learning and deserve the support of coaches, parents and players. Referees are to be treated courteously at all times.
  • The WSA is committed to sportsman like competition in an encouraging environment.  To that end, please remember the “6 point rule”:  if your team is ahead by 6 points, please take action to give the other side a fair chance to score.  Ideas include – requiring your team to only use their left foot, team must have 3 direct passes before scoring, switch strikers with defenders
  • Equal Playing Time for all players: An integral part of the philosophy of the intramural program is that all players should play an equal amount of time in each game, regardless of skill level.
  • www.wiltonsoccer.info Please commit the following number to memory or at least place it on your fridge: 221-2216. If there is inclement weather, these will be your resources, for both practices and games, to know whether the fields are open. Coaches will not be contacting parents in this situation.  Field closure is also on the home page of the Website and is updated at the same time as the phone line. Please note it will be updated by 7 am on Saturdays and 1 pm during the week. If you hear a date that has past then there are no new updates and it will be updated when we hear from Parks and Rec.  They are the ones who open and close all fields.   
  • Lost and Found- there is a menu tab on the WSA website homepage labeled “Exchange”.  In this section you can post found or lost items.  We hope you find this useful. 
  • Trash: Please clean up any trash around the field after your games (even if it was there when you arrived).
     


  
 Soccer is both great exercise for the kids and lots of fun. Fun being the key word at this age. The philosophy of Wilton soccer is Have fun, be safe, and Have fun.
 

 
WiltonSoccer Association
Intramural Coaching Guidelines
www.wiltonsoccer.info


 
  • Have fun – this applies to you and to the kids. 
  • Positive coaching model – mastery of the fundamentals first, and success will follow
  • Emphasis on effort, learning, feedback, respect and love of the game
 
 Promote and model good sportsmanship. 
  • Teach the laws of the game; demonstrate respect for the spirit as well as the letter of the rules
  • Ensure that the kids, coaches & parents respect the referees whether or not they agree with the call
  • Don’t forget the handshakes and other rituals that reinforce this message.
 Build knowledge of the game
  • In practices, develop skills with games or drills, reinforce them with scrimmages
  • Emphasize drills with many touches, avoid waiting in line drills.
  • Test progress by observing the games – identify things to work on in future games
  • Focus on the fundamentals – passing, ball control, shooting, defense
  • Use small sided games, where players have lots of touches
  • Keep expectations appropriate to the age group you are coaching
 Foster the sense of team and teamwork
  • Ensure players have equal playing time
  • Rotate positions, especially at the younger levels
  • Emphasize player-player communication
 
 Safety guidelines
  • Check over the field before practices and game and remove any trash, rocks, etc.
  • Make sure two adults are present at all practices & games – in event of injury, one can stay with the injured player and the other can attend to the rest of the team.  One of the adults will be the MLS trainer in most cases.  The other adult should be the parent coach or the Parent on Duty. 
  • In the event of an injury, notify your league director, who can in turn notify the WSA board members
 Game Day
  • Have team arrive 15 minutes prior to scheduled start to warm up and get organized
  • Start and end on time; other teams will be waiting to take the field
  • Parents on one side of the field; coaches & teams on the other side – no more than 2 coaches on the sidelines on game day please!
  •  Encourage parents to cheer good plays, but not to yell out instructions – you want to avoid confusing players and to keep the players focused on what you, the coach, are trying to teach.