U4 TIMBITS: OUTDOOR 2023
For players born in 2019.
Philosophy - "Me and My Ball"
To give players the opportunity to develop basic movement skills in a fun setting, built around informal play and positive reinforcement.
Soccer contributes to the well-being of children by engaging them in the sport while teaching them basic movements. At this introductory level, the objective is to get moving and to keep active.
Fun activities should be used that encourage children to explore their physical abilities whilst including a ball with which to play. These should be activity-based games that emphasize exploration and experimentation with the rolling, spinning, and bouncing qualities of the ball.
The soccer ball should be considered a fun toy!
One weekly session will be led by a Technical Coach from the SPDSA Technical Department along with Jr. Coaches. Parent/Volunteer Activity Leaders will be appointed for the season and will run stations each week, with assistance from the technical staff. Activity Leaders will need to submit a valid Criminal Record Check (current within three years) and provide a team information sheet for their assigned team.
A full season curriculum and individual session plans will be provided electronically for all coaches and activity leaders.
All activity leaders are required to complete Respect in Sports training (current within five years). SPDSA covers the cost of the course for those required to complete it.
The best qualities of an activity leader for this age player are:
Programs are structured following the Canada Soccer and FIFA Preferred Training Model. In this approach, each training session is built around four (4) activity "stations" that the players move through at 10-minute intervals.
The 4 stations focus on:
Season Length: Seven (7) weeks starting May 6, 2023, and ending June 24, 2023 (dates may be subject to change).
Each session will be 45 minutes: four (4) activities of 10 minutes each.
Timbits Soccer Festival: June 10 and 11, 2023.
Day of Play: Saturday mornings in Sherwood Park. (Field location to be determined.)
Sessions will begin at 9:00am or 10:00am. (Start times will be rotated as much as possible. There is no option to choose a start time.)
Registration and Fees
$160 early registration rate until March 3, 2023. Regular rate is $185 until March 24, 2023.
Fee includes shorts, socks, and jersey (players are required to provide shin pads and footwear).