RECREATIONAL SOCCER (U12) (BIRTH YEARS 2007/2008)
Recreational (Rec) Soccer continues building agility, stamina, and strength with more emphasis on the rules of the game and friendly competition. Practices are designed to build teamwork, fitness, skills, and the will to win.
These teams participate in the Farmington Valley Leauge which is made up of Rec teams from nearby towns including Avon, Burlington, Canton, Farmington, Granby, Simsbury, and other towns as teams are available. Games are generally on Saturday mornings. Occasionally there is one Sunday afternoon game per season. The season is generally 8-10 weeks with 4 games played at home and 4 games played away, however, the length of the season and number of games is subject to change. Rec schedules are announced as soon as they become available.
Rec Soccer teams generally meet two evenings during the week for 60-90 minute practices. Practices are frequently shortened by darkness in late Fall. Start times are usually dictated by the coaches work schedule and availability of volunteers to assist with setting up for practice.
Each coach will introduce new rules, tactics, and skills at an appropriate pace. Rules will be enforced more strictly in U12 than they were in U10. It is stil encouraged for coaches and officials to explain a rule when a teaching moment arises. Positions, formations, and on-field tactics will be explained further while continuing to developed already learned skills. Off-sides, indirect and direct free kicks will enforced in games.
Rec soccer uniforms consist of a HYSA jersey. Jerseys are handed out at the beginning of the Fall Season. If you do not participate in the Fall, you will be provided a Jersey in the Spring. Rec jerseys are required for games. Players are responsible for shorts, socks, shin guards, and cleats. Coaches may request players wear matching shorts and socks on game days.
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