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AYSO Region 718 SOCCER Sycamore, Illinois

U10 Program

  • The U10 Spring/Fall Program is for 8 and 9 year old boys and girls.
  • The Spring U10 Program runs for eight weeks from April-June and the Fall for ten weeks from August-October. U10 Teams participate weekly training sessions and a U10 Game on Saturdays. Teams are Co-Ed in the spring and gender specific in the fall. There is 1-hour weekly training session on weekdays twice a week. Games in the U10 Program are officiated under FIFA Laws of the Game with approved youth modifications for small sided games and substitution policies. ?
  • The last two weeks of our spring and fall sessions are scheduled for League Playoffs. All U10 Parents are strongly encouraged to support all the players on their child's U10 team by planning their schedule to allow their child to participate and contribute to their team during the League Playoffs. ?
  • Players are placed on teams of up to 10 players. U10 teams compete with seven players, one of which is a goalkeeper. Each player plays at least half of every game. Players receive a uniform consisting of a numbered jersey, shorts and socks. Players must wear shin guards and shoes and soccer cleats are recommended.
  • U10 Teams requires a parent volunteer for each assignment of Team Coach, Assistant Coach, and Team Manager (Team Parent). Basic volunteer support for the team will require two parents to volunteer as Regional Referees. Together both Referees will select a minimum number of required game assignments based on their individual calendar, schedule, comfort level, and interest over the coursed of the Spring and Fall U10 Fall Program Schedule.
  • An annual AYSO Volunteer application and one-time Safe Haven Certification is required for all Sycamore AYSO Volunteers. Sycamore AYSO U10 Team Coaches and Assistant Coaches must also complete a U10 Coach Course. Regional Referees must also complete a Basic Referee Course.
  • U10 Teams are scheduled for two weekday training sessions per week for the duration of the their season. U10 training session plans and web based skills video provide readily accessible training session direction and content for the U10 Coach. The U10 Coach Course provides a full spectrum approach to the success of the Team Coach and Assistant Coach in providing a quality Sycamore AYSO U10 Team experience for every player.
  • Parents open to the experience of the Team Coach and Assistant Coach assignment find a great deal of satisfaction in being prepared to coach and manage the training and competitive environment of their child's team as Sycamore AYSO U10 Team Coach or Assistant Coach. Sycamore AYSO U10 Coaches will develop an understanding that competition during match play belongs entirely to the player and the team. Sycamore AYSO U10 Coaches discover that the proper and effective role of a successful coach is positive encouragement, relevant instruction, and observation of individual and team behavior during competition in order to determine the content, priorities, and delivery for subsequent team training sessions. 
  • Parents who are inclined to the scheduling flexibility of the Regional Referee assignment will find a great deal of satisfaction in contributing to a necessary, but distinct aspect of education for players, coaches, and spectators regarding the Laws of the Game and the enhancement that contribution provides to the enjoyment and development . Referee volunteers can be confident that the Sycamore AYSO zero tolerance policy for public criticism of referee performance in the presence of children along with our AYSO Coach training and their own AYSO Referee training will keep any counterproductive spectator behavior to a short lived minimum in order to maximize the educational and developmental benefit if the Laws of the Game to fully develop in our players and coaches.
  • The U10 Program exemplifies to parents the concept that the game of soccer can be taught to their children through play and that with some basic training and experience all parents are capable of creating and managing training and competitive environments where their child and child's team can thrive in the game motivated by their own enjoyment for as long as their child wishes to participate.
  • AYSO Coaching methodology based on player enjoyment and our AYSO Philosophies of Open Registration, Everyone Plays, and Positive Coaching provide a player development model that consistently recognizes that development can only occur when players participate. This AYSO model stands in stark contrast to other player development models that consider the development or anticipated development of the player short sightedly substantiated by desirable competitive outcomes as a condition of participation.
  • Sycamore AYSO is committed to the AYSO Coaching methodology and Player Development Model because it is in the best interests of the player and provides the broadest opportunity for the children in our community to have an accessible and dependable quality soccer program for children of all ages. Our ability to sustain that opportunity depends on parents of U10 players engaging with our AYSO Coaching methodology as volunteer U10 Team Coaches and Assistant Coaches and evaluating the results based on their experience and the enjoyment of their children.

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Sycamore Ayso 718, PO Box 493
Sycamore, Illinois 60178

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