Mini Soccer (U4-U10)

Our goal is to provide young players with the opportunity to have fun playing soccer while at the same time learning the fundamentals of the game.  We hope that our young players develop a love for the game and develop the skills to play on our competitive teams.



Antigonish Celtics Soccer Club is happy to offer Parent - Player  soccer for our U4, U5 and U6 programs and mini soccer for U8 and U10
 
Parent-Player is designed to provide a fun and developmental soccer experience for our littlest players and their families, creating a strong love for the game of soccer.
 
The focus of the program is to develop physical literacy through activities that include running, jumping, balancing, kicking, throwing and landing, in a fun setting built around informal play and positive reinforcement (Soccer Canada).  This approach helps encourage our player’s overall skill development, confidence and motivation, which supports happy, healthy children, who are active for life.   
 
We want to introduce soccer, but most importantly, we want to have fun and help keep our community active! 
 
Each player is required to have a parent participate with them.  For us, parents’ participation serves several purposes: 

  • It creates a more focused environment for your child.  It allows for extra hands and increased direction on the field, giving your child more time with the ball, on task.    
  • We want our parents to grow their skills too.  Activities learned on the field can easily be taken home for backyard, active play with your child.  
  • Since parents are on the field playing, they are increasing your confidence and ability to be a potential coach in the future.  The idea that ‘I’ve never played soccer before’ as a barrier from would-be, future parent coaches is more likely removed as you participate with your child.     Adapted from:  http://furmanunited.com/recreation/parents-tots

 

U4 Parent and Player  (2015) - The U4’s play on Thursday evening from 5:30-6:15 at the Central Sports Field.  It is set up as a parent-player program.  Parents MUST be on the field as there will only be a limited number of coaches to help organize the session between the parent and player.  The club will give your player a pair of shorts and socks to keep.  They will get a jersey the 1st night and pass it back in on the last night.  They do not need shin pads or cleats.
Cost:  $85.00      Duration:  10 Weeks, 1 session per week
 
U5/U6 Parent and Player  (2013/2014) – These ages play Thursday nights from 5:30-6:30 at the Central Sports field. Parents are needed  to be on the field with their child and coaches are asked to involve parents as much as possible in the sessions. players.   The program follows the Canadian Preferred Training Method and consists of a mixture of games and exercises created to develop physically literate players.  All teams are co-ed and U5 are not mixed with U6s. The players are still in the early stages of Physical Literacy therefore emphasis is on learning body control while creating individual relationships between the player and ball. This relationship includes the beginning stages of learning how to run with the ball, stop and change direction.  Also, passing /receiving/shooting over short distances and introductory goalkeeping skills.  The club will give your player a pari of shorts and socks to keep.  They will get a jersey the 1st night and pass it back in on the last night.  They do not need shin pads or cleats.
Cost: $95.00       Duration: 10 weeks, 1 session per week

U8 (2011/2012) – Monday and Wednesday 5:30-6:30 Central Sports Field
Objectives:  The goal of the U8 mini program is to provide a high energy athletic experience that includes focus on the fundamentals of soccer (ball mastery, dribbling, passing, 1v1, & shooting).
Program: The U8 program have groups divided by gender. Each night will run using a jamboree format and players will rotate through a series of 6-9 stations (depending on registration numbers) with a maximum time of 6 minutes per station.  Every second station will be a 4v4 game (or adjusted to 3v3 or 5v5 as numbers warrant).  All other stations will be drills with no more than one progression.  We want to keep the amount of instruction low and let the game be the teacher.  Music will be played each night to help keep the energy high.
Cost:  $120.00      Duration: 10 weeks, 2 sessions per week
 
U10 (2009/2010) – Monday and Thursday 7-8pm Central Sports Field
Objectives:  The goal of the U10 program is to provide a high energy athletic experience that includes focus on the fundamentals of soccer (ball mastery, dribbling, passing, 1v1, & shooting).
Program:   The U10 program have teams divided by gender. Players will be divided into teams at the beginning of the season. Each night will run using a jamboree format and players will rotate through 4-6 mini-games (depending on registration numbers) with a maximum time of 15 minutes per mini-game. Each session will end with a 6v6 game. Music will be played each night to help keep the energy high
Cost:  $120.00      Duration: 10 weeks, 2 sessions per week