Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer provides a safe and sportsmanlike atmosphere for the youth of Jamaica Plain, Roslindale and surrounding Boston neighborhoods.
 
 
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Dear Jamaica Plain Youth Soccer Fall U10 Families,
 
This message is for all children participating in the Under 10 (3rd and 4th grade) Academy. The U10 Academy includes children who play games on Sunday and those participating in U9 or U10 travel teams who have an additional game on Saturday. Travel team players will also hear directly from their coaches.
 

SCHEDULE

Click here for the Spring 2011 U10 Academy schedule (downloadable PDF version)

Click here for the Spring 2011 U10 Academy Schedule (online version)

There will be two practice sessions for all players from 6 to7 at English High School on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. Children may attend either or both practices. The first practice session is scheduled for the Monday, Monday April 13, 2011. Academy games will be held on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 4 at Pagel Field on Hyde Park Ave. The first game is scheduled for Sunday, April 17th. Check-in commences approximately 15 minutes prior to all sessions. The first travel team game will be Saturday, April 2, 2011. Travel team coaches will provide details about travel team games.
 

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

JPYS is a volunteer organization, and can use any help that you can provide - from a regular weekly commitment, to a one-time shot. This includes greeting kids and sending them to fields, picking up supplies, transporting goals, contacting other parents, fundraising, coaching (training and lots of support provided - you'll never be alone), etc. We all have busy work and family lives, and therefore must rely on each other to share the burden and joy of providing an amazing opportunity for the healthy growth and development of our children. Please consider volunteering. We continue to need more volunteers in all areas. Please contact me – if you can provide any assistance.
 

EQUIPMENT

Official JPYS T-shirts will be distributed at practice sessions during the first week of practice. A marking pen will be available to write your child’s name on the back and front of the T-shirt. Please bring the following equipment to all practices and games:
  • official JPYS T-shirt
  • clothes for running
  • shin guards
  • water bottle
Children should bring their own soccer ball to practice sessions. Size 4 soccer balls are best for U10 children. Please do not bring a ball to the Sunday games.
 

REGULATIONS

  • an adult responsible for the child must be present at the field during all practices and games
  • children must wear shin guards during all practices and games
  • children must check-in upon arrival at the field
  • no coaching from the side-lines – children are learning to make their own “soccer decisions”
  • children are required to “play safe” – no pushing, no running into others
  • no disputing referee or coach decisions – children must learn to accept “bad” calls
  • at the end of the session, players and a parent or guardian must check-out together
  • the session will not commence if it is raining at start time, or if there is lightning in the area
 

JP SOCCER ACADEMY PHILOSOPHY

The JP Soccer Academy in founded on three guiding principles: 1) soccer for kids should be, first and foremost, fun; 2) technique, skill and confidence with the ball, is key; and 3) free play leads to creative play. The program is player-focused and builds from the following progression of soccer logic: 1) develop skills, that allow players to 2) control the ball, which allows teams to 3) control the game, which positions teams to 4) win the game. The program dispenses with some of the regular features of youth programs – identity with one team and one coach, game results, and standings. Such features can lead to a reversal of the logic, such that winning is prioritized above skills development. Unfortunately, children that lose games in a highly competitive program often lose interest in soccer and give up. With a focus on skill development, all children in the program are encouraged to develop their skills at their own pace. With skill development as the goal, all children are winners and will hopefully stay in the game. During games, children are encouraged to apply and experiment with the ball control skills they have practiced during the week. Scores are not recorded and standings are non-existent. Minimal intrusion during games (from coaches and parents) allows children to play freely, make their own soccer decisions, develop creativity and flair, and learn from their mistakes.
 

PRACTICE SESSIONS

Practices involve a period of intense technical training, followed by small group challenges and scrimmages. The first third of practice focuses on individual technique, and trains the children to control the ball with all surfaces of the feet. The second third of practice focuses on skill development with another child, including passing technique and ball protection. The final third of practice involves small group scrimmages (4 versus 4) so that children may apply the practiced skills in a friendly game setting.
 

SUNDAY GAMES

On Sundays, children are organized into teams and play for an hour or more. Teams and games are organized to ensure that children spend no time - or next to no time - watching from the sideline. Games are usually 6 versus 6 with goalies, and teams are re-constituted each week. Children will invariably keep score during the game, but scores are not recorded and standings are non-existent. The objectives of the Sunday game are for the children to apply and experiment with the ball control skills they have practiced during the week, develop creativity and flair, and learn from their mistakes. Children are expected to make their own “soccer decisions” during the game – there is minimal coaching, no parental intervention, and no pressure to “get a result”. Game activity (ball control, ball protection, etc) will be analyzed at appropriate breaks in play, and will be used to guide the subsequent practice session.
 
We look forward to meeting everyone in due course.
 
Peace,
Chris Hoeh
Academy Director
JPYS Board member
617 335 1736
chris81091@comcast.net