The CYSA U5/U6 Clinic Program
The goals of the U6 soccer program are to develop an interest in soccer, to introduce basic soccer skills and most of all, to HAVE FUN. All players in the U6 program are between 4 and 6 years old. U6 players are divided into two age groups - Under 5 and Under 6.
Under 5 — These are 4 year old players. Play is on Saturday mornings and consists of one hour of games to get the players comfortable with the soccer ball.
Under 6 — These are typically 5-6 year old players, with many in kindergarten or first grade. Play occurs on Saturday mornings for one and one-half hours. The first hour is spent on drills and skills which help to get the players comfortable with the soccer ball and game. Players are introduced to directional play and putting the ball in the net. The final half hour is spent playing a scrimmage against another team, on a smaller sized field.
Fields — The U6 teams play at South Row Field.
Team and/or Coach Requests — The U6 program is meant to be fun! Therefore, CYSA will attempt to accommodate parental requests for placement of Under 6 players with a particular coach or another player. However, due to the large number of players in the Under 6 program, CYSA can accommodate only one request per child. Requests should be indicated on the child’s registration form.
Coaches — CYSA relies on volunteers to coach teams. The U6 program is the fastest growing program within CYSA. There is a need for coaches for the Under 6 teams. This is a great time for parents to become involved in coaching. Training is provided for coaches prior to and during each season. CYSA welcomes new and experienced coaches into the U6 Program.
Equipment — CYSA provides a shirt for each child participating in the Intramural Program. Parents are expected to provide shorts, adequate footwear (sneakers or soccer cleats) and shin guards.
How do I register? — Click on the Registration Info tab on the CYSA website home page for instructions.
When does the season start? How long is the season? — The soccer season usually starts the Saturday after Labor Day in the fall and the first or second Saturday in April for the spring season. Each season runs for eight or nine weeks.
When will I hear from my coach? — You should hear from your coach one to two weeks prior to the start of the season. If not, please contact the Clinic Director.
I would like to help out. How do I volunteer to coach? — You can volunteer to coach by logging in to your account that you created during registration.
When are practices? — There are no practices at this age level. The clinic sessions run once per week Saturday mornings for 60 minutes with U5 player and 90 minutes for U6 players.
What equipment is needed? — Shin guards are required and must fit under socks. Cleats are strongly recommended, although sneakers are sufficient. Short pants or warmer pants as needed for the weather/temperature conditions. A full water bottle is needed for breaks. CYSA provides shirts for each player to keep. Size 3 balls are brought by the coach for players to use during each session, although having their own ball for use at home is encouraged.