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U5 Program Information
Soccer is for people of all ages – even the little ones! Several years ago, AYSO created Jamboree, or the U-5 program, for four-year-olds. In Jamboree, children get to play soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, get to participate with them.
In Jamboree, each team is made up of three players and each player will have a parent (or other adult) with them on the field. The children learn soccer skills like kicking, dribbling, and throwing in the ball, but in a low-pressure setting. Jamboree is about exposing children to soccer, not grooming them for college scholarships.
Parents help take turns organizing the teams, setting up fields and supervising the program. While their children are playing, parent volunteers keep time, but interfere with play as little as possible. There are only a few reasons to stop play in Jamboree games. If a child is not playing well with others, or if play must pause for injury, substitution, confusion, or to watch a flock of birds fly by, parents can quickly direct attention back to the game.
In Jamboree, goals are not counted to determine who wins – every player is a winner. Young players need to get a feel for the ball and the field, so even though there are adults all around and many opportunities to offer instruction, the emphasis is on fun and play. Most sessions will follow the format of learning a skill for the first half and then playing a game for the second. It’s a different kind of game in U-5, but the children still wear uniforms, cleats and shin guards. Best of all, they find out that soccer is something they can do.
The U-5 season will begin Sept 27th and end Nov 15th. The 8 week program will be Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm for the Boys and Girls. All sessions will be held at Fair Grove Elementary School.
As mentioned above, each player will need a parent or other adult present during the entire program. The other adult can be a grandparent, Aunt or Uncle, a sibling (16 or older), etc. This will require a completed volunteer application before Sept 20th.
The application can be found at www.eayso.org. You will need to complete the application, sign it electronically and print one copy. Completed applications can then be dropped off at SoccerMart, 622 E. Grand Ave in Arroyo Grande or mailed to PO Box 1166, Arroyo Grande, CA 93421. Please get these in as soon as possible. If you wait till the last minute we may not get your application approved and your child may have to miss the first session.
Uniform and ball pickup will be Saturday, Sept 24nd from 12:00pm – 2:00pm at the Soto Sports Complex by the snack bar. If you can’t make it on the 24nd, you will receive your uniform and ball at the first session on the 27th.
I want to make sure that whether you are new to AYSO or a veteran AYSO parent, that you and your child have the best soccer experience possible. Please contact me with any questions or comments you have. I look forward to seeing you all out on the fields.
Tammy Slocum, Regional Commissioner, Region 83
Our program’s goal is for kids to play soccer, so AYSO mandates that every player on every team must play at least 1/2 of every game. In Region 83 we additionally mandate that no player should play more than 3/4 of a single game until every player has played 3/4 of that game. It’s no fun to spend the game on the side line…and that’s no way to learn soccer!
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