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FUNdamentals (U6-U8) Program

What is Fundamentals?

Although sometimes we may mistake 6-8 year-olds for little adults, they are clearly not little adults. They have many years of childhood and development to enjoy before they are able to look at life in a similar fashion to adults. The reason for this is that they need time to intellectually, emotionally, and physically develop. Although we do live in the same world, when seen through our own eyes, the world both adults and children experience is quite different. In order to fully understand these wonderful children and to make practices run as smoothly and happily as possible, it is extremely important for us to understand the characteristics about U6-U8 children.

How do We Do This?

The physical attributes indicated below should be introduced and developed through FUN games and activities. While each team requires a volunteer (parent) coach, the Kingston Clippers provide trained technical coaches to support the volunteer coaches in delivering the program.

The cost of this program is $175 and all players receive a uniform and a soccer ball.

Continue with development of physical skills introduced in the Active Start phase, i.e. running, jumping, hopping, skipping, throwing, catching etc.

AGILITY, BALANCE AND COORDINATION (ABC’S)

  • can be developed during warm-ups, cool downs and games

STAMINA (ENDURANCE)

  • Very low priority Developed through FUN activities and small sided games

STRENGTH

  • Very Low Priority but can be developed through FUN activities and games that work with the child’s body weight (as opposed to weights and formal exercises)

SPEED

  • 1st window of speed trainability Coaches should stimulate and encourage fast cadence of movement, developing linear, lateral and multi- directional speed using FUN games and exercises

SUPPLENESS/FLEXIBILITY

  • Introduce exercises that mimic movements that are required in sport e g dynamic stretching Should include whole body movements, shoulders, trunk, hips, knees

ACCELERATION

  • Should be developed using FUN games that use acceleration as a part of the activity

REACTION

  • Can be introduced and developed in conjunction with Speed and Acceleration, in FUN games and activities.

BASIC MOTOR SKILLS

  • As per Agility, Balance and Coordination introduce in FUN games and activities

PERCEPTION AND AWARENESS

  • Introduce and develop playing small-sided games

OTHER SPORTS

  • Children should participate in other activities and sports to help FUNdamental movement skills

Summer 2018 Schedule

Role of the Parents

Before practice

  • Ensure your child has eaten and has had enough rest.
  • Ask your child if they have all their “kit” and a water bottle.

During your child’s practice

  • Support the coach with praise and encouragement.
  • Praise effort don’t criticize mistakes.

After your child’s practice

  • Praise the effort your child has given.
  • Ask if they had fun.
  • Give them food and a drink.
Kingston Clippers Soccer Club

Kingston Clippers Soccer Club

Phone: 613-384-6196