Recreation

ABOUT
Our recreation program is the developmental arm of Pinecrest Premier Soccer Club for children ages four through eight.

Teams

PROGRAM FOCUS
The focus of the program is the development of game understanding, quick thinking, comfort taking risks with the ball, independent decision making, perseverance, and FUN! This is not a wins-driven league; there are no standings.  Development of game understanding while fostering fun and a love of the game are the primary goals of the Pinecrest Premier Recreational Soccer program.    Please read this Aspen Institute initiative regarding development over wins.

SEASON
The anticipated timeline for the 2020 SPRING season is as follows:

SPRING 2020 SEASON
Registration Dec 15, 2019-January 17, 2020
Notification by Coach January 31 – February 4, 2020
Practice Begins Week of February 10, 2020
Games Begin February 22, 2020
Games End April 25, 2020

 

AGE GROUPS
Our program consists of four age groups based on school grade level: U5, U6, U7, & U8. Players that are 4 years old will train academy-pool style meaning a club representative will run the training session each week. They will play games each week with the same U5 team.

  • U5 – Pre K Roster Max: 8 players (4 v. 4 no goalkeeper)
  • U6 – Kindergarten Roster Max: 8 players (4 v. 4 no goalkeeper)
  • U7 – 1st Grade Roster Max: 8 players (4 v. 4 no goalkeeper)
  • U8 – 2nd Grade Roster Max: 8 players (4 v. 4 no goalkeeper) 

PRACTICES
Practices are held once a week (second practice optional) at Palmetto Middle School or Pinecrest Gardens. Coaches generally determine practice schedules including days, times, and locations, based on the availability schedule given to the club by the Village and school board.

Practice schedules may be assigned by the club to alleviate overcrowding of fields, if necessary.

GAMES
The location of games is Palmetto Senior High School. All game will take place on Saturdays between 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  Some teams each Saturday will be scheduled for a double-header.

FEES
The registration fee of $260.00 for the SPRING season includes a participation medal, uniform, and state registration fees and supplemental insurance.

REFUNDS 
A request for a refund after registration closes, but before the first game will be subject to a $40 uniform and state association fee. No refunds will be granted after the first game, only a credit for future seasons. Players on a team in which three or more players withdraw are subject to a $50 fee per player.

COACHES
PPSC’s recreation program is a volunteer-coach program. All coaches must be registered and background checked through Gotsoccer.  This is mandatory for any and all individuals that will participate as a coach with Pinecrest Premier Recreational Soccer.  If you would like to coach, please click the Coach Registration link below to register. If you coach your child, we will issue you a registration voucher to waive the registration fee after you have completed the registration and background check.

Click below for Coach Registration 

Click below for our 2020 SPRING Program Player Registration

The regular registration period for the SPRING session is open NOW and will close on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 4PM. Please note the SPRING session practices begin on FEBRUARY 8, 2020.

THESE RULES NEED TO BE UPDATED TO REFLECT THE 2019/2020 RULES (ATTACHED)
  1. Official U5/U6 Playing Rules Read More
  2. Official U7/U8 Playing Rules Read More

Coach Resources
Pinecrest Premier’s Recreation Program features small-sided games in each of the age groups.

  • Key Elements of Small Sided:
    • Fewer players competing on a smaller sized field.
    • Fun games that involve the players more because fewer players are sharing one ball.
    • A definite, observable developmental impact on our younger soccer players.
    • 4 v. 4 with NO goalkeeper at all Pinecrest Recreational age groups

Why Small-Sided Games?

  1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)
  2. Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less-complicated decisions during the game! (Tactical development)
  3. Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space in which they are playing! (Reduced field size)
  4. Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! Less players on the field and less players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to feel worthy and need to feel important)
  5. Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
  6. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on both sides of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
  7. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals! (Pure excitement)

These are the reasons why we must foster “Small-Sided Games” in our youth soccer programs. The “Small-Sided” environment is a developmentally appropriate, FUN environment that places the focus on our young soccer players.

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