Since 1980 Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club has used its Youth Recreational Soccer Program to create an environment where players ages 2- 13 can learn how to play, improve upon their skills, and learn to love the game of soccer. Fun is at the heart of everything we do and we pride ourselves on sportsmanship and development.
The Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club Youth Program strives to develop youth soccer players by providing a fun and safe training environment, in which the players learn the technical and tactical aspects of the game.
Each Youth Session is different in length. We have two 4-8 week sessions (Fall and Spring) and two 9-10 week sessions (Winter I & Winter II). You have the luxury of choosing your practice time, which is the constant throughout the session. All games are played on Saturdays at MVSC. Prices depend on the age of the player. Register online at www.mockingbirdsoccer.net
The primary goal of this program is to develop basic motor skills and gain many touches on the ball. Symbolism plays an important role in nearly every practice activity, helping to establish a fun, nurturing atmosphere for the children. All activities include every player, and the coach takes an active role in each game. Below is brief synopsis to our approach for each age:
• Mommy & Me for 2’s - games that are designed to stimulate creativity which involve children and their parents.
• 3’s - as coaches, we want the players to associate a positive experience with playing soccer. We also want to enforce boundaries, and help players understand and follow simple instructions. Finally, we lay the groundwork by establishing a comfort level with the ball at your feet for all players.
• 4’s - practice games are designed to introduce the basics of dribbling, kicking and some goalkeeping as well. Passing and shooting are rarely incorporated in our curriculum for this age. They are introduced to 4 v 4 "real game" at each practice, to understand the game at its most basic stage. Sportsmanship, field boundaries, and directional play are important building blocks for these young stars.
• 5’s - After practicing once a week as 4 year-olds, the 5 year-olds now play games on Saturdays. Coaches reinforce proper technique when striking the ball, and we introduce passing, shooting, and shielding at this age. We challenge players with new ball control exercises such as using various surfaces of the foot, teaching step-ups, pendulums (tick-tocks), hopovers. Target games, such as knocking down cones and shooting in various goals are very popular. Some players show a greater understanding of the game itself, and showcase their talents during games on Saturdays.
The coaches play an active role in the overall positive experience of these future stars. We allow the players input to help evolve our games into creating the best possible atmosphere in which to learn.
Each age group has a curriculum specifically designed to teach players the skills that are age appropriate.
Youth Program Overview:
The Mockingbird Valley Soccer Club Youth Recreational Program provides a place for youth soccer players of all skill levels to develop and improve on the basic soccer skills. It is our goal to build confidence and above all, strive to increase youth players passion for the game by creating and an enjoyable learning environment.
6 & 7 Year Olds
8 & 9 Year Olds
10 & 11 Year Olds
12 & 13 Year Olds
Each age group has a curriculum specifically designed to teach players the skills that are age appropriate. Please call us for more details: 502.896.2414.