4U Playground

Our 4U Playground Program is for very small children and loved by everyone!  It’s the first year of introductory soccer for children who are approximately 3 years old during the Fall season.  The Schoolyard Program was developed with the assistance of child psychologists and US Soccer.  The objective of the program is to provide young players and their parents with a “pressure free” introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer.  At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little or no practice and a minimal time commitment.

The Playground Program is a unique program designed to develop children by focusing on improving a child’s fundamental motor skills in a fun, parent participatory atmosphere utilizing age appropriate activities and storybook adventures.  It is a 7-week Soccer-based skills Development Program for players age 3 who would like to have fun in a soccer environment.  Players meet only ONE time per week on Saturday for 1 hour. This program was designed by child development and soccer experts to give your child a foundation for sports success.  Your player will hop, skip, jump, run, throw, balance, kick…and play.

Key Points

  • No practices during the week
  • Time: 3pm-4pm
  • Location: TBD
  • 4v4 games end every session
  • There are 8 weekends of activities spread over 9 weekends in the Fall (with one “off” weekend in October).  In 2018, the program starts on Saturday, September 8 and ends on Saturday, November 10.
  • Children aren’t assigned to a “team” but instead focus on individual and limited group activities.
  • A Master Coach from UK International Soccer will lead the Schoolyard sessions
  • Players are separated into groups who will need Parent Assistant Coaches. UK Coaches oversee the groups and Parent Assistant Coaches.
  • Each player will receive a trophy at the end of the year.

Key highlights of this program:

  • Great Introduction to Soccer
  • Age appropriate Skill Development
  • 7 weekly 1 hour High Energy Fun Activities. Program starts on Sept. 16th and ends on November. 4th.
    All kids receive an AYSO jersey,
  • No practices during the week
  • Time: 4pm-5pm
  • Location: Victory Park 2575 Paloma St, Pasadena, CA 91107
  • No session on October 28th.
  • Children aren’t assigned to a “team”.

Equipment

Each player receives a uniform (jersey, shorts & socks), since it is part of the fun to get dressed up for “the game”. The uniforms are identical for all players. Each player should have their own ball (size 3), shin guards and a water bottle. Shin guards are mandatory. Soccer cleats are not required.

Note:  Playground is NOT a mini World Cup experience.   Your child will not be playing actual soccer games.  This program is heavy on motor skills development and not on competitive soccer.  Come enjoy watching your little one learn the beauty of learning to play.

AYSO Philosophies

Everyone Plays
Balanced Teams
Open Registration
Positive Coaching
Good Sportsmanship
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