The intramural program is an in-town program (no travel to other towns) for boys and girls from grades one through six. Teams are organized by grade and children who are Newton residents or who attend Newton schools are eligible to play. There are two seasons, Fall which runs from the beginning of September to mid November and Spring which runs from the beginning of April to Mid June. Registration typically opens up in June for the Fall Season and November for the Spring Season.
The Spring, 2014 intramural program will run from April 5th through June 14th with no games scheduled over Memorial Day Weekend.
The goal of the intramural program is to develop player skills in a fun and engaging environment. To this goal we approach age group development in the following manner:
1st grade: We run an "Academy" style program in first grade which plays every Saturday. Players are assigned a time slot which will remain unchanged each week (they will not be assigned to a team). Each session will be run by a professional coach and will be a split between skill training and small sided games. The focus of our first grade program is to establish a solid foundation of ball skills for all players which will serve as their building blocks for years to come.
2nd grade: As with 1st grade, 2nd grade teams play every Saturday. The first half of every Saturday session is focussed on skill development led by professional coaches who follow a US Soccer developed skill curriculum. The second half of each session is devoted to games coached by their NYS parent volunteer where the children can apply the skills they have just learned in a game situation which will encourage many touches on the ball.
3rd grade: Teams play a game every Saturday and have 1 practice during the week. Games are 6 v 6 and are 60 minutes long (2 x 30 min halves). Practices will be run by your team's volunteer coach on a day/time/location decided by said coach. An age appropriate curriculum will be provided to each coach to ensure key skills are being taught across each age group.
4th / 5th / 6th grade: Teams play a game every Saturday and have 1 practice during the week. Games are 6 v 6and are 60 minutes long (2 x 30 min halves). Practices will be run by your team's volunteer coach on a day/time/location decided by said coach. An age appropriate curriculum will be provided to each coach to ensure key skills are being taught across each age group.
As with all volunteer organizations we rely on the time many of you commit to help coach. If you are interested in coaching (as a head coach or an assistant) please indicate this on your child's registration form. No experience coaching or playing soccer is required. At all levels we will provide you with a curriculum and coaching tips to help you through your season and to provide a positive experience for your team and for you!
Spring 2014 Update -- Field Assignments:
1st Grade -- Albemarle
2nd Grade -- Forte
3rd Grade -- Brown/Oak Hills
4th-6th -- Highlands