**** SPRING 2016 UPDATE****
The Spring 2016 outdoor season begins Saturday April 9th and will end June 11th. There will be no games Memorial Day Weekend.
The location of each program will not be determined until likely 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the season, so please check back for updates.
Please register prior to February 15th which is when our $25 late fee goes into effect. If you miss that date, then be SURE to register prior to our $100 late fee which takes effect March 15th.
Newton Youth Soccer's Intramural program is an in-town program (no travel to other towns) for boys and girls who want to play soccer with Newtonites from grades one through six. Teams are organized by grade. If enough parents volunteer to help, we can further organize around elementary schools. Children who are Newton residents or who attend Newton schools are eligible to play. We have two seasons. The Fall season runs from the beginning of September to the beginning of November while the Spring runs from the beginning of April to Mid June. Registration typically opens in June for the Fall Season and November for the Spring Season.
The goal of the intramural program is to develop player skills in a fun and engaging environment. To achieve this goal we approach age group development in the following manner:
: We run an "Academy" style program in first grade which plays every Saturday for 1 hour. 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.
As with 1st grade, 2nd grade teams play every Saturday. The first half of every Saturday session is focused 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 4v4 game situation(no goalies) which will encourage many touches on the ball.
Similar to 2nd grade, teams play a game every Saturday. The first half hour of each Saturday session is dedicated to practice followed by a 40 minute game. By 3rd grade games are 6 v 6 with a goalie. 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. Coaches are encouraged to run at least one additional mid week practice of 60-75 minutes in length as their schedules allow.
4th / 5th / 6th 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.
Volunteers Needed -- No Experience Necessary!
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, an assistant or in some other role) please indicate this when you register your child. No experience coaching or playing soccer is required and we will help train you to help the kids.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of our program and we speak from personal experience when we say that both you and the children will benefit enormously from your involvement. 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!