As a league, o
ur mission is to develop sound young men and women that will be role models in their community. Our coaches are dedicated to teaching teamwork and good sportsmanship through the art of soccer.
The tactical aspect of the game is taught primarily through the use of small-sided games with various and progressive objectives. We want our players to learn through game experience, instead of the constant prompting from coaches, so that they become decision makers on the field.
All of our age brackets focus on learning the fundamentals necessary to play the game, as well as teamwork and interpersonal skills, instead of what the final score may be. We take pride in being a recreational league that is able to create a well-rounded young athlete.
We practice every Wednesday at Palencia, then on Saturday mornings, there is a game. We always play and practice at Palencia, and we currently do not travel or play against other leagues. For now, this approach works best for us :)
As far as keeping scores, in the past, we have not posted them or kept track of them over the season. The reason for this is that the team rosters change on a weekly basis, and therefore the scores would not be an accurate representation of standings from week to week. We rotate rosters to ensure that each player is given ample opportunities to learn different skills and approaches from each of our coaching staff members. We also make sure that from the first practice as we meet our players, we do our best to keep the teams as even as possible, based on skill and past experiences.
In the near future, as Villages Soccer grows, having specific teams that are maintained throughout the season has been an option that we're looking into. But for right now, our main goal is to teach the foundation, and coach every player to be their very best, without focusing too much on competing against one another.
Villages Soccer is aware that development takes time. Patience from coaches, parents and players is a key to our success as a whole. We want every single child that enters our club to fall in love with the game and to enjoy and play soccer for life!
What ages can play soccer with Villages Soccer?
The "age group" of a soccer player is determined on August 1 of each year. Your "age group" holds throughout the academic year until the next summer. The youngest players for the Villages Soccer are "U6" which stands for "Under 6. You have to be 4 or 5 years old to play U6.
For 2011-2012 academic year, a child must have been at least 4 years old by July 31, 2011. You have to be 6 or 7 to play U8, etc.
In the Spring and Fall, we run leagues U6 through U18. If you want to sign-up for an upcoming season's program go here: "Sign Up to Play" You can also use this same link to review your existing season's program. We encourage you to go back often to review your family participant's registration and team status information.
Who runs the Villages Soccer?
The Villages Soccer program is a community based organization. Under the guidance of the Beaches Adult Soccer League (www.basl.com), Villages Soccer benefits from their centralized administration and professional management. Being community based, there is almost always some assistance needed with various tasks throughout the seasons, so please feel free to contact us to find out ways to be involved!
Who chooses the coaches?
Our coaches are St Johns County volunteers who love the game and desire to support youth activities in our community. They have been background checked and cleared to work with the community and are eager to help your young athlete excel.
If I sign my child up, how much will s/he get to play?
Our typical seasons are 7-8 weeks long, usually spread over 8-10 weeks because of holidays or weather cancellations. For all players, everybody plays at least half of the game. Beyond that, playing time is determined by the coach, based on a player's practice participation, enthusiasm and the tactical needs of that particular game. The more involved and focused your young athlete is, the more they will get out of our program!
I've heard through the grapevine that Villages Soccer is "competitive". What does that mean?
Currently, Villages Soccer is strictly recreational.
No scores are posted within our house-league program nor are standings kept. We emphasize individual player development rather than winning as a team at these ages. We focus on teaching soccer skills "the right way" in a fun, age-appropriate, game-based environment. We also emphasize the importance of good sportsmanship with players, parents, and referees. There are no tryouts or player evaluations of any sort. You sign up - you play! During the sign-up procedure, we request information on what school your child is attending. We do use this information to try to develop "neighborhood" teams with children attending the same schools if possible. This way your child may recognize a few of their friends within their team. It also allows for the development of an informal middle and high-school feeder system for better development of those school soccer programs.
Where/When will the Villages Soccer games be played?
League games will be played at Palencia Park located within the Palencia Village off of Philips Highway and 9 Mile Road (International Golf Parkway). These games will be conducted on Saturday mornings. We try to arrange games so that players with interests in multiple sports can compete in those sports as well. However, there are times where schedule conflicts cannot be avoided.
Who coaches the teams?
Villages Soccer provides the coaching staff for practice and game-day activities. Please let us know if you are interested in being a parent-coach.
My child has signed up for soccer. When will I hear something?
Updates regarding team assignments and coaching assignments are posted on the www.villagessoccer.com web site and updated regularly. Team and coaching assignments are done based on the date that registration is received. Villages Soccer will contact families approximately 1 week prior to practice. If your child has not been contacted, you are urged to check the web site. If no coach has been assigned to your child, that usually means the club is still working to obtain a volunteer coach. If the club is unable to get a parent or other volunteer to step up, we will work with BASL to provide coaches and trainers to help out and ensure top quality. BASL has over 3000 active adult soccer players in our area, many of them licensed and experienced trainers.
We're going to our first practice next week. What should we bring?
A big smile, a water bottle, shin guards with socks that cover them and a ball! (U5-U8: size 3; U9-U12: size 4; U13+ size 5) Soccer cleats are preferred, but sneakers are acceptable for the youngest ages. Cleats are recommended for U10 and older players. Soccer cleats are different from baseball cleats in that they do not have a central cleat in the front toe area. If you have rubber baseball or multi-purpose shoes that have a central, front cleat, just cut the front stud off. No metal cleats are allowed.
Are there special rules for the younger kids or do they play the regular game?
As part of US Soccer, we play "small-sided games" on smaller fields in our younger age divisions. We strongly endorse these small-sided games because they give greater opportunities for every player to touch the ball and achieve success, something that is critically important for our younger players. There are some other simplifying rules as well. You can see all of them on the appropriate age group program pages, but here are the highlights:
What about tournaments?
Generally, U10 and older teams make the decision whether to play in extra tournaments on their own. Villages Soccer will enter tournaments after the Fall 2012 season. Until then, teams are responsible for their own entry fees.