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Welcome Tykes!!

"Tykes" is the name we've given to our instructional program for children from 3 to 8 years old.

The outdoor program is structured around the US Youth Soccer Small Sided Games Initiative.

See the bottom of this page for a link with more information.

Schedules will be posted on each Team's page (see the Teams tab at the top of our home page).
Find your team and then click Schedule on the left menu.


A note to families and friends:
The focus of this program is instruction on the basic techniques of ball control, dribbling and kicking using fun little games the kids can play,
and having fun by playing small sided games, allowing for lots of touches on the ball.

After the initial instructional period on game night, the children are split up into 2 teams and allowed to play a small sided game vs their opponents on the adjacent field. Again, the focus of this game is to keep the ball moving, allowing the children lots of touches on the ball and the opportunity to run around and have lots of fun.

While the U8 level incorporates some of the aspects of the "real game" in that there are goalkeepers and throw ins, with corner kicks and goal kicks being allowed as well. There are no referees, however and there is no focus whatsoever on positional play or hand balls or penalty kicks or free kicks or offside or any other aspects of the "real game." That will come later in U9 travel or U10 house.
See the US Youth Soccer Small Sided Games Initiative linked to below for more information regarding small sided games. 

 
Tykes Outdoor Program Info Flyer
US Youth Soccer Small Sided Games Manual