Under 8 teams play 6 v 6 which includes the goal keeper. They will practice two days a week (coaches preference) Most coaches start at 6:00 PM and go to 7:30 PM but it is up to the individual coach. They play four 12 minute quarters on match day.
Players start to learn player positions and what each positions "job" is on the field and how to help their team mates. The major focus remains on having fun, developing foot skills, coordination and agility, making friends. The player is still learning the rules of the game. All fouls are indirect at this age (ball must touch someone before a goal is made on a free kick), an incorrect throw in can be repeated once before losing position. The referee at this age group provides "instruction" when a player makes an error in how they "win the ball" or tackle incorrectly. This age group still has a hard time staying focused and paying attention. They need to stay active on the field (pitch). They can get discouraged when having difficulty learning a new skill and needs positive encouragement. They really enjoy practice at home with their parents.
Each Team needs PARENT VOLUNTEERS to help the coach. Parent Volunteers are needs to BE A COACH, be a TEAM PARENT (Manager) who helps keep things organized, HELP WITH cutting the U8 field, help line the U8 field. Team parents make arrangements for snacks and drinks after match play (games), contacting parents about game or practice changes when the coach needs help, handing out uniforms and other managing duties.
Okolona U8 teams play against Fern Creek teams, who's fields are just 10-15 minutes away from our fields, and against other Okolona U 8 teams. Fern Creek makes up the schedule. You can expect the coach to contact you in mid February for the start of spring practice. Season last about eight weeks (8 games) First match is usually 3rd weekend of March. (subject to change especially due to spring's unpredictable weather)
What the Players will need:
#3 soccer ball
Shin guards are mandatory (no practice or match play without them)
Soccer socks that go OVER the shin guards
Soccer cleats (shoes) also called "boots". Sneakers will work at this age group but cleats are preferred
(The club has outgrown soccer cleats that if they fit any player may have to use; they are kept in the club house)
Water and lots of it. Please no soda, Gatorade, power or sport drinks) They don't need it at this age
All jewelry should be removed prior to practice/match. No ear rings, bracelets, hard hair clips. Long hair should be held back in a tie so to keep it out of the face.
What Parents will need:
Please make sure the players name is on their ball, water and any other equipment
Dress your player for the weather. Layers are best especially in the spring with the unpredictable weather
Get your player to practice and match on time and ready to go. Contact the coach if you will be late or unable to make it
If you are not sure of something please ask your coach. Make sure you have cell number and e-mail for your coach
Be ready to help out your coach and the team in any way you can so everyone has a successful and fun filled season.