Micro soccer begins for players turning age 4 ("U5") through age 7 ("U8") by December 31st. Players learn a little bit about soccer and competition but mostly how to have soccer fun!
Uniforms: Uniforms are included in the registration costs. Two jerseys (one white and one green), black shorts, and green socks. The only items that are not included and have to be purchased by the parent are cleats and shin guards. Cleats need to be soccer cleats and not have a cleat near the tip of the toes like those on baseball cleats.
Team Formation: Coaches should get team rosters by the end of June but almost always by late July. Teams have at most 8 players. Games are played "4v4", with four players from each team on the field at a time.
Age Groups: Teams are formed based upon age (U5, U6, U7, and U8). The cutoff date for determining age is Dec 31st. For example U8 means "Under 8", and no child on the team or on the other team will be 8 years old or older, almost all the kids will be 7 years old, although those with October, November, December birthdays might be 6. U5, U6, and U7 are treated similarly.
Gender: Teams are formed by gender and play teams of the same gender. On rare occasions and at the parent's request, the club may place a girl on a boy's team but this decision is made on a decision by decision basis.
Practices: Usually start the first week of August and usually go until late October. Practice days, times, frequency, and location are decided mostly by the coaches. The coach is the primary person volunteering their time and effort, so we let them have a lot of leeway. Normally for U5-U8 (4 to 7 year old) teams, coaches will have practices twice a week (Mon & Wed or Tue & Thu). Some coaches add in a Friday practice and some even have a Saturday practice until games start. Practices will all be on a South Kitsap School District field.
Game Schedules: Schedules usually are published the day after Labor Day and start the weekend after Labor Day Weekend. The U7 and U8 teams might have a few games outside of South Kitsap (Belfair and Central Kitsap) depending on if we have enough teams in that gender and age group.
Game time and Play time: Games are four 10-minute quarters for 40 minutes of play time. A 2-minute break between the 1st & 2nd quarters, a 5-minute halftime between 2nd & 3rd quarters, and a 2-minute break between 3rd and 4th quarters. Since teams will be no larger than 8 players and only 4 players are on the field at a time, it's expected that each child play at least 50% of the time or 20-minutes.
Cost: U8 and below registration fees are $150 for the season. Late registration fee of $25 on/after August 1st. All fees must be paid before a player is assigned to a team roster.
Soccer Ball: Every player receives a soccer ball with their registration fee. Coaches usually keep all the soccer balls in a bag until the end of the season, but each player will get a soccer ball by the end of the season.
Coaches: We ALWAYS need more coaches! If you are interested in coaching or being an assistant coach, please let us know. No experience as a coach or even necessarily soccer experience is required at this age-level. Many refer to this as the "bumblebee" age of soccer where kids just swarm around the ball. We are not focused upon building athletic skills or the next pro-soccer player at this age. This is merely about helping to instill a love for the game, expose them to competition and build self-esteem. If you have a love for kids, then we can help you become a great coach! Training, mentoring, and practice plan assistance will all be provided.