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Youth Soccer is an exciting sport combining team play and individual skills. YMCA youth soccer promises no try outs, no getting cut and no bench warmers! Your child will learn to dribble, pass and strike the ball correctly and the positions of the game. We use the YMCA Games Approach in our coaching methods where your child will learn the sport and have fun! Every child plays at least half of every game while making friends and learning new techniques. Leagues are coed for younger ages and league divisions are age specific.
Ages: 3 to 12 (Ages for leagues vary by YMCA branches)
Spring & Fall Leagues feature:
- One practice per week
- Seven games - on Saturdays - per season
- Trained volunteer coaches
- YMCA trained and screened officials
- Sportsmanship and core values modeled and promoted
- Focus on fundamentals and new skill development
- All players receive equal play time
- Team shirts/jerseys and end of season awards
2017 Spring Session Early Bird Registration: December 17, 2016 – February 20, 2017
2017 Spring Session Registration: February 21 – March 6
2017 Spring Session Practices Begin: Week of March 20 | Season Dates: April 1 – May 20
2017 Spring Session Youth Soccer Leagues Offered at: Carondelet Park, Collinsville Maryville Troy, East Belleville, Edward Jones, Emerson, Four Rivers, Jefferson County, Kirkwood, Mid County, Monroe County, O’Fallon Family – MO, Randolph County, South City, South County, St. Charles, West County, Wildwood
Uniforms and Equipment: What Players Need to Bring
Each player will receive their team jersey/shirt before the first game of the season. These will be handed out to the coaches, and it will be their responsibility to distribute these to each of their players. Athletic or sport-appropriate shoes and shorts and/or sweats should be worn in addition to the uniform shirt. Mouth guards and eye goggles may also be worn but are not mandatory.
Soccer players should bring water in spill-proof, non-breakable container. We recommend that they wear shin guards. Optional equipment is their own ball and cleats (no metal cleats.) K-2 players use a size 3 ball. Grades 3-6 use a size 4 ball.
The Gateway Region YMCA partners with Cardinal Glennon SportsCare to give kids a healthy advantage through educational programs and support for parents, coaches and athletes. Cardinal Glennon representatives visit sports programs at our YMCA branches to share information on injury prevention, proper technique and overall athletic health. Here are tips for:
Click here to view more Sports Safety and Injury Prevention sheets from Cardinal Glennon SportsCare. If you need help finding an expert physician for your young athlete, contact a local SportsCare representative at 314-577-5640 (this is a Cardinal Glennon phone number, for YMCA phone numbers, please view locations where this program is offered at left or click here for all YMCA locations.)