The U9/10 Boys & Girls season usually begins the second weekend of September. Information will be confirmed during the week leading up to the start, and the season ends with the Graham Branton Jamboree in early March.
This schedule has been developed to allow 20 minutes between groups. All games MUST end on time in order to allow groups to start moving out before the next group arrives. When games run late, this creates parking issues and adds stress on the neighbourhood, as other groups coming in have no place to park and are forced to park deeper into the residential areas. Please help us to respect our neighbours!
- Parents should refrain from yelling instructions at the players during games - especially when they have the ball. Decision making and creativity are an important part of a young player's cognitive development, and shouting instructions such as "Shoot!" and "Go!" hinder this decision making process - and limits their technical repertoire. Please leave the coaching to the coaches.
- Parents, family and friends are to position themselves around the outside of the Braefoot Upper field. The central channels are for players and coaches only.
- Due to the side-to-side and unpredictable movements associated with dribbling, it is a great tool in the developing of physical literacy. Dribbling and ball control are an essential part of a young player's development, and should be balanced with passing technique at this age. Example: 1v1s with Corner Platforms.
- Physical literacy is of the utmost importance at these young ages, and activities which require agility, balance and coordination are essential. Example: 'Tunnel Tag'. Drills with long lines or standing are strongly discouraged.
- Constantly telling the players with the ball what to do during games (what we refer to as "remote controlling") is strongly discouraged at Lakehill.
- Practice times: Boys U9/10: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm, Girls: Mondays & Wednesdays 5:00-6:00pm.
- 2 x 22 minute halves. Please do your best to end all activities on time.
- A maximum of 5v5 on each field - including goalkeepers.
- Even playing time for everybody, and all players should be playing different positions.
- Pass-ins (kick-ins) to restart play from the sides - with Throw-ins being introduced in January. *A goal cannot be scored directly from a pass-in.
Complete U9/10 Game Schedules can be viewed and downloaded through the registration system. The field map is below.