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Windham Soccer Association
Recreation Information
 
Below is some helpful information about the Windham Soccer Association Recreational League
 
Philosophy
 
Our main emphasis is on the development of each child in our program. The three areas of a child's development we are concerned about are:
a.
physical development, by learning soccer skills and improving fitness and conditioning.
b.
psychological development, by learning to control their emotions and developing positive feelings of self-worth; and
c.
social development, by learning how to be a part of a team and display appropriate sportsmanship.
We feel that the best environment for a child to develop in these areas is an environment where there is no pressure to win! If we strive to encourage each child to do their very best and not be concerned about winning, then we feel like each child will be able to experience personal success and growth - and that's a winning program!
To help create this type of atmosphere, we have instituted the following guidelines:
1.
Every child plays in every game.
2.
Win-loss records for teams are not kept.  There are no team awards.
3.
There are no post-season tournaments.
 
 
Division   Age Group            Ball Size        Field Size            Game Time
 
Tiny Tots          2014-2015                       3                    Fun Games        45 minute Sessions Tiny Tots
 
U-6                  2012-2013                       3                     4 v. 4               4-8 minute quarters
 
U-8                  2010-2011                       3                     6 v. 6               4-10 minute quarters
 
U-10                2008-2009                       4                     7 v. 7               2-25 minute quarters
 
U-12                2006-2007                       4                     9 v. 9               2-30 minute halves
 
U-15                2003-2005                       5                     11 v. 11            2-35 minute halves

U-18                2000-2002                       5                     11 v. 11            2-40 minute halve
 


All Divisions are Co-ed. 
**U-12 and above will play teams from neighboring towns.
Registration
Registration for the fall recreation league will begin in April/May.
 
Coaches and Volunteers
The Windham Soccer Association relies solely on volunteers from the community to run the league. If you are interested in being a head coach, assistant coach, or division coordinator, please indicate so on your child’s registration form. All coaches must complete the Kid Safe form prior to coaching. Please note that the number of teams offered will depend on the number of volunteer coaches. Any questions regarding volunteering can be directed to Jamie Manti, . A coach’s clinic will be offered prior to the beginning of the season.
 
Season Dates and Practices
This year’s season is expected tp begin the week of Labor Day. The first weekend’s games are expected to begin the first Saturday after Labor Day.  The season will run for approximately eight weeks. If we have any rainouts we will try to reschedule, but will not go later than the first weekend in November.  The general rule of thumb is that there are no practices for Tots; U-6, U-8, U-10, U-12 have one practice a week; U-15 and U-18 have one practice a week but coaches may add a second at their discretion.
 
 
Uniforms and Equipment Needs
Each recreational player in WSA will receive a team shirt. Players must provide their own shorts, shinguards and proper footwear (cleats are required for U8 and above).  All players should have a water bottle for practices and games without exception.  Players should bring a soccer ball with their name of it if possible. 
 
Jewelry
Please note that no jewelry of any kind is allowed during WSA play. This includes: necklaces, earrings, rings and headgear. Please note this also included newly pierced ears. Covering the ears with band-aids and tape is not allowed and will be enforced by the coaches and referees without exception.  This is a rule that is enforced at the state level and is for the safety of your children
 
Tot Soccer
Please note this program is based on Fun and Fun only. Tots will be oriented to the game of soccer through fun games and soccer exercises. Tots will not be divided into teams. Parents may help out with the sessions with the emphasis on fun and learning. WSA is trying to give tots the opportunity to be part of the WSA program but the tot program will not be the same as the U-6 program. Participants will play soccer games such as crab soccer, ducks and hunters, dribbling around the world , steal the bacon and world cup. The participants may build up to small sided 2 v 2 and 3 v 3 games as the week’s progress. Each participant will also receive a t-shirt.  The emphasis is on touching the ball, developing a feel for how to move with the ball, and instill a love for the game!