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Youth Development Program (YDP) and Micro/Minikickers

Youth Development Program 5U to 12U

The Youth Development Program (YDP) is for boys and girls ages 4 years to 11 years old. YDP is an in-house league where teams play each other. YDP is designed to offer an alternative to the traditional recreational program in that it provides a development pathway to the next levels of Pre-Academy 7U-8U, Academy (9U-10U) and Junior Division 11U-14U & above.

We provide a progressive weekly age appropriate Curricula that focuses on ball mastery, 1v1 situations, passing, shooting/striking
defending and overall individual player development. This can be differentiated from a traditional recreational program where the focus is to develop a team rather than develop the player.

Professional Club Trainers are available at every session to help and oversee Parent Coaches to deliver the weekly lesson plan.

See below for specific age information or click here for the YDP information sheet.

Microkickers 4U and Minikickers 5U

The objective of the Microkickers and Minikickers programs is to replicate the back garden environment in which most young players are introduced to soccer by helping to educate parents on activities that can be used in this situation. These specific physical play programs for children from 3-5 years old are aimed at giving children their very first start with the ball.

How does it Work?

The sessions involve both the parent and their child participating within the practice. The head coach oversees the practice, demonstrating the activities. The activities are based on a philosophy that utilizes the child’s imagination to create a positive, exciting, and fun soccer environment. As a result of this soccer philosophy, we create a fun, yet highly active, pressure free practice.

Coaching Methodology

Microkickers uses soccer to develop not only coordination skills but emphasizes socialization. Micro/Minikickers is about a great deal more than just developing a child's affinity and control with the ball, it is about giving them a well-rounded start in their physical, social and educational development and developing the 'whole child'.

Benefits include: balance and coordination improvement, increased self confidence and improved social skills.

Microkickers 4U

3 years old by Jan 1

Required Equipment: #3 soccer ball, soccer cleats, shin guards. We also recommend a healthy light snack and drink. 

Adults should wear comfortable shoes or sneakers and appropriate soccer clothing.

Practice: Once per week
Wickham/Viera Tuesday 9 - 10 am (session split between the 2 venues)


Games: Scrimmages within the session

Required: A parent or adult must be on the field with the player throughout the duration of the session.

Click here for the Microkickers information sheet.

Minikickers 5U

4-5 years old by Jan 1

Required Equipment: #3 soccer ball, soccer cleats, shin guards. We also recommend a healthy light snack and drink. 

Uniform: Players receive a Minikickers t-shirt. Adults should wear comfortable shoes or sneakers and appropriate soccer clothing.

Practice: Once per week, 45-50 minutes
Wickham/Viera Saturday 9:15-10:15am
or 10:30-11:30am
(session split between the 2 venues)

 

Games: Scrimmages within the session

Required: A parent or adult must be on the field with the player throughout the duration of the session.

Click here for the Minikickers information sheet.

YDP 5U/6U COED

4-5 years old by Jan 1

Required Equipment: #3 soccer ball, soccer cleats, shin guards

Uniform: Players receive 2 uniform shirts (hooped & plain white) and one pair of white shorts and hooped socks.

Practice: Once per week at 5:30-6:30pm
Wickham Tuesday; Viera Tuesday; 
Rockledge Monday

Games: Games are 9:00am Saturday mornings. Games will vary between the different sites. If they practice at Wickham the majority of their games will be played there.

Game Day Format: Players will play 4v4 on a 30x45 yard field with no referees. Coaches manage the game and step in to deliver information on kick off, kick ins from the side and other basic game rules. Our aim is to make the game a learning and teaching environment.

YDP 7U/8U COED & GIRLS

6-7 years old by Jan 1

Required Equipment: #3 soccer ball, soccer cleats, shin guards

Uniform: Players receive 2 uniform shirts (hooped & plain white) and one pair of white shorts and hooped socks.

Practice: Twice per week 5:30-6:30pm
Wickham Tue/Thur; Viera Wed/Fri;
Rockledge Mon/Thur

Games: Games are 10:15am Saturday mornings. Games will vary between the different sites. If they practice at Wickham the majority of their games will be played there.

Game Day Format: Players will play 4v4 on a 30 x 45 yard field with no referees. Coaches manage the game and step in to deliver information on kick off, kick ins from the side and other basic game rules. Our aim is to make the game a learning and teaching environment.

YDP 9U/10U COED & GIRLS

8-9 years old by Jan 1

Required Equipment: #4 soccer ball, soccer cleats, shin guards

Uniform: Players receive 2 uniform shirts (hooped & plain white) and one pair of white shorts and hooped socks.

Practice: Twice per week 6:30-7:45pm
Wickham Tue/Thur; Viera Wed/Fri;
Rockledge Mon/Thur

Games: Games are 11:30am Saturday mornings. Games will vary between the different sites. If they practice at Wickham the majority of their games will be played there.

Game Day Format: Players will play 7v7. Game will be played on a 40x60 yard field. Coaches referee the games. Our aim is to make the game a learning and teaching environment.

YDP 11U/12U COED & GIRLS

10-11 years old by Jan 1

Required Equipment: #4 soccer ball, soccer cleats, shin guards

Uniform: Players receive 2 uniform shirts (hooped & plain white) and one pair of white shorts and hooped socks.

Practice: Twice per week 6:30-7:45pm
Wickham Tue/Thur; Viera Wed/Fri;
Rockledge Mon/Thur

Games: Games are scheduled by the Brevard Youth Soccer League and can be played anywhere in Brevard County as far north as Titusville or as far south as Vero Beach. Home games are played at Viera.

Game Day Format: Players will play 9v9. Game will be played on a 65x85 yard field. There will be referee and Assistants for these games as teams will play other clubs. Our aim is to make the game a learning and teaching environment.

Season Dates

Spring

The Spring season runs from mid-February to late April.

YDP: practices begin Feb. 19-23, Saturday games begin March 10.

Micro/Minikickers:
Viera/Wickham - pre-season meeting Mar 3, games start Mar 6

The Spring schedule can be found from the Home page > Schedules menu, or click the links below.

YDP Schedule   |   Minikickers Schedule   |   Microkickers Schedule

 

Fall

The Fall season runs from early September to early November.

For Fall 2017, practices began Aug. 28 - Sept. 1. Saturday games began Sept. 23 due to weather delays.

Fees

Microkickers and Minikickers = $100 (includes t-shirt)

5U-10U YDP = $150 (includes uniform)

11U-12U YDP = $175 (includes uniform)


$20 discount if reusing a previous season uniform

$10 Sibling discount when you register more than one child.

Contact

Recreation Director

rec@spacecoastsoccer.org