Welcome to Greenhaven Soccer!

Important Dates:

July 31 U6-U14 Practices May Begin

August 26 U16/19 Games Begin

September 9 U6-U14 Games Begin

NEW Rules Regarding “Playing Up”

New for the 2017 playing season: all U8 players, birth year of 2010, may play up one age group. All U7 players, birth year of 2011, are strongly discouraged from playing up one age group, but requests will be taken on a case by case basis. U6 players, birth years of 2012 and 2013, may NOT play up in an older age group.

Introducing U7/8 Metro Kids Soccer

A Partnership between Greenhaven Soccer, East Sacramento Soccer, Land Park Soccer and River Park Soccer.

GHSC is proud to announce a new program for our U7/8 players. U7/8 Metro Kids Soccer (MKS) will serve as a fun and positive step in our younger players’ development. After two years of playing solely within GHSC, our U7/8 players will have the opportunity to travel short distances to play against our friends in East Sacramento, Land Park and River Park. Keeping within the new USSF Mandates, games will be small sided (4v4), but MKS has added some additional aspects to the games to help further our player’s development and differentiate the experience from our U6 program.

Remember: small sided games mean more touches on the ball, more action and more fun!

Please see the MKS mission statement below and for more information please visit:http://greenhavensoccer.com/coaches/u7-u8-coaches/

U7/8 Metro Kids Soccer Mission Statement
Metro Kids Soccer (MKS) is a group of four clubs (East Sacramento Soccer, Greenhaven Soccer, Land Park Soccer and River Park Soccer) within SYSL bound together by shared values and regional proximity who have partnered to further our U7 and U8 players’ soccer and personal development in a fun, supportive and safe atmosphere. Our focus is squarely on our players’ enjoyment and development as opposed to team success. MKS believes that as the game of soccer is learned, so are many other valuable life lessons such as sportsmanship, teamwork, and commitment. All four of the clubs within this program will do everything within their power to insure that every player has a positive experience. Within MKS, kids truly come first.

USSF Player Development Initiatives:

What They Are and What They Mean for GHSC

As many of you are aware, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has issued player development initiatives designed to improve youth soccer. The main goal of the USSF initiatives is to provide a consistent landscape for youth soccer across the United States. The two major components of the mandates are a move to birth year registration for all age groups, and small sided games for younger players (U6-U12). USSF hopes to shift the focus of youth soccer from team success to player development. These ideas have been used in Europe with much success.

These initiatives are true mandates, and every soccer organization in the US is required to implement these changes by 2017.

Please note that GHSC fully supports the theory behind these changes. There is no doubt that they will result in improved soccer development, as well as more enjoyment for the players. Smaller sided games means players touch the ball more frequently, are more engaged in the game and have more fun.

There are challenges associated with change, and this situation is no different. However, I am very confident that the GHSC community will continue to work together to provide our children with the best soccer experience possible.

Relevant documents:
For the full text of the USSF Player Development Initiatives, please click here.

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