Spring Youth Soccer

SPRING TIME IS SOCCER TIME!

Sports at the Y help children feel healthy, confident, and connected. Being a part of a team develops skills  on and off the field – children learn the importance of  practice and hard work, and that it isn’t all about winning or losing. 

Youth Soccer at the YMCA focuses on age-appropriate progression, increased touches, and building confidence in a small team setting. Leagues will be offered at three locations Cherryville, Pharr (McAdenville), and Warlick (Gastonia). 

NEW! We have updated age groups to accommodate our older players and also added 13 year olds!  Leagues are based on the child’s age as August 31, 2020. 

  • U5 – Ages 3 – 4
  • U7 – Ages 5 – 6
  • U9 – Ages 7 – 8
  • U11 – Ages 9 – 10 
  • U14 – Ages 11 – 13

 

Where and When

Cherryville Family YMCA

  • U5 – U13 league will practice and play games at Moss Field
  • Practice takes place once weekly for 50 minutes
  • Games are scheduled for Saturdays 
  • Indicate on the registration days you CANNOT practice.
    • Practice day/time is based on volunteer coach availability.

Pharr Family YMCA

  • U9, U11 and U14 (ages 7 – 13) leagues will practice and play games the Pharr Family YMCA
  • Practice takes place once weekly – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for 50 minutes
  • Games are scheduled for Saturdays 
  • Indicate on the registration days you CANNOT practice.
    • Practice day/time is based on volunteer coach availability.

Warlick Family YMCA

  • U5 and U7 (ages 3 – 6) leagues will practice and play games at the Warlick Family YMCA
  • Practice takes place once weekly – Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday for 50 minutes
  • Games are scheduled for Saturdays 
  • Indicate on the registration days you CANNOT practice.
    • Practice day/time is based on volunteer coach availability.

Registration

  • Registration is open NOW until March 6

Coaches

We need volunteer coaches in every age group.  Please consider coaching a team this season by indicating your interest on your registration. Y Staff will reach out with additional information.

  • Coaches get first choice of practice day/time
  • Coaches will be contacted by Branden Chesser – bchesser@gastonymca.org

 

Uniform Provided

All players will receive a team jersey.

  • Shin guards are required but not provided.
  • Long soccer socks need to be worn over shin guards, not provided.
  • Goalies will need to provide their own goalie gloves.

 

Youth Soccer + COVID-19

Youth soccer is an excellent way to get the physical activity needed for a healthy life. Following guidance from the CDC and local agencies, we’ve modified our policies and youth programs to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

Here’s what you can expect when you come to the field:

  • To promote social distancing league capacity has been modified.
  • Spectators limited to two per household and social distanced from other spectators by 6 ft.
  • Coaches, players, and staff will have their temperature checked prior to scheduled practices/games. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 will be asked to go home.
  • Masks are required for everyone in attendance, players can take their mask off while on the field.
  • Strict sanitization and cleaning protocol have been implemented; including a minimum of 15 minutes between each practice and game to allow for proper sanitization. Click here for additional cleaning information. 
  • Each participant is asked to utilize hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Any changes due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic will be communicated quickly.

 

FAQ

  • What changed with the age groups?
    • League ages did not change for players U5 through U9
    • U11 (Ages 9 – 10) – League Updated. Previously this league was for youth 9 – 12.
    • U14 (Ages 11 – 13) League Updated to include 13 year olds
  • How many kids play at one time during the game?
    • We have reduced the number of children playing at a time. Numbers may be adjusted based on registration. 
      • U5 -3 v 3
      • U7 – 6 v 6
      • U9 – 7 v 7
      • U11 – 7 v 7
      • U14 – 9 v 9
  • What ball size does my child play with?
    • U5 and U7 use size 3
    • U9 and U14 use size 4
    • If you have a ball please bring it to practice! Our coaches will help sanitize it before use.
  • Where are games?
    • U5 and U7 Games and practices are held at Warlick Family YMCA in Gastonia – 2221 Robinwood Road.
    • U9 through U14 Games and practices are held at Pharr Family YMCA in McAdenville – 208 Main Street.
  • I live in Cherryville. Do I play in Gastonia?
    • Great question! Please sign up for the league in Cherryville! We are excited to offer soccer in Cherryville.
    • U5 through U13 games and practice will take place at Moss Field.
  • What days are practice?
    • Practice days are Monday, Tuesday & Thursday and based on your availability. Practices start at early as 5:00 and run for 50 minutes. These practices are once a week. Please indicate what days you are unable to practice on your registration form.
  • What does my child need to play?
    • A jersey is provided to your player from the YMCA but you will need to ensure that your child has shin guards covered by long socks. These can be found at most stores that carry athletic equipment.
    • Children also must wear closed toed shoes/running shoes. Cleats are not mandatory.
    • Please always send your child with a water bottle.
  • When does the season run?
    • The season runs from March 15 – May 22
    • Practice begins the week of March 15
    • Games begin March 27
    • We will take a break for Spring Break March 28 – April 11
    • Each team will have 6 games scheduled
    • Games will take place on Saturday mornings
    • We will make every effort to make up any games cancelled due to weather.
      • U5 and U7 will schedule make up games on practice days as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons
      • U9 through U14 will schedule make up games on practice days, weekend afternoons, as well as Wednesday and Friday evenings
  • What does coaching entail?
    • Coaching will require that you commit to practice once a week as well as a game.
    • You will be provided with games and practice plans that you can fit to your team.
    • 1 on 1 assistance with coaching skills available if requested.
    • Coaching is a volunteer position and we LOVE our coaches.