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2017 Fall Schedule

Please keep in mind these dates are just and early outline of our schedule. These dates can change to do registration numbers, weather cancellations and scheduling conflicts with other leagues. 


8/21- Practice start 

9/9- First game

9/16-  Second game 

9/23- Third game. 

9/30- Fourth game. Picture Day

10/7- Fifth game.

10/14- Sixth game. Make up Picture Day

10/21- Seventh game.

10/28- Fall tournament at JUSA. ( additional cost to participate)

11/4- Last Game of the season

11/11- Rain date 


Practice Schedule for 2017 fall season

Practices start 8/21/17 U8-U15

 U6 - Community practice/ scrimmage  starts 9/11/17

Archer Lodge JUSA

Archer Lodge community Center has teamed up with Johnston United Soccer Association (JUSA) to give your child an enjoyable soccer experience. 

JUSA Recreation Soccer
Johnston United Soccer Association (JUSA) is a member of the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) and follows recommendations set forth by the United States Youth Soccer Association (USYSA).

JUSA strives to provide the local community with a positive recreation soccer experience for children from ages 4 through 15.   Recreation Soccer is the foundation for any community soccer program and lays the groundwork for teaching children the fundamentals of the game. The importance of recreation soccer for early development cannot be understated. We are not focused on wins vs. losses, rather we place emphasis on player development.  We value all players, regardless of their skill level. 

JUSA follows NCYSA guidelines when determining age group placement for players and uses Aug 1 of the seasonal year as the cutoff date. Please refer to the Age Table for actual birth date ranges and age groups for the current soccer season. Exceptions can be made for players to play up to the next older age group, but players are prohibited from playing in a younger age group. If you wish for your child to play in an older age group, please contact the Director of Recreation by clicking here.

All coaches at the Recreation level of play are volunteers, and most are parents of players...just like you.  These coaches teach age appropriate skills with the heaviest emphasis placed on fun, sportsmanship, and healthy competition. Persons interested in coaching should contact the Director of Recreation at by clicking here.

Recreation Fees:
Age GroupFallSpring
U5 $80 $80
U6 $80 $80
U7 $80 $80
U8 $80 $80
U10 $80 $80
U12 $85 $85
U15 $85 $85

Each player receives a player’s kit which includes jersey, shorts, socks and an End of Season medal. Players also need to bring water, shinguards (required), soccer ball, and cleats (please no baseball or football cleats) to each session.

 

 

Age Groups At-A-Glance

Age Group

Season Offered

Format

Gender

Practices per week

Games per week

Players per side

Goalie

Field Size (yds)

Ball size

U5-U6

Fall &Spring

*PDP

Co-ed

        1

       1

3v3

No

30x25

3

U7-U8

Fall &Spring

Traditional

Co-ed

        1

       1

5v5

Yes

35x30

3

U9-U10

Fall & Spring

Traditional

Boys & Girls

        1

       1

7V7

Yes

60x45

4

U11-U12

Fall & Spring

Traditional

Boys & Girls

       1

       1

9V9

Yes

80x55

4

U13-U15

Fall & Spring

Traditional

Boys & Girls

       1

       1

11v11

Yes

Full size

5

Player Development Program

U6 will only be offered on Mondays 6:15- 7:30. There is no Saturday commitment. Skills session and scrimmages will now be combined in one day

U5-U6 Player Development Program

 Our focus is not on wins vs. losses, rather we place emphasis on player development. Therefore, we implement what we refer to as the Player Development Program (PDP) for our U5-U6 age groups. Modeled after US Youth Soccer’s Academy Program, JUSA first implemented this format with their U5 and U6 programs in the spring of 2012 with great success. Archer Lodge started to implement this same program starting in Spring 2016 and will now fully implement this program.

Instead of each coach being assigned a few players and the age group divided into smaller, season long teams, all players of each age group receive the same color jersey and are considered to be part of one larger team.


SKILLS SESSIONS

Each skills session is a pool practice where there are several skills stations. A certified age group coordinator organizes developmentally appropriate activities for each session. At the beginning of each session, players are divided up into small groups of 6-10. Two or so coaches are at each station as each player group rotates through each area. At the end of the session, every player will have had time at every station and with every coach. Essentially, every player has 8 to 10 coaches. Each coach’s strengths offset the other coaches’ weaknesses, resulting in a well-rounded experience for every player.


GAMES/SCRIMMAGES

At the end of the skill session, players will have a short break, and then participate in a small-sided game. For the first couple of games, players are divided up randomly into appropriate sized groups. Each group will be split in half using colored pinnies, and play an actual game, going to goal.

Eventually, players will be rated by skill level and divided into groups of like ability. Competing against players of like ability creates appropriate resistance, increases touches on the ball, and allows each player the opportunity to apply skills learned in a live game situation. Because players develop at different rates, they are continually assessed weekly throughout the season, and adjustments are made to group assignments as individual skill levels change.

More information about USYSA’s Academy Program can be found at:
http://assets.ngin.com/attachments/document/0080/5365/academy_parent_guide.pdf

Why No Goalkeeper?

Goalkeeping, as it relates to the adult version of soccer, requires a combination of motor skills, athletic talent and decision-making. A goalkeeper is not utilized in the U5-U6 small-sided game because:

  • Goalkeepers must be field players first. Prior to specializing as goalkeepers, children must learn the broad parameters of "play". This is difficult to do when they hide beneath the crossbar and between the posts.
  • Goalkeepers must possess field-playing skill. This is particularly true since the laws governing the 11-a-side game have been changed to prohibit the goalkeeper from using handling skills to receive balls passed by teammates.
  • Psychological maturity is necessary in order to function as a goalkeeper.
  • The peripheral vision and hand eye coordination at these ages are usually not developed to the point necessary to effectively play goalkeeper.

According to The Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual,

 "When to begin as a goalkeeper is a question asked by many coaches. The authors [Dr. Thomas Fleck, Dr. Ronald W. Quinn, Dr. David Carr, William Buren, Virgil Stringfield] believe that initiating goalkeeping in games prior to age nine is inappropriate. Children should be exposed to body movements that simulate what goalkeepers do, but to put them under the pressure of being a goalkeeper before they have developed some basic psychomotor and cognitive skills is inappropriate." 


Why no throw-ins?
This age group is certainly capable of taking a throw-in. What they’re not comfortable with yet is playing the ball out of the air. Also, the more the feet touch the ball the better. 

The USYS Coaching Manuel puts it this way,  “When the ball goes completely over one of the longer boundary lines last touched by a player on Team “A”, a player on Team “B” shall kick the ball back into play. This is football, let’s play the ball with the feet and get comfortable with the ball. More touches means better technique!”

U5-U6 PDP Cirriculum

JUSA follows the United States Youth Soccer Association’s recommendations for developmentally appropriate activities. The below information regarding age groups is taken from “The Official US Youth Soccer Coaching Manual.” The entire manual can be viewed by Clicking Here.

U5-U6

The focus of U5-U6 is mainly on individual ball control. In this “My ball” stage of development, there is typically very little passing. The vast majority of activities will involve each player with his/her own ball.

Our goal in this league is for all of the players to become skilled ball handlers, with emphasis primarily on the use of the proper part of the foot, and to learn a bit about being aggressive on the field and going after the ball when others have it. Players will also learn how to dribble the ball closely. Sessions are co-ed. Teams will play 3v3, without a goalie, on a field size of about 30 yards x 25 yards with small goals. 

 

Traditional Format

U7-U8 Traditional Format-  coed


In this format, U8 players are assigned to a team and a coach for the duration of the season. Typically, there will be one training session a week with that team’s coach, and perhaps an assistant coach. Games are played on the weekend against other ALJUSA teams of matching age.

This is the age where players can begin to understand the concept of working with a teammate. The notion, or willingness, to intentionally pass the ball to someone is just beginning to take hold. In the U6 year old age group, efforts from coaches and parents to encourage the player to pass the ball usually fail. Coaches and parents will have more success encouraging players to pass the ball in the seven to eight year old age group. In this age group, the players begin to think beyond their personal needs and actively look to pass to a teammate. In many cases they will pass to their best friend and not necessarily the player in the best posi­tion to receive the ball.

 Players are now involved in cooperative decision making. However, this does not mean that players should no longer do activities that require individual ball work. Even professional players work individually with a ball! We do not abandon activities used in earlier developmental stages.

Players will develop concepts of passing and receiving, and individual ball skills such as the pullback, stop-n-go, the “L”, and scissors. Also, the players should become more aggressive on the field and really start attacking the ball to gain possession.Position play is introduced and players begin to comprehend the complexities of working in groups of 3-6. Teams at this age are coed. Roster size is 8 – 11; when possible we try to make the teams smaller to ensure more playing time for each player. Teams will play 6V6 ( 5 field players and a goalie) on a field size of about 35 yards x 30 yards.



U9-U15 Traditional Format


In this format, U9 players and above are assigned to a team and a coach for the duration of the season. Typically, there will be one training session a week with that team’s coach, and perhaps an assistant coach. Games are played on the weekend against other JUSA teams of matching age and gender, as well as with teams from the Carolina Recreation Alliance (CRA).

 

 

U9-U10

Children at this age are typically enrolled in grades 4 and 5 and may have been playing soccer for half of their lifetime. Some children, however, choose to begin playing soccer at this age. Both boys and girls are beginning to demonstrate an improved ability and a mastery of some aspects of basic locomotor, nonlocomotor, and manipulative skills. They have also begun to develop basic technical abilities to play soccer and their cognitive understanding of tactics and strategies is evolving. They are begin­ning to demonstrate an ability to think in advance of the ball (anticipation).

Position play becomes even more important, and players begin to comprehend the complexities of working in groups of 3-6. Teams at this age are usually separated by gender. Roster size is 8 – 11; when possible we try to make the teams smaller to ensure more playing time for each player.   If we do not have a sufficient number of teams then some games may require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake County.

Games are played 6 v 6 (5 field players and 1 goalie), on a field size of about 60 yards x 45 yards, with goals 18 feet x 6 feet. Our focus is still on player development, sportsmanship, and teamwork. The concepts of competition and sportsmanship are introduced at this age, however scores and official standings are not kept. Each game will have a non-partial paid referee. Teams will remain intact from Fall to Spring unless balancing needs to take place at the discretion of the Recreation Director.  

U11-U12

The U-12 player demonstrates a greater degree of analytical thought, which enhances tactical understanding. Still, their performance during match play may be inconsistent. Much of their training should consist of small-sided games with various playing or field conditions placed upon the players.

Teams at this age are usually separated by gender.   Roster size is 11 – 13; when possible we try to make the teams smaller to ensure more playing time for each player. If we do not have a sufficient number of teams then some games may require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake County. 

Games are played 8 v 8 (7 field players and 1 goalie), on a field size of about 80 yards x 55 yards, with goals 18 feet x 6 feet. Our focus is still on player development, sportsmanship, and teamwork. We continue with our introduction of healthy competition; however, scores and official standings are not kept. Each game will have non-partial paid referee crew. Teams will remain intact from Fall to Spring unless balancing needs to take place at the discretion of the Recreation Director.  

 

U13-U15

These leagues are only opened when enough players register. This division continues to help improve the conditioning, positioning and skill of the players. These age groups are for the high school age player who wants to continue in recreational soccer for the social and fitness benefits. Normally, each team will have a roster size of 14 – 17 players.

Teams normally play 11v11, including a goalie, on a field of 100x50 yds minimum up to 130x100 yds maximum. Goal size is 24x8 feet. Some games require short travel to play teams in other parts of Johnston and southern Wake County. Each game will have a non-partial paid referee crew.

Small Sided Fields

Small-Sided Games
JUSA follows the United States Youth Soccer Association’s recommendations for the use of small sided games (SSG) for U12 and below. The importance of this format of play in youth soccer development is evidenced in a study conducted by the German Football Association, in conjunction with Sports University of Cologne on 6-10 years old. Results of this study in their entirety can be viewed by clicking here.

 


Characteristics of Small-sided Games

More opportunities to play the ball. The fewer players on the field, the more possible times a player will come in contact with the ball. In fact, players will find they have no choice; the ball will quickly find them!

More opportunities to score. Many players in an 11v11 game are not inclined to seek the goal, because they are so far away or because of defensive restraints.

More opportunities to scheme. As we play we must constantly change and adapt to our surroundings. This challenge is the basis for tactics. How do we solve the puzzle?

More opportunities to coach. The small-sided game allows coaches a perfect opportunity to observe and analyze the individual and collective responses of players under quick game-like conditions. Are players comfortable with the ball? Are they confident in defense? How well do they adapt to the unexpect­ed? Do they recognize goal-scoring opportunities?

US Youth Soccer recommends small-sided games for U12 and below. More information about the importance of the small-sided game in youth soccer development can be found athttp://www.usyouthsoccer.org/coaches/SmallSidedGames/

Carolina Recreation Alliance (CRA)

Recreation Alliance (CRA)

JUSA’s Recreation Soccer Program’s goal is to provide a healthy and safe environment for soccer play that is to emphasize FUN and de-emphasize winning at all costs. Our mission is to foster the growth and development of amateur youth soccer by establishing programs and activities that focus on the development, promotion, teaching, and administration of the game among youth in Johnston County, and to instill the ideals of excellent moral character and good sportsmanship. Integrated in this is the building of self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, respect for self and others, and all the inherent benefits of physical exercise. Our stated goal will be to make it - " The Game for Kids."

JUSA participates with other local soccer clubs in playing our recreation U15,U12, and at times our U10, teams in inter-club play.  The Carolina Recreation Alliance (CRA) promotes stronger relationships in the community and allows the teams from each club to play various games with some local travel instead of playing the same 2 or 3 teams over and over again.  Each club has similar philosophies on play and encouraging the children to have fun as stated in JUSA's mission.  The current CRA clubs are; JUSA,GCAA, FVAA, EWSA, SASL, MCAA


JUSA- Johnston United Soccer Association
YMCA Powatan
3798 Powahatan Rd
Clayton, NC  27528
website:http://www.jusasoccer.org


GCAA - Greater Cleveland Athletic Association

GCAA Complex
8994 Cleveland School Road
Clayton, NC 27520

website: www.gcaasoccer.com


EWSA - East Wake Soccer Association 
Wendell Park Soccer Field & Community Center
601 W 3rd St
Wendell, North Carolina 27591

East Wake High School (Games played on Practice Field)
5101 Rolesville Road
Wendell, North Carolina 27591

East Wake Middle School
2700 Old Milburnie Road 
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604

Wakelon Elementary School
8921 Pippin Road
Zebulon, North Carolina 27597

website:www.eastwakesoccer.org

Weather Hotline: 919-831-5214 or 1-800-646-0743


FVAA - Fuquay Varina Athletic Association 
Fleming Loop Fields
301 Fleming Loop Road
Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina 27526

website: www.fvaa.org

Weather Hotline: 919-552-5465


TYSC - Triangle Y Soccer Club

West Lake Middle School
4800 West Lake Road
Apex, North Carolina 27539

Kraft Family YMCA
8921 Holly Springs Road
Apex, North Carolina, 27539

website: www.triangleysoccer.org

Weather Hotline: 919-657-9622  x1353


SASL - Sanford Area Soccer League

Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds/SASL Complex
600 N 5th St
Sanford, NC 27330

website: www.sasl.net


MCAA - McGees Crossroads Athletic Association

McGee's Crossroads Middle School
13353 NC Highway 210 
Benson, NC 27504

website: www.gomcaa.com