TFA Willamette's U6-U8 Recreational League takes a new approach to introducing youth in Albany, OR and the greater Willamette Valley to the game of soccer.
By employing our staff of expert, licensed coaches* to lead all practices and games we provide affordable access to elite coaching to start your child's soccer experience the right way. Our coaches use proven methods in child development such as guided discovery to help players learn and retain skills in a fun and engaging environment.
Using an Academy Training Model for all practices and games allows us to focus on teaching fundamental skills and our club's core values in an environment where this is the focus rather than wins and losses. Additionally, players can progress at their own pace, and our coaches are able to give each child the attention he or she needs in an environment that provides opportunities for both success (confidence building) and failure (learning opportunities). The Academy Training Model is also the preferred method for player development at this age group according to the United States Soccer Federation's 2016 Player Development Initiatives.
An Academy Training Model pools all players in a specific age group together for practices and games rather than splitting the players into arbitrary teams.
Under the direction of a lead coach, the players are grouped by ability level in low player-to-coach ratios (8:1) for practices and games so that all players can progress at their own speed while experiencing both success and failure, which are key components to keeping a child learning, engaged, and having FUN! These practice and game groups are flexible meaning that a player who is beginning to excel within his/her initial group has the ability to move to a more challenging group to continue the developmental trajectory.
Expert coaching from TFA Willamette staff
Lots of individual coaching attention (8:1 player-to-coach ratio)
Focus on development, not wins & losses
Ability to provide success (confidence) and failure (learning) to all players
Always have enough players for practice & games
Every player is always being challenged to learn & have fun
FOR PARENTS: Easier scheduling! Same practice and game times each week!
* All TFA Willamette Coaches are licensed by the United States Soccer Federation and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. They are also CPR certified, and are background checked annually by the Oregon Youth Soccer Association.
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WHO: All boys & girls ages 5-8 years old (children born in 2012 -2015)
***Exceptions will be made for 2nd graders born in 2011***
WHEN: March 18 - May 16th, 2019 (Spring Season)
FIRST PRACTICE: Wednesday, March 18th 6:00-7:00pm
FIRST GAME: Saturday, April 4th
***All games will be played on Saturday mornings between 8-11am***
COST: $100 for the Spring Season
***Partial and full scholarships available for those with financial need. Contact us for details.***
CONTACT: Ben Kososkie, Program Director