Preseason Camp: U13 Girls Recreational League

This spring, we are piloting a new “Preseason Camp” for players in our U13 Girls Recreational League. Today, we emailed registration information to the parents of our U13 Girls.

These free, voluntary training sessions are scheduled for Wednesday, February 27 and March 6 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Soccer Complex. Note: the session originally scheduled for February 20 has been canceled because of weather and field conditions.

Whether this is a player’s first season ever, or she is a seasoned veteran, this is a great way to kick-off the spring season in a positive, encouraging environment.

For more information, or if you did not receive the email, please contact Chad Parish, Recreational League DirectorThe deadline to register is Monday, February 18. Players must register in order to participate.

If this camp is successful, our goal is to offer this same preseason experience to our other recreational age groups in future seasons.

Why have a Preseason Recreational League Soccer Camp?

A “Preseason Camp” environment has benefits for players, because they can meet and interact with their teammates, league-mates, and other league coaches. They will also learn some fundamental skills and knowledge to build on during this season and beyond. And, it can help set a positive tone for their season.

There are benefits for coaches, because Auburn Soccer Association staff can introduce and rehearse some “best coaching practices”, and provide a structured environment where our coaches can interact on a less competitive stage.

For the entire Recreational program (including parents), this serves as an important culture-building activity demonstrating “this is how we do things here.” For example, our players are not here to “Booooot it!” during games. We are teaching and learning soccer, having fun, and striving for a higher standard of play. We want to grow intelligent, creative soccer players who play the beautiful game beautifully. And, we are working hard to keep all of our players involved in soccer through their U19 years and beyond (as young coaches, referees, team sponsors, board and committee members, and eventually soccer parents with their own soccer kids).

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