Throughout the year, primarily in the summer and winter months, ASA offers a variety of supervised drop-in soccer (also known as pick-up or street soccer) activities. Many of these occur in the off-season or on days that school is not in session but many parents still have to work. Each location is staffed with ASA coaches and/or parent volunteers who help organize and supervise play.
All children are welcome – ASA or not; Recreational or Travel or Developmental or…; Boys & Girls; Friends from the neighborhood, anyone (in the correct ages).
Many kids who cannot play in the normal recreational or travel programs enjoy getting out for our drop-in soccer programs. These sessions provide a structured playing environment and a chance for kids to be part of a team and get physical activity on days they normally would not be able to have the chance.
DROP-IN Plans for Friday, March 3rd (APS Teacher Work Day):
— 12 noon – 1:15pm for Kinder thru 2nd grade – at Gunston Middle School
— 1:15 thru 2:30pm for 3rd grade and up – at Gunston Middle School
DROP-IN SOCCER PHILOSOPHY
1) The game is the teacher.
Players will learn to play all on their own. By design, no formal coaching will be offered. Let the children develop the skills of learning within the game.
2) The game is for kids.
This program is offered to let children play and they don’t need adults to do that. Adult involvement will be minimal and will focus on safety. Let the children develop the skills of making their own decisions.
3) The structure is informal.
Beyond setting up some goals, laying out some cones, and helping to make teams; no formal organization or coaching will be done. Let the children develop the skills of organizing their own fun.
Drop-In Soccer Details:
RULES OF PLAY
> Players decide if there will be throw-ins, or kick-ins, from the sideline.
> Players decide if there will be corner kicks – or no corner kicks.
> Players decide if it is a goal/no goal; in/out; foul/no foul, etc.
You get the idea – these games are for the kids. Let them organize and be responsible for their own fun.