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FAQ - U12

What is U12 (Grades 1 and 2)?

  • U12 is a league for kids in 1st and 2nd grades
  • Kids are separated by gender, and divided into teams of equal ability (each team will have both 1st and 2nd graders).   Girl teams play other girl teams, boy teams similarly play other boy teams. 
  • U12 is NON-competitive and should be focused on teaching players the basics – it is not about winning games.

Who are the coaches?

  • Parent volunteer coaches are utilized to coach the teams.  Ideally each team has two or more coaches to share the responsibility.
  • An outside soccer organization (currently Mass Youth Soccer) is brought in assist with a weekday practice with the volunteer coaches.  The purpose of bringing in the outside organization is to assist the volunteer coaches on how to develop effective practice plans.

How competitive is it?

  • The main goal for U12 is to teach the kids the basic skills of soccer in fun and engaging methods. At this age it is important to incorporate not only some basic soccer skills, but also basic social interaction skills. 
  • Final Score is no recorded, but the most important thing is that ALL PARTICIPANTS have the most fun possible.

What's the schedule like for Boys / Girls? Day & time?

  • Practices are held on Friday evenings with parent volunteer coaches and assisted by Mass Youth Soccer coaches.   
  • Games are played on an 8 week session schedule that runs on Sunday afternoon (Fall & Spring) at Rockland Avenue field in Maynard with no games over the Columbus Day/Memorial Day Weekends.

How much "travel" is involved?

  • All games are played among the Maynard teams with no out of town travel anticipated.

When will the Fall/Spring seasons start?

  • Fall season typically starts the Saturday after Labor Day
  • Spring Seasons start the 1st or 2nd Saturday in April
  • Your child’s coach will notify you of the exact start date

How many per side?

  • The goal is 4v4 with no goalies to maximize the amount of touches by kids.
  • Whether we are able to do this during a session is dependent on getting enough parents to sign up to coach.
How long are the games?
  • The games are 4 - 12 minute quarters with a 5 – 10 minute halftime.  (Coaches can request a very quick water break on hot days)
What do I need for equipment?
  • Uniform shirt (typical sizes for U1/2 are: Youth Medium or Youth Large), uniform shorts and black soccer socks.  These are ordered when registering to play.
  • Shin guards are a requirement.  Players will not be allowed to practice or play in games without them.
  • Shin guards must be worn under socks. 
  • Soccer cleats are optional but recommended.
  • A size 3 soccer ball