U5 JAMBOREE

U-5 - Jamboree Parent with Player

Organization

Jamboree Parent with Player is the combination of two different formats that, put together, will provide the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. In AYSO soccer, a jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Parent with Player refers to the concept that each player will have a parent (or other adult) working with them on the field.

A “Master Coach” will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce a game/activity that will practice a certain skill or part of the game using explanation and demonstration. Each pair (player/parent) will then attempt the activity while the Master Coach circles between pairs providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a suitable amount of time, the Master Coach will bring the players and parents back together as a group and recap what they have done, introducing the next game/activity.

Each Jamboree Parent with Player session will end with a 20 minute short-sided game (3 v 3). Details regarding the game are explained later. Most importantly, allow the players to play without coaching or teaching them as this experience is designed to expose them to soccer, not to begin developing them. The two goals of the program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and to let the game be the teacher.

Master Coach

The Master Coach must be a currently registered AYSO volunteer. It is highly recommended that the Master Coach be an AYSO Advanced Coach and Advanced Coach Instructor. However, in the case where a region is unable to run a U-5 Program because of a lack of an Advanced Coach who is also an Advanced Coach Instructor, it is permissible to use:

  • An Advanced Coach who is also a Coach Instructor
  • An Advanced Coach who is not an Instructor
  • An Intermediate Coach who is a Coach Instructor
  • An Intermediate Coach
It is critical that the Master Coach follow the U-5 Program as stated in the U-5 Master Coach Manual. The Master Coach is the key to a successful U-5 Program. The Master Coach should have a complete understanding of the AYSO National Coaching Program and full understanding that:
  • Young soccer players need special consideration
  • They are children playing a child’s game
  • These young children must be regarded as young children, not mini adults
  • Fun activity factors must be a central part of a child-centered program
  • Educators agree that early learning experiences are the most important and produce lifelong learning experiences
  • Under 5 players are essentially self oriented and relate naturally to one or two others, not to large groups
  • Most children cannot sustain prolonged activity
  • They function best in suitable starts and stops (rest periods)
  • Concentration span is limited, so frequent changes of pace and activity is essential
  • The young players should learn to discover the wonderful game of soccer, not be taught the game of soccer by adults
The Master Coach will take the lead in program implementation with the Region. It shall be the responsibility of each Section Director and Area Director to ensure that the AYSO U-5 Program guidelines are being followed in their respective sections and areas.

3 v 3 Game Set-Up and Guidelines

Each player in the U-5 division can receive a uniform, since it is part of the fun to get dressed up for “the big game”. Having fun will make the kids want to come back. The uniforms should be identical for all players. Each week before the game portion of the day begins, players will be divided into groups of 4 (3 on the field with 1 substitute/reserve). Based on how many players arrive, pinnies (different colored ‘vests’) will be used to differentiate the ‘teams’ for games for a particular day.

Session Schedule

Sessions should last one hour and fifteen minutes including organizing time and breaks – NO MORE.

  • 10 minutes – group warm-up and activities
  • 5 minutes – water break
  • 20 minutes – training activities and games
  • 10 minutes – team organizing and water break, assigning players to teams, assigning field locations
  • 20 minutes – 3 v 3 game (played in two halves of 10 minutes each with a short beak at the quarter to make substitutions and get a quick drink)
  • 5 minutes – half time
  • 5 minutes –to make changes between quarters
During the game, one parent from each team should be selected to act as the game supervisors for the week. These parents should be required to keep the game going. All other parents should be encouraged to cheer positively and refrain from “coaching” (giving directions) from the sideline. This is the time for the kids to play – LET THEM!

QUESTIONS and ANSWERS
Do they have practices during the week? - NO, they will practice before there game.
Are there coaches? No - Jamobree is a "Group" with several members helping the Groups.

U-5 Guidelines


Introduction

During the 2004 AYSO NAGM in Phoenix, AZ, AYSO Executive Membership voted on and passed an amendment to the National Rules and Regulations to lower the minimum age requirement for participation in AYSO to four years of age.

The objective of this program is to provide young players and their parents with a “pressure free” introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.

This program allows players to discover the game for themselves, while parents are given a soccer foundation on which to build and grow into future AYSO coaches, referees and administrators.

The AYSO U-5 Program is not to be considered a coaching program. It is a program that is designated to be facilitated by a qualified AYSO Master Coach. The AYSO National Coaching Commission supports this program predicated on the basis that the guidelines provided within the U-5 Master Coach Manual are followed and that all decisions regarding the program are made in the best interest of the players.

U-5 Program Guidelines

General

  • Every effort should be made to institute a U-5 division separate from U-6, as there are significant social, emotional and physiological differences between U-5 and U-6 players.
  • AYSO’s membership year begins on August 1st each year and extends to the following July 31st. The effective date of age determination shall be the player’s age as of July 31st immediately prior to the start of the membership year. Players who have reached the age of four as of this date are eligible to participate – NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Every effort should be made to have separate girls and boys divisions.
  • The Jamboree Parent with Player format described within this document is the preferred program and should be followed when offering the U-5 program.
  • The U-5 program consists of one day per week of the Jamboree Parent with Player program for 6 to 8 weeks.

U-5 - Jamboree Parent with Player

Organization

Jamboree Parent with Player is the combination of two different formats that, put together, will provide the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. In AYSO soccer, a jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Parent with Player refers to the concept that each player will have a parent (or other adult) working with them on the field.

A “Master Coach” will lead each session. The Master Coach will introduce a game/activity that will practice a certain skill or part of the game using explanation and demonstration. Each pair (player/parent) will then attempt the activity while the Master Coach circles between pairs providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a suitable amount of time, the Master Coach will bring the players and parents back together as a group and recap what they have done, introducing the next game/activity.

Each Jamboree Parent with Player session will end with a 20 minute short-sided game (3 v 3). Details regarding the game are explained later. Most importantly, allow the players to play without coaching or teaching them as this experience is designed to expose them to soccer, not to begin developing them. The two goals of the program are to allow the players to enjoy the activities and to let the game be the teacher.



Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact the U5 Coordinator u5coord@ayso47.org

If you have time, drop us a note about how things are going as this a new program in AYSO - we are interested in getting feedback.