U4 – U12: Grass Roots Development
Why was Grass Roots Soccer Developed?
Grass Roots Development provides the basis for optimal training and competition kids need to enjoy sports the most and perform their best. The Grass Roots program was developed to teach soccer fundamentals and encourage players to have fun. The Seven (7) stages of player development identified by the CSA are addressed in our Grass Roots Program Vision.
WSSC’s (5) Grass Roots Goals
- Support a revamp of youth sports as participation in recreational level sports has been declining across Canada which impacts life-long wellness.
- To wholistically promote the long-term success of WSSC Soccer Players
- To help identify and develop the next generation of players.
- To promote learning skills and players taking part in activities that match their stage of development, i.e. “doing the right thing at the right time”.
- Most importantly, it tells us that early specialization and early intense training in most sports does not help develop a child to the best they could possibly be. In fact, it prevents children from developing to their full potential.
At WSSC, we have recognized the leadership role that the Club must play in the Community and all our programs comply with recommendations made by sports experts.
WSSC’s (7 developmental stage) Vision for Grass Roots
- Creating a safe, fun-filled and positive learning environment in
which children can develop their appreciation of the game.
- Providing a platform for active learning and technical exploration, encouraging children to take ownership of their problem-solving and decision-making processes.
- A highlight qualified, experienced coaching staff, who share a passion for the game that is transferred to all our young
- To instill a high level of professionalism in our young participants both on and off the field of play.
- To nurture and reinforce a child’s intrinsic desire to develop as an athlete and a maturing young person.
- To offer a highly professional, secure and dynamic learning enviroment in which excellence may be fostered, achieved and maintained.
- Use the many variants of Mini Soccer with 4 goals in practice (instead of attacking one centralized goal, the ball has to be kicked in one of two goals, separated by no less than 12 yards) with the purposed of systematically stimulation the perception skills, a capacity that has to be considered as a base for correct decision-making and execution of technique.
Grass Roots Coaching for 6 – 12 yrs
Grass Roots coaching seeks to instill WSSC coaches with the importance of using soccer activities as an educational instrument to improve the children’s technical, tactical, visual, cognitive and physical capacities. Healthful habits towards the practice of sport, thus maintaining and improving their health. Teaching them to efficiently occupy their leisure time with sports activities, offering enjoyment and pleasure. Contributing to the development of the personality of each one of the young players.