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      Division 4 - ages 9 & 10

Each player should report to the field assigned to your team's game.  Play time is from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM.

Play is now 11 aside - players are stronger and faster - the children will start hearing terms like Sweeper and shoulder charge - corner kicks will almost always find their way to the front of the goal and play in general will be more intense.  This is not to say that this division is any less instructional than the younger levels.  We are an instructional league from beginning to end.  But now the landscape is starting to change.  Your children are becoming more mature and more comfortable with the TEAM concept.  They have learned the value of swift, precise passing and assists are celebrated right along with the goals.  

As is the case in all divisions, each session is broken into practice and game segments.  The children will still play games ( Knock-out, Crab Soccer, etc.) during the practice segment, but they will probably be used as warm-ups.  Much of the "practice play" will give way to more serious, focused passing, dribbling, shooting and ball control drills.  

Games are broken into quarter to allow for frequent water breaks, orderly substitutions and so players can move to different position.

Equipment:

#4 soccer ball - Smaller and easier on the knees
Shin guards are a must - Children are not allowed on the field without them
Large water bottle - proper hydration is extremely important