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Recreation and Development (U8 and new players)

Spring 2020 Schedule

Training sessions will start Mar. 3 at 6 pm for all except P&M.  Mar. 6 mixed session.
Tuesday training sessions (including P&M) will begin Mar. 20 through May 5.
Friday games will begin Sept. 13 and end on May 8.

Important Information

Must have shin guards on and UNDER socks
Must have water
Must have Size 3 soccer ball
Need to be there at start (6 PM)
No jewelry (no earrings, nothing around the neck, no bracelets)
RDL Uniforms are done separately and at practices!

In general, seasons are weekend after Labor Day until Friday before time change in the fall and week before spring break through 2nd weekend of May for spring. Registration for fall opens in April prior and closes the first week of practices. Registration for spring open in November and closes around spring break.

Days / Times

Tuesday from 6-7 PM

Friday Games 6-6:45 or 6:45-7:30 (skill level dependent)

Notification will be sent via email and text (make sure your information and mobile carrier is in gotsoccer) by 5:15 PM on training days if canceled for any reason.


The philosophy of LSC is to develop players able to contribute to any team they choose to play with over the years.  At the same time, we want to develop respectful athletes who love the (beautiful) game of soccer as they continue their lives in whatever direction it may lead.

What you need

Your children will need shin guards, a #3 ball, and water.
High intensity play will make the kids thirsty.
Although LSC has a few spare balls, we do not have enough for everyone, so it is imperative all players bring a #3 ball.  Another size is highly discouraged, as it is really not good on the little, developing legs to use a larger ball.  Also, invest in a nicer ball if you can, as they will use this ball until they reach U9... 1 quality ball taken care of will last this long instead of replacing every season.
Shin guards are mandatory, and your child will not be able or allowed to practice without them on.  I highly recommend the shin guards attached to stirrups (or built into socks) at this age, as it keeps the shin guards in the proper location.  They must be built into or under the players' socks.

Proper footwear is encouraged.  If you are buying new shoes for your child, I'd highly recommend turf soccer shoes at this age.  They are not big enough, fast enough, or quick enough to get any additional traction from longer cleats, and turf shoes are much more comfortable and safe.  Tennis shoes are also fine, but I understand how kids want to have cleats.


Jason Moore (Club President) writes the curriculum and oversees the technical aspects of the program and currently holds a USSF E License and United Soccer Coaches National Youth Diploma as well as special program diploma from the USC.  He is also currently HYSA Past-President.  He also has his Grade 7 referee license and coaches 05 Boys (Storm DDL) with his oldest son playing and 02/03 Girls (Ruckus SCL) team for the club.

You will meet our other volunteer coaches at the first practice, but we are always in need of helpers, and soccer knowledge is not a must. We will provide curriculum, training, and direction if you are willing to become a coach.

US Youth Soccer Player Development Model

The training session must be player-centered with the coach as a facilitator of the soccer experience. It is necessary to go with the flow and be adaptable with this age group. Use guided discovery, which gets children thinking and playing with little coaching interruption. Throughout the season, allow the players to experiment and discover the ball skills being taught on their own. The coach should demonstrate the skills a few times during the session. Also during the session, call out some of the key coaching points on how to execute the ball skills. Praise loudly and positively when a player does a skill correctly—positive reinforcement. Encourage them to try to do new things with the ball throughout the soccer season. It is very important that each player has a ball for every training session.
Fitness: Introduce the idea of how to warm-up and movement education. Begin education about nutrition with players and parents. Balance, walking, running, how to start and stop, jumping, hopping, rolling, skipping, changing direction, bending, twisting and reaching.
Technique: Dribbling (stop and start) and shooting. Experiment with the qualities of a rolling ball.
Psychology: Sharing, fair play, parental involvement, “how to play” and emotional management.
Tactics: Where is the field? The concept of boundary lines, at which goal to shoot and playing with the ball wherever it may go.
Coach’s qualities: Uses the games approach to learning, not drill oriented. Act as a facilitator rather than a coach. Other characteristics are: good humor, friendly helper, organizer, stimulator, ability to see soccer from a child’s perspective, patient, able to demonstrate movements and simple skills, enthusiastic and imaginative.
The Game: Preferably these should be unstructured pick-up game style matches. If scheduled matches must occur then every effort must be made to reduce the us versus them mentality and outcome-based expectations that surround too many youth games.


For more information related to the RDL program, please contact the RDL GM via email (click here).