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EXPANDED YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Due to the great success of our Youth Development Program over the past decade we have decided to expand our offerings in this area. We have had many requests over the years to expand on this programming in length and also add an in-house league component to cater to our members up to 12 years of age. Now with facility and coaching options we feel we are in a position to do so.
We will continue to offer our two day per week program lasting 4 weeks that focuses on fun, skill-building activities and games for any 4 to 11-year-old player. We will continue to divide this program into 2 subgroups: our Lil' Kickers program for 4 to 6 year-old players and our Juniors Program, aimed at 7 to 11 -year-olds.
This program has been the foundation of our Club for the past two decades. Often times we’ve been told that this was the highlight of a child’s summer. We make learning fun, which builds passion for the game. Greg Cane, a founder of Gitchi Gummi Soccer Club back in 1991 and UMD Women's Soccer head coach, leads the player development program. His wife, Patti Cane, has been involved with our younger soccer enthusiasts in the Lil' Kickers program now for 19 years. She does a fantastic job with the little ones as she uses her preschool director background to encourage, motivate, and engage our future stars.
This 4-week camp will take place at St. Scholastica's Saints Field. Each group gets two sessions a week, every Monday and Wednesday starting July 6th and running for 4 weeks until July 30th. The Lil' Kickers take the field from 5:15 to 6:15 and Juniors follow from 6:30 to 7:30.
To register please use this link. https://gitchigummisoccer.sportngin.com/register/form/633830963
In addition to our Juniors and Lil' Kickers programming, we are delighted to announce that we are adding a second session for Late Summer. This program would have a slightly different look to it. We plan to create 4 groups; each group would have two, 1-hour sessions a week -- Mon. and Wed. or Tues. and Thurs.
There would still be the emphasis on skill development through instructional coaching but we would also add a game component to this session with an in-house league. All of these sessions will be open to players 7 to 12 years old.
Our new 6 week program will start on August 3rd and it would run until September 10th. Sessions would be between 5:30 and 8 PM each night at one consistent site. The fee for this will be $125 per player.
To register please use this link. https://gitchigummisoccer.sportngin.com/register/form/432184012
We are getting excited about being able to get back on the pitch and train your children!
A few things to this message. The first is the protocol the Club will follow to be in compliance with all Minnesota Department of Health and Centers of Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. This document is accurate as of June 11th, today. If and when there are changes to the guidelines we will update each of you. We fully expect this document will continue to evolve right up to and potentially during our training sessions. Hopefully you will see we are taking this very seriously and have spent time planning for all the new logistics that will go into holding these sessions.
Obviously as families you have a big role to play in the safety of your children and all involved in these sessions. This is what we expect from you and your children when attending these.
And finally here is our TENTATIVE schedule for these sessions. Again this could change depending on how the movement between phases plays out. As I have said before the hope is to get 3 sessions a week for the 5 weeks. We have had to include 30 minutes between sessions by the guidelines so we are asking families to collect their children immediately at the end of the session. The next group should come in no sooner than 10 minutes before the start of their session to be tested and such.
We felt it was important to give you all an idea of the timing of the sessions so you can plan, but again this could change over the next 3 weeks. We intentionally did not schedule sessions for the weekends as we know July and August for many is cabin time.
Coaches of our U12 - U19 teams will be getting a head count of players who are planning to take part in these training sessions. I will not be looking for exact sessions players can attend but a more general status of yes or no, to my child attending. I am sure we will have families who will not want to participate and that is fine, we just need to plan, in terms of numbers, for each of these groups. So I would ask that you get back to your coaches right away, thanks!