26 Oct 2011
The OSC House League program is where the majority of our players are introduced to the game of soccer and where the majority of our players will play throughout their careers. Advancing Every Player applies equally to our House League participants as it does to Rep. As such, we format the House League curriculum this way:
Active Start (U4-U6)
“First steps, first kicks”
At this introductory level the objective is to get children moving and to keep them active.
"Fun with the Ball"
Skill development at this stage should be well structured, positive and FUN; and should concentrate on developing the ABC’s of Agility, Balance and Coordination plus Speed. Coaches should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is about freedom and fun.
Learning to Train (U9-U12)
"The Golden Age of Learning"
The effect of the role model is very important at this stage. The coach’s role becomes even more important as he or she becomes one of the player’s role models, along with famous players and teams. At these ages players want to learn creative skills. Skill demonstration from the coach is very important as the players learn best by doing. Players are now moving from self–centred to self–critical, and they have a high stimulation level during basic skills training.
Soccer for Life (U13+)
"Soccer for Health and Growth"
This stage requires a fun and challenging environment to keep players interested and active in soccer. These recreational and competitive players will enjoy and benefit from exciting and stimulating practices and games.