U8-U9 Seattle United Junior Sounders

Seattle United Junior Sounders Mission:

Seattle United offers year-round U8 and U9 teams through our “SEATTLE UNITED JUNIOR SOUNDERS PROGRAM”.

Long term player development and a life-long love for the game is our goal.

Seattle United U8-U9 “Junior Sounders” will have a strong and clear curriculum that aims to produce technically proficient and confident players in a FUN and enriching environment.  This program will also foster player autonomy and allow players to play without the fear of failure.  We strive for a holistic approach that develops players’ technical foundation, game understanding, physical literacy and mindset.  We also place importance on parent education.

The Seattle United U8-U9 Junior Sounders program incorporates Sounders Academy methodology, curricula and best practices, as well as providing the players of Seattle United with the best soccer foundation in the local area and the first step in a clear long-term soccer development pathway.

 

Girls

Age Groups Premier Pool Copa Tango Samba
2011 (U8) Cassidy Gray
2010 (U9) Zoe Birkbeck Chad Triplett Koji Nakamura

Boys

Age Groups Premier Pool Copa Tango Samba
2011 (U8) Oliver Gore, Cassidy Gray, Connor Barton
2010 (U9) Thomas Forysiak Randy Johnson Andrew Crollard

Girls

Age Groups West Shoreline South NorthEast
2011 (U8) TBD TBD TBD TBD
2010 (U9) TBD TBD TBD TBD

Boys

Age Groups West Shoreline South NorthEast
2011 (U8) NA NA NA NA
2010 (U9) Josh Keyes (West Blue), Mason May (West White) Kim Huntermer Daniel Gehan (South Blue), Daniel Gehan (South White) Ken Sloan

U9 Premier Juniors:

Players who are selected for U9 Premier Level will initially be placed in a “pool” format for the first phase of the summer season.  Players will train together as a pool and then be split into teams for summer jamborees.  This will enable us more time to accurately assess and evaluate players prior to splitting into “teams”.

Players will be split into “Copa”, “Tango” and “Samba” teams after the Summer break in preparation for Fall league play. This is to group players by ability.  However, these are fluid rosters and teams and there will continue to be player movement and combined practices throughout the year.

U9 Premier Teams will play in the WA State RCL Fall and Spring leagues, and will participate in three local Summer Jamboree events – one in June, July and August.

All teams will play the 7v7 format.

Here is a concise breakdown of annual calendar:

U9 PREMIER CALENDAR

U9 Premier – SUMMER

  • Twice Weekly Practices / Third practice every second week, from the end of May through August.
  • Summer Break for the first 3 WEEKS OF JULY. This is a complete break from practices and games during this period.
  • Three summer jamborees, one in June, July and August.

U9 Premier – FALL

  • Twice Weekly Practices / Third practice every second week September through November.
  • Fall League games on Saturdays or Sundays from September through to Thanksgiving.
  • One week break over Thanksgiving week.
  • Three week Winter Break from trainings and outdoor games – mid-December to the first week of January.
  • Futsal league games on Sundays:  December-February.

U9 Premier – WINTER / SPRING

  • Twice Weekly Practices / Third practice every second week – Second week of January through end of March.
  • RCL Spring League games on Saturdays or Sundays from February through end of March.
  • U9 WYSA State Cup Participation during March / April. Practices will continue until team exits State Cup.

U8 Premier Juniors:

Players who are selected for the U8 Premier Level will be placed in a “pool” format where players will train together and then be split into teams for games.  This allows for a player centric development model, as well as allowing players the opportunity to play and train with different players.

U8 Premier will play in the Junior RCL Fall and Spring leagues and will participate in three local Summer Jamboree events – one in June, July and August.

U8 Premier will play the 4v4 game format during the Summer and Fall.  During the spring, they will play 4v4 as well as some 7v7 games.

Here is a concise breakdown of the annual calendar:

U8 PREMIER CALENDAR

 U8 Premier – SUMMER

  • Twice weekly practices: June through August.
  • Summer Break for the first 3 WEEKS OF JULY.  This is a complete break from trainings and games during this period.
  • Three summer jamborees, one in June, July and August.

U8 Premier – FALL

  • Twice Weekly Practices: September through November.
  • Junior RCL Fall League games on Sundays from September through to Thanksgiving.
  • One week break over Thanksgiving week.
  • Three week Winter Break from trainings and outdoor games – mid-December to the first week of January.
  • Futsal league games on Sundays:  December-February.

U8 Premier – WINTER / SPRING

  • Twice Weekly Practices: Second week of January through end of March.
  • Junior RCL Spring League games on Sundays from February through end of March.
  • Year ends March 31st.

U8 – U9 Select Juniors:

Players will be placed on a team in their specific region of Seattle, i.e. West, Shoreline, NE and South.

U8-U9 select teams will play in the Junior RCL Fall and Spring leagues and will participate in three local Summer Jamboree events – one in June, July and August.

U8 Select Junior teams will play 4v4 format.

U9 Select Junior teams will play 7v7 format.

Here is a concise breakdown of annual calendar:

U8/U9 SELECT JUNIORS

 U8 / U9 Select Juniors – SUMMER

  • Twice weekly practices: June through August.
  • Summer Break for the first 3 WEEKS OF JULY. This is a complete break from practices and games during this period.
  • Three summer jamborees, one in June, July and August.

U8 / U9 Select Juniors – FALL

  • Twice Weekly Practices: September through November.
  • Junior RCL Fall League games on Sundays from September through to Thanksgiving.
  • Winter Break from trainings and outdoor games from Thanksgiving to the second week of January.
  • Futsal league games on Sundays:  December-February.

U8 / U9 Select Juniors – WINTER / SPRING

  • Twice Weekly Practices: Second week of January through end of March.
  • Junior RCL Spring League games on Sundays from February through end of March.
  • Year ends March 31st.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE JUNIOR SOUNDERS PROGRAM

Q: Can my child play other sports if they play for Seattle United?

A: Yes!  We value developing well-rounded young people and athletes, therefore we encourage and allow children of this age to continue to play multiple and alternate sports provided it doesn’t have major conflict with commitment to Seattle United practices and games.

Q: Can my child continue to play Recreational Soccer with SYSA?

A: We will permit “Select” team players to participate in Recreational Soccer during the fall if they wish to do so.  However, their first commitment should be to Seattle United and any participation in Recreational soccer should not impact attendance at SU practices and games.

Premier players are not permitted to play in SYSA Recreational Soccer during the season.

Q: Can my child participate in training camps and programs outside of Seattle United.

A: Yes, all players are allowed to participate in outside camps and programs.  All we ask is that it doesn’t affect the commitment made to Seattle United practices and games.

Note – Seattle United does offer additional in-house programs and camps in order to provide additional training opportunities to the players who want them.

Q: Can we sign up for just half of the year?

A: The commitment of accepting a place on a team at tryouts is a commitment to the full calendar.  We factor in extra breaks for this age group through the year as we realize it’s a large commitment.  However, in order to field teams, we need a full commitment to the whole season.

Q: Can we join Seattle United after tryouts mid-year?

A: Yes.  We do allow players to tryout and join teams’ mid-year.  However, this is all dependent on roster size, space and availability.

Q: How far do we travel for games?

A: All games in both the RCL and Junior RCL will be west of the Cascade’s and typically within the I-5 corridor between Everett and Gig Harbor.  The teams playing in the RCL will have 50% of their games in Seattle, and 50% of games they will travel.

The teams playing in the Junior RCL will have games in Seattle, Tukwila, Preston, Federal Way, Tacoma and Gig Harbor.

Q: Do you have parent coaches?

A: No.  All of our coaches are non-parent coaches.

Q: What level of qualifications do your coaches have?

A: Our coaches range between USSF E License and USSF A License coaches.  All our coaches are dedicated to furthering their coaching education.  All coaches will also receive formal and informal coaching evaluations and education through the course of the year.

Q: Why do U8’s play 4v4?

A: The 4v4 format for U8’s is a National initiative and format that is mandated by US Soccer – the countries national governing body for Soccer.  The 4v4 format increases touches per game for each player, creates more 1v1 and 2v2 situations and develops technique at a faster rate.

Q: Do you allow “play up’s” in age / birth year?

A: Players should try-out for their birth year.  However, if we deem a player good enough to play up an age group, and in the best interests of their development, then we do allow this.

Q: Do players on Select teams have the opportunity to practice and play with Premier teams?

A: We will invite Regional players to participate in trainings with Premier teams on a case by case situation based on a players’ developmental needs.  All players will regularly get seen in practice and games by the Program Director and we have open communication between all coaches in order for us to ensure all players are getting the training opportunities they require.