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Program Overview

U5: COED : (Pre-K):

The U5 age group is entirely skill development based, played on Saturday mornings. A curriculum is followed to ensure fun and lots of touches on the ball. There are NO games, however, the kids get a chance to play in very small-sided formats, such as 1v1, 2v1, and 2v2 to start to encourage teamwork. However, due to their age, we have found that work on individual skills is more beneficial as they all “want the ball”. As they get older, the become more aware of their teammates and are able to pass the ball. Players and parents are generally notified within a week or 2 of the start of the season.

U6: COED : (K):

The U6 age group is a combination between skill development and game format, played on Saturday mornings. A curriculum is followed to ensure fun and lots of touches on the ball. There are NO games, however, the kids get a chance to play in very small-sided formats, such as 1v1, 2v1, and 2v2 to start to encourage teamwork. However, due to their age, we have found that work on individual skills is more beneficial as they all “want the ball”. As they get older, the become more aware of their teammates and are able to pass the ball. Players and parents are generally notified within a week or 2 of the start of the season.

U8 Girls / U8 Boys : (Grades 1 & 2)

U8 program is a small sided format to ensure lots of touches on the ball and development of skills. We do try to blend teams with both Mendon and Upton children as well as ability. Requests can be made to pair children together for social reasons, however, in the spirit of creating relatively equal teams, we cannot guarantee all requests. Due to the “in-town” nature of the program, we have more flexibility with deadlines, etc. Players and parents are generally notified within a week or 2 of the start of the season.

U10-U14 Boys & Girls (grades 5-8)

Ages U10 through U14 are travel-based, U10-U14 play on Saturday both in the fall and spring. Practices are generally during the week and the coach may elect to practice once or twice a week depending on his/her schedule and field availability. Travel soccer is generally local (within 25 minutes), but ocassionally a team may have a ride up to 45 minutes depending on the number of teams in the age group and division of play. The league does try to schedule games locally if possible, but cannot guarantee it.

U16-U18 (Grades 9-12)

In the fall, there is a HS age group, which encompasses those players from U15 through U18. This age group has a wide age range due to the fact many players are playing HS soccer in the fall season and do not play town soccer. In the spring, there are separate age groups for U16 and U18. They play on Sundays. Teams within the HS (fall) and U16 and U18 groups (spring) may take time to form as sometimes there is not enough interest to field teams at the older age groups.