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Intramural Soccer Program

 

AGE GROUPS

Our Intramural league is made up of Co-Ed teams ranging from older 3-year olds up to 17 years of age.


BBGC follows the US Youth Soccer age grouping recommendations. Your player's soccer age is determined by your player's age as of August 1.

Determining your player's soccer age can be tricky. Soccer age grouping starts in the fall season of a calendar year and carries through the subsequent spring season. to help with understanding soccer ages, the U in U-6 means the player's age as of August 1 is Under-6 for the season year. US Youth Soccer has a nice chart that will help you determine your child's soccer age by birth year AND season year. The US Youth Soccer main page can be found at http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/.
 
If you need (or would like) to play out of your established age group, you must request a waiver to do so. Please provide your request to the appropriate age director of your player's actual age group, age director contact information is in the table at the bottom of this page.  Generally, your child’s birthday must be within a month of the cutoff to play down an age group and within 12 months to play up.


COST

Our intramural league cost is $60 per season and it includes two BBGC game jerseys (one orange and one black) that you get to keep. Be sure to enter the correct shirt size at the time of registration. 


BBGC is an all-volunteer organization and the best way to ensure you get the schedule you want, is to step up and become a Coach.  Anyone interested in coaching in the Intramural or County program should send the request to Soccer@bbgc.com

By being a head coach, you:

  • Get to set your practice schedule (day and time)
  • Pick your practice field
  • Are provided a waiver for your next soccer registration fee

 

NOTE: Please list any practice day conflicts and coach requests in the registration system. We TRY to accommodated these to the best of our ability, but there are absolutely NO GARUNTEES.  


SEASONS

In the intramural program there are two soccer seasons, a fall season and a spring season. The fall season starts in late August or early September and runs until the beginning of November depending on weather. The spring season starts in early March and normally runs until the end of April beginning of May depending on weather.

 
 
PRACTICES

Practices are about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Coaches are volunteers and are only required to hold at least one practice a week. Your team’s practice schedule will be determined by your assigned volunteer coach. Practices are generally held between 5pm and 7pm.

** NEW for SPRING 2017 **  BBGC will host an Academy style training session for our Intramural players.  This will be led by a professional trainer from UK Elite Soccer who will instruct and have our volunteer coaches running stations in an organized manner and from a professionally developed curriculum that is designed to better teach the fundamentals of the game to our players and coaches.  This will take place at Andy Brown Soccer field in Allen Pond Park on Mondays for the U5/6 and U7/8 age groups and Tuesdays for U9/10 and U11-16 players.  The times for academy night will be 5:45-7:00 for the younger teams and 7:15-8:30 for the older teams each day.  Please plan accordingly to be available for this opportunity as it will be considered one of your child's practice sessions of the week.  The academy nights will start in mid-March and run for 6 weeks.  Your volunteer coach will decide the other night your assigned team will practice on and will work to further the training on that week's topic.  

Due to the amount of children that will be attending our Academy night training on Mondays and Tuesdays we will need your cooperation to help it run smoothly. We will work hard to maintain a safe and fun learning environment so:
  1. It is essential that your child is on time and attends only your assigned time slot.  
  2. You must have someone stay at the field to watch over your child but at no time should you or others in your party enter the field without notifying the coaches that are running the event. 
  3. If your child is disruptive or unruly during the session, they will be sent to you on the sideline for remediation
  4. We ask that you leave soccer balls at home (or in the car) during academy nights, to prevent sharing issues and loss. We will have the equipment needed for the academy session.

GAMES

Games are held mostly on Saturdays on fields within the city of Bowie. Dates, times and locations for make-up games are coordinated by the two head coaches.

 
 
EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS

The only equipment required for your child is soccer shin pads and plenty of water. If possible, it is recommended that each player also have cleats and their own ball at practice but these are not mandatory. Coaches are provided a bag with some equipment which includes 5 or so soccer balls. Remember though that the more balls there are, the more time each child gets to have a ball at their feet and practice their skills. Also, baseball and football cleats with a front cleat ARE NOT allowed for soccer.

 

IMPORTANT SEASONAL DATES (approximations)

SPRING SEASON

·         Last week of February - registration closes

·         Week after registration closes - Parents meeting for U4/5, U5/6, U7/8 age groups only

·         End of first week in March - Coaches receive team rosters

·         Second week of March - First practice week

·         Within 2 weeks of registration closing – Game fields are lined

·         Mid-March - First game weekend

·         Last week of the season - End of season awards provided to coaches for kids

·         First weekend in May - Last spring game weekend

 

FALL SEASON

·         Last week of August - registration closes

·         Week after registration closes - Parents meeting for U4/5, U5/6, U7/8 age groups only

·         End of first week in September - Coaches receive team rosters

·         Second week of September  - First practice week

·         Within 2 weeks of registration closing – Game fields are lined

·         Mid-September - First game weekend

·         Last week of the season - End of season awards provided to coaches for kids

·         First weekend in November - Last fall game weekend

 


SOCCER PROGRAM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES/POSITIONS:

 

  • AGE DIRECTOR – Oversight of the age group, coordinates season planning, coach and team rostering, ensures participant and volunteer adherence to BBGC bylaws, and policies.
  • HEAD COACH – In charge of managing the individual soccer team and coordinating the volunteers associated with the team. Runs practices and leads the team during games
  • ASSISTANT COACH – Directly supports the head coach in running practices and managing the sidelines during practice.
  • TEAM PARENT – Supports the head coach in many ways, assisting in practices, sending reminders to team parents about practices and games, setting up snack schedules, coordinating team gatherings, etc.
  • FIELD UPKEEP AND MAINTENANCE – Supports the Age director in maintaining the fields and setting up and breaking down fields before  and after weekend games. Also supports lining fields before the season and touching up fielding before weekend.

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

POINTERS AND GUIDANCE FOR COACHES NEW AND OLD…

 

Our Mission as a soccer coach:

  • Role Models – Players look up to you and are influenced by your behavior.  Players as well as parents observe your language, treatment of your peers, their peers, and parents.  Players learn through observation.
  • Teacher of Soccer – The goal for this age group is to introduce them to the basic concepts of soccer (dribbling, kicking, running, scoring goals!), help them improve their social skills, and most importantly…Have Fun!
  • Facilitator of Fun – Players participate when they are having fun.  Soccer is the most popular sport that offers excitement for youth players of all abilities.  Coaches need to be enthusiastic and conduct all activities in a spirit of enjoyment.  Each practice should finish in a scrimmage as the largest portion of the session.  The game is the biggest teacher.

 

The 3 L’s should be eliminated in practices, lines, laps, and lectures.

  • Lines – try to create smaller groups in drills so more players are constantly moving with the bal.
  • Laps – It is good to run but if they don’t have a ball at their feet, they are losing time learning how to control and have balance with the ball.
  • Lectures – Just boring, these kids have an attention span of 30 sec if lucky.  Demonstrate your point if possible and then have them do it.

 

Equipment:

  • BBGC will provide balls, cones, pinnies, and a bag to carry the equipment.  Coaches should have a whistle which you will need to buy.

 

Practice Sessions:

 
  • Your practice sessions should be at least 45- 60 minutes long.  You can go longer if the kids are having fun.
  • You should incorporate a warm-up, and individual activity, small group games, and a scrimmage at the end.
    • Warm-ups – can consist of dribbling as they arrive which gets their muscles moving and blood flowing.  Dynamic stretching during warm-ups is perfect.  Traffic Jam, Hi/low, rabbit/turtle speed, Body parts.
    • Individual Activity – perform a repetitious move with the ball so the player is constantly touching the ball at their feet.  Helps learn to manipulate and keep the ball under control.  This is best to teach kids change of direction for example like inside/outside foot chops, pull backs, for the older players step overs, scissor etc.  Games like Red light Green light, Dribble relay race, Kick the coach.
    • Small group activities – activities include opposition, do not need to be even can do 3v2, 2v1, even 3v1.  Some examples Steal the bacon, Martian Invasion, Sharks and minnows, back to back goals.
    • Scrimmage – Break the team in to 2 teams and have them play.  Participate in the game as well.  Have fun.
  • There are many web materials online. There  are helpful activities and games to create your practice sessions provided by US Youth Soccer at: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/CoachResourceCenter/

 

Intramural League Age Group Directors:

 

Age Group

Director's name

Phone number (optional)

Email

U4-U6 - Mini Kickers

Benjamin Starr   

 

MiniKickers@BowieSoccer.com

U7&8 - Strikers

Cody Thornton  

 

strikers@bowiesoccer.com

U9&10

Alex Gamez      


Agamez16@gmail.com

U11&12

Kevin Stewart 

stewartk143@gmail.com

U13-16

Kevin Stewart 

stewartk143@gmail.com