Development

Development Director: Ashley Derman

Email: development@haverhillyouthsoccer.org


Fundamental program for Preschool to Grade 2

Our Development program operates under the guidance of Mass Youth Soccer. Mass Youth Soccer is the official representative of US Soccer, the national governing body for soccer in the United States, and US Youth Soccer in Massachusetts. This program has been designed and developed in collaboration with these professional soccer organizations to offer age appropriate activities in a supportive, child-centered, positive learning environment.

The program's main goal is to instill a passion for the game of soccer in young children. This passion is vital to keeping players participating in the game throughout their life. It is our shared passion for the game that impels us to help young players experience the joys of the game in a healthy and positive youth soccer experience.

Our program for elementary schoolers has evolved with the game over the years and continues to be dynamic and fluid as we seek to always keep pace with the growth of soccer in the United States. We are dedicated to providing a contemporary and age appropriate program inclusive of the most current child development, athletic and soccer specific knowledge available to us. We hope you will take a moment to review the Player Development Initiatives to learn more about the development philosophy and playing standards set forth by US Soccer for the 4v4 playing format used by this program.


Seasons

Development seasons are eight weeks long and have independent registration periods. Fall seasons run from September to November and spring seasons run from April to June.

Note: Seasons are subject to change based on field availability.

Fall 2019 *** Revised ***

September 14th, 21st, 28th, October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th and November 2nd.

Spring 2020

April 25th, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th, June 6th and 13th.


Schedule

Development players are grouped by grade and randomly placed in coed groups led by volunteer coaches. These groups meet by grade to play together on Saturdays.

Note: Times are subject to change based on enrollment and field availability.

Fall 2019 *** Revised ***

6U teams will meet at 9:30 am for 45 minutes.

8U teams will meet at 10:45 am for 60 minutes.

Age Groups: 6U division combines Pre-School & Grade KG players. 8U division combines Grade 1 and Grade 2 players.

Note: Players must be at least 4 years old by August 31st to be eligible to participate in this program.

Spring 2020

Pre-School groups will meet at 9:00 am and play for 45 minutes.

Grade KG groups will meet at 10:15 am and play for 45 minutes.

Grade 1 groups will meet at 11:30 am and play for 60 minutes.

Grade 2 groups will meet at 1:00 pm and play for 60 minutes.

Note: Players must be at least 4 years old by August 31, 2019 to be eligible to participate in this program.


Fields

Development fields are located at a central location within the city.

Note: Locations are subject to change based on field availability.

  • Lawn signs are placed adjacent to each midfield line to help identify fields.

  • Spectators are asked to sit a few feet away from the touchlines to give the children enough room to play.

  • Sitting behind goals is prohibited.

Fall 2019

Dr. Albert B. Consentino School, located at 685 Washington Street.

Spring 2020

Tilton Upper School, located at 415 Primrose Street.


Equipment

Development players must have the following to participate in training sessions:

  • Jersey - Listed as “Development Bundle” through our online store.

  • Athletic shorts - Other clothing is allowed based on weather.

  • Soccer socks - Must cover shin guards.

  • Shin guards - Mandatory for safety.

  • Footwear - Sneakers are fine, but soccer cleats are recommended to avoid bad spills. However, shoes with toe cleats (baseball) are not allowed.

  • Soccer ball - Size 3.

  • Sports bottle - Players should bring plenty of fluids with them.