SQUIRTS FOOTBALL 2017
WHAT IS THE SQUIRTS PROGRAM?
The Football Squirts program has been created to develop the football skills of 3 to 5 year olds. The program will enhance the opportunities for young children to receive quality, consistent coaching. The hope is that in acquiring basic skills, participating children will not only learn correct technique but will also develop a love of the “world game”.
The Football Squirts program promotes football-based exercise and activity for younger children who are not able to be registered to play. It can be used as a stand-alone program at specific times during the week or as a way of involving younger family members on weekends while their older brothers and sisters play scheduled matches. The program is not a “technical coaching” program, but a tempered introduction to the great sport of football. The very basics of the game are introduced and experienced by the participants through different drills, practices and games.
Elite players are not the ultimate outcome we are seeking, rather the development of the individual participant’s gross motor skills in conjunction with them becoming physically active. Running, stopping, ball control, jumping, turning, balance, agility, movement and general co-ordination are all skills to be acquired and improve.
WHAT DO WE TEACH IN SQUIRTS FOOTBALL?
- Coordination (body)
The very essence of movement should be an integral part of each session. Basic skills such as running, jumping, turning and twisting are to be introduced.
- Motor Skills Development
With or without a ball, the children are to be challenged in simple gross-motor skill movement.
- Hand-Eye and Foot-Eye Coordination
This is integral for all sports and ought to be developed whether or not football is ultimately their chosen sport.
- Introduction to Stretching, Exercise and their Health Benefits
Full body stretches are not advocated, but rather an introduction to such activities to educate the children on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.
- Basic Fundamentals of the Game and its Skills
The skills are introduced in a fun and relaxed manner. By introducing the information in a subtle way, the children are learning the basic fundamentals under the guise of having fun.
This element is important not just for football, but for life in general. One-legged stand has never been so much fun with and without the ball.
- Games and the Focus of Fun – not winning
After several weeks of sessions and practice the concept of a game becomes instinctive in the participant’s football development. Simple throw-ins and goal-kicks skills are taught, but they are basically allowed to have fun and permitted to learn through play. Participation and having fun is the key element we are seeking to promote.
We seek to instil in participants a need to show courtesy to others as they would like to be shown. The program aims to develop good athletes who accept winning and losing in the same spirit and manner. Encouragement of a positive outlook, to always look forward to the next game, is something we hope to instil.
- Rules and Regulations
We are aiming to give the children very basic rules so they can enjoy the game to a greater level. The concept of tackling and body contact will be addressed and monitored where needed.
- Respect for Others and their Space
An underlying theme will “Be respectful of all players and officials”. Enjoyment from participating in the game, regardless of the result, is to be fostered.
HOW ARE SESSIONS ORGANISED?
- 0 -10 minutes à Warm up – Co-ordination, motor skills, stretching
- 10 – 18 minutes à Skills of the game introduced through fun activities
- 20 – 30 minutes à Balance, Hand-eye / Foot-eye co-ordination
- 30 – 40 minutes à Skills of the game introduced through fun activities
- 42 – 50 minutes à Shooting or Single-Sided-Game (SSG) or “Beat the Coach”
WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM START?
In 2017 the Olympic Squirts program will begin and end in Queensland school term times (see below). The Squirts program will occur on a Saturday morning and will kick off at 8.30am. The number of registered squirts in a given term will determine the number of sessions held on a Saturday morning.
TERM 1 : Saturday 28th January to Saturday 1st April 2017
TERM 2 : Saturday 22nd April to Saturday 24th June 2017
TERM 3 : Saturday 15th July to Saturday 16th September 2017
WHAT DOES THE SQUIRTS PROGRAM COST?
The program will cost $100 per term + $55 for a playing kit (shorts, socks and jersey). The $100 fee will also include an end of term medallion. The registration fee will need to be paid in full before the beginning of each term. Players registering after the commencement of each term will be charged a pro rata fee depending on how many weeks are left in the term.
HOW DO I REGISTER MY CHILD?
Simply follow this link and fill out the registration form.