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U9 Limited Travel
Welcome all players, coaches and parents to Walpole Youth Soccer U9 'Limited Travel' Program!
U9 is the transition year into travel soccer. The U9 teams play a modified travel schedule, traveling to nearby towns for away games, hosting those same towns for home games, and also continuing to play some games vs. other WYSA U9 teams. Games are typically played on Saturdays in both the Fall and Spring seasons, with times varying as fields are available in the towns involved. See the link at the bottom of the page for the schedule (normally finalized a week or two before the season is scheduled to begin). Usually, we try to schedule intramural games (Walpole vs Walpole) for the first couple of weekends to ease everyone into the program.
Game and Practice Schedule
All U9 teams attend a Group Training Night, typically on Monday evenings with their coaches assisted by professionals from the New England Revolution. These are fast paced, learning-by-playing sessions that help players (and coaches) develop technical skills and tactical awareness appropriate for their age group. In addition, the coach typically holds one team-specific practice session each week.
Modified Format for learning
U9 soccer games are played on a standard field with 7 players, including a goal keeper, on each team. The games will be refereed and all general soccer rules, except off sides, will be in effect. In addition, WYSA has some special rules for U9 soccer, intended to focus on player education;
Re-takes of throw-ins, goal kicks, free kicks and re-starts are allowed after the referee has explained (or demonstrated) the infraction.
There are no direct free kicks, or penalty kicks, only indirect free kicks. Indirect free kicks require the attacking team to make at least one pass before shooting at goal, following a foul.
On goal kicks, the defending team is to retreat into their own half (to provide the team with taking the goal kick the opportunity to clear the ball) until the ball is played out of the penalty area. This is a new rule that is being promoted at the U10 age group too, to encourge teams to pass the ball out of their own defensive end of the field.
No goalie kicks or throws directly over the half way line.
There are no slide tackles and there are no headers.
Players should wear cleats and shin guards under their socks for all games and practice sessions, and bring water bottles (refillable water bottles are recommended.)
To ensure the safety and enjoyment of youth soccer to all who are involved in the program there are rules that must be adhered to during all WYSA games, practices and tournaments:
Coaches are ultimately responsible for overseeing that rules and policies are adhered to.
Coaches and players will occupy one side of the field and parents and spectators will occupy the opposite side. Only officially sanctioned head coaches and up to two sanctioned assistant coaches (maximum of 3 adults) may be with the players.
Parents and spectators should not be coaching in any manner from the sidelines or behind the goals.
No jewelry may be worn, particularly earrings which must be removed (not covered.)
No one (players, siblings, spectators) should climb on soccer goals or any other sports equipment stored near playing or practice fields.
WYSA is bound by and supports the BAYS Zero Tolerance Policy code of conduct.
Please check the website each week BEFORE heading to the fields for weather or field updates.
Link to Spring 2016 Schedule is attached below: