U4 League


RYSA U4 (Lil’ Shooters) League

We are excited about our U4 league. For many of you, this is your first experience with Recreational soccer. We want your U4 player’s first experience with organized soccer to be a great one!

Lil’ Shooters Kick Off the 2011 Spring Season!
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The RYSA U4 league is a developmental program for children looking to learn the game of soccer. This program is the first step in achieving their soccer goal, which will include not only playing soccer, but games and activities which foster the movement and agility required in the basic skills of soccer. With the number one goal in mind, kids are to have fun while learning.

This is the first year U4 is a sanctioned program within Kentucky Youth Soccer Assoc. (KYSA). We know many of you are eager to plan out your season and get started, so here is some information for you:

  1. We will plan for 10 training sessions.
  2. There will be two (2) sessions during the week for one hour each session.
  3. We will end with the kids being part of the RYSA Funfest.
  4. Players will receive for the session a t-shirt, they will keep, and a ball.
  5. There are no organized teams in the U4 league. We will have a certified coaching staff each week running the sessions.

We hope this soccer season will be the first of many more to come.  If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Training Session Philosophy
The purpose of this training program is to allow the U4s the opportunity to learn some basic ideas and experience the basic skill sets of soccer. They’ll learn that it’s a game that revolves around solving problems; that it ends with a result; that it takes place in a defined area; that it has an objective; direction; rules and involves other people. It’s also important for parents to understand that the problems the children will need to solve as they learn the elements of the game.

There are four developmental areas we’ll observe. They are interdependent and are improved within the context of the game. Together they provide a baseline for.

1)      Motor Skills. These develop over time as the child matures. Physical strength, coordination, balance and speed are improved within their genetic limits inside the game.

2)      Social Development. Children must learn how to interact with others in order to play the game. Both cooperative and competitive social skills will be taught.

3)      Ball Manipulation. The ball represents the first level of resistance. Manipulating it in order to achieve an objective.

4)      Soccer Insight. Understanding the meaning, objectives, problems and solutions that the game asks is a key learning objective.