Whyte Ridge Mini Soccer
Mini Soccer is a wonderful introduction to the game of soccer for our children, and for many this will be the first organized sport they play. As a community, we strive to make this first experience fun and rewarding. Mini Soccer is for children aged 3 to 8 years old and is played on fields in our community. Practices and games take place from 6:00 to 7:00pm Monday through Thursday in May and June.
Thanks for encouraging your child to learn the greatest sport on the planet! Have a great season!
Mini Soccer Overview
Registration for the 2019 season will open on February 26. Please read through the information on this page and then follow the link at the bottom of the page to register.
Soccer for U3/U4, U5/U6 Players
In 2019, there are 2 leagues for children born in the following years: 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Different from previous years, we have decided to have the U5s and U6s play together as we have seen this work well in other communities and in private mini soccer leagues in Winnipeg. Everyone has fun at these levels! This program is designed to provide all players with lots of opportunity to touch the ball in a positive environment. It is designed to expose young children to the basics of dribbling, passing and shooting. This level of Mini Soccer is played on a small field with no goal keepers and only 4 players from each team should play per shift. Children in these levels will be part of the Tim Horton’s sponsored soccer program in which Tim Horton’s provides a soccer jersey, a ball & medallion to each player.
Soccer for U7/8 Girls and U7/8 Boys
In 2019, these leagues are for children born in the following years: 2011 and 2012. There is a girls U7/8 league and a boys U7/U8 league. At this level, our program emphasizes skill development, personal growth and fun. Basic personal soccer techniques and team skills are developed. U7/8s play either 5 on 5 or 6 on 6, including a goal keeper. All players will receive a jersey & medallion included with their registration fees.
Rules for mini soccer
Times and Location
Mini Soccer takes place 2 evenings a week from 6:00pm to 7:00pm, starting the week of April 29th, 2019 (unless the fields are not dry or the weather is very bad; your coaches will let you know if games are cancelled). The U5/6s will play on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the U7/8s (boys and girls) will play on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The U3/4 players will begin one week later on May 7th. They play 1 evening a week only, on Tuesdays.
U5/6 and U7/8 has 16 practice and game sessions. U3/4 has 8 sessions.
If a game is cancelled, your coach will contact you and it will be made up later in June.
Mini Soccer is played in one of the following community parks: Don Smith Park (next to Henry Izzat Middle School), Whyte Ridge Elementary School, Whyte Ridge Community Centre.
What to Wear & What to Bring
- All players are required to wear shin guards and it is recommended that they play in soccer shoes and shorts, but running shoes and athletic pants are also acceptable.
- Children playing in the U3/4 to U6 categories will receive a team jersey from Tim Horton’s.
- Children playing in the U7/8 categories will receive a Whyte Ridge team jersey. Players keep their jerseys at the end of the season.
- All players will be provided a practice ball for use each session.
- All players must bring a full water bottle to practice. Please do not bring glass containers to the field.
- Bring or pre-administer mosquito repellent and sunscreen as necessary.
- Players may not wear jewelry, sunglasses or hats.
- Players should visit the bathroom before coming to the park, for there are limited or no facilities near the fields.
- Pet attendance is discouraged but if required, please ensure they are leashed.
A parent/ guardian must be at the field for all practices and games. If a parent leaves the field, he/she must designate another parent to be responsible for the child. This is not a drop-off program. All coaches are volunteers, and they are not ultimately responsible for the care of the children.
We ask that parents help make this a rewarding experience for all the children, so please:
- Bring positive energy; this is a time-out from our busy lives when we can just focus on our children;
- Be on time and stay for the full hour;
- Support all players, coaches and volunteers;
- Celebrate progress, effort and teamwork more than goals;
- Do not focus on the score;
- Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the sport; and
- If a disagreement arises, be respectful and calm.
We encourage your child to:
- Play by the rules;
- Show respect to all coaches, their teammates and their opposition;
- Control their tempers;
- Remember that our focus is on participating and having fun, and not on winning.
Medical and First Aid Situations
Parents and guardians are responsible for all medical situations and first aid treatment. Coaches and league administrators are not responsible for looking after medical conditions or for giving first aid to children. A first aid kit is available at the games if needed by parents/ guardians. In case of an injury requiring emergency response, a team official can call 911.
All children playing Mini Soccer are given the opportunity to play an equal portion of games regardless of their abilities. Coaches will make every effort to ensure all players are given equal opportunity to play.
Everyone, players, coaches and parents, must observe the spirit of fair play and positive conduct. FUN is the operative word in Mini Soccer!
Mini Soccer follows follow the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) weather cancellations, which is found on their website every day of the season. If it is raining and/or windy, we usually play. The players usually enjoy this, but admittedly it is not as fun for the spectators. The U3/4 level may cancel games more frequently because of the young age of the children. Cancelled games will be made up in June. In all cases, lightning in the vicinity is cause for immediate game cancellation.
Team Rosters will be formed, players emailed, and schedules made approximately one week before the start of the season. Organizing a league with 225+ children is a big undertaking, so please be patient as the season approaches.
Teams will be made up as coaches and registrations are received. Volunteers determine the size and success of the program. If we do not have enough coaches, we will cut off registration. Being a great Mini Soccer coach and role model does not require soccer playing experience. If you plan to be out cheering every time your child plays, please consider becoming an assistant coach or coach, getting involved in the program and sharing the reward of participation with your child.
There will be guidance and training given to coaches and assistant coaches at the beginning of the season, and the directors are available throughout the season to talk about coaching ideas with you.
Summary of Important Mini Soccer Details
Mini Soccer co-directors: Rachael Fecyk-Lamb and Karthi Pariyasamy
Age Group: U3/4 (Year born 2015 & 2016)
Fee: $ 57
Game day(s): Tuedays, 6:00 to 7:00pm
Location: Don Smith Park
Conveners: Meagan Berry
Age Group: U5/6 (Year born 2013 & 2014)
Fee: $ 70
Game day(s): Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Whyte Ridge Elementary School
Conveners: Tracy Sterdan
Age Group: U7/8 Girls (Year born 2011 & 2012)
Fee: $ 90
Game day(s): Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Whyte Ridge Elementary School
Conveners: Janine Carmichael
Age Group: U7/8 Boys (Year born 2011 & 2012)
Fee: $ 90
Game day(s): Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 to 7:00 pm
tion: Whyte Ridge Elementary School
Conveners: Courtney Melnuk
* Game days and field location are NOT absolute and are subject to change.
For complete list of soccer directors and volunteers, visit Whyte Ridge Soccer Contacts page.
Our fees pay for field and park maintenance, equipment, jerseys and medallions for U7/8 players, training for coaches, an appreciation event for our volunteer coaches and a City of Winnipeg ‘Athletic Field Youth Participant User’ fee.
Mini Soccer refund requests must be made by email through email@example.com before April 15, 2019, which is two weeks before the start of the Mini Soccer season. All refunds are subject to a $30 administration fee.
Please read all of the information above before proceeding with registration.
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