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Under 8

For players born in 2008 and 2009

 

Under 8 is the first age group that separates the players by genders.  Teams play with rosters of 8 - 9 players and play games that are 5 v 5 with a goal keeper and are 12 Minute Quarters.  This is the first time that will have a referee who manages the game and the Laws of Game begin to be enforced.

This is a very common entry period to soccer and team sports, but many players will have played in the U6 and younger age groups as well.  

Teams are formed utilizing parent and coach requests in order to ensure as much parity as possible.   Players are returned to their teams in the spring season.

PROGRAM DATES AND DETAILS
Games begin the first Saturday in September for the fall season and the first Saturday in March for the spring season.  Practices begin two weeks before the first games. You can expect 8 games and 10 practices each season barring any weather related cancellations. 

REGISTRATION

Registration for our U8 program is limited by the number of parents who volunteer to coach.  We prefer to place two coaches per team to decrease the efforts involved team management and practice coverage.  PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING UP AS A COACH DURING REGISTRATION.  Delays can occur in team formation if a shortage of coaches occur. 

In the upper right have corner, choose Login if you have an account or choose Register if you need to create an account.  If you have played in the past, but do not recall your account information please send a message to info@gsasoccer.com with your name, child's name and age. We will send your login info and instructions to register.

If registration is currently open for this program you will also see a registration link at the bottom of this page. 

INCLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE
Your registration fees cover the cost of staff coaches, field maintenance, field equipment, insurance, registration through GA Soccer and a capital improvement fee of $25.

 

COST: $155.00; does not include uniform

UNIFORMS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDS

The uniform for this age group consists of a red jersey, a white jersey, black shorts and a pair of black socks.  All first time U8 players must purchase a new uniform and will wear this uniform for as long as it fits regardless of the season or the age group played in. 

Ordering information: 
1. Online (preferred): Visit http://www.krownsports.com/gsa  and purchase your uniform online. For an additional $4.99 you can have it shipped to you or you can pickup in-store for free once your order is placed.  

2. In store: Order your uniform in store at the address below. 

If your uniform arrives and it is not the correct size, you can bring back the uniform to the store or ship it back and Krown Sports will exchange it. If players need any accessories such as shoes, shinguard, or soccer ball, the store has them available to purchase. 

The address to Krown Sports is:
278 Laredo Dr.
Decatur, GA 30030

 

COACHING
Our recreation program is parent volunteer coached.  GSA offers GA Soccer run coaching courses every season (minimum number of attendees required).  We run background checks on all coaches and team managers as the season begins.  You can volunteer to coach during the registration process for your player.  

Registration for our U8 program is limited by the number of parents who volunteer to coach.  We prefer to place two coaches per team to decrease the efforts involved team management and practice coverage.  PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING UP AS A COACH DURING REGISTRATION.  Delays can occur in team formation if a shortage of coaches occur. 

PRACTICES
Each U8 team practices once a week in the evening. During the registration process we ask you to provide your preferred day and time for practice.  Our Age Group Commissioners who put the teams together) will do their best to meet your needs as best as they can.  We must match the practices requests from the coaches with the parent requests; practice day and time requests are therefore, not guaranteed to be met.  

 

GAMES

Games are held on Saturdays during the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, with games for the younger players generally occurring in the early part of the day.  Games times vary each week.  Schedules are provided one week before games begin. 

BRING TO EACH SESSION
Every player should bring their own size 3 ball to practice.  Each play must wear shinguards at all times; these can be purchased at a local sporting goods store.  Recreation players wear one of their jerseys to practice and the other to games each week.  Your coach will let you know which to wear.  Cleats or turf shoes are not required; standard athletic shoes are fine for this age.   Bring a large bottle of water and consider bringing a small snack.  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
U8 Girls Commissioner:  Chug Shafe at chug.shafe@gsasoccer.com
U8 Boys Commissioner:  Warren Smith at warren.smith@gsasoccer.com


Academy in Training

This age group has the opportunity to participate in our Academy In Training program.  CLICK HERE for more information on that program.

Registration Listing

2017 Spring Recreation Program - U 8

Under 8 - For players born between 1/1/2008 to 12/31/2008

Under 8 is the first age group that separates the players by genders.  Teams play with rosters of 8 - 9 players and play games that are 5 v 5 including a goal keeper and are 12 Minute Quarters.  This is the first time that will have a referee who manages the game and the Laws of Game begin to be enforced.

This is a very common entry period to soccer and team sports, but many players will have played in the U6 and younger age groups as well.  

Teams are formed utilizing player and coach requests in order to ensure as much parity as possible.   Players are returned to their teams in the spring season.

U8 Boys

Registration Dates: 11/27/2016 to 02/10/2017
Start and End Dates: 03/04/2017 to 05/13/2017

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$155

U8 Girls

Registration Dates: 11/27/2016 to 02/10/2017
Start and End Dates: 03/04/2017 to 05/13/2017

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$155
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