NSCJA (1st-2nd Grade)

The NSC Junior Academy (NSCJA) is the first step in the NSC Development Pathway. Participants are in 1st & 2nd Grade and the focus is on introducing and developing key fundamentals and comfort with the soccer ball in a safe and fun environment.

Goal for NSCJA players

  • FUN!
  • Learning & Development of Fundamental Soccer Skills & Movements.
  • Team and Character Building.

Overview

Small Sided Games

  • 4v4
  • No Goalkeepers
  • Pop-up Goals
  • Size 3 Ball

CLICK HERE For Complete Set of NSCJA Rules & Regulations

4 Divisions of Single Gender Teams

  • 1st Grade Girls (U7)
  • 2nd Grade Girls (U8)
  • 1st Grade Boys (U7)
  • 2nd Grade Boys (U8)

Note: There are no co-ed teams, and the league is not co-ed!

6 – 8 Week Season

*Depending on holidays there are typically 6-8 games per season.*

*No Games Are Scheduled On Religious Holidays*

1st Grade:

  • One, 90 minute, Game Day per weekend. Schedule rotates weekly between 1 of 3, Saturday Morning time-slots running 8:00-9:30AM; 9:30-11:00AM OR 11:00-12:30PM.
    • Occasional game’s scheduled on Sundays with advanced notice, for make-up purposes or due to coaching conflicts.
    • 30 Minute “Warm Up” Activities Lead by Professional Coach of the NE Revolution Academy.
    • Followed by 1, 40 minute game broken into 2, 20 minute halves.
  • NO WEEKDAY PRACTICES FOR 1st GRADE!
  • Option to register for a separate 1 hour “Skills Clinic” with the Revolution Academy on Tuesdays from 4:45 – 5:45PM. Spring 2020 Field Location TBD by Field Permits issued from the Town of Needham on April 1st. For Complete Details of the program and what to expect CLICK HERE!

2nd Grade:

  • One, 90 minute, Game Day per weekend. Schedule rotates weekly between 1 of 3, Saturday Afternoon time-slots running 1:00-2:30PM; 2:30-4:00PM OR 4:00-5:30PM.
    • Occasional game’s scheduled on Sundays with advanced notice, for make-up purposes or due to coaching conflicts.
    • 30 Minute “Warm Up” Activities Lead by Professional Coach of the NE Revolution Academy.
    • Followed by 1, 40 minute game broken into 2, 20 minute halves.
  •  1 weekday practice with team per week for 1 hour.
  • Option to register for separate 1 hour “Skills Clinic” with the Revolution Academy on Thursdays from 4:45 – 5:45pm.
  • Spring 2020 Field Location TBD by Field Permits issued from the Town of Needham on April 1st. For Complete Details of the program and what to expect CLICK HERE!

Coaching

  • NSCJA teams are coached by volunteers.
  • All parents, regardless of prior soccer experience are encouraged to participate!
  • NSC utilizes professional Coaches from the NE Revolution Academy to support coaches over the course of the season.
  • NSCJA utilizes a professionally developed age appropriate curriculum of training activities that use best practice polices and guidelines from US Soccer, Mass Youth Soccer and the New England Revolution Academy.
  • For details of additional coaching education and training.. Click here

*All coaches, assistants, managers, board members, etc. must register online with Needham Soccer Club and complete a background check through MYSA.*

Fall Season

Typically begins around 2nd week of September and continues through to the start of November.  Game & Practice schedules available by September 1st.

Spring Season

Typically begins around 2nd week of April and continues through to early June (no games Memorial Day weekend).  Game & Practice schedules available by April 1st.

 

 

 

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