Spring Season Updates - Key Dates
Practices are held every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM on the big field at English High School. The first practice is on Tuesday, April 11 and the last practice is on Thursday, June 8.
Sunday games are also at English High School beginning at 12:30 PM. The first game is Sunday, April 16 and the last game is Sunday, June 11. No games on Sunday, May 28 because of the Memorial Day holiday.
Campeones Program Overview
The JPYS Campeones League is an "in-house" league for players in the 3rd and 4th grades. All practices and games take place in JP. All 3rd graders in JPYS participate in Campeones; 4th graders have the option to participate in Campeones or play on a Travel Team. 4th graders should play Travel if they are looking for a more competitive game experience and the opportunity to play teams from other towns around Greater Boston. 4th graders should play in the Campeones League if they prefer a less competitive game experience where they will not have to travel outside of JP for matches.
The Campeones League promotes technical skill development, a better understanding of the game of soccer, and a healthy competitive atmosphere under the supervision of professional and volunteer coaches, with activities that are geared toward the skill and experience of the player. The Campeones League provides a transition between the Academy and the Travel teams for our players and coaches, and provides on-field training and experience for our new referees.
Campeones practices are conducted similarly to the U8 Academy, concentrating on individual technical development, and begin to introduce more advanced skills and concepts. Practices are normally twice a week from 6:15-7:30pm at English High School, with games on Sunday afternoons. Campeones games are more structured to look like a "real" soccer game; teams normally play 7v7 games on a smaller field, with some rules modified to better work for players at this level of development (no heading, no offside rule, and certain restrictions on goal kicks and goalkeeper play). Campeones is a mixed-gender program.
Attend one, ideally two, practices per week. Players should arrive at practice on time and ready to play.
For all practices and games, players should wear soccer shoes (cleats or a rubber turf soled shoe are appropriate) and shinguards (under socks) on.
No jewelry including earrings, or earring studs for recently pierced ears, can be worn.
Attend as many of the Sunday games as possible. Individual players and the team as a whole will have more positive experiences throughout the season when every player is able to attend most of the games.
Arrive at least 30 minutes before each game fully dressed in the uniform and with soccer shoes and shinguards.
Come to practices and games with a willingness to learn, try one’s best, and have fun.
Follow the JPYS Code of Conduct (link).
Attend practices on a regular basis. Because the practices for the in-house teams are the U10 Academy practices, all coaches must be committed to the Academy philosophy and to working with both in-house and travel players alike during practices.
Attend the pre-season orientation and at least one pre-season training for in-house league coaches.
Coordinate two pre-season practices. These pre-season practices will be the opportunity to introduce throw-ins, goal and corner kicks, and kick-offs to new players.
Manage playing time during games. By default, each player should receive roughly equal playing time, though the coach can modify this scheme depending on player behavior (see JPYS Code of Conduct).
Come to all practices, games, and meetings with a willingness to learn.
Follow the JPYS Coaching Principles (link).
Adhere to the JPYS Code of Conduct (link).
Each season has ten games, played at different times on Sunday afternoons. Players will have the most positive experience when they attend all, or at least most, of the games.
JPYS focuses on player development rather than the final score of the game.
Parents are expected to adhere to the JPYS Code of Conduct, the JPYS Philosophy regarding Sportsmanship and Spectator Game Conduct, which includes the Zero Tolerance Policy regarding Disrespect toward Officials.
Each player will have the opportunity to play a variety of positions over the course of the ten games.
Parents will be asked to provide help to the team as needed. These tasks can include setting up and clearing the field for home games, and helping the team coach(es) coordinate communications about game schedules, etc. to the families. The team manager, who is a parent volunteer, often coordinates this schedule.
We Need Volunteers!
The success of any JPYS program comes from our coach volunteers. For the U10 Campeones, we are looking for as many parent volunteer coaches as possible. If you don’t have experience coaching youth soccer, don’t worry. We will provide you with training and we will have professionally trained coaches each practice night of the week. It’s a true collaborative experience. Volunteer coaching is a great way to give back to the community as well as have tons of fun with the kids on the field as you help them become better players and teammates.
If you’re interested in coaching, or even if you just have questions about coaching, please complete this short form at https://forms.gle/sTGGTQUGL7BvPsdN8. Without coaches, we can’t have a season. We need your help!