Our Recreational program provides children under 9 through under 17 with the opportunity to have fun as they play and continue to learn the game of soccer. All of these players will be placed on teams which will compete in the Treasure Coast Soccer League against other local FYSA affiliated soccer clubs. In most circumstances, these teams are gender specific.
Our U9/10 age group and U11/12 age group programs have training formats that have an emphasis on enhanced skills development. The focus of practice is on the development of individual fundamental soccer skills. These are passing, dribbling, receiving the ball and moving off the ball. Games are played to provide players with an opportunity to use the skills they have acquired, without placing importance on the results of the game. We need to allow our players to make mistakes so they can learn from them, not get chastised for them. The TCSL league does not allow heading in these age groups. Martin United Soccer Club does not allow coaching or training of heading in U12 age groups and below.
Our U13 thru U17 programs are organized for traditional team play. Practices are geared toward all skill levels, and games are played in the spirit of fun and healthy competition. Sometimes the league plays with small sided games playing 7 v 7 to promote the ability of the players to get more touches of the ball in a game environment. Another situation could be that the league may play 11 v 11 if numbers dictate that need; it is all about how many players/teams register. Heading is allowed in these age groups.
Children & teenagers in our Recreational programs will gain a better understanding of the game of soccer and continue to develop their dribbling, passing, shooting and defending skills. They also create new relationships and become a real part of a community club. All teams are coached by volunteer parent coaches, some of which are licensed USSF soccer coaches giving their time to help the kids.
Recreational Program Format
U9/10 age groups will play 7 v 7 with a goalkeeper on a U10 size field.
U11/12 age groups will play 9 v 9 with a goalkeeper on a U12 size field.
U13/14 age groups will play 8 v 8 on a U12 size field or 11v11 on a full size field with a goalkeeper.
U15 thru U17 will usually play 7 v 7 on a U12 size field or 11v11 on a full size field with a goalkeeper.
2019 Winter Academy Program and Development Pathway League (DPL)
The Winter Academy and Development Pathway League (DPL) are Martin United’s next level of player development after Fall recreational soccer. Martin United is offering a higher level of training by professional trainers from our travel program for our younger age group players, 9u thru 18u. This is an 8-week (training twice a week) clinic with a player focused curriculum to build skills, soccer IQ, confidence, and motor skills control. Many players who participate in the Martin United Academy programs are more prepared to make a successful transition to competitive soccer.
Player fees for the 2019 Winter Academy to receive USSF nationally licensed trainers are $195 per player. Registration includes a new “Academy” uniform. It is very important that you enter/update the correct size on the application.
All players who register will participate in Martin United’s “Small Sided Game” Academy program. This will enable our trainers and volunteer coaches to benchmark players’ abilities and record development week by week. The data will be saved on an app, allowing us to share the development of your player, and clearly identify which players are ready to be selected to participate in TCSL DPL jamborees. All registered players need to participate in all sessions to ensure development with the Academy curriculum. We will need volunteer coaches to help run the Small Sided Games program to support and learn from the coaches who will take the training sessions and DPL game day responsibilities.
Training is scheduled to commence the week of 1/7/2019. Training will be taken by USSF licensed coaches. Volunteer parents from the fall recreational program may observe as an apprentice. Training is twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, at Charlie Leighton Park (CLP). All players will train with players equivalent of their own level. Players are required to have proper soccer attire and equipment which consists of the following:
* club issued uniform
* shin guards (must be worn inside socks)
* soccer cleats (baseball or football cleats are not permitted)
The DPL season for birth years 2001 thru 2011 will tentatively commence 1/7/19. Players selected to play in DPL games must pay referee fees and league fees additional to the registration fee. Each week, players who are not picked to participate on a DPL team will attend a Friday evening “Player Development Clinic” where the needs of each player will receive one on one training in SSG format. Places for teams that will participate in the TCSL Winter DPL “Development Pathway League” will initially be selected by a mandatory evaluation on Wednesday, 12/19/18, at Charlie Leighton Park (CLP):
* Birth years 2009-2011 – 5:45 thru 6.30pm
* Birth years 2007-2008 – 6:30 thru 7:15pm
* Birth years 2001-2006 – 7:15 thru 8:00pm
Player fees for the 2019 Winter Academy are $195 per player. This is an EIGHT week (training twice a week) clinic with a player focused curriculum to build skills, soccer IQ, confidence and motor skills control. There will be six weekends of games plus a tournament
2019 Spring Academy Program
This is the final step of our annual recreational player development program. This Spring program follows our Fall League and Winter Academy recreational soccer programs to help develop players further for either the next recreational season (2018-19) or the “competitive players tryouts” we will be hosting in May for our competitive team program for the (2018-19) season. Our higher level of training will be taken by USSF certified trainers for all our players from U4 thru U12 to continue the development of their basic soccer fundamentals (skills & technique). The player placement for training will be based upon a player’s current level of ability as well as the player’s age group (that means genders and players can / may be mixed for training and small sided games if ages allow). No new uniform will be provided for the Spring Academy to existing Winter Academy or our Fall rec season.
Each registered player will have one technical training session per week on a Wednesday evening. Training sessions will be grouped per age/gender as per Winter Academy structure.
It will be possible to still play in both the YMCA Spring soccer league and still participate in the Martin United spring academy as we have had many parents asking to participate in both programs.
Our Spring program will run (six weeks) on Monday evenings from April 1st thru May 6th with small sided games on Friday nights starting April 19th thru May 10th. Training for 2013 thru 2010 year of birth will be (5:45pm-6:45pm). Training for year of birth 2009 thru 2006 will be from (7:00pm-8:00pm).
Registration fees are only $75 (uniform & soccer ball not included).
2019 Fall Soccer Program
Martin United’s Recreational program provides children 9u thru 18u (birth years 2001-2010) the opportunity to have fun as they play and learn the game of soccer. Children and teenagers in our Recreational program will gain a better understanding of the game of soccer, and develop dribbling, passing, shooting, and defending skills. They will also create new relationships, and become part of a community club. All teams are coached by volunteer parent coaches, some of which are USSF licensed, who donate their time to help the community’s youth.
Fall Recreational Soccer Program
Players will be grouped by year of birth in two-year age increments, gender specific as numbers allow. Players will be placed on teams which will compete in the Treasure Coast Soccer League (TCSL) against other local Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) affiliated soccer clubs. League play begins mid-September and runs through early December, culminating with the World Cup recreational soccer tournament at Halpatiokee Park in early December.
Program Description – 12u and younger
The 9u thru 12u (birth years 2007-2010) age groups training format emphasizes enhanced skills development. The focus of practice is the development of individual fundamental soccer skills, including passing, dribbling, receiving the ball, and moving without the ball. Games provide players with an opportunity to use the skills they have acquired, without placing importance on the results of the game. Players must be allowed to make mistakes, without being chastised, so they can learn from them.
Per US Youth Soccer mandates, all FYSA affiliated clubs are not permitted to allow heading at the 12u age group and younger in recreational soccer. Players born 2006 or later are not permitted to head the ball in training nor games.
Program Description – 13u and older
The 13u thru 18u (birth years 2001-2006) age groups are organized for traditional team play. Practices are geared toward all skill levels, and games are played in the spirit of fun and healthy competition. The league may play 7v7 or 9v9 to promote players to have more touches of the ball in a game environment. The league may play full sided, 11v11. Ultimately, the number of players per side will be determined by the number of players and teams registered. Heading is allowed in these age groups.
Recreational Program Format
The Fall Recreation program will follow youth soccer guidelines mandated by US Soccer.
* 10u – 7v7 (max) on a 10u field
* 12u – 9v9 (max) on a 12u field
* 14u – 8v8 on a 12u field or 11v11 on full size field
* 16u and 18u – 7v7 on a 12u field 11v11 on full size field
Number of players per side and field size are subject to change based on the number of player and team registrations.
* Training Days: Mon & Wed
* Training Site: Mon – Justin Wilson Park, Wed – Charlie Leighton Park. Both are in Palm City
* Pre-Season Conditioning: 8/20/18 thru 9/5/18
* Team Practices: commence 9/10/18
* Team practice times:
* 6:00-7:30 – 12U and younger
* 7:30-9:00 – 13U and older
* TCSL Season: starts 9/15/2018 thru 11/17/2018
* TCSL Games: Saturdays, week nights, some Sundays for older ages
* TCSL World Cup: second weekend in December 8th and 9th 2018 @ Halpatiokee Park
Team Formation / Coaches
During pre-season conditioning, players will be drawn lottery style to form teams. Teams will be coached by volunteer coaches. These coaches will receive training by the club and be provided with a curriculum to follow. Parents can volunteer via the registration portal. All volunteers must be background checked by FYSA, complete the CDC Heads Up concussion awareness course, and complete an online FYSA F level youth soccer coaching license.
Many players return every year. Register early to ensure a position in our program.
* Registration Deadline to guarantee uniform for season start: Thursday, 8/16
* Late Registration starts Friday, 8/27 (regular fees +$20)
Player registration includes a full uniform (shirt, shorts and socks), referee fees for league play, and team entry into the TCSL World Cup tournament. All players 14u and younger will receive an age appropriate sized soccer ball. Players must bring shin guards, worn inside the socks, cleats, and plenty of water to each practice and game.
We look forward to another successful Fall Recreation season. Thank you for joining and supporting Martin United!