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Starting on the weekend of April 4-5th (weather permitting) ending weekend of June 15-16th
U5-U8 play on Sundays at local area fields
- Early Registration Fee $125
- Season begins early April pending township approval of field quality (updates will be posted here)
- Instructional practices as daylight allows for U7 and up
- U5-U6 will play on Sundays. They will have 1/2 hour of practice and 1/2 hour game
- U7-U8 games on Sundays at local area fields. 1 weekly practice (TBD by coaches) + 1 weekly training session with Perfect Touch Soccer.
- U10 and up will have a weekend game and 1-2 practices during the week (TBD by coaches) plus a 1 hour training session with Perfect Touch Soccer. The U10 and above will play in NVYSL - northern valley youth Soccer League.
- Formation of teams depend on player numbers and volunteer coaches but we expect to field most age levels (updates will be provided)
- Coaches/Administrators will reach out to parents with more team details and volunteer schedules when rosters are assigned (end of March).
- Picture Day TBD
- Provisional registration - we will still register players after the close of early registration (March 1st). Players registered during this provisional period:
- Are not guaranteed a roster spot - each registrant must be approved by the sport's administration. Any player whose registration cannot be accommodated will be refunded in full by LMYA.
- No longer receive the reduced rate ($125) but will pay the full rate ($145)
- General Registration Notes
- Please be patient as we learn the new system. Email Dan Curtis at email@example.com with issues.
- Registration is not completed until payment has been submitted. Players only qualify for early registration if payment is submitted prior to the start of provisional registration.
- All online registrations require online payment. (VISA, Master Card, Discover, American Express, and Paypal are acceptable forms of payment).
- If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the LMYA Soccer Coordinator, Debbie D'Ottavio @ firstname.lastname@example.org
IM Mission and Objectives
Mission: The purpose of the Lower Macungie Youth Association Intramural Soccer Program is to provide the opportunity for boys and girls to develp basic soccer skills and teamwork in a stress-free and fun environment. LMYA strives to promote sportsmanship and character in our players, coaches, parents, and fans. Our mission is to instill physical, mental, and emotional growth of the participants through the sport of soccer.
LMYA seeks to fulfill its mission through the pursuit of the following objectives :
- All players should have opportunity to play.
- Enjoyment, skill development, fitness and having fun are important goals for players, coaches and the program.
- Passion for soccer -- "love of the game" -- is a specific goal for the program.
- Sportsmanship is an important goal for the program.
- LMYA is "youth-centered" and promotes personal achievement, teamwork development and fair play.
- We strive to have a soccer program of the highest quality.
Rules of Play
LMYA Soccer abides by the FIFA soccer rules of play. These rules are modified for youth soccer withing the various intramural and travel leagues
- FIFA rules of play
- Lehigh Valley Youth Soccer League (LVYSL) rules of play
- Delco rules of play
U5, U6, U7 and U8 Rules
Attached you will find the rules and regulations for the U5-U8 program.
Any questions or concerns should be sent to soccer@LMYA.org
U5, U6, U7 and U8 Rules
Small Sided Chart
TRAVEL Program Overview
For program goals and objectives, please see the attached document for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 seasons. This document should cover most questions you may have and is handed out to each player at the beginning of the season or at tryouts.
Each group's coach(s) will also hand out a season overview at the time of tryouts and then again at the beginning of their seasons to communicate additional team related activities that are being planned. That will cover:
- Number of Tournaments, idea of which ones
- Trainer support
- Financial requirements for the Fall/Spring seasons
- Fund raising opportunities.
- Leagues the team will be participating
- Winter training options.
- Summer camps: Group or team specific.
Lower Mac Soccer Philosophy
“Develop & Compete”
LMAC soccer aims to be a regionally recognized model program for youth soccer development. We strive to prepare each and every athlete to reach his/her highest level of competition.
Our philosophy involves implementing age-appropriate training curriculum at all levels to ensure the best development of our young players. The focus is on the development of our players, and not the short-term goal of winning a game or medal.
We strive to be successful, and are committed to youth development, teaching life lessons, and community building, to help develop great kids who are great soccer players. LMAC brings experienced & caring coaches to teach and develop soccer players from the fun, through the passion, to the demands of the game.
We encourage you to take on the player development journey by taking advantage of all that our club offers by remembering that the best players WANT to practice and train.
- Team Divisions K-2
LMS Travel Program U9 - U16+
LMS Tryout Process
- Roster sizes are limited (currently; maximum 14 players for 8 v 8 teams ; 18 players for 11 v 11 teams)
- Players need to be suitably qualified for the physical, technical, tactical, and psychological demands of Travel soccer. Tryouts provide a relative player assessment against criteria based on these general categories.
- Players develop best when they are with their peers. Tryouts facilitate getting like-minded and similarly skilled players together.
- The formation of Travel teams for the Fall. All Travel teams dissolve after August 1st , and new ones must be created.
- To fill an open position on an existing Travel team. Travel teams are strongly encouraged to carry at least 80% of the full roster. In the event a player drops from the team (for example, in the Spring), a tryout should be offered to fill that open position.
- Players must be of the appropriate age range and gender for the team for which they are trying out.
- Players must be registered for the LMYA Soccer season in question. Unregistered players will not be permitted to tryout.
- Player movement between teams should not adversely affect the roster size of any team.
- Keep in mind EPYSA limits on adding and transferring players
- Existing Travel Players may be moved to another team at the coaches discretion.
- Responsible for administering the tryouts guidelines
- Ensures selected tryout locations are approved for use by LMYA
- Presides over coach/evaluator selection process and any arbitrations
- Facilitates interpretation of the guidelines
- Collects current rosters and coaching information
- Collects and publishes tryout dates via web site notification and mass E-mail to appropriate age-groups
- Maintains, updates, enforces tryout guidelines
- Recommends and selects coaches and evaluators, if needed
- Facilitates interpretation of the guidelines
- Provides and maintains web database
- Adheres to relevant guidelines
- Selects tryouts dates and location
- Communicates tryout date to Technical Director and Overall Coordinator
- Participates over seeing evaluations
- Clearly communicates tryout format and expectation to evaluators, players, and parents
- Conducts tryouts according to guidelines
- Responsible for the safety of the players
- Ensures fairness and impartiality
- Delivers timely results to participants
- Meets with Technical Director and selects players
- Adhere to relevant guidelines
- Attend all tryouts in their entirety
- Evaluate as many players as possible using agreed upon system
- Ensure fairness and impartiality
- Dress and conduct themselves in a professional manner
- Passing, receiving, dribbling, etc.
- 1 v 1, 2 v1, small group play
- Speed, strength, agility
- Competitiveness, desire, commitment
- Individual skills exercises
- Small-group games (3 v 3 to 5 v 5)
- Large game (8 v 8 to 11 v 11)
- Groups of 4 or 5 v 2
- 4 v 4 or 5 v 5 play for possession then to goals
- 7 v 7
- 11 v 11
U13 Boys - Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season
This team is primarily constructed of U12 players and plays in the Lehigh Valley League B division up a year in order to sustain depth and get an early start on the 11 v. 11 format with a larger field. The team practices 2x per week in the spring and fall and 1x over the winter.
This team is coached by Pat Armstrong and assisted by Dan Curtis. Both coaches are former players and have coached together with the same core group of players for three years. This team has taken advantage of playing up and effectively has an early start on working within the 11 v. 11 format. It is anticipated that this team will remain at the U13 level for the '19-'20 season and benefit from the current challenge of playing against older players on a larger field.
U14 Boys Union Team - Fall 2018/Spring 2019
U14 Boys Strikers Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season
This team plays in the EDP premier league after having historically playing in the top level of both the delco and intercounty leagues. The team finished in the top of their EDP division and have continued to elevate their play. This team practices 3x per week and weekend games can involve a fair bit of travel to NJ, DE, and Philly area.
This team plays in 2-5 tournaments a year and plays year around with 3x a week practices in the fall and spring and 1-2 times per week in the winter.
This team is coached by Eric Ervin and assisted by Callie Brown. Eric is a former collegiate and professional player with advanced licenses from both the NSCAA and USSF. He has been coaching soccer for over 20 years. Prior to his kids beginning to play ng at LMYA he served as the director of coaching for the Quakertown Soccer Club and well as the Head Coach for the u19 Lehigh Valley Premier team and guest trainer for Emmaus High School.
Callie is also a former player at Upper Perk high school and holds a coaching license from the NSCAA.
U15 Boys Steel Team - Fall 2018/Spring 2019
Currently he holds a level 5 license and is looking to get a higher level. This team practices twice a week for about two hours each practice.
They like to play at least one tournament per season. For Winter they play at Iron Lakes.
Lower Mac Soccer Fields
Route 100 to Spring Creek Road. Take Spring Creek Road West towards Alburtis, the second left will be Creamery Park. Field MAP
Brookside Road to Lower Macungie Road. Take Lower Macungie Road East towards Emmaus. Take a left on Wild Cherry Road just before crossing over 476.
Brookside Road to Lower Macungie Road. Take Lower Macungie Road East towards Emmaus. Take a right on Wild Cherry Road just before crossing over 476. Take a right on Spring Ridge, field will be on your right.
Hills of Lockridge:
Fields are located at the corner of Schoneck Rd and Scenic View Drive Macungie. Going south on Rt 100 take right onto Schoeneck Rd.
From Macungie to Rte 29 South towards Upper Milford. Take Rte 29 to Kings Highway towards Old Zionsville. Take a left onto Kings Highway past the large stone church, turn right in approx 200 yards into Lenape Park. This is a tight turn and easily missed
Jasper Park: From Emmaus and the intersection of Cedar Crest and Rte 29. Take Rte 29 East towards Emmaus, take a right on 10th Ave at the Pizza Hut/CVS. Take a right on Pennsylvania/Vera Cruz road. Park is 1 mile on the right as crest a hill.
Quarry Lane Park: 7909 Quarry Road, Macungie PA
St Joes - 1879 Applewood Drive, Orefield, PA 18069 Go 309N. Left on Snowdrift Rd/Main St. Left on Applewood. Field on left.
Northwestern Fields - Ontelaunee Park 7344 Kings Hwy New Tripoli, PA 18066
Go North on Rt 100. Left on 309N. Left on 143N.
IM Lower Mac Soccer Academy Expectations
Why Academy Style Training?
More fun for players
Long term player retention
Easy to recruit coaches
Less stressful for coaches
Easier to administer
Great way to educate parents
Coaches are not focused on winning
More playing time for players
Players are empowered and allowed to make decisions
Enhanced level of coaching players
The expectation of each volunteer coach is to provide a program that allows the participants to enjoy a fun & friendly introduction to the game of soccer, especially at the U5/8 age group (some players will be attending for the first time). The focus should be the FUNdamentals of the game, dribbling is the key for U5-8 age groups, teaching this technique should be your primary focus.
All games played after your initial session should not be competitive, do not keep scores at all, congratulate all aspects of the players development, winning and losing are not part of development at the rec level, understanding the game is the most important factor. Going to the next level, travel, may be a goal for a small percentage of these players.
The older age groups, U-10 & older are more developed, again a focus will be on FUN and understanding the game, winning is not important, building friendships and team comrade is the most important development at this age group. The expectation of each player is defined in them having fun and returning to the next season to continue their involvement.
Expectations of every coach is to build a lasting memory for each player and also most importantly for each coach to enjoy their experience. The only expectation is to follow the guidelines and leave your legacy with the players you will be interacting with. Each player should remember you for the time you have given & the impact you have left with them. This is Rec, not competitive soccer.
LMYA INTRMURAL SOCCER will be providing the following for each volunteer coach: Youthsoccer101, our designated session providers will provide a weekly email that will be directed at specific age groups throughout the Spring Season. We ask that you follow the program to the best of your ability. The email will include a description, You Tube Video link and a Graphic link, that can be downloaded and printed.
This is a new direction and hopefully it provides the volunteer coaches with the additional tools to create a fun & friendly environment for players & coaches alike.
If you have any questions please contact soccer@LMYA.org
Player Development Path (Updated April 2015)
Player Development Path
Stage 1 – Fundamentals (ages 5 – 7): The main area of focus: movement education, starting the process of learning to master the ball, and developing a love of the game. Movement skills and technical development remain the most important stage at this age. A 6 year-old needs parental approval, understanding, praise and encouragement. Pushing too hard or expecting too much can result in the child becoming tense and nervous.
Areas of Focus:
- Fundamental Motor Skills
- Agility, Balance & Coordination
- Introduction to ball mastery
- Individual Technical Ability
STAGE 2 – LEARNING TO TRAIN (AGES 8 – 10): The main area of focus: mastering the ball, learning to train properly, and creating a foundation for team work. This is a critical time for developing advanced competency in basic techniques and this platform allows for the introduction of more advance skills. Some basic tactical appreciation can also be introduced. It is also very important that players are encouraged to take part in unstructured play & other sport introduction is encouraged. The main activities are developing ball control while learning how to problem solve individually & with teammates. Players learn several new activities that create a foundation for their training environment as they progress over the years. Different variations of passing & dribbling. Each activity can build into higher level variations that help to develop technical abilities & combination play. Aerobic capacity training can begin at stage 3.
STAGE 3 – TRAINING TO TRAIN (AGES 10 – 14): The main area of focus: continuation of mastering the ball and learning principles of play. Players transition in to a Training to train Phase now that a foundation has been set from previous years of playing. New tactical concepts: Principles of Attacking & Principles of Defending. Several of these principals are complicated and at this stage of development the focus is creating a foundation based on these principles.
- Principles of Attacking: penetration, providing support, movement off the ball, width & depth, and improvisation/creativity.
- Principles of Defending: Pressure & Cover, delaying, balance/team shape, compactness, control & restraint (no diving in)
STAGE 4 – TRAINING TO COMPETE (AGES 14 – 16): The main area of focus: developing tactical concepts of the game while continuing to develop technical abilities. Practice sessions will be similar to Stage 3 with the areas of focus becoming more complex. Continue to consolidate the performance of fundamental and advanced individual skills. Players should now be receiving more in depth tactical instructions, particularly in understanding playing positions. Players should continue to experience different positions on the field. It is also a good time to introduce strength training for girls. Players should also play other sports, but soccer should become the primary sport during the soccer season for the serious & committed players.
Areas of Focus in addition to Training to Compete Phase
- Ability to improvise within game situations
- Independent decision-making
- Further development and refinement of soccer specific skills
- Automatic and consistent performance of soccer specific skills
- Development of effective competition strategies and ability to adjust within games
- Successful tactics, strategies, and necessary variations needed to win games
- The importance of variation/options on set-pieces in attack & defense
- Maintenance of physical capabilities with the view of maximizing performance
Looking to get involved with soccer? Our program runs on volunteers. We can use your assistance and are always looking for:
Coaches- instructional leaders: YOU introduce students to soccer and encourage their individual development (we sponsor your training; 1-day for younger teams)
Assistant Coaches- instructional assistants: YOU support the coach and reinforce basic concepts (many future coaches start here)
Team Managers- team parent/organizer: YOU communicate schedule/events to team; also, fundraising and league registration (travel)
Age Group Coordinators- manage schedules/events and ongoing communication with coaches/families/administration. YOU keep us organized
Volunteer Coordinators- organize and create "soccer-wide" events in collaboration with administration, YOU sustain our program and build our future
If you are interested or have additional ideas, please reach out to soccer@LMYA.org
Lower Mac Soccer Schedules
Game Schedules change constantly. The link is normally updated weekly throughout the season. Please check with Kelly Lineberger, Field Scheduler, with specific questions. email@example.com
(Fall of 2018) Creamery Practice Schedule. Click Here.
LVYSL Schedule at LVYSL.org.
RBJSL Schedule at rbjsl.org.
ROCK Schedule at crusa.net/tournaments-and-leagues/rock-spring-league.
PAGS Schedule at pags.org.
Delco Schedule at delcosoccer.org.