Saturday, November 20, 2004

 

Fun Fair Positive Soccer (FFPS)

We are wrapping up our fall FFPS season. I coached my daughters' (7 year old and 10 year old) teams. It was a hard season, harder than the spring season because of time constraints, but this soccer league is so wonderful participating is always worth it.

FFPS philosophy is that the primary goal is for the kids to have fun and the secondary goal is learning the game. Accordingly FFPS has modified rules and procedures. For example, the field is smaller, the players play five to a side, no instruction from the coaches or parents is permitted during games, no negativity from parents or coaches (berating children, telling them "run, "go here", "go there") is permitted. We tell the parents to stick with "go, good, great, nice." and never, ever start or escalate something with another parent. They sign agreements at the beginning of the season that they will abide by FFPS rules.

The teams are balanced according to players' abilities and they are rebalanced every season. All teams are co-ed, and there are teams formed up through teens. There is a wonderful substitution system. The objective of all these procedures is that all the kids play, every position, every game, and the games are between evenly matched teams.

This league is superlative. I can't say enough nice things about it. I would encourage parents to look into the league, Spring 2005 season signup starts February 15, season starts April 5, 2005.

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