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TOPS SOCCER

 

Overview

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training program for any boys or girls, who has a mental or physical disability, who have special needs, ages 5-19. TOPSoccer was developed in 1991, by US Youth Soccer, to carry out their mission: "to foster the physical, mental and emotional growth and development of America's youth through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition." Today, TOPSoccer has leagues all 48 states. We are excited to bring TOPSoceer to the CT shoreline in Fall 2017. Players will develop a sense of community and learn what it is like to be a part of a team. The program focuses on improving social skills, fitness, and self-esteem. But most importantly the focus is FUN!!



Skill Levels

TOPSoccer is unique in that children are organized by both ability and age. Younger children or those new to soccer will participate in games to promote socialization and coordination. Children will then work on soccer skills, and participate in small sided games (4 v 4). We will evaluate each child to determine the best fit for him or her. We welcome parents’ input regarding the best ways to interact with their children. We will be sending a questionnaire toward the end of the summer for additional input.



Buddies

Buddies or volunteers are important to TOPS as they help the players enjoy the game in a fun and safe manner. Buddies will develop relationships with the players, which makes the experience all the more enjoyable. We advocate a 1:1 ratio of players to buddies when possible. Buddies in 7th grade and older are welcome to register on this site. We will have a buddy training in August 2017.



Practices

Practices will be held one time per week for 1.25 hrs. on the weekend from September to November with the exception of the MIST tournament weekend (mid September). The exact day/times are being determined now, based on field availability.



Costs and Equipment.

There is no cost for participating in TOPS, but players must register on this site. MYSC is sponsoring TOPS for all players and providing a ball and shirt at no cost to the players. However, players will NEED to wear shin guards and sturdy sneakers or rubber-soled cleats.



For more information, you may contact Marcy Sanders at martha.sanders@quinnipiac.edu