League Frequently Asked Questions
What if the weather is questionable?
If weather threatens the cancellation of activities, expect an email by 8am ... or follow HappyFeet on Facebook... or look for an announcement posted on the web page.
Where do we report upon arrival?
The HappyFeet League registration table, where all players should check in on the first day, will be located in plain view at each site. Each week the child need only look for the coach wearing the same color t-shirt. We recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your child's start time.
What should the children wear?
Each child will be provided with a HappyFeet T-shirt to be worn as the outer garment. The primary color of the t-shirt will identify the teams. The coach will be wearing the same color as the kids on his team.Players may wear clothing that suits physical activity and the weather. Players may wear cleats or tennis shoes. Shinguards are recommended. If it is cold, gloves and wooly hats are recommended.
What do we need to bring?
Parents are encouraged to bring along comfortable chairs to sit along the sidelines. Parents are encouraged to bring water or sports drinks for the little ones, who will be afforded the opportunity to visit parents briefly at half-time of the game.
What will a typical league day look like?
Sessions will begin with 15-20 minutes of individual and team HappyFeet activity. Kids will touch the ball and strike the ball in a fun-loving environment. Then the games will get organized and started. Games will run with approximately two 12-minute halves. Kids will substitute rather freely in and out of the game as four players per team play at once. Week 1 will look rather chaotic and Week 8 will look like organized chaos. There will be no concern over positions, but there will be coaching about positioning concepts. The emphasis will be on individual mastery of the ball.Players will be encouraged to dribble the ball at every opportunity. Players will be encouraged to look to score goals at every opportunity. Players will be encouraged to take great risk and explore their capabilities to the limit. After the game, players from the two teams will exchange "high fives" in a gesture of good sportsmanship and then close with a team cheer with their coach.Games are conducted for the pure fun and experiential development of the children. Scores will not be kept. Standings will not be kept. Awards will not be forthcoming. Each child will be celebrated each Saturday for every precious moment of victory ... good effort, good sportsmanship, excellent touches on the ball, good ball striking, daring efforts to be great, daring efforts to score goals, good hustle, courageous efforts to master the ball, and bravery to win the moment. Every child will have the opportunity to leave the field a winner!
What are worthy goals for parents and coaches?
Learn the names of all players. Enthusiastically encourage all players. Catch players being good and let them know it. Celebrate every moment of victory. Encourage players to give their very best effort at all times under all circumstances. Teach everyone as much as you can. Share your wisdom with everyone as much as you can. Acknowledge players individually and collectively with words of encouragement. Questions to ask after soccer games: Did you have fun? Did you do your best? How can you do better next time?
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