A FOOD DRIVE ON PICTURE DAY. BINS WILL BE SET UP AT
YOUR PICTURE SITE TO COLLECT NON-PERISHABLES TO BE
DONATED TO NEEDY FAMILIES IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY.
Most Needed Foods
The foods that typically are needed the most are as follows:
Rice (1-pound bags) or boxed
Peanut butter or jelly/jam (in plastic bottles)
Spaghetti sauce (preferred in plastic bottles)
Potato/pasta/rice package mixes
Macaroni and cheese mixes
In 2015, SPYA introduced the U8 Pre-Travel Program. This program is designed to allow the U7 and U8 recreation player an opportunity to train, play, and develop in preparation for playing U9 Travel Soccer at the appropriate time. The program is open to committed players who enjoy the game and are interested in playing for the SPYA Travel Teams. The Pre-Travel Program will allow for U7 and U8 players who have advanced skills to join a program that will help them transition from recreational soccer to travel soccer at the U9 age group. Placement on a pre-travel team does not guarantee a spot on an SPYA travel team.
U7 and U8 Pre-Travel Soccer Program Details
• U7 and U8: Players should be born between 1-1-2009 and 12-31-2010. Younger players may be considered. Players born prior to 1-1-2009 are not eligible. Players will be separated into u7 and u8 Pre-Travel teams.
• Two 1 to 1.5 hr practices per week (days / length are at coaches discretion)
• Games: Teams will participate in either the in-house u7 program or the Northern Valley Youth Soccer League at the U8 level. Teams may shift to higher age categories to remain competitive.
• Trainer: The pre-travel teams may have a professional trainer at one of their practices each week. The cost for the training will be divided amongst the players and is estimated to be no more than $60/player/season.
• Rosters are not put together based on previous recreational teams
• Tournaments: The pre-travel teams may enter a competitive tournament at the discretion of the coaches. Tournament fees will be divided amongst the players and is estimated at no more than $40/player/season.
• Uniform: Provided by SPYA at no additional charge to participants.
Message to Parents
The goal of South Parkland Youth Association’s (SPYA) In-House Developmental Programs are to promote a culture dedicated to the development of the children, coaches, and parents to more fully enjoy and participate in the game of soccer. We emphasize fun and fundamentals as well as preparing all of our participants to succeed in whatever level they seek to attain. There are many challenges facing organizations involved in providing a consistent and progressive soccer development program. Our commitment to your children’s development begins with the continued education of our volunteer coaches (yes, YOU the parents), training curriculum, and support from professional trainers. We have worked closely with our training partners to incorporate our philosophy with their expertise and experience with soccer development programs through all age groups comprising SPYA soccer. We also actively promote and support the educational directives of the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) and openly encourage our coaches to gain further education through this national body.
PreK (u5) and Kindersoccer (u6) Program Logistics
The PreK program is for children that are 4 - 5 years old. The Kindersoccer Program is for children that are 5-6 years old. Teams are coed and practices are held at Lone Lane Park. Children will learn the basics of soccer via drills and by playing fun games during their weekday practice session and then apply those skills in a non-competitive small game situation that reinforces the skills at a little faster pace, yet FUN, ‘game-like’ setting. There are no referees, no score keeping and no goalies in our 4v4 games.
U7 Program Logistics:
The u7 program is for children that are 6 - 7 years old. Teams are coed and practices are held at Grange Park. The focus of U7 is to help the children learn more about soccer and prepare them for the older recreation programs within SPYA. As the children become stronger and increase their coordination skills, the games in u7 tend to be faster and stronger than the Kindersoccer games.
The u7 children will continue to learn the fundamentals of soccer via drills games during their weekday practice session and then apply those skills in a non-competitive small game situation that reinforces the skills at a little faster pace, yet FUN, ‘game-like’ setting. There are no referees and no score keeping in our 5v5 games.