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Soccer - moving a kid up

Discussion in 'Coaches Corner' started by Saints Rest, May 7, 2018.

  1. Saints Rest

    Saints Rest Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    Maybe this should be in TBLTS, but I’d love to get coaches perspectives.

    My son is 6 (turned 6 in
    December). He started playing organized soccer this spring in a really well-organized league. The league put him in the U-6 division for some reason not the U-7. I’m guessing it’s because he was new to the league.
    They had their second game this past saturday (4v4, small goals, no goalies). His team “won” 7-0. He scored all 7 goals.

    I feel like he’s just that much better than the kids who are mostly 4&5 in this division. (It’s helped by the fact that he’s been taking soccer classes for a year at a Futsal place).

    My questions are these:
    1, Should I try to move him up to U-7?
    2. If so, do I speak to his coach or directly to the league administrator?
     
  2. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

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    He should be playing with his age group...I mean, that's not even playing up.

    I'd go coach first, as a courtesy, but at that level they really aren't even keeping score, it's developmental. He clearly doesn't belong there and will get bored rather quickly.
     
  3. Infield Infidel

    Infield Infidel teaching korea american SoSH Member

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    My nephew kills at his age level, so my SIL went to the coach of a level up and the coach has my nephew fill in whenever a kid can't make it. That should probably be your worst case scenario.

    Frankly if I was another parent I'd want your kid out of that division if he's a year older and has a couple more games like that.
     
  4. Omar's Wacky Neighbor

    Omar's Wacky Neighbor Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    My son was in that same situation (clearly better than everyone else around him) from a very early age. First off: teach him how to and motivate him to PASS. Beginning of second grade, in what was supposed to be a friendly get-their-feet-wet county-wide town v town tournament, my son saw his first triple team thrown at him; he came off at half time practically in tears. I told him as fatherly/coachly as possible: 1) get used to it, and 2) learn to PASS really really well. (he did both)

    But, yeah, you as the parent will have to take the initiative to getting your son onto better/older teams. Work your way up the organizational ladder: coach>>team trainer>> age or gender coordinator>> club pres. And you could very likely piss off coaches and parents no matter how politely you go about it.

    EDIT: and a few years back, after hearing story upon story from the younger parents about how astonishingly good their kids were at soccer and how coaches were contacting them to join this team or that team, I noticed a pattern among the players who truly were better than everyone else and I came up with a really simple litmus test (at least in our part of NJ it's a decent indicator): has your child played soccer anywhere for a reduced/subsidized/waived user fee?
     
    #4 Omar's Wacky Neighbor, May 7, 2018
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