Hadley MacDonald (left) and Maddox Dickson enjoy some orange slices during a break in practice. The pair play for the Langley Dolphins of the Langley United Youth Soccer Association.

Hadley MacDonald (left) and Maddox Dickson enjoy some orange slices during a break in practice. The pair play for the Langley Dolphins of the Langley United Youth Soccer Association.

LUYSA tot soccer program back

Weekly sessions designed to introduce kids to soccer in fun environment

The popular Langley United Youth Soccer Association parent and tot introduction to soccer program is once again accepting registration.

Eighty spots are open in the program, which is scheduled to begin Sunday (Jan. 22) and run every Sunday until Feb. 26. The weekly 45-minute session is at 5 p.m.

It is open for all girls and boys who were born in 2007.

“It’s great to see the little ones get a wonderful fun introduction in what is often their first exposure to sports,” explained Betty Boucas, the Langley United president.

“Our highly qualified technical staff ensure the program is fun and enjoyable for the little ones.

“Keep them coming back for more.”

The objective of the program is to provide the players and parents a pressure-free introduction to the sport.

At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little or no practice and minimal time commitment.

The program is the initial stage in the Canadian Soccer Association Long Term Played Development model.

The U5 program is conducted as a Jamboree One with One. This is a combination of two different formats that provide the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. Jamboree means that groups are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session.

One with One refers to the concept that each player will have a parent (or other adult) working with them on the field for some — but not all — of the games and activities. If parents are unable to participate, player assistants will step in to work with the child.

The program costs $65 with each participant receiving a LUYSA T-shirt.

To register, visit www.luysa.com.