Griffin Youth Soccer Association

To: Parents of under six and under 5 players

From: Griffin Soccer Club

Re: Kicking is not a soccer skill program

Dear Parents,

The purpose of this letter is to tell you about our program called “Kicking Is Not a soccer Skill” (KINS) which is a program designed for our under six players. Your coach will be using the KINS program to teach your child soccer skills. The most important skill young players must learn is dribbling. It takes years of practice to become an expert dribbler so the sooner they start the better! Dribbling is also the foundation skill for all other skills so it is appropriate to teach this first. The KINS program makes learning to dribble the top priority. Aimless kicking will be discouraged by the coaches as it simply develops bad habits that will need to be corrected later.
To help the coaches during games we ask that you please:

Leave the coaching to the coaches!

Refrain from telling the players to “kick it” !

Cheer and applaud both teams!

When the ball has gone out of play the game will be restarted using the “new ball” method. One of the coaches will drop a “new”ball on to the field for the players to play with. You’ll notice that the “new ball” will often find it’s way to the feet of a player who hasn’t been recently involved. The players will quickly catch on to this new way of restarting the game and it will make for more touches on the ball - more dribbling - by the players.
If you have any questions or comments about the KINS program please feel free to contact us. Enjoy the Spring soccer season.

C.J. Chang Ian Flitcroft
Griffin Youth Soccer Club President Recreation Program Coordinator
770 467 9619