This past month, students in Kindergarten through 8th grade have been practicing and participating in the team sport of soccer. Did you know that soccer is the most popular sport in the world? Soccer is played by approximately 250 million players, spread over 200 countries! Soccer is fun, inexpensive, and easy to play. All you need are some friends, a ball, and a large space.
During our soccer unit in Kindergarten and Lower Elementary, most of our focus was on developing foot-eye coordination and spatial awareness. Skills taught were dribbling a ball under control using both left and right, passing with the inside of the foot, trapping the ball, and shooting a ball at a target. At the Upper Elementary level, the skills taught were dribbling, trapping, passing, shooting, understanding offense and defense, and using simple game rules to play.
Our Middle School sports program takes place during the school day three times per week. Games are scheduled after school on either Tuesday or Thursday. The focus at the MS level is to develop player performance. The four components are technique, tactics, fitness, and sportsmanship. Various drills are planned based on what the team needs to focus on to improve in the game. Our next game will be played on our back soccer field on Tuesday, October 26th at 2PM. Let’s go FWM!!