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Morton Grove AYSO Region 794

4U Playground

Soccer is for people of all ages – even the little ones!  With this in mind, AYSO created a 4U Playground program for three year olds. AYSO Playground uses group activities, soccer themes and parent participation to develop the fundamental motor skills that prepare kids for all sports. Children get an introduction to soccer in an age-specific program, and you, the parents, get to participate with them. The children begin to learn soccer skills like kicking, dribbling, and passing but in a group setting.  Playground is about the kids having fun and being introduced to the great game of soccer. 

All 4U activities are held at Frank Hren Discovery Park.

Day & Time
All 4U activities are held on Saturdays during the fall and spring seasons.

Player Equipment

Be sure and bring the following to each session

  • AYSO T-shirt, shorts or pants, and socks (an AYSO T-shirt will be distributed to all players on the first Saturday session)
  • Shoes and shinguards, covered by the socks are mandatory at all practice and game activities. Soccer shoes or sneakers are recommended. Baseball shoes with a toe cleat are not permitted.  The type and condition of cleated shoes must be inspected for safety before each session.
  • Size 3 ball
  • Water bottle
Parent Participation
Parents are encouraged to participate and help with such things as running drills and other activities to help the players to understand the basics of soccer. There are only a few reasons to stop play in Playground activities. If a child is not playing well with others, or if play must pause for injury, or confusion, parents can quickly direct attention back to the group activity.  All other parents should be encouraged to cheer positively from the sideline.

The Details - 4U - Playground 
Playground One with One is the combination of two different formats that, put together, will provide the best possible introduction to soccer for our youngest players. One with one refers to the concept that each player will have a parent (or other adult) working with them on the field. 

A "Master Coach" will lead each session. The "master coach" will introduce a game/activity that will practice a certain skill or part of the game using explanation and demonstration. Each pair (player/parent) will then attempt the activity while the master coach circulates between pairs providing specific help or suggestions so that the activities are performed as intended. After a suitable amount of time, the "master coach" will bring the players and parents back together as a group and recap what they have done, introducing the next activity.

Master Coach
The master coach is, at a minimum, certified as an AYSO Advanced Coach and Advanced Coach Instructor. The master coach is "in charge" at the field! He/she will introduce and demonstrate each activity, then circulate to help the parents as they help the kids, providing all with a positive learning experience.

Typical Sessions include the following Activities
  • 10 minutes - Group Warm-Up and Activities
  • 20 minutes - Group Training Activities
  • (2) 5 minutes - Water Break
  • 20 minutes - Group Training Activities
Young players need to get a feel for the ball and the field, so even though there are adults all around and many opportunities to offer instruction, the emphasis is on fun and play. Best of all, they find out that soccer is something they can do. 

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Morton Grove AYSO Region 794

P.O. Box 64 
Morton Grove, Illinois 60053

Email Us: [email protected]
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