The Haverhill Development Program operates under the guidance of Mass Youth Soccer. Mass Youth Soccer is the official representative of US Soccer, the national governing body for soccer in the United States, and US Youth Soccer in Massachusetts. This program has been designed and developed in collaboration with these professional soccer organizations to offer age appropriate activities in a supportive, child-centered, positive learning environment.
The program's main goal is to instill a passion for the game of soccer in young children. This passion is vital to keeping players participating in the game throughout their life. It is our shared passion for the game that impels us to help young players experience the joys of the game in a healthy and positive youth soccer experience.
Our program for elementary schoolers has evolved with the game over the years and continues to be dynamic and fluid as we seek to always keep pace with the growth of soccer in the United States. We are dedicated to providing a contemporary and age appropriate program inclusive of the most current child development, athletic and soccer specific knowledge available to us. We hope you will take a moment to review our Development Model to learn more about the objectives and methods of this program.
Haverhill Development Program has two, independent eight-week seasons:
- Fall - September to November with a break for Columbus Day.
- Spring - April to June with a break for Memorial Day.
Fall 2017: September 9, September 16, September 23, September 30, October 14, October 21, October 28 and November 4.
Development players are separated by school grade and randomly placed in coed training groups. Pre-School and Grade KG meet for 45 minutes. Grade 1 and Grade 2 meet for 60 minutes. Training sessions consist of free-play, game-like activities and a small-sided practice game.
|Training Groups||Training Sessions|
|Pre-School *||9:15 am for 45 minutes|
|Grade KG||10:30 am for 45 minutes|
|Grade 1||11:45 am for 60 minutes|
|Grade 2||1:15 pm for 60 minutes|
* Children must have a birth year of 2013 or earlier to be eligible for Pre-School.
Times are subject to change based on availability of fields and total number of participants.
Development fields are located at J.G. Whittier Middle School, 256 Concord Street.
- These smaller 4v4 fields are lined in blue within the larger In-Town fields.
- Lawn signs are placed adjacent to each midfield line to help identify fields.
- Spectators are asked to sit a few feet away from the touchlines to give the children enough room to play.
- Sitting behind goals is prohibited.
Field locations are subject to change based on availability of permits and number of participants.
Development players must have the following to participate in training sessions:
- Jersey - Provided during first week of play.
- Athletic shorts - Other clothing is allowed based on weather.
- Soccer socks - Must cover shin guards.
- Shin guards - Mandatory for safety.
- Footwear - Sneakers are fine.
- Soccer ball - Size 3.
- Sports bottle - Players should bring plenty of fluids with them.
Soccer cleats are recommended to avoid bad spills. However, baseball cleats cannot be used to play soccer because shoes with toe cleats are not allowed.