Pre-Competitive Soccer: Pre-K to 2nd grade (U4-U8)

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Overview of Pre-Competitive Soccer: Pre-K to 2nd grade (U4-U8)

OP Soccer Club Lions and Dragons Soccer Program

Teams are formed by school grade

The OP Soccer Club Pre-Competitive program is the foundation of OP Soccer Club and continues to evolve each year. The Pre-Competitive Program is for all boys and girls that are in Pre-K through 3rd grade. Our program is a way of introducing children, who are new to soccer or sport for the first time, without the pressure of winning at a young age. Our main focus is to educate and develop players, on and off the field, throughout the program and keeping them in the sport for a very long time.  We strive to achieve the aims in a fun and safe environment for all children participating in soccer or sport.

All training is provided by USSF licensed OP Soccer Club coaches and is included in the registration cost for each program. Simply put, no other soccer program in the Kansas City area is providing this level of experienced and qualified coaching at this value.

OP Soccer Club is dedicated in ensuring that children are receiving the correct coaching instruction at an early age to develop their skills and techniques in soccer. Parent coaching has its advantages and disadvantages. OP Soccer Club wants the children to have consistency throughout their experience by having experienced licensed coaches. Parents are encouraged to help and support the coaches, as it can have a positive impact for the child in soccer.

Pre-Competitive Player Registration Page

Pre-Competitive Director: Mo Hassan – Meet our pre-competitive director


Team Information

Teams are organized by school of attendance and as a club, we consider keeping friends together on same teams when we can. However, we strive not to make teams have big rosters, as this can decrease playing time and lack of touches a player can have on the ball. Recreation/Pre-Competitive soccer is based on classroom grade (i.e., teams are formed by grade, not by birth year).

Fees

  • Lions pre-k & Kindergarten $110 (early bird $100 until February 28)
  • Dragons: 1st and 2nd grade $130 (early bird $110 until February 28)

Seasons

  • Spring season is April–May
  • Fall season is September–October

Spring Calendar

  • Registration opens in November
  • Early bird end February 28
  • Registration closes two weeks before season starts (March 23)
  • Season starts after Easter (April 6, 2024)
  • Season ends mid May
  • Rainout weekend will be added if necessary

Fall Calendar

  • Registration opens in June
  • Early bird discount end July 31
  • Registration closes two weeks before season starts (September 1st)
  • Season begins 2nd weekend in September
  • Season ends mid October
  • Rainout weekend will be added if necessary

New & Returning Players

OP Soccer Club’s goal in this league is to provide soccer development for all who wish to play.

New players: Will be placed on a team following the registration deadline. OP Soccer Club will contact you after the deadline with information on your practice schedule.

Returning players: Please register for the new season and OP Soccer Club will contact you after the deadline with information on your practice schedule.


Uniforms/Equipment

Soccer Jerseys

Both Lions and Dragons programs will provide new jerseys to NEW players for the Fall 2023 season. If you are returning to our program, please use the jersey given to your child the previous season. Please make sure to include your child jersey size when registering your child (We have the following sizes: YXS, YS, YM or YL).

Shorts, shinguards and socks are NOT provided by OP Soccer Club and must be purchased ahead of the program at any sporting goods store.

Shin Guards
Shin guards MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES! OP Soccer Club prefers the hard or plastic shin guard with ankle protection. We have found it protects the player’s legs and ankles the best. OP Soccer Club does not recommend the sock shin guard combination because it does not protect the shin very well.

Soccer Socks
Soccer socks must be worn over shin guards.

Soccer Shoes
Soccer cleats or tennis shoes may be worn at the games, but not baseball or football cleats. Baseball and football cleats have a toe cleat at the tip of the shoe which can injure a player when kicked.

Jewelry
No jewelry allowed, including earrings or watches. Medical bracelets must be taped down on the wrist.


Practice and Game Information Schedule

OP Lions (Pre-K & Kindergarten) is held at Roe Park on Saturday mornings for 6 weeks.
All sessions are one hour long. This includes a 30 minute skill based practice, learning
technical skills through fun games. This is followed by a 4v4 scrimmage for 25 minutes,
allowing players to develop their skills. WE DO NOT KEEP SCORE or KEEP TEAM STANDINGS.

OP Dragons (1st & 2nd grade) is held at Indian Woods Middle School or Nall Park, games on Saturday
mornings for 6 weeks and one weekly practice for 1-hour on Thursday. Our OP Soccer Club coaches will teach groups of no more than 10-12 kids, teaching technical skills. They will have a game on Saturday, where these skills will be developed in an educational & fun setting. AGAIN, WE DO NOT KEEP SCORE or KEEP TEAM STANDINGS.

Dragons Spring & Fall Practice Schedule

  • Thursday, location TBD

Field Information & Locations

Pre-K thru Kindergarten (OP Lions):
Games are played at Roe Park (104th and Roe). See maps below.

1st and 2nd grade (OP Dragons):
TBD

Field Locations

Roe Park (OP Lions)
10400 Roe, Overland Park KS
Google Map

Indian Woods Middle School (OP Dragons)
9700 Woodson Dr, Overland Park, KS 66207
Google Map

Rainout Information

For pre-competitive soccer, Nall/Roe Park fields for OP Soccer Club pre-k, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade (U5-U8) games & team practices, please check our Facebook & Instagram social media accounts for the latest updates (Roe/Nall Park & Indian Woods).


Player Forms

OP Soccer Club parent code of conduct


Competitive Soccer (for soccer after pre-competitive soccer)

For your information, as your son or daughter continues to play soccer, the age rules are different for competitive soccer. For competitive soccer which starts at U8 or U9 age-level, the age rules have changed. In the Fall of 2016, for all competitive soccer teams (not recreation), the governing bodies, USYSA (United States Youth Soccer Association), KYSA (Kansas Youth Soccer Association) and HSA (Heartland Soccer Association), have all decided to switch teams to be based on birth year, not school classroom grade or the previous Aug 1 through July 31 age date range.

This rule will affect those kids who were born later in the year and started school the following year – typically for kids with an August – December birth dates. Please keep this in mind as you select the age group for your child to compete in.  Age groups are defined by age and under, so a U9 player is 9 years old and under. The kids move up in age group in the Fall season.

3rd Grade and above (U9 and older)

The OP Soccer Club provides soccer for boys and girls, 3rd grade and up through the Heartland Soccer Association. We offer recreational, competitive and academy level programs. Each year the 2nd weekend in June tryouts are organized to create new competitive teams and to complete existing teams. If you are interested in our competitive program contact, MJ Jensen – mj@opsoccerclub.org.

If you are an independent team and want to join OP Soccer Club please contact our Club Manage Sean Clarke – Info@OPsoccerClub.org.

All information for games, schedules, and rules can be found at heartlandsoccer.net. Registration is managed by OP Soccer Club and detailed information can be found on the respective pages for each program.

  • Heartland Recreational Rules for U9 and above: Heartland Recreational Rules
  • Please contact us for more information at info@opsoccerclub.org

Pre-Competitive Contact (Pre-K through 2nd grade)

Mo Hassan
Technical Director
MoH@opsoccerclub.org