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LITTLE JUNIORS SOCCER PROGRAM

OVERVIEW

Players: Age 4 - 2nd grade

The Little Juniors Soccer program is the foundational program of Tonka United. It provides an opportunity for young players and their families to have fun while learning about soccer. Little Juniors is an in-house program, so all league games will be played against other Tonka United teams.

  • Winter Soccer Clinics
  • Spring/Summer Soccer League 
  • Fall Soccer League

Teams are coached by parent volunteer coaches to help create a positive experience for each team during the fall and summer seasons. Winter Soccer clinics (Winter Skills) are ran by Tonka United Staff Coaches.

As players grow older, they can either participate in the competitive soccer program (organized by birth year - starts either 2nd or 3rd grade) or the recreational soccer program (starts 3rd grade). 



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WINTER SOCCER CLINICS (WINTER SKILLS)

Players meet for 60 minute sessions of fun soccer games and skills training run by Tonka United Staff Coaches and Trainers.

The Little Juniors Winter Skills sessions are offered in two blocks. The first is four Saturday sessions November - December, and the second is five Saturday sessions February - March. 

Registration is currently open.

VIEW WINTER SKILLS

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SPRING/SUMMER SOCCER LEAGUE

Little Juniors Spring/Summer Soccer league starts in late April and concludes at the end of June.

All teams are coached by parents volunteers - you can register as a volunteer while registering your child for the league. Tonka United will host a mandatory meeting for parent volunteer coaches in early April, a couple weeks before the start of the season. 

Registration is currently open.


VIEW SPRING/SUMMER SOCCER

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FALL SOCCER LEAGUE

The Little Juniors Fall Soccer league starts in early September and concludes during the second week of October.

All teams are coached by parents volunteers - you can register as a volunteer while registering your child for the league. Tonka United will host a mandatory meeting for parent volunteer coaches in late August, a couple weeks before the start of the season. 

Registration for the upcoming fall soccer league will open in August 2020. 

VIEW FALL SOCCER

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COACHING RESOURCES

Tonka United provides different practice sessions and coaching cards for our volunteer parent coaches. Tonka Staff Coaches run these practice sessions and activities on the weekends for 1st and 2nd graders. Our objective is to keep all players engaged, busy and involved in the activities ensuring that players are safe, learn and have fun.

We encourage parent coaches to attend and use the sessions for their own trainings.

Practice Sessions

Coaching Cards

Additional Games and Activities

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RULES

Little Juniors Soccer rules follow a combination of FIFA and USYS rules for United States Youth Soccer with minor modification. The main objective is to ensure safety of our players and maximize enjoyment of the game.

Important Rules Changes

  • There is NO PUNTING in any recreational games. If a goal keeper does punt the ball, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team on the top of the penalty box.
  • There is NO HEADING in any recreational games. If a player intentionally heads the ball, an indirect free kick will be awarded to the opposing team at the spot of the header.
  • Kickoffs may go in any direction, but the player taking the kickoff is only allowed one touch. The player taking the kickoff may not dribble the ball.
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LITTLE JUNIORS DIRECTOR

Ben Cherney

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  • Tonka United Coach since 2010
  • High School Basketball Coach
  • Extensive experience running youth camps and clinics
  • Graduate of University of Wisconsin - Madison 

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