The U13 year marks the first time our players play on a full sized field. This year is one of the most challenging of their careers, as players mature physically at different rates and times and they are also adapting to new systems of play. Far Post does not lose sight of this and continues to focus on doing what's best for our players in the long run.
Our players will continue to receive plenty of technical training, while ladders and agility work become more prrominant in training along with larger tactical themes. This is a heavy learning year where success can be hard to come by, especially when playing against older teams.
We will have a U13 Premier team (2005 BY) on both the boys and girls sides. We will also have a mixed 04/05 Club team for those players that are not quite at the premier level yet, but we want to keep within our club to help them develop. Having club teams at this age is very important becuse players develop at different times. It is not uncommon for players to move up from the club team after a year or two if they are committed to improving.
Most players are quite busy with their school teams at this time of year, but we do have optional fall matches through Far Post. Traditionally, we have created U13/14 Coed teams in the U14 Fall Vermont Soccer League, but we have found the level of play is not high enough for our players. We plan on creating our own internal league for all U13/14 players that are interested.
This is our indoor season at our home base, the Robert E. Miller Centre North at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. The only thing that is mandatory is the team training session, with a number of additional opportunities each week that most players take advantage of. This allows the most dedicated players the opportunity to play 3-4 times a week, while also allowing some flexibility for those that play other sports.
Boys: Team training on Sundays, rotating time. Optional skills session Saturday morning, 9-10:30am/10:30am-12pm rotating. Optional games Monday evenings.
Girls: Team training on Sundays, rotating time. Optional skills session Saturday morning, 9-10:30am/10:30am-12pm rotating. Optional games Thursday evenings.
Extras: Monday/Wednesday night Jr. Academy Sessions & Coed Invite Only Academy Sessions.
This is our outdoor season. Teams will have 2 training sessions a week beginning May 1, likely at Veterans Park in So. Burlington or Centennial Field in Burlington. We will also compete in the Vermont Soccer league. Each team will go to a minimum of 2 outdoor tournaments. Tthe first is Memorial Day weekend in Massachusetts, the second is Father's Day weekend in Maine. Many teams opt to go to an early-season tournament in March in the Boston area as well.
Our U13 premier team will also compete in the Vermont State Cup. Semi-final matches take place late May, with the finals on June 4. Those teams that win their State Cup will represent Vermont at the Region I Championships in Spotsylvania, VA June 29-July 4. All teams should plan on ending July 4, with those that do not advance to Regionals concluding their season after Father's Day Weekend.