Friday, July 20, 2018





Gulf Coast Soccer is pleased to announce our 2018 summer soccer camps. The will take place the weeks of June 18-21st and July 9-12th and include a Micro Camp (U5-U6), a Recreational Camp (U7-U12). Come join Coach Robert Parr and the SoccerRom staff for one of these great camps this summer. 

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Gulf Coast Soccer is pleased to announce our 2018 summer soccer camps. The will take place the weeks of June 18-21st and July 9-12th and include a Micro Camp (U5-U6), a Recreational Camp (U7-U12). Come join Coach Robert Parr and the SoccerRom staff for one of these great camps this summer. 

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Gulf Coast's Micro Soccer Program offers U5-U6 players an introduction to the game in an age appropriate manner that is consistent with nationally recognized standards and best practices. The focus of our program is to help your child develop a love for the sport of soccer. Introduction to the game and the fundamental skills of soccer will be joyfully delivered in a variety of fun activities geared to bring laughter, enjoyment, and the love of the game to your child. The Micro season runs weekly, typically 6 weeks in the spring and 10 weeks in the fall. Players are placed on coed teams and randomly selected to promote even teams and equal number of boys and girls. Each team will hold two (2) 45 minute practice session during the week and a 3v3 game on Saturday.  

What Parents Need to Know About Micro Soccer

Competitive games are more fun to play in! Teams are formed through a random draw format to encourage evenly balanced teams. Our goal is to have evenly match teams playing in closely competitive games that are fun and exciting for ALL participants and spectators. See our Recreational Fair Play Team Formation Policy for additional detials or contact the Micro Program Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

Competent players have more fun! Coaches are encouraged to utilize the Gulf Coast Soccer Curriculum Documents to build competence in the players and enhance their enjoyment of the game. Gulf Coast training staff are available to assist in coach and player development and we encourage all coaches and parents to take advantage of these valuable resources. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.


  • Size 3 soccer ball (properly inflated (with name on it)
  • Soccer cleats
  • Shin Guards
  • Water bottle (with name on it)

Understanding U5/U6 Players

  • Minimal differences between boys and girls
  • No sense of pace; easy fatigue and rapid recovery
  • Primitive motor skills and eye-hand/eye-foot coordination
  • Throwing, catching, and kicking a ball present real challenges
  • Still learning to control their body; love to run, jump, and roll around
  • Very short attention span; need simple instructions
  • No understanding of time and space relationships
  • Tend toward illogical thinking; fantasy and reality frequently intermingle in playtime
  • Highly egocentric; play in parallel to (and not with) each other
  • No sense of “team” or group dynamics
  • Focus is on the ball; they do not like to “share the toy”
  • Psychologically fragile (very vulnerable to criticism from adults)

Age-appropriate Implications for U5/U6 Players

  • Movement education is very important; balance, skipping, hopping, jumping, running (forward and backward), getting down and back up, and changing directions are all essential skills to rehearse often
  • Ball control (trapping), running with the ball (dribbling), ball-striking (shooting and passing), and ball-winning are the main priorities for skill development
  • “Kicking” (or “booting”) is NOT SOCCER!  We must teach players that we always control the ball first, and then decide to dribble, pass, or shoot.
  • Give generous praise and provide a pressure-free environment
  • Practices = 45 minutes in length
  • Coed soccer is the preferred format, as it exposes all players to the widest-possible range of personality types.  Boys tend to be naturally more competitive in nature, whereas girls tend to be more cooperative.  Soccer at the higher levels of play requires players to have BOTH these attributes.
  • Players have issues with throw-ins and kick-ins, so postpone these concepts to later age groups (U7+)

Continuous Play Format (“New Ball!”)

Our Micro teams (U5/U6) use the "New Ball" Continuous Play format.  There are no goalkeepers, and players are discouraged from simply standing in front of their defensive goal.  Whenever a ball goes out of play, a server (positioned behind the closest goal) holds up a ball, calls "New Ball!" to direct the players' attention to that ball, then rolls it to an open space in either corner on that end of the field.  Balls are not to be tossed or bounced back in to play, and should not be served into the middle of the field.

The idea behind the ‘new ball method’ is to keep the flow of the game constant and increase the number of ball touches by all the players. The ‘new ball method’ eliminates restarts such as throw-ins and corner kicks and keeps the ball in play continuously. Restarts might be important to the game results at the highest level of play, but they have no relevance or developmental benefits at the U-6 level.

Key Points and Benefits

  • Eliminate all traditional (adult) restarts other than the kick-offs at the start of each quarter or after a goal is scored
  • Move all adults off the playing field; make it clear this is a game for the kids to play!
  • Position a coach or designated parent behind each goal line to be a server with a supply of balls
  • Whenever a ball goes out of play (for what would've been a goal kick, corner kick, or throw-in), the server on that half of the field rolls a new ball into play and calls out “New Ball!” loudly so all players can hear
  • New balls should be rolled into open spaces on the ground away from the pack, or close to any player who has not had a lot of touches on the ball during the game; make dominant players run more to get to each new ball
  • The benefits of doing this are HUGE; the ball will stay in play over 90% of the scheduled game time, the players will get approximately 70% more touches on the ball during the same amount of time, the players will do a lot more total running in each game, and the challenge of getting the ball can be “slanted” to match the different abilities of the players on the field. More touches will accelerate the players competency with the ball and success in the game.

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Sample New Ball Implementation - Note that our implementation is a little different



The First Touch Program is designed specifically for 3- and 4-year-olds who are ready to take their first touches on the ball in an organized soccer setting. Players at this young age have developmental needs that are very different from those of older players. As a result, this program has some unique features that will promote social development and physical literacy in an age-appropriate manner.

What Parents Need to Know About First Touch Soccer 

Sessions will be held weekly on Saturday mornings There will be no session on Easter weekend. In the event that as session is rained out, it will be made up on the following Friday evening. You will be notified in early March via email with more details regarding the schedule for your child. 

Each session will consist of three segments:

  • We will begin with an "Intro Segment" that focuses on improving physical literacy and social interaction skills. For example, our physical literacy objectives will include improving balance, coordination, running, jumping, and kicking, among other goals. In terms of social skills, we will use activities that teach awareness, focus, concentration, cooperation, and communication.
  • We will then move into a "Skills Segment", in which players will be shown a variety of basic soccer-related skills using the ball. These skills will generally involve receiving (stopping the ball using different surfaces of the feet), dribbling (running with the ball), and ball-striking (passing or shooting the ball).
  • We will finish with a "Play Segment", in which players will play a variety of 1v1 or 2v2 games against their parents or other players.


This program is designed using a "parent/child" learning model. Each player must have a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, guardian, or older sibling (who is at least 14 years of age) present at all sessions. Players MAY NOT be "dropped off" for any U4 session; if this happens, the player will be removed from the program for the remainder of the season!  Our U4s will not be placed on "teams", unlike the traditional programs used for older players.

The training activities will all involve the parent and child working together to accomplish a task or to rehearse a new skill. These activities will be introduced during the weekly sessions. Parents will receive a copy of the lesson plan at the end of each session, and will be asked to repeat the activities at home several times during the following week. We will be looking to see progress in each player's (and each parent's) understanding and skill mastery of the activities at the following sessions.

Each player must bring a properly-inflated Size 3 soccer ball and an adequate supply of water to each session. Players should wear closed-toe shoes; sandals are NOT permitted. Regular sneakers will be fine. Cleats are not required (and are not recommended). We will provide each player with a Gulf Coast Soccer t-shirt at the first session. Players should wear this shirt to each session during the season.


For more information about this program, please contact Steven Solis, Micro Program Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (409) 893-9626.

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Program Note for Spring 2017: This season will be our 3rd year of the HS small-sided 7v7 program. Each year we evaluate all of our programs and look for ways to improve or make them more enjoyable for the players. Player feedback through the first two seasons is that having an upper and lower bracket based on experience would make the games more fun for all novice and experienced players alike. Below is a list of improvements we will implement this season. 

  1. This year we will offer two playing levels. One for new or beginning players and one for the more experienced players who may not be playing high school soccer or just want extra playing time. 
    • The more experienced bracket will play 7v7 coed same as before and may play games against teams from other clubs in SE Texas.
    • The less experienced or novice group will play 5v5 coed, but on a slightly smaller field. The 5v5 format allows for smaller rosters and more teams. Rationale: All new players regardless of age should begin playing at the recreational small-sided level to learn the basics of the game. As they learn and improve they can move up levels if they choose. 
    • Learn more about the Benefits of Small Sided Games
  2. The program is now open to U15 players who are still in the 8th grade and are too old for U14 and too young to play in high school due to the new US Soccer birth year playing age mandates. For this year, this includes 8th graders born in 2002. 

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If you have questions about the Small-sided High School program, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Our small-sided high school program is designed to provide an opportunity for players U15-U19 to play and enjoy the game of soccer in a fun, safe, healthy and social environment. This recreational program is designed specifically for players who are in high school and 8th graders born between Aug 1 and December 31 that may be caught between the new USSF birth year and the traditional school year age cut-offs. By using a coed, small-sided playing format, this program provides older youth players with an opportunity to play soccer in a fun, intramural style of play that works for both novice-level and more experienced players. Players are divided into balanced, mixed-gender teams, but train twice per week as a group with players from other teams in the program. Teams will play one game each Saturday during the fall and spring season, and will train twice each week from August-November (fall) and March-May (spring). Training begins in early March while games are played throughout April and May.  

Games follow rules that are similar to indoor soccer, but are played outdoors. The following modifications to the Laws of the Game apply to all games in this league:

  • Games will be played on a standard U12 field (with smaller U12 goals)
  • Games will consist of two 30 minute halves
  • Teams will play 7v7 (6v6 plus goalkeepers) or 5v5 depending on the playing level
  • Games will be officiated by a single Referee
  • Teams must have at least 5 players on the field to play (including a goalkeeper)
  • A team may have no more than 6 male players on the field at any one time. 
  • Any goal scored by a female player will count as double (2 instead of just 1 point)
  • No punting or drop kick distributions are permitted by the goalkeeper; the keeper may distribute from the hands or put the ball in play on the ground
  • The offside law will not be enforced
  • No slide tackling is permitted; violations are penalized with an indirect free kick unless a more serious offense was committed as part of the same play
  • All restarts follow the regular Laws of the Game (including free kicks, goal kicks, corner kicks, kick offs, and throw-ins), but opposing players must be 8 yards away instead of the usual 10 yards on all restarts (other than throw-ins)
  • Since this is a social league more than a competitive one, if a game is a “blowout” by halftime (a 6+ goal lead), then we will consider that to be the final score.  We will then shuffle the squads to make two new (even) teams, and play the second half with the shuffled teams starting back with the score at 0-0.

Program Objectives

  • To provide high school age boys and girls with a fun fitness and social activity
  • To provide former players who no longer play soccer with an outlet to come back to the game
  • To provide players who may not play for a high school soccer team with a chance to play soccer during the spring season

Program Benefits for the Players

  • Age-appropriate skills training
  • Physical fitness
  • Social interaction with peers
  • A very low-pressure, player centered environment
  • Play the game they loved as a younger player

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