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Developmental Program (U9-U10)

U9-U10 Developmental Program

Assessment Registration

Click here to register for the U9-10 Developmental Program Assessments. Cost is $35.

Competitive Program Mission Statement

CMYSA seeks to field a sufficient number of competitive teams to provide age and skill appropriate opportunities for players wanting to advance their skill, knowledge, and passion for the game of soccer.  In addition to the spring/summer season, CMYSA will provide our players with opportunities for skills sessions, camps, and small-sided tournaments throughout the year.  


The  U9-U10 age group falls under Phase 2 of our Player Development Chart:  Learning to Train. 


It is considered “the golden age” of learning.  These years are the most critical development years of a youth soccer player’s career. It is at these ages where the basic fundamental skills of soccer are mastered. These skills allow players to compete and be successful as soccer players at the next level of play.  It is also where they develop a true love for the game. The U9-10 Development Program is designed for players ages 8-10 years old who have a higher level of ability, commitment and interest level in soccer.  This program is not for everyone and requires a higher level of commitment than the Rec/In-House Program.  It is also required that participants have 1-2 seasons of in-house/rec soccer experience before moving to this program.

Season Information

Summer Fall
Cost: $235 Cost: 2016 Cost TBD
League: Tournaments Only May-June usually League: Minnesota Youth Soccer Association (MYSA)
Practices: 10(1/wk) with qualified and licensed skills coach and 1-2/wk with team coach. Practices begin indoors in Febuary or March. Outside practices begin in Mid April. Some coahes may hold practices or frree play sessions year round, but these are optional. Practices: 6 (1/wk) with qualified and licensed skills coach and 1-2/wk with team coach. Team practices begin in August.
Games: Tournaments Only Games: Schedule set by MYSA. 6 League Games. Start of Sept (league play begins). Mid October (league play ends).
Game Nights: Weekend Schedule Game Nights: Weekend Schedule
Travel: Yes. Usually within 75 of St. Cloud. Travel: Yes. Usually within 75 of St. Cloud.
Wknd Tournaments: Yes. 3-5 per summer. (3-4 tournament included in fees, other tournaments typically additional $20-$30/player) Wknd Tournaments: Team decides
Days/Week 2-5 (depending on if the weekend is a tournament or not) Days/Week 2-4 (1-2 game days, 2-3 practices)
Uniform ($100) Players will be required to purchase a uniform if they do not have the current CMYSA program uniform. Uniform ($100) Players will be required to purchase a uniform if they do not have the current CMYSA program uniform.
Ball Size: 4 Ball Size: 4
Length of Sessions: 1-1.5 hours Length of Sessions: 1-1.5 hours
Coaches: Parent Coaches w/CMYSA Staff assisting in some training sessions Coaches: Parent Coaches w/CMYSA Staff assisting in some training sessions
Roster size: 12 players Roster size: 12 players
Roster Formation: Formed from assessments Roster Formation: Formed from assessments
Assessments: Assessments are the end of July for the following Summer Season. Players are not required to play the Falls Season, but they are required to play the Summer Season. However, the Fall Season is recommended to continue player development. Assessments: None specifically. Fall is a continuation of the previous summer.

Both seasons consist of:

·         Training sessions 2-3 times/week.

·         Professional coaching for 1 of those weekly training sessions.

·         Skill development is the focus, along with basic tactical development and team play.

·         Player development is the focus: Player & Ball. 

·         Other development and playing options are offered throughout the year.


*please note that U9 does not include U7s and most U8 players

**teams are split by gender (not co-ed)


Why does CMYSA have player assessments for the U9-U10 Developmental Program?

The assessments are for placement. The only reasons a player would not make a team would be if the Board and Travel directors could not make the numbers work for teams or if the player would benefit from a year of our in-house skill building program.

CMYSA has two levels of play offered at the U9-U10 ages: Maroon and Gold.  Most tournaments offer these two levels, as well.  Because of this, we try to place like-players with like-players in order to parallel the tournaments our teams participate in.

Additionally, according to the US Soccer Player Development Model, the concept of “flow” is critical for effective soccer training and player development.  Flow is that period of time in which an activity matches one’s ability.  It is important that all players are properly challenged, and that they can grow through a healthy mix of mistakes and successes, while enjoying a fun and supportive atmosphere.  Too few or too many mistakes or successes does not promote player development.  Playing with and against players of similar soccer levels helps achieve flow.  CMYSA uses the assessments to help properly place players based on this notion. 

It is important to realize that player development ebbs and flows, and is unique to each individual.  Do not fret about what team your player is placed on.  Continue to encourage your player(s) to practice their soccer skills on their own and to always give his/her best effort.  Also remember: Training and games are only part of the puzzle…the more a player works with the ball on his/her own, the faster that player will develop!

Rec vs Competitive: How to Choose?

The difference between the U9-10 Developmental Program and the Recreational/In-House Program lies in the level of investment/playing ability, commitment, coachability, and interest of the 8, 9, and 10 year olds and their parents/guardians. To help decide which level of play is most appropriate for your child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in the U9-10 Competitive Program . If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed he/she is probably more suited for this level of play. However, it should be noted that during player’s soccer development, they may move back and forth in their interest and commitment levels.


·         Demonstrates a solid technical foundation

·         High level of coordination and agility

·         During games, is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved

·         Is attentive and focused at practice and during games

·         Demonstrates high level of passion and concentration during practices and games

·         Listens well and is able to follow directions

·         Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities they are involved in

·         Soccer is a high priority and they have a passion to play

·         Applies the skills and lessons learned at practice consistently (relative to the age group)

·         Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices