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New Summer Junior Hornets Program

What is the Junior Hornets

Ottawa Gloucester Hornets are introducing a “Junior Hornets” program for ages U6-U8. The program adheres to the Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model of Canada Soccer and incorporates the philosophy and technical direction of our affiliate the Vancouver Whitecaps (Major League Soccer). The program allows our youngest players to train and compete in a developmentally appropriate environment while learning the fundamentals of soccer.

LTPD Focus

Structured around LTPD and small-sided games.  The Hornets use small-sided games to maximize ‘touches’ on the ball and develop technical abilities. This provides opportunities for players to become independent ‘problem-solvers’ with the ball and develop into fearless, creative players who love the game.

Program Design

The program focuses on the first two stages of the LTPD model: Active Start and Fundamentals. Players will train under the supervision of James Parry (Hornets Technical Director) and Jay Da Costa ( Hornets Assistant Technical Director) in an environment that emphasizes player enjoyment and success. The program is built around small-sided games, which enhances the learning experience and contributes to a life-long passion for the game.

Active Start (U6)

Players will learn proper fundamental movement skills like running, jumping, twisting and catching. Emphasis will also be placed on the ‘player and the ball’ ­– dribbling, controlling and kicking. The program stresses the love of the game through informal play and positive reinforcement. While skills are important, high fives and goal celebrations are encouraged!

Fundamentals (U7-U8)

Players develop the ABCs: agility, balance, coordination, and speed. The ‘player and the ball’ will further develop the technical abilities of players – dribbling, gaining ball control in passing, passing less than 25m, kicking the ball forward and shooting.  Coaches will create an environment that emphasizes ‘freedom and fun’ in the development of physical and technical skills.

Showcase

All players are required to register through the Ottawa Gloucester Hornets web site, attend the Showcase sessions (for times click here) and accept placement into the Junior Hornets program. The Showcase for this age group allows coaches to meet and introduce themselves to the young players. This is not an assessment process, rather an opportunity to ensure the child is comfortable continuing for the season and to demonstrate their excitement to play. We understand for ages U6 to U8, there can be significant inconsistencies in a child's playing performance - day to day, week to week, therefore it is important for coaches to meet these young players ahead of time. Please refer to this page for further details on these sessions.