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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.

What Do I Need to Play?

The summer sessions will be played outdoors rain or shine. We only cancel if the fields are in terrible shape, the city closes fields or the weather is just too terrible to play. Each child should have the following:

  • Cleats for use on an outdoor field;
  • Shin pads;
  • Socks and shorts;
  • A water bottle;
  • A size 3 or 4  soccer ball (optional);
  • Someone to provide high fives at water breaks!


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.