3rd, 4th and 5th grade program
3rd, 4th and 5th graders play on teams of approximately 8-12 players and practice 2 times per week:
- 1 practice is with the volunteer coach and a TPSC rec trainer
- 1 practice is with the team only
3rd grade is when the kids move up from a size 3 ball to a size 4.
Games are played on the weekend in either Tiburon or Mill Valley. Tiburon does not have enough teams at this age to play only against each other, so we join forces with Mill Valley at this age level and play some games against other Tiburon teams, and some against Mill Valley.
3rd grade plays 5 vs. 5 and 4th grade plays 7 vs. 7 and 5th grade plays 8v8 (or tbd for 2016) - these small-team game formats are conducive to more touches per player and better long-term player development.
At the end of the season, there is an end of season jamboree (tournament) for 4th and 5th grades. All teams play 2-3 games of pool play to accumulate points and try to make it into the semi-finals and finals. This is a great opportunity to get some competitive soccer experience for the kids. 3rd graders will finish their season with regular league play.