Critical Transition Age
The Juniors division of the Rec Development Program is for player ages U7 and U8. Some adjustments can be made to account for player skill level. We introduce additional components of game play and skills by using a game structure of 7v7 including a keeper. The focus remains on technical development. Players will practice with an emphasis on skills and having fun. Practices begin to lengthen as games offer a chance to try those skills against new kids and have a great time playing.
The Juniors division is for all players in the age regardless if they have played before or not. Play remains coed. Some coaches may elect to have all-boys or all-girls teams if the age of the team is such that it can plan on a transition into gender based leagues.
Juniors becomes the primary transition point into league teams at the end of the juniors age range. At U8, players (and coaches) may elect to move into Anne Arundel County leagues or into travel and county teams going from U8 to U9. ASA encourages experienced players to transition to leagues at the U8 and U9 ages as the juniors age concludes.