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Jamborees

Studies and research from around the world, including US Soccer's Player Development Initiatives, indicate that for players 10U and younger 
  • The training-to-game ratio should be 2-3 training sessions per game played;
  • Rosters should include no more than 12 players;
  • Players should participate in no more than 20 games per calendar year and in no more than one game per day;
  • Every player should play a minimum of 50% of the time in each game;
  • Results and standings should not be recorded;
  • Players should have a minimum of 2 rest days per week during the season along with planned breaks from organized soccer during the calendar year; and
  • Events (tournaments, showcases, festivals, etc.) should provide a predetermined number of games with no advancement, placement games or champions. These events are called Jamborees.
In observance of these Player Development Initiatives and the countless other resources upon which they are based, LSA established Policy 208.2. 
The purpose of a jamboree format is to emphasize fun and player performance in young players and to de-emphasize outcomes and results-oriented coaching at our youngest age groups. No team at 10U or younger will be permitted to play at the 11U level or older at any Club Tournament unless the entire age group at that Club Tournament uses the  jamboree format as described herein. (Policy 208.2.1)
 
​To insure Jamborees remain developmental in nature and not results oriented
No “Winner” or “Champion” will be named. There shall be no announcements, signage, trophies, medals or any other    awards indicating or naming a “Winner” or a “Champion”.  and
If awards are presented in these age groups, they shall be presented to all participants. There shall be no trophies for first or second place awarded. (Policy 208.2.5)
 
Players at our younger age groups should be encouraged to play and have fun free from the pressures to win heaped upon them by coaches and supporters. Clubs that violate Policy 208.2 are subject to sanctions.
 
 
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