Chatham TOPSoccer - Program Overview
Chatham United TOPSoccer is a US Youth Soccer program aimed at enriching the lives of young athletes with varying disabilities through the game of soccer.
About the TOPSoccer program
The Chatham United TOPSoccer program is offered to Chatham players with disabilities aged 5-18 years. The emphasis of this program is on development, training, and meaningful participation rather than competition. TOPSoccer was formed to perpetuate the US Youth Soccer mission statement, which is, “to foster physical, mental, and emotional growth and development through the sport of soccer at all levels of age and competition.” Our goal is to enable our young athletes with disabilities to develop their physical fitness, technical skills, courage and self esteem, through the joy and excitement of playing soccer.
TOPSoccer is designed to give everyone a chance to play soccer, while providing the experience of working together as a team, achieving individual goals, and, most of all, HAVING FUN!
All TOPSoccer games will be held outdoors once a week on Saturdays for 60 minutes. Each session will include a 30-45 minute practice followed by a 15-30 minute game. The season will run for 6 weeks in September and October with specific dates and times announced prior to the start of the season. The expectation is the sessions would run:
- 11:30am - 12:30pm
- 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14 (10/21 to serve as a rain date for any cancelled sessions)
- Note that the above dates and times are subject to change depending on weather and field availability
Each player will have a TOPSoccer Buddy assigned to provide 1:1 guidance and assistance with practice activities and games. TOPSoccer Buddies will consist primarily of high school-aged students who are willing to commit to the scheduled 6-week season. If you are interested in becoming a buddy, please send us an email at ChathamTOPSoccer@gmail.com. There will be a one day training program scheduled during the summer that all Buddies will have to attend in order to volunteer.
Registration fee is $50 per player to cover the cost of uniforms, end of season awards, and end of season celebration.
Please direct all general questions or comments to ChathamTOPSoccer@gmail.com.
We look forward to a wonderful TOPSoccer season!
Ashley Dunn and Jonathan Yee
Chatham United TOPSoccer Co-Chairs