SportsEngine Registration: North Oaks Soccer Club

2017 Junior Blast Registration



Welcome To 2017 JUNIOR Blast Registration!

We will have two simple Jr Blast options this year.  One is a winter training session starting in March that includes turf training and an "intro to Futsol" at Chippewa Middle School.  The other is a combined Winter Training and a Spring/Summer season starting in March and going through June 27th.  

We will have a staff of former players and coaches working with the Jr. Blast players.  

The Registration steps are easy:

  1. Complete the Player Information page.
  2. Complete your Parent/Medical Information (health waiver).
  3. Review and submit form.
  4. You will receive a registration confirmation email.

If you already have an NGIN account, you can get started by entering your email address or username and password.

If you do not, you will need to create your free, NGIN/BLAST SOCCER account before registering.  The process is very quick and will allow you to login to the BLAST page as well as other NGIN pages.


The U6-U8 age group is birth year 2012 to 2009.  Please direct questions to the named contact section email address below after reviewing the age chart.

2.  COST:  

Option A:  $75.00 - Includes seven (7) Winter Training sessions; four turf sessions at the NSC in Blaine and three "intro to Futsol" sessions at Chippewa Middle School.  Included is a 2017 Jr. Blast training shirt.
Option B:  $175.00 - Includes all of Option A winter sessions plus Spring/Summer Jr. Blast season that runs through June 27th.  
Option C:  $125.00 - Includes only the Spring/Summer Jr. Blast season that runs through June 27th.  
** There is an online processing fee for all registrations.  It will be noted in your confirmation and at the time of checkout.  
Option A:  
March 5th, 12th, 26th and April 2nd from 11:00 - 12:00 at the NSC in Blaine.  "Intro to Futsol" is April 15th, 22nd, and 29th from 11:00 - 12:00 at Chippewa Middle School
Dates:  3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29.

Option B:  
Includes all the dates and times from Option A but adds 12 spring and summer sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Tuesday night sessions are from 6-7 PM and Saturday morning sessions are from 9:30-10:30 AM.  We will not play on Memorial Day weekend.  In all, 19 sessions including two jamboree events - weather permitting.
Dates:  3/5, 3/12, 3/26, 4/2, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/16, 5/20, 5/23, 5/30, 6/3, 6/6, 6/10, 6/13, 6/17, 6/20, 6/24, 6/27.
Option C:  
Includes only the 12 spring and summer sessions on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Tuesday night sessions are from 6-7 PM and Saturday morning sessions are from 9:30-10:30 AM.  We will not play on Memorial Day weekend.  In all, 12 sessions including two jamboree events - weather permitting.
Dates:  5/16, 5/20, 5/23, 5/30, 6/3, 6/6, 6/10, 6/13, 6/17, 6/20, 6/24, 6/27.
4.  What to Bring:  
- Waterbottle
- Sunscreen
- Shoes (soccer shoes OR tennis shoes.  No sandals or slides)
- Smile. 
* We provide soccer balls for players to use at training.
5.  Coaches & Trainers:
Sessions are run by NOSC licensed staff coaches and advisors.  Parent coaches are required to successfully take the 2 hour National "F" License*.  
Current and former Blast players will be part of Jr. Blast sessions to help players with execution, help them stay focused and do their part to help inject energy and dimension into the sessions.  The players are current college players and players on our u16 team.  
* The “F” license is a 2-hour course, conducted entirely online, intended for all parents and coaches of youth players. The focus of this grassroots course is to share U.S. Soccer’s best practices in creating a fun, activity-centered and age-appropriate environment for 5-8 year old players.  See: (ONLINE & AVAILABLE NOW FOR PARENTS AND COACHES)  In addition, Junior Blast Coaches are included in our coaching development and training program where we encourage group training/field sharing to facilitate player and coaching cross-development.
North Oaks Soccer Junior Blast

What is Intro To Futsol?

Futsol is soccer on a hard surface (gym floor) in a small space.  Futsol is played with a slightly smaller ball and one that is weighted so it does not bounce as much as a regular soccer ball.

Futsol is a great way to develop dribbling and receiving skills and learning how to play in small spaces.  Typically, players start out and find the ball being taken away and turned over quickly and easily.  After a few sessions, players learn how to keep the ball closer and protect the ball from opponents.

For the Blast, our players develop very quick footskills and learn how to "get out of jail" in tight spaces.  We have been using Futsol from the beginning of Blast and, when trained properly, players will increase their skills dramatically.

For Futsol sessions, Josh Okoampa will organize some basic footskill training for the first 10 - 15 minutes of the sessions, followed by free-play for the remaining 40 minutes.  The goal is to allow the kids to be challenged with some footskills, then apply them into their free-play situations.  



Building Blocks for Play and Practice Sessions


General Movement Training

Movement exercises like running, jumping, hopping, climbing or balancing


Simple games without the ball


Diverse games with, on and around equipment – including entire “movement landscapes” (especially for indoor practice).

Soccer-oriented movement training

There’s a certain fascination with the ball, especially for children.  A wide range of movement exercises with many different balls develop and promote motor coordination in general; so do small sided games.  The games and exercises included in this building block help kids play creatively and safely with balls that roll, bounce, fly, etc. –no heavy balls, though!

Soccer-specific technique training

It takes a solid foundation of movement training and coordination before soccer specific technique training can begin to be effective.  As kids get older, age-appropriate technique exercises and activities should play a bigger role in practice, along with small competitions, motivational technique games, and solo exercises (e.g. technical dribbling speed).  Objective: an age-appropriate, attractive and gradual introduction to soccer techniques.  

Playing soccer

Of course, every play or practice session with children should involve playing soccer.  The main focus should be on unstructured small-sided games on goals, free of externally imposed rules (developing children’s enjoyment of the game of soccer).


Source: Success in Soccer, Modern Youth Training: The Complete Guide to Soccer for Kids (Ages 5-12), By Ralf Peter and Gerd Bode  

NOSC Adaptive Soccer Model -  US ADM - DFB - Brazil - LaLiga - Premier EPPP

NOSC Model from DFB (German Soccer Federation) - Spain's LaLiga - UK Premier EPPP - the American Development Model (ADM) early adopted by USA Hockey and now US Soccer. Kids can overlap age groups thus the blended concept colors above.

DFB Youth Training Model

Basic Instruction (age six and under): The main focus is on developing and training a broad repertoire of motor skills (not just soccer: climbing, jumping, throwing, simple games with a variety of balls, etc.).  This way they develop movement skills applicable to any sport.  Soccer clubs have a special responsibility here, because many children start organized sports with them. 

Basic Training (ages seven to 10): in line with children’s physical development, the main focus here is coordination training.  This is the foundation for the development of soccer specific technical/tactical elements (ability to play).  At the same time, players learn the rudiments of basic technique like shooting, dribbling, and passing.  Keep it interesting: Offer lots of small group games and competitions, to make sure kids have fun playing soccer. 

Intermediate Training (ages 11 to 14): Here the initial focus is on individual training (1v1 play).  Then comes basic tactics: covering space, getting open and showing for passes, group tactics.  Players learn techniques quickly.  Training objectives and methods must take this into account. 

Advanced training (ages 15 to 18): Now players begin to specialize more and more in specific positions.  Group tactics and, increasingly, team tactics become more important, while performance-related aspects of condition receive special training. 


The slides with notes below are a few sample slides provided by and annotated from US Soccer's Player Development Initiative.

US Soccer Player Development Initiatives Standards Chart
US Soccer Field Types and Progression
US Soccer Field Approach

Josh Okoampa

Director of Technical Development