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Lampeter-Strasburg Youth Soccer(LSYS) is extremely proud to be Lancaster County’s 1st TOPSoccer program with the inaugural season coming Spring2014.  US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by LSYS volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable young, area athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US YOUTH SOCCER family. Children with special needs, ages 7 to 18, from any area township, are invited to participate. Beginners welcome!

Registration online OPEN

Please read LSYS concussion and other policies on the website.

 

What is TOPSoccer?

TOPSoccer stands for The Outreach Program of Soccer. It is an organization that is designed to meet the needs of children and young adults who have a physical and/or intellectual disabilities. This program is not geared towards being competitive, but it is geared towards the development of the players and having fun!

The 2014 TOPSoccer of Lancaster county will be held at

Pequea Valley High School,  4033 East Newport Road, Kinzers, PA 17525

The practices will be taking place on the turf field across from the high school.

TOPSoccer practices will be held Saturday mornings from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

The dates for the 2014 TOPSoccer being held at Pequea Valley High School are the following:

  1. April 5
  2. April 12
  3. April 19
  4. April 26
  5. May 10
  6. May 17
  7. May 24

Cost is only $35/player 

Questions can be answered by

Steve Whitson LSYS Treasurer, TOP Soccer Director

 

VOLUNTEERS

How can you help?

Each season we search for “buddies”, soccer ;players between the ages of 11 and 19 who are willing to team up with TOPS players to help teach skills and have fun! The program is held on  Saturday mornings for 60min. We ask Buddies to arrive 15 minutes before the players arrive. We are looking for Buddies to commit to at least 3 of the 7 sessions. Sessions may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Each season we also search for adult coaches to direct our players and buddies in games. Contact Steve above to volunteer. Parents can volunteer through the registration link for their player.

Who makes this possible?

TOPSoccer Buddies are volunteers who directly help individuals or teams with participation in a soccer activity. Buddies are there to develop the players skills and to keep them safe! Buddies can be a same-aged peer, a teenager, and even an adult peer who has the desire to help young children play the game of soccer. Buddies lead the drills, motivate the players, and help the players develop their skills! You do not have to be an experienced soccer player to be a buddy! Siblings, parents, friends, or even fellow members of a community can volunteer with TOPSoccer!

Volunteers / Buddy Program

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program Soccer) is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has a Special Need.

TOPSoccer Buddies are invaluable volunteers who participate directly with individual players or within a team with several players to enable participation in a soccer activity.

The TOPSoccer buddy is not a player and does not score goals. They help the TOPSoccer player succeed and keep them as safe as possible.

TOPSoccer Buddies can be a same-aged peer, a teenager or an adult. They can be a soccer player, someone who works with special needs children or someone who has no soccer experience, but a strong desire to enable children to have fun.

The role of the buddy may include but not be limited to:

  •   Enables player to participate/play
  •   Assists/Creates/Directs/Guides/Teaches in a FUN but learning environment
  •   Continuously monitor/assess the player
  •   Role varies widely depending upon needs of the player
  •   Interact with players, coaches, parents.
  •   No experience required; just a desire to make a difference whilehaving fun.

  • Interested in being a volunteer or a buddy? Please contact us:
  • Buddies: Alex Sage, soccerdefender130@gmail.com
  • Coaches & Parent Volunteers: Steve Whitson, whitsonsjw@comcast.net 

Community Service Credit?  We will be happy to provide paperwork to document community service hours.