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HIGH 5 Soccer

What: 
HIGH 5 Soccer for players with special needs 

Who: players from 5 to 18 years old

Where: Fellowship Fields #1, 241 Fellowship Rd., Chester Springs, PA 19425

When:  Sundays, Sept. 8 thru Nov. 3, 3:30-4:30pm

Cost: FREE for all participants!

Important Dates 

 
Thursday, Sept. 5Buddy training at Fellowship Fields pavilion
6:30-7:30 pm
Sunday, Sept. 8
First HIGH 5 session 3:30-4:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 3Last HIGH 5 session


HIGH 5 Soccer is a fun program for players with special needs. Once a week, players pair up with a teen or adult buddy for soccer-based activities and games that are adapted to their abilities. 

HIGH 5 focuses on 5 elements:

teamwork | self-esteem | sportsmanship | respect | fun

Your child will:
  -Develop a sense of belonging to a community
  -Learn the value of being part of a team
  -Gain improved self-esteem, fitness and social skills

Your family can expect:
  -A fun and meaningful experience for you and your child
  -Games and activities adapted to ensure your child’s participation
  -A safe and healthy environment
  -Opportunities to network with other families

As a HIGH 5 parent you need to:
  -Provide transportation to and from all sessions
  -Stay on the sidelines during sessions
  -Lend support in a positive manner

Registration

  • If you do not already have a GEYA account, you must create one. 
  • After you add information about yourself and your child(ren), you will see a green button next to each name that says "programs available." Click on it.
  • Choose "HIGH 5 Player" for players with specials needs.
  • Choose "HIGH 5 Minor Buddy" for volunteer helpers under 18.
  • Choose "HIGH 5 Adult Buddy" for volunteer helpers over 18. If you are over 18, you will need to complete background checks.
    Go to the HIGH 5 adult buddy page for details on background checks.

INFO FOR NEW BUDDIES -- what to expect at HIGH 5.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the season start? The spring season usually runs April to June. The fall season usually runs September to November. Check the HIGH 5 page for specifics. If your child is a new HIGH 5 player, Coach Matt will call you before the season begins to introduce himself and explain the program.

What does my child need to play? Your player will get a HIGH 5 t-shirt on their first day that they should wear to every session, along with comfortable clothes and sneakers. They can wear cleats and/or shin guards if they want to, but they are not required. Bring a bottle of water for your player. We provide juice and a snack after the session. If your child has a dietary restriction, please let us know and we will try to accommodate it.

What is the cost? There is no cost. HIGH 5 is free to all participants thanks to donations and GEYA Soccer.

What is the age range for players? Players can be from 5 to 18.

What is the age range for buddies? We usually ask for buddies to be in middle school or high school. If you have a younger child who would like to volunteer as a buddy, please contact the HIGH 5 coaches at [email protected]. If you are over 18 and would like to be a buddy, you must complete the background checks required by the state of Pennsylvania.

What’s the difference between a player and a buddy? A player is a participant with a special needs. A buddy is a teenager or adult who works with a player one on one during HIGH 5 sessions.

Is there a residency requirement? No. No matter where you live, your child can participate in HIGH 5.

How can I help? You can be: a buddy – working one on one with a player; an activity leader – directing group activities; or a snack helper – you’ll be very popular!

Do I have to know anything about soccer to volunteer? No! As long you are enthusiastic, patient and love to make kids smile, you can volunteer.

How can I make a donation? You can mail a check to GEYA Soccer, P.O. Box 164, Uwchland PA 19480 with "HIGH 5" in the notes section or bring it to a session.

How long has HIGH 5 been around? HIGH 5 Soccer began in September 2012 with 7 players and 12 buddies. HIGH 5 is based on US Youth Soccer's TOPSoccer model, which has been successful in communities across the US since 1991. TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. We are the first TOPSoccer league in Chester County and one of the largest in South Eastern Pennsylvania. For more info about TOPSoccer, go to the Eastern PA Youth Soccer Association website.

 

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