Practices location:
Potomac Community Center, 11315 Falls Road in Potomac

Time:
Young Athletes Program (YAP) 11:30 to 12:30
Elementary/Middle School Group 12:00 to 1:15
Middle School/High School League 1:30 to 3:00

Dates:
Sunday, September 15, 2019 to Sunday, November 3, 2019
Sunday September 29, 2019: Please support our Major Fundraiser before soccer practice!
TOPS Meredith Cup Soccer Festival: Sunday, November 3, 2019

Register at www.somdmontgomery.org – Under Athlete Tab then Sport Season Sign Up

The TOPSoccer program is a partnership between Special Olympics MD-Montgomery County and MSI. It is designed for athletes ages 3-21 with disabilities such as intellectual disabilities, severe learning disabilities, autism spectrum, downs syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, and impaired vision and hearing.

Young Athlete Program, Players age 3 through Kindergarten: YAPsters – this program is adapted from the Special Olympics Youth Athletes Program’s curriculum. The YAP program is a beginning sports program to teach athletes basic sport skills. The YAPsters have a separate training space and Buddies selected specifically for them. Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s training (like a “Mommy and Me” format).

Elementary and Middle School levels, the emphasis in this adaptive program is on development, training, team building, and participation, rather than on competition. By its very nature, ADAPTIVE soccer requires adaptations to each player and to the group of players present at each session. Coaches and volunteer Buddies strive to build the confidence and positive energy necessary to generate enjoyment of the game and the team experience as well as a continuing mastery of the basic soccer skills. This program provides a great opportunity for children with special needs to learn new skill s, build physical fitness and self-esteem, and have fun playing the team sport of soccer! Game play will be in small-sided games with Buddies.

Middle School/High School League, the TOPSoccer players experience the thrill of 7v7 Unified game play which features the Special Olympics Unified Sport concept that brings together athletes of similar age with and without disabilities to train and play together and to foster friendships and understanding. Our High School Unified Program utilizes the Special Olympics MD Player Development Unified Format to assure the best competitive experience for all levels of play. We play in 7v7 games with 5 TOPS athletes playing with 2 Unified “H.S. age game mentors”: peers, with and without disabilities, playing, enjoying, and learning the game of soccer. Our goal is to develop soccer skills that will serve our athletes well as they enter, or in addition to the Special Olympics Maryland Soccer Programs.