General Overview
Modified Program for 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 Year Old Children (aka Mod)


The Modified program (aka Mod) is for 8-12 year olds and provides a progressive development path leading up to full field 11-a-side play. Using smaller fields, smaller team sizes, and modified rules, the Mod program gives players more opportunities with the ball and involvement in the game, which enhances their skill development. The progression in players on the field is as follows:

  • 08 - Birth Year 2011 - Five players a side (four field players plus a goalkeeper),
  • 09 - Birth Year 2010 - Seven players on a side (six field players plus a goalkeeper),
  • 10 - Birth Year 2009 - Seven players on a side (six field players plus a goalkeeper),
  • 11 - Birth Year 2008 - Nine players on a side (eight field players plus a goalkeeper),
  • 12 - Birth Year 2007 - Nine players on a side (eight field players plus a goalkeeper).

Boys and girls are typically placed on separate teams. However, girls are allowed to participate on a boys teams.

Players are assigned to teams using school affiliation, team preference, and special needs as guidelines. Unless otherwise requested, returning players are rostered with their previous season's team.

Coaches
All teams in the Tumwater Soccer Club are coached by volunteer coaches who are usually parents of one of the players. The Club provides training opportunities for all its coaches. If you would like to help coach your childs team, please indicate this on the registration form. You do not need to be a skilled soccer player or have intimate knowledge of the game to get started. Enthusiasm and the desire to provide guidance to our youth and future leaders is all that is necessary. (see Who Can Coach)

Spring Games: Games typically begin in mid-March and continue until mid-May (NO games on Easter Weekend). Games will be played on Saturdays (there could be a few Sunday games) All teams will be participating in the Thurston County Youth Soccer Association League & Tri-County Association League. Travel is required outside of Thurston County for Away games for players 11-18 years of age.

Summer Games: Games typically begin in mid-June and continue until the end of July. A total of 8-10 games are usually played during this period with one or two games scheduled each week. Girl's teams play on Mondays and Wednesdays and Boy's teams play on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Games start at either 6:00 pm or 7:30 pm. Home games are scheduled on fields in the Tumwater School District, Pioneer Park and Capital Soccer Fields. Games are played against other recreational teams from Thurston County and teams from outside of Thurston County.

Fall Games: Games typically begin in mid-September and continue until the end of October. Games will be played on Saturdays (there could be a few Sunday games) All teams will be participating in the Thurston County Youth Soccer Association League & Tri-County Association League. Travel is required outside of Thurston County for Away games for players 11-18 years of age.

How do I determine what age group my child would play in?
The age group is determined by the year your child was born in (e.g. 2009 birth year would be in the 9 year old age bracket.) The goal is to have kids of the same age and school grades playing together.

Does my child fit into this program? Check our Age Chart.

Each Fall of every year, a new season begins and every child advances to the next age group.

Registration Information Page