The Official Sporting Goods Retailer of Massachusetts Youth Soccer
Braintree, MA

250 Grossman Drive, Braintree, MA 02184
Phone: (781) 380-3380

 Danvers, MA
100 Independence Way, Danvers, MA 01923
Phone: (978) 750-0060

 Framingham, MA
Shopper's World, Framingham, MA 01701
Phone: (508) 620-2271

 Holyoke, MA
50 Holyoke Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 493-7091

 Hyannis, MA
790 Route 13,  Hyannis, MA 02601
Phone: (508) 771-2103

 Mansfield, MA
280 School Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Phone: (508) 339-3010

 Marlborough, MA
Solomon Pond Mall, Marlborough, MA 01752
Phone: (508) 229-0343

 Milford, MA
101 Cedar Street, Milford, MA 01757
Phone: (508) 634-4060

 Plymouth, MA
90 Shops At 5 Way, The Shops at 5
Plymouth, MA 02360
Phone: (508) 747-9719

 Somerville, MA
133 Middlesex Avenue, Somerville, MA 02145
Phone: (617) 629-0102

 Watertown, MA
485 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Phone: (617) 926-0706

296 Mishawum Road, Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 935-5388


Amherst, NH
123 State Route 101A, Amherst, NH 03031
Phone: (603) 594-3041

 Manchester, NH
1051 S Willow Street, Manchester, NH 03103
Phone: (603) 624-6200

 Nashua, NH
213 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH 03060
Phone: (603) 891-1174

 Salem, NH
290 S Broadway, Salem, NH 03079
Phone: (603) 890-3791


Middletown, RI
1315 W. Main Road, Middletown, RI 02842
Phone: (401) 848-9170

Narragansett, RI
91 Point Judith Road, Narragansett, RI 02882
Phone: (401) 782-1211

 Warwick, RI
Warwick Mall, Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: (401) 732-0389



In order to make practices run smoothly and be fun, it is important for us to have a basic understanding of the intellectual, emotional and physical developmental stage of the players we are coaching. Here are some typical characteristerics of the Under 12 player:

• All children are maturing at different rates and are sensitive to that fact.
• Need to warm-up and stretch as muscle pulls and other nagging injuries are common

• Typically understand elemental abstract concepts and hypothetical situations.
• They like to solve problems.
• Peer evaluation is a constant.
• Egos are sensitive.
• Coordination may depend on whether or not they are in a growth spurt.
• Technique still needs to be reinforced constantly.
• Playing too much can lead to overuse injuries.
• Playing too much and not feeling like they have a choice in the matter can lead to 
burnout and drop-out.
• This is the dawn of tactics!
• Keep asking the players to be creative and to take risks. 
• Ask for feedback from them. They will tell you how things are going.
• Try to hand over leadership and ownership of the team to them. They will enjoy 
leading and it will add to the learning environment.

Mass Youth Soccer uses ASC Session Template
software to develop our coaching curriculums. ASC
is used by coaches at every level of the game, and
it has become an essential resource for players,
coaches, and others who work in soccer education!

Below are ten practice plans designed specifically for the U12 player: