The GPS Juniors Program teaches the fundamentals of soccer using a fun and energetic curriculum that has been tailored to work with 3-5 year olds. Our curriculum also facilitates the development of motor and coordination skills. All sessions are held in a fun and positive environment, where players are encouraged to play with a smile on their face. Players will receive a Frankie the Fox t-shirt. Classes typically last 45mins and meet once a week for 6 weeks and are offered, across many local communities.
In the Spring, Summer and Fall classes are typically outdoors. In the Winter these are held indoors. Our age appropriate curriculum and expert, professional coaches will create the perfect environment to develop your child. They’ll also learn to work cooperatively with other children. A great first experience!!
GPS Vermont Juniors. Photo credit: Hallpotvinphoto.com
What should I bring to outdoor Juniors? Appropriate clothing and footwear, with sun protection. Hat and bug spray optional. Snacks and plenty of water/fluids to last the class. Soccer cleats or firm ground footwear and shinguards are recommended. On outdoor programs we encourage you to bring wet weather gear and a change of clothing. As an outdoor sport we will play in the rain.
What should I bring to indoor Juniors? Appropriate clothing and footwear. Snacks and plenty of water/fluids to last the class. Indoor turf soccer shoes and shinguards are recommended.
What size of ball should I bring to Camp? Remember to bring your soccer ball to camp: Players under 8 years = Size 3 soccer ball), Under 12 years (ages 8-12) = Size 4 and 12 years and older = size 5.
Can I just register my child on the first day of a program? On some programs we do accept walk-on registrations on the day however we cannot guarantee acceptance into a class. Please sign up ahead of time to avoid disappointment, as often our class size is capped for staffing or space reasons.
I registered, but didn’t receive any sort of confirmation. What do I do now? We send our communications via GotSoccer so please ensure your e-mail address is correct. On the off chance there is an error please give us a call at 802-8735-7726 and we will help you check your registration status.
Who will coach my child? All GPS Camps are coached by our internationally qualified coaches from all over Britain, Ireland and Europe. Every coach has been through a rigorous screening process to make sure every coach is suitable to deliver our high quality curriculum. GPS Vermont offers unrivaled quality and professionalism.
Can I stay and watch or can I drop my child off? For Juniors we encourage you to stay, especially if this is your child's first experience with us, or in a small group setting away from mom/dad. If you are staying to watch, please keep an appropriate distance (We suggest 15-20 yards) from the field as Juniors will require independence from their parents.
Do you provide child care before or after the program? Unfortunately we are unable to provide services outside of the advertised times.
What if my child needs to go to the bathroom? Every location will have at least 1 bathroom facility. If a child requires a bathroom break, we ask that a parent/guardian takes their child.
Are there any discounts for signing up multiple children? Yes, after signing up one child, every additional child receives a discount which is $5.
What happens if there is bad weather? Each of our program facilities have adequate shelter in case of heavy rain and/or lightening. Our experienced program directors will try to keep the program running if it is only light rain, however, they will instruct the players to the shelter if it is very heavy. We use the Vermont lightening policy, which is, to suspend play, seek shelter and only resume 30 minutes after the last strike. Not all camps have a bad weather alternative facility.
Will you cancel the program and if so how will you notify us? We will only cancel a program should the forecast suggest play will be unsafe if we do not have an alternative bad weather facility. In the event this is the case we will post on our website and facebook pages by 7:30am. You will also be notified by e-mail and where possible via a phone call. Please ensure that your contact number is accurate.
What happens if my child gets injured? GPS puts the safety of our participants above anything else so we ensure that at every location we work at there will be at least one 1st Aid qualified coach. Depending on the injury we will treat the injury there and inform the child’s parent when they are collect. If it is a serious injury then the parent will be informed straight away, and then with their permission the emergency services will be called. The injury will be treated on site until the EMC’s arrive.
Do you provide water? Each child is responsible for bringing their own water however our coaches will have access to a water source to refill on location.
Is there shade/shelter? Yes. In most cases, we ask the region to provide a shaded canopy if there is not any natural shade at the field.
Can the coaches give my child medicine? GPS Location Director are 1st Aid trained so in the event a child requires medicine the parent will be contacted before any aid is administered.
How are the players grouped? Typically we group players based on age groups and where possible we will have a group per age range. All groups will be co-ed, unless specified.
How many player per coach? In terms of group size, here at GPS aim to have a maximum of 14 player to coach ratio. This ratio allows a greater coach/player interaction time which encourages the players to flourish.
Can my child be in the same group as their friend? Assuming they are in the same age group, we can almost always make those accommodations.