South Carolina United YMCA Strikers
Striking Down Barriers, Striking Up Friendships
The South Carolina United YMCA Strikers is committed to supporting soccer players whose needs are not met by other South Carolina United YMCA programs. Our program is designed for players with special needs who may require modifications and accommodations to the game in order to fully participate. Players will learn how the game is played and develop sportsmanship, teamwork and soccer skills. Friendship, fun and participation will be emphasized.
The Strikers meet on Sundays in the late afternoon. There are no weekday practices. Each match lasts approximately 90 minutes. The players begin with a warm-up and then move to individual skills challenges that include dribbling, passing, and shooting. The skill challenges allow each player to develop at his or her own pace and developmental level. The Strikers team is then divided by size and skill level and small-sided games are played. This is then followed by penalty kicks for all of the players. Typical players from other South Carolina United FC teams are also incorporated into the program and will have direct interaction with the Strikers players.
The design of the program will group players according to areas of ability and pllayers will not be assigned to specific teams. All players will have the same color jersey and be on the same team - "the Strikers." Players will then be grouped into pools, and these groupings will change from week to week. Players will be given different game vests each week for small-sided matches. The Sunday afternoon games will be played at the Ballentine Park and BB&T Soccer Complex.