The jamboree-style competion format is taking hold in progressive soccer clubs across the country. Kids love the jamboree format. Why? The focus is on fun rather than results driven- a.k.a. an intense focus on winning at the expense of development. The following are common questions regarding CSC's Jamboree:
Q. What is a jamboree?
A. A jamboree is a festival style competition format that eliminates the concept of fixed teams and rigid league schedules. Teams are formed each game-day by age group and skill level. The games are age-appropriate and are refereed by USSF referees. A typical session includes a ten minute warm-up then the remainder of time playing. Players are divided into two teams with colored pinnies and they play small-sided games according to US Soccer's Fall 2015 Player Development Intitiatives with respect to field size, duration of games, # of players on each team, a "build out" line, and whether goalkeepers are used or not.
Q. What are the benefits of a jamboree vs. team rec. soccer?
- kids play most if not all the time;
- Kids can play and experience every position including GK (for appropriate age groups);
- More touches on the ball means better technical skill development;
- Kids play with players of different ages and experience, and can be moved easily to play with other kids of similar skill levels;
- Kids play with a variety of teammates;
- No pressure environment means players take risks and experiment which leads to more creative players;
- Players make their own plays without looking to the sidelines for direction from coaches or parents;
- Kids spend more time playing and less time travelling to opponents fields;
- No long car rides home with parental critique of team, coach, or son/daughter- especially after a loss;
- Jamboree sessions are scheduled at the same time and at the same field every week;
- Jamborees are more fun. More kids fall in love with the game;
- Promotes physical activity and healthy, active lifestyles because kids are playing more;
- Emphasis on sportsmanship, fair play, respect, and teamwork;
- Allows older kids with other interests and schedules to continue playing without sacrificing those interests or activities;
- Allows kids to strike the right balance between sport and being kids;
- Less expensive- no league administration or referee fees.
- Kids play when they want to play vs. a sense of duty when playing for a team. Allows for better life balance- especially when conflicts with outside interests arise.