Learn2Play Frequently Asked Questions

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My kids have never played soccer before. Is this the place for them?

Yes. Learn2Play is a developmental program for children ages 3 to 5 yrs old.  It will teach them basic soccer skills and knowledge in a fun, safe, and positive environment.

When does the Learn2Play Program take place?

The program takes place on Saturdays starting in Spring 2021 at the Enfield Annex Fields, 124 North Maple Street, Enfield.  It is scheduled to be an 8-week program. At this time a Fall state date has yet to be determined by will be soon. There will be multiple sessions divided by age.  The sessions start in the morning and may extend into the early afternoon.

What will be needed for equipment?

Each child will be required to wear shin guards, and bring a water bottle to each session.  Soccer cleats are recommended but sneakers can also serve as appropriate footwear.  Children can bring their own soccer ball to the sessions, however, having a soccer ball is not required. The ESA has enough soccer balls to loan each child one for use during their session, thanks again to our generous donors and sponsors. Soccer balls come in different sizes and a size 3 soccer ball is used for ages 3 to 5. The ESA will also be giving each child a free Learn2Play t-shirt.  We ask that your child wear a Learn2Play t-shirt every Saturday. The Learn2Play t-shirts were generously donated by our sponsors.

Is this practice only or will there be games played?

The first 4 weeks will consist entirely of fun soccer activities with an aim to teach the children basic soccer knowledge and skills.  Weeks 5-8 will continue to provide the children with more learning and fun soccer activities, but we will also incorporate scrimmage soccer games into each session. Scrimmage soccer games will follow a 3v3 and 4v4 format.

With COVID-19 still a concern, are you taking precautions to protect the children?

Absolutely YES! While we are happy to be back on the soccer field we are not taking the COVID-19 situation lightly at all. We have put together a "Return to Play Committee" and are actively working on documentation and as well as guidelines that adhere to all federal, state and local government guidelines as well as the guidelines provided by our governing Soccer bodies.  We will have equipment including masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing guidelines and markers in place all throughout the sidelines and field areas.  Rest assured your child's safety is of the utmost concern to us.

Will there be multiple time slots for this program?

Yes. Due to the tremendous interest in the Learn2Play 3 to 5-year-old Program, in order to best facilitate soccer activities and maximize enjoyment, multiple sessions will be required on Saturdays. Signups are still ongoing.  This Spring we were able to utilize more space at the Enfield Annex fields making it only two sessions.

However, in the Fall depending on where the program is being held will depend on how many sessions we have.

How will the sessions be divided?

The Learn2Play Program will consist of boys and girls that are 3, 4, and 5 years old.  We will be dividing the sessions by age. With multiple sessions, it would not make sense to place 3-year-olds with 5-year-olds, especially in scrimmage game scenarios. We plan on scheduling the younger children for the earlier sessions and the older children for the later sessions.

If I have multiple children signed up will they be able to play in the same session?

We recognize that it would be most convenient to have all of your children play in the same session. We will be dividing the sessions by age.  If they are close in age, we will do our best to accommodate them in the same session. However, if you have a child that is 3 and another child that is 4 or 5, it will not be possible to place them both in the same session. The best that we can probably do is to place them in back-to-back sessions (ie: 2nd and 3rd session). We will try and avoid situations where your youngest child plays in the 1st session and then your older child has to wait for a couple of hours to play in the 4th session.

Where can I get my equipment?

Although you can get your child’s equipment at any place of your choosing, Dick’s Sporting Goods usually has some good package deals for youth soccer. In the past, they offered promotions where you can get a soccer package that includes a pair of cleats, shin guards, and a soccer ball for about $40. There may be some upcoming discounts closer to the start of Fall Soccer in Connecticut, so stay tuned to the website and your email for information from ESA on this.

Where do I park?

Prior to the first session stating we will provide a map and outline parking areas.  Again it all depends on the location of the program this Fall.  The map will show where the fields will be located and where you should plan to park.

My child would like to play with a friend. Is this possible?

If the friend is of the same age, we will do our best to accommodate the request. Please send any friend requests to:

If the weather is not looking so good will there still be soccer?

We still play soccer if it is cold or there is light rain. If there is severe weather, lightning, or the fields aren’t playable then we will not be playing soccer outside. If the weather is questionable, we aim to send an e-mail no later 7:30 am on Saturday morning to each family with a notification.

Can my child play soccer with jewelry or beads in his/her hair?

While playing, children are not allowed to wear jewelry or anything that could cause harm to themselves or other players. This rule includes hair beads, barrettes, and casts. A medical bracelet that is secured to the body of the participant would be the only exception.

Can I drop my child off and just return at the end of the session?

This is not an option for the Learn2Play 3 to 5-year-old age group. A parent or guardian must be present at all times while his/her child is participating.