Juniors: 1st Grade

The Juniors Grade 1 (J1) Program begins on Saturday, April 8 and runs through Saturday, June 17 at Bowen Field.  Sessions are scheduled for the Saturday, April 15 and Saturday, April 22 (Newton Public Schools vacation week).  We will not play on Saturday, May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend).    Sessions are 75 minutes and take place at 8:30 am or 10:00 am. Players are assigned to teams with parent coaches for organizational purposes and participate in the same session each week.

Bowen Field will be divided into smaller, numbered sections.  Meet your team, parent volunteer coach, and professional coach at your assigned field a few minutes before your session begins.  See below for weekly field assignments.

Structure: Players engage in FUN warm-ups and soccer learning activities led by the NGS Professional Coaching Staff during the first half hour, then play small-sided (4v4) scrimmages for the remainder of the session.

What to bring/wear: Players should bring a size 3 soccer ball, water, and appropriate soccer attire (NGS Jersey, shin-guards and cleats).

NGS Safety Policy: NGS has a strict NO JEWELRY policy. This means no earrings, no taped earrings, bracelets, necklaces or rings. Players may not wear beads, barrettes or other hard/sharp items. Players may not participate with casts or splints of any kind. Remember to remove all jewelry at home so that it does not get lost on the field. Please do not ask for special permission and make it difficult for the coaches.

For rainouts, check the NGS home page or fields page.  Field status is updated by 7am on Saturdays, but be sure to check just before your session time as conditions sometimes change.  You can also sign up for texts or tweets regarding field status.