Second Grade Soccer

Season Schedules

The 2nd Grade division works on skill development during a weekly team practice consisting of various FUN activities and scrimmage games. Teams put those new skills into action on game day. Players may join a team for the fall and/or spring seasons. Although the program is designed to be very flexible, players are expected to regularly attend practices and games. /q>

Fall 2023
Fall 2023

The 10-week fall 2023 season runs Saturdays, September 9 – November 11. Sessions are not cancelled for holidays such as Rosh Hashanah, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. Please review our holiday policy.

Spring 2024
Spring 2024

The 10-week spring 2024 season runs Saturdays, April 6 – June 8. Sessions are not cancelled for school spring vacations or Memorial Day (April 13, April 20, and May 25). Please review our holiday policy.

Game Time
Game Time

2nd grade games are played at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM and 2:20 PM – 3:20 PM. Each team is assigned a specific time slot for the entire season. Registrants may select their preferred session time when they register for the season, but their choice cannot be guaranteed. Players should arrive at their assigned field 20 minutes before kickoff to warm up and check in with the referee. Game will begin on time.

Practice Time
Practice Time

Teams will practice once per week and may start the week leading up to the season opener. Practice time and location are determined after teams are announced and will depend on field and coach availability. After teams are announced, coaches will reach out to families to discuss the practice schedule. Most J2 teams practice at a local elementary school field.

Our Program

What to Expect During Practice

NGS Juniors Second Grade

Our framework incorporates the developmental goals, needs, and abilities of children under 8. Even children of the same age will differ greatly in maturity, socio-emotional skills, and behavior. In addition, some of the players may be brand new to soccer this season, some may have played in other soccer programs, and some may have grown up playing alongside older siblings. Our aim is to create a FUN and safe opportunity for all children to increase their comfort with the ball. We emphasize exploration, experimentation, and ball mastery in game-like situations. Dribbling, turning, receiving, and striking the ball are taught through dynamic activities.

What to Expect on Game Day

Staff & Volunteers

Coaching Team

If your team’s roster does not list a head coach and an assistant coach, please consider getting involved!


Team Assignments

J2 players are assigned to grade-level teams with parent coaches. To the extent possible, we place players on teams with at least one schoolmate.

Fall teams are announced in late August. Spring teams are announced in late March. Rosters are uploaded to TeamSnap and include contact information for coaches and players.

Team Size

NGS has an open roster policy — everyone who registers on time is placed on a team. One of our most challenging tasks is dividing the total number of registered players into teams that have sufficient numbers for practice and games but are small enough to maximize playing time. To address this issue and create the best learning and playing environment for our girls, NGS has established minimum and maximum roster sizes for each age group that are in line with US Youth Soccer guidelines. Exceptions may only be made with approval from the Juniors Program Committee. Coaches do not decide how many players are placed on their teams.

Grade KG

Min 6 – Max 9

Grade 1

Min 6 – Max 9

Grade 2

Min 7 – Max 10



The game format is 5v5 with goalkeepers. Games are played in 4 x 12 min quarters with a 2-minute break at each intermission.

The “home team” wears ORANGE and supplies the size 3 game ball. The “away team” wears WHITE.

The weekly match schedule – which teams are playing against each other – field assignments, and jersey colors are posted in TeamSnap just before the season starts. Check the schedule each week for any changes.

Spectators stand or sit on the sideline opposite to the players. The role of the observer is to let the kids play, make independent decisions, and learn from mistakes. Please model good sportsmanship by staying positive, cheering encouragingly for both teams, and respecting the coaches.


NGS has partnered with TeamSnap to provide all of our coaches and families with a top-rated team management app for communication, attendance, scheduling and more! TeamSnap can be used from a web browser or with mobile apps for iOS or Android. An invitation to join a team is sent to the primary email provided during registration. This person should accept their invitation, setup or log into an existing TeamSnap account, and then add email addresses for any other contacts who should receive team updates. To login to your TeamSnap account, click on the icon above.

Soccer Gear

What Does Your Player Need?


Size 3 Ball – Each child must have their own age-appropriate soccer ball and bring it to all sessions. Children in KG – 2nd grade use a size 3 soccer ball that measures 23″-24″ in circumference.


Water Bottle – Fresh water should be available to your child during each session. (Tip: Label the bottle with her name.)


Socks & Shin Guards – Players must wear shin guards covered by over-the-calf socks to protect their shins from injury. A popular youth style has padding over the ankle, a foot stirrup, and a calf strap for a secure fit.


Shoes – We recommend soccer cleats, but Juniors may wear sneakers. Soccer cleats are designed to be lightweight and flexible, as well as to provide traction and stability in grass fields. They have rubber studs on the outsole.


NGS Jersey – All girls playing in the Juniors Program (Grade K-2) wear a reversible (orange on one side, white on the other), numbered NGS jersey. Jersey numbers are randomly assigned. A long-sleeved shirt may be worn underneath for warmth.


Shorts – Juniors may wear any color soccer shorts. Leggings or similar athletic wear may be worn underneath or instead of shorts on chilly days.


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NGS Safety Policy

Players may not wear jewelry during practices or games. This includes, but is not limited to bracelets, necklaces, earrings, rings, beads, barrettes and other hard or sharp items. Newly pierced ears may not be taped. Earrings must be removed. (Tip: Remove all jewelry at home so that it does not get lost on the field.) Players may not participate with casts or splints of any kind. If a player refuses or is unable to remove a prohibited item upon request by a coach or referee, she will be asked to sit on the sidelines and may not participate in the soccer activity. There are no exceptions to this rule for the safety of all our players. Please do not put coaches and referees in an uncomfortable position at the field by asking for special permission.

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Game Location

J2 matches are held at Brown / Oak Hill Field. Field numbers are posted on sideline signs.

125 Meadowbrook Rd, Newton, MA 02459

Cancellations & Weather

Weather Cancellations & Field Closures

The decision to open or close fields is made by the City of Newton’s Parks & Recreation Department, in consultation with Newton Girls Soccer and Newton Youth Soccer officials.  Field status is posted on the NGS home page, Facebook, and X (follow @NewtonFields). Every effort is made to update our social media, as needed, by 3:00 PM on weekdays, 7:00 AM on Saturdays, and 11:00 AM on Sundays. Be sure to check the status just before heading to the field as conditions sometimes change.