Junior Academy Program

Mission Statement

Our aim is to give players the foundation on which they will build all of their soccer success and experiences.  Basic skill mastery and an understanding of simple tactical ideas will be our bricks, and a love for the sport will be the mortar that holds it all together.  The program is meant to be developmental and fun-based, but we will not shy away from the challenge of teaching them how to play.

Game Play In Practice

Playing games is essential.  

At the Academy level, children learn and develop to their fullest potential through game-like experience in an enjoyable environment that supports individual growth.

Playing is not only essential to having fun, developing social skills, fostering creativity, improving dexterity, and promoting sportsmanship; playing games is where players hone their instincts for the sport.  How does a great player know just the right moment to pause, the exact second to change direction, and anticipate opportunities before they appear?  They’ve practiced it 1,000 times without even knowing they were practicing…they thought they were just having fun playing a game.  

2015 & 2014’S – BUILD A CULTURE OF ACTION

The very first thing our players have to learn is how to be effective, how to fend for themselves, and to be confident enough to take part in the game.  Mistakes will be forgiven and poor decisions will be excused, but we want our players to be brazen, bold, and audacious enough to get out there and try things.  Be assertive and play, let the chips fall where they may.  Meanwhile, the most fundamental skill in soccer is individual mastery of the ball and the creativity that comes with it.  Our sessions are built around facilitating the development of the skills necessary to move and control the ball well.  As the individual skills and the creativity to make them come alive in the game are developed to a level of competence, the finer points, like passing and team organization, can be taught. The most common phrases used with our U7 & U8’s are, “Go! Go! Go!” “Dribble!” & “Control the ball.”

2013’S – PASSING & “SPACE THE FINAL FRONTIER”

Academy soccer at U9 is where we see the most significant jump in our players’ abilities and general understanding of the game.  With this in mind, we want to try to encourage comfort with the ball and the confidence to use this skill creatively.  Our teams at this age should be full of "little dribblers,” so we can start to slowly introduce and organize the art of finding space, moving without the ball, and combining with your teammates.  The most common phrase used with our U9’s is, “Find Space!” & “Go and support!”

2012’S – HARDER, BETTER, FASTER, SMARTER

We want our U10’s to be able to recognize and understand how the skills learned in U7, U8, & U9 are connected to solving problems during play.  The goal is to develop players who are clever, and able to quickly and effectively make “soccer decisions.”  The most common phrases used with our U10’s are, “Play when you don’t have the ball” and “Was that a good decision?” 

Junior academy FAQ's

Imortant dates - fall 2021

  • August 16th - First Week of Practice (Evaluation Period)

  • August 21st - Opening Weekend of Scrimmages 

  • November 13/14th - Final Weekend of the Season

Junior Academy Directors

Junior Academy Coaching Staff

Beth Ann Davis

Chris Shuley

Dan Perkins

Brian Cassidy

Kshitiz KC

Javier Arredondo

Alexis Rodriguez

Jean Souffrant

Ashley Whitlock

Steven Ecker

Robert Pascoe

Ely Womack

Austin Sargent

Kylie Helterbrand