The Academy program is designed to teach U8-U10’s the fundamentals of soccer in a fun atmosphere. It is a step beyond recreational league soccer in that practices occur more often (generally two 90 minute sessions per week) and are more focused on skill development than “winning”. The academy program is the training grounds for future Classic (and high school or possibly college) players. Players devote much of the practice time to “on the ball” skills. Dribbling, cutting, “moves,” shooting, passing, and receiving, are all stressed. This time, while players are young, is the time to teach them these fundamentals they will use throughout their soccer career. Strategic development of spacing, width, attacking, and defending are also taught with less emphasis but are developed through games and scrimmages. Voluntary play dates and statewide festivals with other academies are organized and games are held, but scores and records are not kept. The academy is all about development of the player skills, but more importantly the fostering and encouragement of the kids love for the game.
Academy Frequently Asked Questions