U8 Development Academy

Updated Friday March 10, 2017 by Patrick Bailey.

 A developmental opportunity for those soccer players born in 2010 that wish to participate in a higher level training program than what is offered in our IM program.  Practices are 2x/week.  Games will be played within the club and against other local neighboring clubs Sept-Nov.  The players will also experience local tournament competition.  Led by highly qualified, professional trainers, this program is designed to prepare the players, parents and potential coaches for Travel Soccer at the U9 level.

FAQs:

What is the U8 Academy?

The Academy program’s objective is to develop the technical ability and game sense of passionate, motivated, and advanced U8 players who desire to be challenged in every aspect of their game. The academy will serve as a bridge between IM and travel soccer, and follow the new US Soccer guidelines for small-sided games.

The program will include (subject to change based on number of participants on the boys’ and girls’ sides):

  • Twice weekly 90 minute professional trainer-led practice sessions, from roughly mid-August to mid-November
  • Weekend 4v4 intrasquad games and festival-style 4v4 games / tournaments with neighboring clubs
  • 1-2 regional tournaments (likely 7v7 format)

 

How will my son or daughter benefit from the Academy program?

Our goal is to create an environment that will nurture the ability of the many talented U8 players within the club and prepare them for higher-level soccer. We believe that implementing the US soccer small-sided standards is the best way to accomplish this goal:

  • Fewer players on the field means more touches on the ball and more game involvement, which develops more individual skill
  • Players who are more skilled become more confident and comfortable when they have the ball
  • Field sizes are designed to assist players in decision making and improve overall awareness
  • This approach builds on itself as players get older and numbers increase on bigger fields

Source: US Soccer Player Development Initiative

 

How is this different than travel soccer?

The quality and level of instruction and coaching for the Academy will be exactly the same as it is throughout the rest of the travel program. However, we will not be forming 7v7 teams to “play up” in a U9 travel division within the area leagues that are older kids plan in. Instead, we will focus on 4v4 weekend games (intrasquad or with neighboring clubs) in a friendly and fun, but competitive environment. Therefore, the travel requirement will be less than that for the older travel teams.

 

How is this different than intramural soccer?

The Academy will be oriented toward the U8 player who is ready for a more competitive, focused soccer environment and who is interested in the travel soccer program for U9 and older.

 

Depending on the interest level, we may need to hold tryouts as space in the program is limited.

 

If you are interested, please contact one of our Club Coordinators

Club Coordinator*                    Patrick Bailey - baileypat13@comcast.net

Boys Program Coordinator*      Scott Greenberg – scottg25@hotmail.com

Girls Program Coordinator*      Brendan Hill – Brendan.hill@yahoo.com