The Academy is designed to promote holistic player development over team development in a child-centered environment during a key developmental window.
The Youth Academy Format is for players aged U11, U10, and U9.
For the 20/21 season, this means players born in the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Clubs/Associations that wish to participate in the Academy must fill out the Academy Application. Furthermore, participation is reviewed annually and Clubs/Associations may be denied entry should they not follow the Academy Standards.
The Youth Academy Format provides opportunity for participating clubs to play developmentally appropriate games amongst other clubs within their geographic area.
Games are played on weekends known as Playdates at a host club’s field. Participating clubs sign up for the Playdates they wish to attend during the normal Fall/Spring season.
We accomplish our Mission by creating Optimal Development Environments and using Competition Safeguarding. These environments focus on holistic player development and reducing the emphasis placed on winning games.
The purpose is to increase player:
Youth Academy Best Practices
In place of Tryouts, clubs hold Assessments/Evaluations before a season. After Assessments/Evaluations, an Academy Director places all players (U9-U11) within their age group into a Player Pool instead of teams. Within the Pool, players train together in a child-centered environment following a developmentally appropriate curriculum. Coaches place each player onto a developmentally appropriate team for each Playdate. Not having set “teams” gives coaches the opportunity to place each player based on their developmental needs for both training and games.