Junior Academy (U8 – Birth year 2016)
Spring season runs approximately from the beginning of March through the beginning of June. We are waiting for the county to release the spring season timeline. FOR SPRING 2024 - the club is providing a t-shirt for everyone but parents need to purchase black shorts and black socks.
Training will now be on Wednesday nights on Field B. Every Friday night in March and April, JA players are invited to attend Free Play Friday and Friday Night Skills training, two club-run training sessions led by our Premier coaches.
Training sessions will follow a new curriculum demonstrated by our professional coaches and Premiere coaches with the assistance of volunteer coaches to manage teams. Professional coaches will be assigned to teams to help volunteer coaches and provide more individualized instruction.
This season we will play 7v7 including a goalkeeper.
Training session times will be:
Boys: 6:40- 7:40pm
Games will be played on Sundays. The county will release the schedule 2 weeks prior to the U8 pool play tournament. This pool play tournament will help to identify which division teams will be placed in for the season.
Boys teams will be named after MLS teams and girls teams will be named after NWSL teams. Jerseys will be provided with numbers for players this spring season.
We recognize that there are many talented U08 players who would benefit from a more focused soccer learning environment, which continues to nurture their development and prepare them for either recreational or competitive soccer.
Our program provides players a professional environment with professional coaches utilizing the Play, Practice, Play (PPP) model championed by the United States Soccer Federation. "For me, a good training session, a youth training session, is organized chaos." Lisa Cole, Washington Spirit Pro Scout and Development Academy.
The program focuses on individual skills and small group play, which are essential for good personal and team performances. Games will be played both in-house and possibly against other local clubs with the emphasis being on effort and development, not outcome.
Our professional coaches will not only educate the players about the game, but give players and parents a view of the skills and techniques necessary for long-term soccer success. Training topics will focus on dribbling, receiving, passing, ball striking, and principles of attacking and defending in a 1v1 and 2v2 situations, as well as a continued effort to expand each players own coordination, balance, body movement and confidence.
The program is designed to inspire young players to learn and develop a passion for the game of soccer. The program is designed to bridge the gap between our World Cup and U09 County or Premier soccer.
Players will receive written evaluations at the end of each season and a recommendation for either recreational or competitive soccer.
Jr. Academy Registration Fees: $140 per season (Fall/Spring)
Training is on Friday nights.
Game-like activities are on Saturday mornings.
Usually start Fall in early September and Spring in early April.
Season is scheduled for 8 weeks (weather permitting).