UBC Spring Soccer Academy 2020
Children, three to ten years old, will be broken up into age and skill appropriate groups for the activities and games for one hour. The activities are designed to teach the fundamentals of soccer through fun drills and exercises.
The fundamentals activities will take place in the first 30-minutes, with two 10-minute games to follow. Children will be led through stretching and have plenty of water breaks. Of course, the session will end with the all-important snack time.
The key to this academy experience is that practice and games are incorporated into one hour on a Saturday morning. This frees families to have their whole day open to other activities, instead of managing multiple games for more than one child on a given Saturday and practice day.
Academy style soccer removes the focus on teams or on wins vs. losses; rather, we place emphasis on player development. Instead of each coach being assigned to a few players and the age group divided into smaller, season-long teams, all players of each age group receive the same color jersey and are considered to be part of one larger team. Each time the children gather to play, they will be divided into a new "team" to allow for a variety of interaction and experiential learning.
Coaches are less focused on managing a team and more focused on developing all players assigned to his/her field of play. Coaches manage the games, stop for player development conversations, and re-divided teams during play based on display of skill level. Each age group will interact with multiple coaches on a given Saturday, which provides a variety of perspectives into the players’ development.
The six-week academy begins on Saturday, February 29. The academy begins promptly at 9:00 am. Players are encouraged to arrive between 8:50-8:55 am. The academy dates are February 29, March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4.
Registration Opens December 9
The Soccer Academy costs $50.
A $10 discount is offered for each additional child in a family. The cost covers jersey & shorts, snacks, and equipment fee.
Each child is encouraged to bring soccer cleats, shin guards and socks, and a soccer ball (size 3).
Parents/Guardians must register a child by February 7.
Contact Deb McElgin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-766-9474) with questions.
To help make the Soccer Academy a reality, we need at least 12 volunteers. Volunteer opportunities include set-up, player check-in, snack table, group leaders, and coahes.
Volunteering is not a six-week commitment. Sign up to help with the dates you are available.