junior academy overview
Our junior academy program focuses on developing the soccer skills of players who have demonstrated a strong interest and enjoyment of soccer. Many recreational players switch to Junior Academy because they are looking for a more challenging soccer environment. For others, the pure joy of the game is what brings them to the program. The purpose of the junior academy is to prepare players to be successful select soccer players and individuals through a focus on fundamental/technical skills development, education (nutritional and leadership aspects), sportsmanship, team building, and more.
Junior academy teams operate at a higher level of competition and with a higher level of training activity, which requires a higher commitment. Academy training focuses almost solely on individual player skills. Tactics for game play are not emphasized, and are not taught until the proper techniques and skills are in place to execute them. We expect the very large majority of our graduating junior academy players to successfully pass select tryouts and be offered a position in a U11 Select team if they wish to enter the select program.
All practices are led by licensed coaches, at a minimum of “E” licenses for U7-U10, and generally “D” licenses or higher. Our junior academy training regimen follows that of our Select program, as well as the best practices of the US Soccer Federation. Our academy teams participate in competitive leagues – many of our teams play up a year and still find success during the league season. We are a WYSA Accredited Academy, meaning that the State Director of Coaching of the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association has determined, through an application process, overview of our curriculum, and observation of our training sessions that we actively follow accepted best practices for developing players in this age range. [more info]
Our junior academy teams play three and a half seasons, with an extensive winter program: we consider it to be a key piece through which our players’ skills are forged. The winter program includes both team practices and a coached and refereed futsal league at a nominal cost to players that is reviewed annually. Teams have two practice sessions per week and a game per weekend most weeks. In summer, players are offered a summer-long 3v3 league, along with several camps and clinics to keep them in good condition. These summer offerings have additional costs. Please pay attention to the web site and club wide emails for details.