Year Round Elite Academy U13-U16

Inaugural Program

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Program Description

Cumberland’s year-round Elite Academy (Dubbed: Project Iceland), is the first program in Ottawa to provide a European-calibre academy training environment for serious youth players looking to play at the next level.  Teams will train after school every week night, with inter-squad, full-field sessions, friendlies and tournaments on Saturdays.  Players will finish training by 5:30 each weeknight, and will have the remainder of their day for homework and family life. Weekends will be reserved for game play.

As in European professional academies, the training program will be “periodized” throughout the year.  This means that training loads and schedules will be carefully planned and prepared so that the physical, technical, tactical and social development of the players are balanced and optimized across the entire season.  This includes:

  • Proper rest periods (scheduled time off throughout the year),
  • Cross-training (strength, conditioning, athlete development),
  • Mental/psychological development (sports psyche, and goal setting),
  • Tactical/physical and technical training in order to peak at the right times during the season.

All sessions will be designed and run by our Academy staff coaches, augmented by each team’s Academy coach.  With the adjusted schedule, Academy staff will also attend many of games to ensure that players always get the best guidance and coaching available in this region. Our formula to producing top players is simple: train with the best players, with the best coaches, more often than others, while competing at the highest levels in the province.

 


Program Details

 
Program Information:

Evaluations:  

Open tryouts and Academy player evaluations will run through the month of September.  Players may also be evaluated at any time outside of this period, if they are transferring from a different regional or OPDL program (or outside the country).  Please contact Jessie, the Competitive administrator at competitive@cumberlandsoccer.com to setup an evaluation.  

   Click for Tryout Schedule

Note: In order to attend open tryouts, players must register for the "basic registraiton ($195 and the competitive tryouts).  Players  not selected for the Academy will be considered for Competitive Cobra teams in the winter, or will automatically be placed into the recreational program at CUSC.  

 

Program Length:

Tryouts Begin mid September - schedule here

Season begins in October 2017 and runs through end of September 2018.   

 

Schedule: 

  Click Here (Subject to change)

 

The Program

  • Training every weeknight after school - 90 minutes (beginning in mid-September).
  • Friendly games Weekends from October through April
  • Game play in summer in ERSL leagues (up one year)
  • 2005 age groups will play in the OPDL
  • Tournament play and showcase play with the older Academy groups (specifics determined within each individual team)
  • Scheduled Cross training/strength training in pre-season phases.
  • Fitness program incorporated

Competitive Games: 

Games will be organized on weekends, with all games played as 11v11.  U14-U16 teams will compete in the highest regional levels. The U13 teams for 2018 will compete in the OPDL. 

 

Transportation:

School bus transportation will be available for Ottawa's East-End High School students. 

Transportation from schools to training on weekdays will be provided by Roxborough Bus Lines (http://roxboroughbus.com/)

For more detailed information on the transportation service/schedule, click here. 

 

Uniforms: 

Available through Disalvo Sports on Bank St. 
Uniforms will be identical to the academy kit used in the summer seasons.
Training shirts are available through CUSC.

 

Please note that academy trialists who are not selected for an academy or cobra squad will automatically be placed into teh U9-U18 Recreational program, which is covered by the base registration fee (no further payments required). 

Costs:

See Registration Site for details of Fees.

Installment payment plan available.

Register:

Questions?

Last Edited: Aug 8, 2017

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