Last Edited: Dec 2017
At U8, the program focuses on:
The Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Stage 1: Active Start
The LTPD Stage 2: FUNdamentals.
At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers stimulate a learning environment where the atmosphere is "Freedom and Fun."
The U8 program sees the players moving to the recommended 5v5 format of game play, and introduces referees in more formal "league" play (no scores or standings, but more structured game format).
Players who are looking to train with our staff coaches in addition to their Friday games have the option of registering for the Academy Grassroots Training which includes technical development and games run by staff coaches and technical assistants from our older competitive teams.
This "training is extra" format ensures that all of our young players have access to the best training and coaching available at the club. It also ensure that those who want to train and develop as players, have the opportunity to do so at a good level (with others who WANT to be there), while those who don't wish to train or are new to the game, can start by simply enjoying the game play on Friday nights.
Players for the Jr. Academy are selected from amongst those training in the Academy Grassroots training, or from the Friday night U8 Development League.
|Level of Play:||
Players play 5 aside (5v5) games with referees.
All players are evaluated during a mandatory evalaution-games period in order to provide the ability to balance the Development teams and to begin invitations to the Junior Academy (which are ongoing). See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule.
After all players have been evaluated, players will either be invited to the Junior Academy program or placed into balanced teams across the U8 Development League.
Skills Development Opportunity - players have the option of training with the staff/technical coaches through the Academy Grassroots Training program, through which they can also be invited into the Jr. Academy. The program is highly recommended as players see substantial gains through the training.
See the 2018 Summer Evaluation Schedule (MANDATORY)
|Season Length:||Mid-May to mid-August|
Games and Practices:
Extra Training Opportunity:
Late April 2018
May 18th, 2018
June 8,9,10, 2018
Player Registration Fee:
On or before March 31st: $180 (early bird discount)
After March 31st: $210
Cost includes full uniform, a soccer ball, and year-end memento.
Non-Volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)