last edited: Jan 2017
The Junior Academy is our program for the most focused, and dedicated U8 players. Selected players will train/play an additional time each week with our Academy coaches to help develop their skills and understanding of the game in a fun and constructive environment.
This Program focuses on the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) Stage 2: FUNdamentals.
- Physical – Develop the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, co-ordination and speed, as well as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.
- Technical – Movement exercises/games designed to promote a feel for the ball: gaining ball control in receiving passes, dribbling, passing less than 25m, kicking the ball forward, and shooting on goal.
- Tactical – Small children are egocentric – playing the ball is the most important objective. However, they now need to be introduced to co-operation between players. They gain understanding of the game through playing situations.
- Mental – Basic awareness of environment to build game intelligence and decision making.
At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is "Freedom and Fun."
U8 (Players are grouped by gender)
|Level of Play:||
Players play 5 aside (5v5).
All U8 players at CUSC are evaluated prior to the forming of teams. These evaluations help us to balance teams, as well as to select the core group of our Jr Academy. Selected players will be offered positions in the Junior Academy Program after evaluation.
Players who do not qualify for the U8 Junior Academy Program will be automatically placed in the U8 Developmental Program with the option of registering in the U5-U8 Academy Grassroots Training for continued monitoring and development.
|Season Length:||Mid-May to Mid-August|
Training twice weekly with Academy coaches and team coaches (weeknights).
Friendly game play on Saturday mornings.
Festivals against other clubs throughout the season.
Games and Practices:
Practices will be on weeknights TBD.
Games will be on Saturday mornings between 8:30-10:00 AM.
All games and practices are located in the Orleans area, with the sole exception of any festivals/tournaments played which may be anywhere in the Ottawa region.
Evaluation Dates (MANDATORY):
June 9, 10, 11, 2017
Player Registration Fee:
On or before March 31st: $185 (early bird discount)
Cost includes full uniform, a soccer ball, and year-end memento.
Volunteer fee: $50 per family (mandatory fee, refundable after volunteering)
Academy Fee: Once accepted to the Junior Academy program, the Academy Fee will apply. See Registration Site for details.