Our academy program is intended for children who would like to continue to develop in all areas of the game through our experienced academy trainers. If your child plays soccer for fun or has a busy schedule with other activities, they might find our 9U and 10U recreational program as a better fit.
The current academy teams are U9/U10 boys teams as in previous years we have not had enough players to roster a girls team.
Two 90-minute weekday/weeknight led by our academy trainers. They will be held Monday/Wednesday from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm during the fall and spring seasons. During the Fall season, we will transition to earlier practice time in early October. Parent volunteer coaches will work closely with our trainers at practices and coach all games.
$350 per player - Not including uniforms
Our training is aligned with U.S. Soccer and with the developmental goal for all 9U and 10U players being “playing as a team” which consists of learning the basic understanding of attacking, defending, and transition by playing as a 7v7 team. Sessions will be based on the Play-Practice-Play model.
Please also see the sample practice plan that is posted on our website. The practice session details will be different based on the goal of that session, but the layout of how the session will run will be the same (play-practice-play).
The most important aspect of the game to pass along to players is a fun environment that allows the player to grow. This growth occurs on the field, but also outside of the game of soccer. Players should have the freedom to make errors, but the guidance from their coach to learn from them. I, as a coach, fully intend to inspire a passion for soccer and maintain open communication that encourages players to ask questions and learn more about the game.
More about Taila: Soccer has been a core aspect of Taila's life since she started playing. While competing highly competitively throughout her youth, she simultaneously jumped into coaching. Shortly after graduating High School, she started coaching for McFarland Soccer Club. Taila was the youngest coach in the state of Wisconsin to earn her National D license, as well as the first coach within McFarland's club to take a team to the state competitive level. She has had a team compete at the state level ever since. Outside of McFarland Soccer, you will either find Taila at Bisbee's Flooring Center, or running her private coaching business, Maximum Technique.
As the U.S. Soccer Grassroots initiatives continue to come online through the launch of the in-person and online Grassroots coaching courses, a critical concept that all Grassroots coaches will learn about is Play-Practice-Play. Researched and developed by technical leaders across the domestic Grassroots landscape, Play-Practice-Play is the optimal manner to structure a practice session for youth players, as it utilizes best practices for the learning and application of game-like scenarios.
Here are five things you should know about this important component of U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots initiatives:
WHAT IS PLAY-PRACTICE-PLAY?
Play-Practice-Play is a Grassroots developed philosophy designed around a player-centered approach to coaching. Taking a player centered approach places the needs and motivations of the player at the forefront of a coach’s approach to coaching his or her players. The concept of Play-Practice-Play is to allow young players to experience the game and game-like situations as much as possible. This approach differs from traditional practices that may have children standing in lines, running laps and participating in drills that don’t resemble the game of soccer.
STAGE 1: PLAY
When players arrive to practice, the first responsibility of the coach is to create an environment that is safe, engaging and fun. In the first Play phase, players engage in small-sided games with the primary focus on having fun. It is important that these pickup-style games are led by the players and facilitated by the coaches. During this first Play stage, players have the opportunity to experience the game while the coach observes and guides them towards developing their own solutions rather than being directed what to do.
STAGE 2: PRACTICE
In the second phase of Play-Practice-Play, children are engaged in different forms of targeted learning activities to further guide their opportunities to develop. The goal of the Practice phase is to create an environment filled with opportunities for players to experience and learn about the goal of the training session through repetition.
Practice activities should be of appropriate challenge (striking a balance between success and failure), resemble the game, involve the players making decisions and allow for creative problem-solving. The role of the coach during this phase is to guide players while using teaching actions. While it is during this phase that targeted learning takes place, there should always be an emphasis on keeping the atmosphere fun and enjoyable for the players.
STAGE 3: PLAY AGAIN!
The final stage of Play-Practice-Play is the game. This phase offers players the opportunity and freedom to play, without interruption, in an environment that mirrors the actual game. The focus of the final Play phase is to encourage players to express themselves and demonstrate what they learned during the Practice phase. A coach should observe and guide using minimal dialogue if possible. By silently observing the application of the Practice phase in the final Play phase, the coach is able to check each player’s understanding and ability to execute the goal of the training session.
WHERE TO FIND MORE INFORMATION
Through U.S. Soccer’s Grassroots Licensing Courses, prospective coaches have the opportunity to learn more about the Play-Practice-Play methodology. These opportunities include gaining access to already created Play-Practice-Play training sessions. Click here to access U.S. Soccer’s free Introduction to Grassroots Coaching Education Module and start your journey towards becoming a licensed coach!
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