The WDMSC U7-U8 pre-academy development program is phase two of our Player Pathway and a critical stage in our Player Development Model. For the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 seasons, this program is for players born between 1/1/2011 and 12/31/2012. These children will experience weekly practice sessions for the first time and move to a slightly larger field than the beginning the Cubbies program. The focus remains strongly on fun, sportsmanship and the basic fundamentals of the game. Children begin to learn more technical skill development and parent coaches have the opportunity to enjoy coaching for the entire season at this level. The club supports parent coaches with player and coaching clinics, curriculum, and written resources. Games are refereed by a certified youth referee and remain very relaxed and positive. All children play equal time.
This age group plays 4v4 with no goalkeeper (maximum of 6 on each team roster). Players play in a basic league schedule, but no league standings or results are recorded. All players are encouraged to move freely and try all field positions; reflecting developmental principles. Players are also encouraged to continue participating in a variety of additional activities to help enhance the full range of basic movement skills and physical literacy. All children receive equal playing time. Pre-Academy teams will play WDMSC and Norwalk teams at Raccoon River Soccer Complex.
Pre-Academy Training Sessions are held at either Hidden Valley Soccer Complex or Raccoon River Soccer Complex. Pre-Academy teams will have a weekly group practice which are lead by one of our WDMSC Professional Staff Members. Volunteer coaches will assist in these practices and may decide to hold an additional team practice on a different night of the week.
Fall 2018 Pre-Academy Training Sessions
Practices starts in August. Day, Time and Location will be announce in August.
- U7 Coed – TBD
- U8 Coed – TBD
- U7 Girls – TBD
- U8 Girls -TBD