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U9-U10 ACADEMY

WDMSC Academy

The U9 / U10 WDMSC Academy program is phase three of our Long-Term Player Development Pathway and acts a pre-cursor to the WDMSC Select program. The Academy program is a critical in our Player Development Model as it provides players with weekly training by our professional coaching staff. The intent behind offering two levels of play (Academy and Recreational) at U9/U10 is to provide players with the opportunity to play with and against players of similar ability and commitment and at a level where they will experience the most success and enjoyment.

The 2018-19 Academy program is open to any player (boys and girls born between 2009-20010) who have a desire to further develop their soccer skills and receive professional training. Special request for players playing up must be approved by the Academy Director of Coaching. The Academy structure will follow the guidelines established by the Iowa Soccer Association.

Academy v Recreational – How to choose
The difference between participating in an Academy program or Recreational program lies in the level of investment, commitment and interest of the players and their families. To help parents decide which level of play is most appropriate for their child, listed below are the characteristics of typical players who would participate in an Academy Program. If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to the Academy level of play. However, it should be noted that during a player’s soccer development they may move back and forth between Academy and Recreational play.

Demonstrates a solid technical foundation (control, dribbling, and shooting)
Physically stronger than most players within their age group
Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
High level of coordination and good agility
During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
During games tends to dominate the play
Demonstrates high level of passion and concentration during practices and games
Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities they are involved in
Soccer is a high priority and they have a passion to play
Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices
U10 player who will try-out for the U11 competitive age group in the following year.

Please contact Director of Academy with any questions.

REGISTRATION

Program Mini-Kickers
Cost $65 ($10 additional Administration Fee)
After Deadline N/A
Sessions: 5 weeks on Saturdays
Dates: August 25th thru September 29th (No session Labor Day Weekend)
Times: 9:00 am

COMPETITIVE SOCCER LINKS

  • 9U-10U Academy
  • 11U-19U Select
  • 15U-19U Sporting Iowa

PROGRAMS LINKS

  • Player Development Plan
  • Development Soccer
  • Competitive Soccer
  • Recreational Soccer
  • College Advisory Program

WHAT TO EXPECT

WDMSC Academy

Practice:
Players will have the opportunity to train three nights per week; twice under the direction of the professional coaching staff and one session with a qualified parent coach. Training sessions last approximately 60-75 minutes in duration. A flexible training schedule will be created to accommodate multi-sport activity participants. Players also train one night per week during the winter.

Games:
Academy teams will play in the Iowa Soccer Academy league and play approximately 6-8 matches. Academy matches are played on Saturdays and/or Sundays. Academy clubs must still follow recreational play guidelines, such as 50% playing time in matches. The emphasis is placed on creating an environment that is focused on individual development as opposed to team development.

Festivals:
In addition to the league matches, the teams will also, participate in no more than 2 tournaments (festivals) per season.

Coaching Staff:
Parent coaches must attend a National Youth Module Course and/or a USSF ’E’ License course in order to participate in the training and coaching of the players at matches.

Team Formation:
In accordance with ISA rules, teams are restructured from the fall season to the spring season to ensure that our focus remains on the individual.

Cost:
The cost of the program is $275 per season or $500 if you register for the entire year.