Youth Academy Program 6U-12U Boys & Girls


YOUTH ACADEMY PROGRAM

Youth Academy Director: Phil Dobbing

pdobbing@lakenormansoccer.com

    Assistant Youth Academy Director: Stephen Sweeney

ssweeney@lakenormansoccer.com

Program Goal

Have Fun, Learn, Improve


Youth Academy 6U – 12U
At Lake Norman Soccer Club, our Youth Academy consists of ages ranging from 6U-12U. Within this, there are three sub-programs: Pre-Academy, Academy and Classic, which are described extensively below.
 

6U/7U (Pre-Academy)
Our newly announced, Lake Norman Soccer Club Pre-Academy will be an introuduction to club soccer, using fun games and activites to build a relationship between your child and a soccer ball. These practices will be held once a week (Day & Time TBD), with staff coach of LNSC. This age will play on Saturday mornings with our regular Academy, but they will play in a 4v4 or 5v5 format. 

 
Training:

- 1 training per week
Practices will see the players coached by a staff coach at LNSC.

Games:
- Will take place on Saturday mornings, at a variety of locations up to one hour drive away

 
Technical Priority:
- Overall Individual Mastery of Ball, and Refinement of Techniques (Dribbling, Passing, Receiving, and Shooting)
- Develop Psychomotor Skills (Coordination & Movement)

 
Tactical Priority:
- Individual Skill Development > Team Development
- Individual Confidence Building (1v1)

 
Playing Time Expectations:
- Playing time is developmentally appropriate; players will play 50% of games 

 
Gameplay Methods:
- 4v4 or 5v5 (including GK)

 
Calendar:
Fall - 10 Weeks in Fall (Starting September)
Spring - 10 Weeks in Spring (Starting February)
 
Assessments:
If you are interested in joining the Youth Academy, please email pdobbing@lakenormansoccer.com to arrange an evaluation. Official assessments happen once a year, in May. All other assessments will be in a practice environment with a specific coach/team.
 

8U-10U (Academy)
For 7v7, the focus is involving a fun aspect, but is starting to incorporate ‘How to Train,’ methods. An emphasis is placed on skill development at this age using a games-based approach. Incorporating small tactical elements such as roles of 1st and 2nd attacker/defender, combination play (wall pass, take-overs), as well as the use of the US Soccer number system will be the aim

 
Training:

- 2 trainings per week with an optional Friday session of Street Soccer
Practices will see the players split into smaller groups, with smaller coach to player ratio for effective attention to specific needs
Every week, players will be evaluated by the coaching staff and may move from group to group, based on a variety of factors

Games:
- Will take place on Saturday mornings, at a variety of locations up to one hour drive away
- Game day rosters have flexibility, and may change from week to week, depending on the needs and development of each individual player

 
Technical Priority:
- Overall Individual Mastery of Ball, and Refinement of Techniques (Dribbling, Passing, Receiving, and Shooting)
- Develop Psychomotor Skills (Coordination & Movement)

 
Tactical Priority:
- Individual Skill Development > Team Development
- Individual Confidence Building (1v1)
- Recognize Roles of 1st/2nd Attacker/Defender
- Combination Play
 
Playing Time Expectations:
- Playing time is developmentally appropriate; players will play 50% of games 
- More than 50% is earned

 
Gameplay Methods:
- 7v7 (including GK)
- Build-out-line to promote playing from the back, and working through the thirds, with each player receiving more touches, and more chances for decision making

 
Calendar:
Fall (mid August - mid November) and Spring (end of January - May)
- Fall and Spring are the primary seasons for the Academy program
Winter (December - January)
- Winter camps and futsal will be offered as an addition if players would like to continue over the break

 
Assessments:
If you are interested in joining the Youth Academy, please email pdobbing@lakenormansoccer.com to arrange an assessment. Official assessments happen twice a year. The main date will be in May, along with a supplemental winter assessment in December . All other assessments will be in a practice environment with a specific coach/team.
 

11U/12U (Classic)
For 9v9, we look to strengthen players and their ‘Love of the Game.’ Still there is a large emphasis on the technique of the individual, but a large emphasis will be on improving their small group play in 2v1, 1v2 (emphasis on improvisation), 2v2, 3v1 and 3v3 as well as a special attention going to the psycho-social aspect of the game
 
Training:
- 2/3 trainings per week with an optional Friday session of Street Soccer
- Practices will see each team practice with their specific coach for the most part
- Players can be asked to practice with different teams upon agreement between director and coach

 
Games:
- Will take place on a weekend, and travel inbetween 20 minutes to 2 hours
(except tournament play which could be more)
- Game day rosters are set, but the use of dual rosters/guest players will be prevalent within these age groups to promote player development

 
Technical Priority:
- Overall Individual Mastery of Ball and Execution of Techniques within the Game
- Develop Psychomotor Skills (Coordination, SAQ, Functional Movements, Landing & Turning)

 
Tactical Priority:
- Individual Skill Development > Team Development
- Individual Confidence Building (1v1)
- Recognize Roles of 1st/2nd/3rd Attacker/Defender
- Combination Play
- Transitional Understanding

Playing Time Expectations:
- Playing time is developmentally appropriate; players will play 50% of games  
- More than 50% is earned.

 
Gameplay Methods:
9v9 (including GK)

 
Calendar:
Fall (mid August - mid November) and Spring (end of January - May)
- Fall and Spring are the primary seasons for the 11U/12U program
Winter (December - January)
- Winter camps and futsal will be offered as an addition if players would like to continue over the break

 
Assessments:
If you are interested in joining the Youth Academy, please email pdobbing@lakenormansoccer.com to arrange an assessment. Official assessments happen twice a year. The main date will be in May, along with a supplemental winter assessment in December . All other assessments will be in a practice environment with a specific coach/team.