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Loveland Youth Soccer Association Loveland, Ohio

Mission and Background Information

LOVELAND SOCCER ACADEMY

Youth Development Program

 


The Loveland Soccer Academy is excited to again be running our Youth Development Program for boys and girls born in 2010 and 2011 who are interested in improving foundational soccer skills (first touch, dribbling, passing, 1v1s and small sided games)  through more focused training and small sided games.  It is a bridge between recreational and competitive soccer in a fun, organized program that provides a positive learning environment for developing soccer skills.  

Players who register for the Academy will not participate in the Passers age program or games. There is not a tryout process to participate in the Youth Development Program.  The program and training are designed for players (families) who are serious about working on skill development, and who are mentally and physically ready for more advanced training. If the Academy Director judges a player who has signed up to not be ready to benefit from the training, we will talk to the parents in the first few weeks and suggest participating in the Passers program.  

Practices will be run by our Director of Player Development, Anthony Doherty. They will be held twice a week at a local field.  Anthony is a licensed trainer who has extensive coaching and training experience.  He will be assisted by other professional trainers and parent volunteers.  Ball skill development will be built around the Coerver training methodology, a highly regarded approach for teaching soccer skills.  Each week players will be divided into teams and play small sided games to apply the skills they have been working on.  Approximately six times during the Spring our players will participate in small sided friendly games with Academy programs from nearby select soccer clubs.  

The Academy will run from the week of March 12th and end the week of May 14th.  Specific days and times will be provided once Spring field assignments are made.  Practices will be held during the week and friendly games will likely take place on Saturdays.  The fee is $125.  It includes two training sessions each week with Anthony Doherty, friendly games and an Under Armour Jersey and Shorts.  

Common Questions and Answers

Can I sign up for Passers too? 
No, there will be unavoidable conflicts with practice schedules.  

Do I have to participate in both fall and spring seasons? 
No, each season is independent.  You may choose to participate in the fall but not the spring and vice versa.  

What if I sign up for Academy and then find it’s too much? 
We will try to place you on a Passers team.  But, there are no guarantees and once all Passers teams are filled we won’t be able to accommodate more players. 

Will boys and girls practice together?
No.  Boys and girls will practice on the same nights, but different times.

What if I start in Passers but find my child would benefit from the Academy experience, can I switch?  
There will be a window of several weeks where this would be possible provided there is room in the Academy program.  Families will be charged the difference between the Passers and Academy programs. 

Do I need to participate in Academy to play for Storm?
No.  Storm teams are formed through an open tryout process that is open to all players. 

Does participation in Academy improve my chances of making a Storm team?
Each player will be different.  In general improving fundamental soccer skills often makes a player better prepared to tryout for select soccer.   But, there are no guarantees. 



 
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