The KOPSC Development Academy program is all new, created following guidelines from US Youth Soccer as a technical, tactical, and socially appropriate developmental bridge between our previous Intramural and Travel programs. Players will be assigned to specific teams for the season led by parent volunteer coaches, whom will be working closely with a carefully coordinated curriculum from the Director of Coaching and Director of Player Development.
Teams will have a once-weekly practice for one hour per night where coaches will follow prepared, detailed practice plans designed to give players the knowledge and skills they need as they further their interest as soccer players. Saturday sessions will run for one hour and fifteen minutes and will start with a review of the weekly practice exercises, followed by a small-sided game (4v4 for U7/U8 and 7v7 for U9/U10) on small lined fields, played against other Development Academy teams in house. No scores will be recorded and no standings kept. This program will focus more on familiarizing players with the rules of the game, including simplified officiating by high-school age youth volunteer referees, and introduce them to concepts of teamwork and basic tactics for offense and defense.
To make Development Academy soccer friendlier for busy families, parents will have the option to list up to two team-mate/carpool requests as well as a ‘busy night’ exclusion that will be taken into consideration when forming teams and assigning practice nights. (Every effort will be made to honor all requests, but unfortunately cannot be guaranteed in every circumstance.)
The goal of the program will be for all players to gain a thorough understanding of many aspects of the game of soccer, and to motivate players to continue playing, furthering their skills development, and fostering a love of the game.
Ages: 6 - 9
(Players born in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Program Dates: Saturdays; 4/4/20 4/11/20 4/18/20 4/25/20 5/2/20 5/9/20 5/16/20 (Rain-Out Make-Up Day 5/23/20)
Weekly evening practice starts the week of March 30th as assigned to the team on either Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings.
Saturdays 9:00am - 10:15am
6:00pm - 7:00pm Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur by team.
Uniform: Styled jersey, shorts, and soccer socks included in registration fee.
**If total registrations exceed 75 players, a second session from 10:30am - 11:45am will be added, and players will be divided between both sessions.