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About Loudoun Soccer's 2014 Academy Team

In conjunction with its U8 Academy (Pre-Travel) program, Loudoun Soccer is forming a Travel team of children born in 2014 to compete in the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL) in Spring 2022 in a U9 division.

This program is designed for the more developed, committed, and passionate youth soccer players. A team of 10-12 players in each gender will be formed via Player Placement sessions, and will play in a 7v7 league. The general program commitment is:

* Winter (Jan-early March): 1x indoor training on Sundays, Saturday training (boys: 1/8, 1/22, 2/5, 2/19; girls: 1/15, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26), a few weeknight outdoor trainings in February and early March
* Spring (mid March-early June): Monday/Friday team training, and Wednesday Training Academy in April and May (6 weeks). League games are typically played on Sundays from late March through early June.

Interested families MUST register their child online to attend a Player Placement Session; registration is now open. Log into your Sports Connect account to register. Players must be born in the year 2014 to be eligible. 

Winter/Spring 2022 Travel Player Placement Sessions for 2014 Birth Year

 

 

 Coaching Staff
  2014 
 BOYS U9 GIRLS
 DARYN PATRICIONCSL KELSEY SURKAMP


Player Placement Session Dates and Locations:


Interested players should attend one (and only one) of the following sessions.

Boys:

Saturday December 4: 10-11:15 am at Loudoun Soccer Park in Leesburg
Saturday December 4:  2:15-3:30 pm at Parkview High School in Sterling (canceled)
Sunday December 5: 1:30-2:45 pm at Lightridge High School in Aldie

Girls:

Saturday December 4: 11:15 am-12:30 pm at Loudoun Soccer Park in Leesburg
Saturday December 4:  2:15-3:30 pm at Parkview High School in Sterling (canceled)
Sunday December 5: 1:30-2:45 pm at Lightridge High School in Aldie

Program Fee:

The per-player fee for this program is $625, payable in one payment or three installments (a $10 installment is assessed for the three payment plan) .

This program fee includes:
  • Coach Compensation including all payroll taxes and processing
  • Winter club training sessions (7 weeks on Sundays)
  • Winter age group play day (4 sessions on Saturday)
  • Spring Training Academy (Wednesday night club training - 6 sessions)
  • League Membership and Fees
  • VYSA, USSF, USYSA Fees
  • Referee Fees
  • Risk Management Background Checks
  • Technical Staff Support (Technical Director, Travel Director, Coaching Education)
  • Operations Staff Support (Travel Program Manager, Fields Coordinator, Finance)
  • Club Administrative Support
  • Financial Assistance Program Costs
  • Coaching Education for all travel coaches
  • Club Marketing & Communication
  • Club Insurance
  • Additional pair of socks for game day
Families are responsible for purchasing their own uniform, which is the same as the U8 Academy program. U8 Academy uniforms from Fall 2021 may be worn for this program. A uniform package for individuals who need one costs approximately $55.

Additional fees may include a pre-season or post-season tournament; neither is currently scheduled as part of this program.

Parent Information Night - Wednesday November 17, 6:30-7:30 PM

The pdf of the meeting can be viewed HERE

The link to a video of the meeting can be accessed HERE (best if viewed from a computer or laptop).


FAQ:


Q: Travel usually begins at U9. Why is a team being formed in the current U8 (2014) age group?


A: An Academy team is being formed to better challenge the more developed players in this birth year. Consider a school subject like reading or math: some children read at a higher level than others, and need to be further challenged at this stage. We are taking a similar approach.

Q: Why are only 10-12 players being selected?

A: The team will play in a U9 division in the National Capital Soccer League (NCSL). League rules limit the number of players who can be placed on a team roster. Teams play 7v7 at that age group. The maximum number of players is 12. To ensure appropriate playing time, 10-12 players will be selected.

Q: What happens if my child is not selected?

A: Don't worry! They should keep playing soccer. Families with children interested in this program who are not selected are strongly encouraged to enroll their child in the U8 Academy, our in-house Pre-Travel program. The U8 Academy will still provide the vast majority of children professional coaching in preparation for U9 Travel in Fall 2022-Spring 2023. Families may enroll their child in the Rec program to be placed on a community-based, volunteer-led team as an alternative, and can supplement their training with Junior Development Academy or Rec Technical Training Academy.

Q: Will my child be at a disadvantage if they are not selected?

A: Simply put: No. Children develop at different rates; development is a marathon and not a sprint. It’s also unpredictable. If your child is not selected, it just might mean your child is not yet ready for this level now but may be in time. Or the level of play in this age group is high and with only 10-12 players selected, immediate opportunities are limited.

Individuals not selected to the Academy team are encouraged to enroll in the U8 Academy to better continue their development. Again, consider a school subject like reading. While one child is placed in an advanced reading group, the other children in their class will still practice reading. And that child in the advanced group may not always be considered advanced, nor will those reading at a regular or below average rate always be considered that level. Reading, or soccer, or any skill or ability develops differently with each individual.

Q: Are the Academy team and the Academy program separate?

A: Both have separate registration processes, and different commitment levels (the Academy team is a larger commitment). However, there will be several overlapping elements. The Academy team will train in conjunction with the U8 Academy program during the Spring season; opportunities to cross-train and guest-play with the Academy team may be available for players who work hard and improve throughout the season. Coaches of the Academy team will be supported by U8 Academy coaches and vice versa. The curriculum and themes will be consistent each week.

Q: Does making this Academy team guarantee my child a spot on that team next year?

A: No. For the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 soccer year, Rising U9 Player Placement Sessions for Travel teams will take place in late April. At that time, all roster spots are considered open, and Player Placement Sessions will occur to form multiple teams (typically four to five) Travel teams for that upcoming year. Although additional teams will be formed at that time, not all players who attend these sessions will be offered a position on a team. Our goal is to provide as many opportunities as possible to players who are ready for that level of play and commitment.

In existing Travel age groups, it is quite common due to several factors (the unpredictable nature of player development, both current and prospective players attending sessions, the competitive nature of Travel soccer, etc.) for team assignments to shuffle. Individuals selected to the Academy team this year will need to attend Player Placement Sessions in April for the next seasonal year, and are not guaranteed selection to any team.

Q: Will Academy Team players need to purchase a new uniform?

A: The Academy team will wear the same uniform as the U8 Academy program. Current members of the U8 Academy program may continue to wear their uniform from the Fall. There will be additional items like white and black socks, but they will be included in the program cost (for all other age groups, uniforms are purchased separately by each family).

Players from outside the U8 Academy who join the Academy Team will need to purchase an Academy kit (red jersey, white jersey, black shorts, red socks, gray training top). Information on ordering items will be sent to families of invited players after selection.

An official Travel uniform package will be purchased for the Fall 2022-Spring 2023 year for players who join teams.

Q: I have more questions. Who can I contact?

A: We encourage you to join us at our informational parent meeting (details above), as additional info will be provided then, which should answer your questions. 

If you have registration questions or issues, contact [email protected]

If you have Academy team questions, contact Daryn Patricio at [email protected]

If you have Travel soccer program questions, contact John O'Hara at [email protected] 

If you have U8 Academy program questions, contact Dan Raben at [email protected] 

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