PRE-ACADEMY

PRE-ACADEMY

U7 - U8 Program

 

The Pre- Academy program was created to enhance the developmental process of youth soccer players all across the Chattanooga area, from ages 7 to 8 years old. We want players to problem solve, improvise, and make decisions on their own during practices and games. We also want players to play completely free with no fear of failure.

 

This program offers professional training as well as an experienced coaching staff that will assure that players are progressing and reaching their individual goals. Our focus in individual player development.

 

This is an age where relationships with teammates are beginning to emerge on the field and some initial basic tactical concepts are introduced like recognizing basic team shapes (triangles & diamonds). The most important part of the skill check is to help the child express creativity with the ball and experience joy through this process.

 

 

Methodology - The 4 major themes of the Pre-Academy curriculum:

 

Ball Mastery

Using both feet and multiple surfaces encouraging players to experiment with all turns, skills, tricks to develop their technical confidence and composure on the ball.

Shapes and Support

Developing the idea of angles of support to the player on the ball giving players more options to keep possession of the ball rather than just “kicking it away”

Small-Sided Environments

High repetitions of 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, and 4v4 free play with each training session allowing players to experiment and maximize development through multiple contacts with the ball and also to create real game like scenarios.

Independent Player Thinking

we encourage the players to think for themselves and solve soccer problems with the skills acquired. Our coaches guide players to the answers by asking questions rather than telling them the answer. Creating independent thinkers who will play the game and solve soccer problems without the constant and manipulative instruction of a coach leading to longer term

information retention and higher levels of skill acquisition.

 

Logistics:

 

Format:

4v4, no goalkeepers with size 3 ball

Dates:

10 weeks in fall and 10 weeks in spring (Fall: 8/19/19 - 10/25/19) (Spring: 2/24/20- 5/9/20)

Training:

Tuesday and Thursday 5:30-6:45pm and 6:45pm- 8:00pm

Games:

Saturday 9:00am-12:00noon

Locations:

Baylor, Camp Jordan, Redoubt, Thrasher Elementary on Signal Mountain