Coaches the world over have been trying to predict which young players will develop into the next Lionel Messi, Marta or Cristiano Ronaldo. To date, no one has a sure fire formula for identifying which of today’s youngsters will become the next star on the world stage. Coaches do however agree that young players with promise and potential, when placed in a good training environment and exposed to good coaching, can achieve a superior level of play.
To foster our young talent, New York State West Youth Soccer Association’s coaching staff created the Academy. The Academy is designed to expose young players to focused training sessions provided by nationally certified coaches. The Academy Curriculum focuses on improving a player’s technical ability and tactical awareness. The six session program stresses fun and progress in a positive learning environment.
WHO CAN ATTEND THE ACADEMY?
Expanded Age Groups – Players born in ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’02 welcome
The Academy program, which is for both boys and girls, has traditionally been for current ODP players in our two youngest age groups. We have now extended participation to include four birth years. This expanded group of young players both younger and older do not have to currently be in our NYW ODP program. While we enourage current ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’02 players that are in our ODP pools, the invitation is also for any NEW ’99, ’00, ’01 and ’02 born players. Your child need not be in the ODP pool to participate. We welcome any new athletes who are serious players who wish to experience the high quality coaching associated with the Olympic Development Program.
WHEN AND WHERE IS THE ACADEMY HELD?
The Academy will be conveniently offered at seven locations throughout the state in 2013. All training sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons: September 8, 15, 22 and October 13, 20, 27. Times for each location are still being finalized. If your location does not have a time listed yet, please check back as we are working to get these established.
ACADEMY TRAINING SITES:
Buffalo: DeMatteo Fields, Tonawanda, NY Girls - Noon to 1:30PM, Boys - 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Binghamton: BC United Fields, Endicott, NY All players - Noon to 1:30PM
Rochester: Veteran’s Memorial Park Fields, Town Hall, Penfield, NY Girls - 12:30PM to 2:00PM, Boys - 2:00PM to 3:30PM
Syracuse: CNY Family Sports Centre, Baldwinsville, NY All Players - Noon to 1:30PM
Elmira: Eldridge Park, Elmira, NY All Players - Noon to 1:30PM
Olean: St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, NY All players - 9:00AM to 10:30AM
Watertown: Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY All players - Noon to 1:30PM
WHO WILL BE COACHING AT THE ACADEMY?
Each site will be directed by the following New York West Staff Coaches:
Buffalo: Chris Hershey, NYW Director of Coaching Education, NYW and Region I ODP Coaching Staff
Binghamton: Shane Cook, Head Coach United FC Binghamton WPSL, former Broome CC Men’s Head Coach
Rochester: Jim Hewlett, NYW Coaching Education Staff, NYW and Region I ODP Coaching Staff
Syracuse: Dean Foti, NYW Technical Director, Director NYW ODP
Elmira: Zac Sarno, NYW ODP Coaching Staff
Olean: Rob Jackman, NYW Coaching Education Staff, NYW and Region I ODP Coaching Staff
Watertown: Chris Pacilio, NYW Coaching Education Staff, NYW Director of Recreation Soccer, NYW ODP Coaching Staff
WHAT TOPICS WILL BE COVERED AT THE ACADEMY TRAINING SESSIONS?
WHAT IS THE COST TO ATTEND THE ACADEMY?
(Registration Fee includes program tuition only - required training uniform - jersey, shorts and socks – to be purchased separately during online registration process [approx. $27 plus shipping]).
$160 before 11pm, Friday, August 30, 2013
$200 August 31 to 11pm, Thursday, September 5, 2013
$220 “Walk in” registration fee from Friday, September 6th on, or at the door at first session
To Register On-line, Please Click Here.
Register early to save money and ensure placement. NYSWYSA reserves the right to close registration when capacity at any site is reached.