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. <p>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 ’00, ’01, ’02, and '03 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 encourage current ’00, ’01, ’02 and '03 players that are in our ODP pools, the invitation is also for any NEW ’00, ’01, ’02, and '03 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.
The Academy will be conveniently offered at seven locations throughout the state in 2014. All training sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons: September 7, 14, 21 and October 12, 19, 26. PLEASE NOTE: Olean site (only) training will be held on successive Mondays.
ACADEMY TRAINING SITES:
Buffalo: DeMatteo Fields, Tonawanda, NY Girls – Noon to 1:30PM, Boys - 1:30PM to 3:00PM
Binghamton: Greater Binghamton Sports Complex, Binghamton, NY All Players – Noon to 1:30PM
Rochester: Veteran’s Memorial Park Fields, Town Hall, Penfield, NY Girls – 12:30 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 – 6:00PM to 7:30PM (Mondays: September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13)
Watertown: Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY All Players – Noon to 1:30PM
(Registration Fee includes program tuition only - the required training uniform - jersey, shorts and socks – to be purchased separately during online registration process).
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