Missoula Strikers Spring Academy
Registration is now OPEN. Strikers Academy is for all players born in 2006, 2007, and 2008.
Please note: If your child is participating in any of Strikers 2016/17 competitive or academy programs you must pay a $35 registration fee, upload a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and a current head shot to your players gotsoccer account. The $35 registration fee is non-refundable.
If you did not play academy in the fall please first complete the player registration link:
What is the Academy?
The academy provides a fun environment for boys and girls ages 8-11 to develop their skills, both to ignite a passion for soccer and to reach their potential in the sport. This is typically seen as the bridge between Micro Strikers, which is Strikers’ recreational introduction to soccer for 5-11 year-olds, and our Competitive program which begins around age 12.
Who is it for?
The 2017 spring academy will run for 11 weeks: starting March 27th and ending on June 7th. The Academy program is specifically designed for kids 9-11 years of age. This age range is often referred to as the “Golden Age of learning”. It is around this period that young children make the biggest strides in their development and understanding, not just of a particular sport, but also becoming fully aware of their own body. The Academy program aims to take full advantage of this period by offering our young players an ideal environment to learn all the necessary soccer and movement techniques required for this sport. Whether a beginner or seasoned player our academy is a good fit to hone in on skill and technique development.
When is it?
Weather dependent the Academy will begin March 27th and end on June 7th.
Practices are held at Lewis & Clark school, Monday & Wednesday evenings, 4:30-6pm.
Tournaments that the academy will attend are: Hotshots, CDA, May 12th-14th. 3 Blind Refs, Kalispell, June 3rd-4th. Intermountain Champions Cup, Missoula, June 9th-11th. Again, players are not required to attend these as there is an additional cost for these events.
Why choose the academy?
The over emphasis on competition at the youngest ages within youth soccer has not been healthy for player development and this has been proven by the limited number of truly technical players that progress into the oldest age groups of the club. We watch competitive players during the spring and high school soccer seasons but the absence of true technique has been alarming. The emphasis for too long has been to build on players’ athletic ability and ignore players’ technical development.
The Academy aims to help kids develop all of these techniques and skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. Delivering fun coaching sessions with disguised techniques and introductory tactics will be the key behind our young players development and love for the game. Within the Academy, we do not focus on the result or on wins and losses. The most important aspect of academy is the development of the individual and group as a whole. We measure our success based on the physical and mental improvements made by each child.
How is it done?
With the Academy we focus on skill development with a structured curriculum. This curriculum guides young players through appropriate stages during this period, which is often referred to as “The Golden Age of Learning”
The Academy develops fundamental skills such as:
- Agility, Balance, Coordination & Speed (ABC’s)
- Basic Running Style and Form
- Dribbling & Directional Movement with and without the ball
- Passing & Striking
- Close Control & Juggling
- Attacking & Defending Principles
What does it cost?
Player registration fee – $35 non-refundable (must do this first)
Academy program registration fee – $295.
Registration is now open.
Jerseys – Nike Tiempo Red & White – $45 Ordering information coming soon
Optional Tournaments – $85
Academy Philosophy – Inspire, Motivate, Encourage and Love Soccer!