JIYSC’s Academy Select is a competitive program and is designed to meet the needs of players that desire a challenging playing environment. There is one primary goal associated with our competitive program: to enable each of our players to achieve her or his individual goals with respect to soccer. Since we service a wide range of players in our competitive program, this means that we must offer appropriate levels of competition. JIYSC are associate with the state leagues and place teams in the follow:
There is a correlation between the type of team and the league in which that team plays. Our tops teams are looking to progress through the leagues and compete in as high a league as possible. National League is the platform our top teams work towards. To get there we must be promoted through the Piedmont league, where teams compete regionally. SCYSA Challenge teams are those in which the goal of the team is get promoted into Piedmont. SCYSA Presidents Medal and Open Soccer League are those in which the goal of the team more locally.
In keeping with our primary goal of enabling each of our players to achieve her or his individual goals with respect to soccer, it is the goal of our teams to be highly competitive in each league with the goal of competing for and winning State Championships. This is a difficult task, and yet one from which we don’t shrink; after all, if we’re going to provide the challenges and resulting opportunities that our players deserve, we must be willing to dream as big as they do. After all, not many of our players will end up playing professionally – but helping each to learn to dream and to work hard to achieve that dream is something that will stay with that player forever.