JIYSC’s Junior Academy Program is designed to support and guide players who wish to make the transition from recreational to competitive soccer. The program is designed for that recreational player who has a strong desire to increase those technical skills while also learning a little more about the tactical aspects of the game. Our emphasis is player-centric with development the number one priority. We focus on the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological development of individual players on a pathway towards maximizing their full potential.
The most important aspect of JIYSC’s Junior Academy Program is training. Technical and some tactical training is provided and delivered age appropriately and will differ based on age. More on this to follow. Our mission of the Junior Academy program is to create an environment of player development from the most important early ages (7-12). All training and games will focus on learning, creativity, problem solving, and FUN to meet the demands of the individual players of this age. The JIYSC Junior Academy program is directed toward talented and enthusiastic young players and serves as a link between the Recreation program and the competitive Select program. The focus will be on individual development over team success.
While winning is encouraged at JIYSC, player development comes first. It will be a focus of the JIYSC Junior Academy program to teach players and parents that winning only comes in soccer after years of hard work learning the fundamentals of the game. We aim to change the ever-so-common “club hopping” syndrome witnessed in this country when parents are only happy if their child’s team WINS at the youngest ages. For these club-hoppers, if a coach or a team that was winning is no longer getting results on the scoreboard, it means it is time to jump ship and look for the next best thing, often at the expense of developing the skills which will ensure future success – the opposite of what we hope to achieve in the JIYSC Junior Academy.
JIYSC will teach a long-term approach that requires players to put in the necessary time learning the game first and requires patience and loyalty from parents as the players improve gradually over time. It is important that the player understands that a commitment to practice will help the player to reach their goals. We believe that our program provides the best possible environment for young soccer players to capitalize on the opportunities that the great game of soccer will offer. Our goal is to provide the best developmental program for the youth soccer player.