What is the Williamston Soccer Youth Academy?
The Youth Academy is an instructional soccer program that aims to develop the love of the game along with individual skills of kids in grades Y5-1. The program is 5 weeks long in both the fall and spring. The program is intended to be an enjoyable introduction to soccer, helping players learn the game in a fun and developmentally appropriate environment. We created this program to give our youngest players a great head start playing the game we love!
We’ll be having five training sessions during the week, and five intra-Academy games on Saturday mornings. These games will be focused on player development – no results will be kept, no awards will be handed out – so the players will get to have fun in a way that gets them ready for competitive matches as they get older.
In Fall 2021, we approached the limits of the number of players that we can accept for the program. Beginning in Spring 2022, Williamston school district or Williamston / Williamstown Township residency requirements may apply if space is limited.
Who are the coaches?
You! We need parents or other volunteers to help us have a successful season. We’ll give you everything you need, including a training curriculum for running sessions and help from our high school players in demonstrating activities and organizing the players.
When the players complete the Academy program and move into playing with our Williamston Soccer CASL teams, coaches will be needed for those teams. The Academy is a great way to get introduced into coaching.
As a thank you, our volunteer coaches will be eligible to receive a refund of the registration fees for one player. You don’t need to be a soccer expert to be a coach. If you are interested, please let us know by selecting to volunteer during the registration process, or just email firstname.lastname@example.org
What is the schedule?
Location: Williamston Elementary School
Training: Wednesday 5-6 pm beginning mid-September & mid-April
Games: Saturdays 10-11 am
Sessions will run for 5 weeks.
What to expect for the program?
As mentioned above, the program is designed to be fun but also instructional. We have a written curriculum that each coach is going to follow and a developmental plan for the program. All sessions are designed to be fun for the kids while teaching fundamental skills that are necessary to be successful at later ages. At the end of the five weeks, we aim to see a definite improvement in your child’s soccer skills as well as an increased interest to play and learn the game!
What to expect on the first day?
When you arrive, all players will need to check-in. We will have a table setup for check-in and t-shirt distribution. Every player will be assigned to a field. After checking in, please feel free to go over and introduce yourself and your child to your coach.
What to expect after the first day?
After the first day your child will be able to go straight to their assigned field. You can set up near by and watch the training session.
What do I bring to every session?
Each player will need to bring the following things to training:
- 5 and 6-year olds use a size 3 ball
- 7 and 8-year olds use a size 4 ball
- Soccer cleats or tennis shoes (please no sandals, or boots)
- Shin guards
What is the cost of the Youth Academy?
$60 for the Spring 2023 season only. A Williamston Soccer training t-shirt is included in the fee. Payment is collected during the registration process.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com