The U05 Academy is for children under 5 years of age. This Academy is for the continued development of basic soccer skills to pre-schoolers and young kindergarten students in a fun and non-threatening environment. Each Academy session is limited to 24 - 32 players and will meet on Tuesday nights each week for 10 weeks. Additionally there will be two Saturday showcases. There are no Saturday games at this age.
Each Academy training session will last 45-60 minutes. A paid Academy Coach from Premier UK Soccer, with the assistance of several Volunteer Parent Coaches, will lead the players through several small group sessions of fun games and drills for approximately 30 minutes. These games and drills are not always "about soccer." Continued development of hand-eye co-ordination is important at this age. Some drills or games in practice may continue to be simple every-day games like... follow-the-leader or chase the coach or other silly games to keep the kids excited and tuned in. We all understand these are all kids under 5, so these sessions are kept short and fun. Each Academy session will end with about 15 minutes of scrimmage-like games. These scrimmages continue to be less about learning the rules of soccer and more about learning to participate in the game... although some basic concepts of the game may be introduced (out of bounds and restart of play) depending on the skill level of the players.
The primary focus of this league is to continue to build the excitement of playing soccer for the players. By the end of the U05 Academy, players should be very comfortable moving about with a ball at their feet and be more willing to attempt to win control of the ball.
In the Fall each player will be provided a shirt and socks. In the Spring, only new players (those that did not play in the Fall at GCAA) will be provided a shirt and socks.
All kids are required to wear shin guards to every session. Each player should also bring their own size 3 soccer ball to every session. Soccer cleats are optional... however, no metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats) are allowed.
For the 2017 Fall Rec Soccer season U05 division is scheduled to have one academy session a week and two weekend showcases. There will be 10 academy sessions scheduled and there will be NO rescheduled academy sessions due to weather. The first academy session for U05 academy will be Tuesday. February 21st The last academy session for U05 Academy will be Tuesday, April 25th.
The first showcase is scheduled for Saturday, March 25th at 11:30am at the GCAA complex. In the event of rain on Saturday the first showcase will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 26th also at 2:30pm at the GCAA complex. If both Saturday and Sunday are rained out the showcase will not be rescheduled.
The second showcase is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th at 11:30am at the GCAA complex. In the event of rain on Saturday the second showcase will be rescheduled for Sunday, April 30th at 3:15pm also at the GCAA complex. If both Saturday and Sunday are rained out the showcase will not be rescheduled.
Tuesdays at 6:00 - 7:00 PM
GCAA - U10 Fields
March 25th at 11:30am at GCAA Complex
April 29th at 11:30am at GCAA Complex
Fall: Registrations are May thru July. The season is mid-August thru October.
Spring: Registrations are November thru mid-January. The season is mid-Febrary thru April.
GCAA Soccer 2017 Sponsorship Form