The U08 Academy is for children under 8 years of age. The focus of This Academy is mainly learning about the team aspect of the game. If the players have learned a good foundation of ball handling skills in the U07 Academy then the next step is to teach passing and positioning. The goal in this Academy is for all of the kids to start to become true soccer players. They should start to learn to look for passing opportunities when they have the ball and when they don't have the ball to learn to move into positions to receive a pass. Also the players should become more aggressive on the field and really start attacking the ball to gain possession. Each Academy session is limited to 24 - 32 players and will meet either on Thursday or Friday nights each week for 10 weeks. At this age there will also be 8 games.
Each training session will last 60-70 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, moving on to playing a series of small sided "scrimmage" type games to end each session. Our goal in this league is for all of the kids to become skilled ball handlers and to learn a bit about being aggressive on the field and going after the ball when others have it. U08 Academy players will be combined with U07 Academy players and are randomly assigned to a U7/U8 team. Normally each team will have a roster size of up to 8 players. The teams are co-ed teams. Teams will play 4v4, without a goalie, on a field size of about 25 yards x 30 yards with goals not larger than 18 feet x 6 feet. The coaches are the referees in these games, which allows the coaches to work together to ensure the games remain fun for all the kids. Scores are not kept and no season standings are maintained. There is no focus on wins and losses. Our focus is only on having fun and learning about the game of soccer, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Every player gets a shirt, shorts and socks in this league. All kids are required to wear shin guards. Each player should bring their own size 3 soccer ball to every practice. Soccer cleats are optional (but highly recommended)... however, no metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats) are allowed.
For the 2017 Fall Rec Soccer season U08 division is scheduled to have one academy session a week and two Saturday academy sessions until the games starts. The Saturday academy sessions for U08 will be on February 18th and February 25th at 11:00 AM. Weekday practices will start Thursday, February 23nd. The last academy weekday session for U08 will be Friday, April 28th. Academy sessions missed due to weather will not be rescheduled.
The U08 division is scheduled for eight games. The first game will be on Saturday, March 4th and the last game on Saturday, April 29th. GCAA has scheduled two makeup dates (May 6th and May 13th) in the event of weather cancellation. If there is more than two games cancelled due to weather it will be up to the coaches to reschedule the additional cancelled game.
Thursday at 7:00 - 8:00 PM
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Friday at 6:00 - 7:00 PM
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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.
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