2018 Spring Academy Program
Spring 2018 Academy Schedule
April 14 – Plains – Play Date
April 28 - Whitefish – Play Date
May 5 – Missoula – Play Date
May 11-13 - Coeur D'Alene - Hot Shot Tournament
May 19-20 - Helena - Arsenal Invitational Tournament
June 16/17 - Helena - MYSA Showcase Tournament
June 22-24 - Missoula - Intermountain Champions Cup - U11 only (Tentative)
This schedule currently applies to both U11 (2007) and U10 (2008/9) unless otherwise noted. Each player does not have to attend every event. However, advance notice if a player cannot make one of these events is required, especially for tournaments which require registration.
On weekends where no events are scheduled, we will play small sided games in Hamilton
Valley Elite F.C. Academy is for all players born in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
The focus of the Valley Elite F.C. Academy is to develop young soccer players and introduce them to the four pillars of soccer: Technical, Tactical, Psychological and Physical. Players at this age are like sponges and can learn to love the game and develop positive habits and attitudes which provide the foundations for soccer excellence down the road.
The emphasis at this age is to ignite a passion for the game, Thru “FUN” and “ENJOYMENT” where everything is positive and creativity is encouraged. If players enjoy the game at this introductory age then hopefully they will be playing and enjoying the game for years to come.
The Valley Elite F.C. Academy program stresses player development versus results. It is much more important to develop players within the proper framework at this age as opposed to demanding that teams win at all costs. If the goal is just to win there are shortcuts that coaches can take at the expense of developing the player and the team. By focusing on developing the player and putting them in the best training situation that fits the individual, this helps the entire team and success will follow.
The curriculum in place at Valley Elite F.C. is designed specifically for 9 to 11 year old players. The coaches who will be working with these players are superb at training and understanding the younger players. Therefore, you can be completely comfortable in the knowledge that your child is receiving the best soccer instruction for their age and ability.
When players improve their technical ability they grow in confidence and give themselves a greater capacity to process information, which is vital in the development of young soccer players.
Another way to increase enjoyment of the game is through interaction with team mates through small group activities which enhance skillful and imaginative play, for example (2v1, 2v2, 2v3, 3v3, and 4v4 to goals or targets). The players will play in a number of positions to improve their all around understanding and knowledge of the game.
Playing With High Standards
Discipline is a key factor when learning the game of soccer. Valley Elite F.C. Academy expects all players to attend each training session with shirts tucked in, socks pulled up, and wearing the appropriate soccer gear. Equipment, including a soccer ball, shin-guards and water bottle are mandatory items for each session. We also require that players treat the coaching staff, opponents, and referees with the utmost respect. Many of these standards come from you, the parent, setting the example.
Academy Format and Coaching
Players will be identified and grouped by age and ability. The Valley Elite F.C. Academy staff will teach and develop these players to have the confidence, and the technical ability to enjoy the game. All training is THEME BASED/CURRICULUM BASED in order to achieve basic fundamentals necessary within the game.
The practice format will institute a technical curriculum which aims to focus on developing fundamental skills. Simply, the training will focus on technical practice that vary in theme, i.e. dribbling/passing/finishing. Additional themes include:
* Agility, Balance, Coordination & Speed (ABC's)
* Movement with and without the ball
* Attacking & Defending Principles
Coaching Games and Practice
The Valley Elite F.C. Director of Coaching is responsible for the staffing of all games. Each team will be assigned a club staff coach for their games. The Director of Coaching will assign staffing for games among the allotted club staff. All coaching should be left to the coaching staff.
Parents should refrain from giving any tactical feedback to players regarding their game or practice performance unless they have consulted with the coach as they may give contradictory information which can lead to confusion or frustration for the player.
Positive Parental Support
Positive support is vital during times of disappointment which is a natural part of a young soccer player’s developmental success. Please refer to your Valley Elite F.C. Code of Conduct which outlines and provides examples of positive parental support. Positive parental support does not include coaching your child from the sidelines as this only confuses players.
Positive encouragement from parents is vital in helping young soccer players succeed and enjoy the game. The job of the parents is to be their child’s biggest fan. Positive feedback and encouragement should outweigh constructive criticism by at least 10 to 1. This allows players to grow in confidence which is the key to success in soccer as well as any sport.
Positive coaching from our staff is very important to our players’ development. We must ensure that our players are instilled with confidence to play and have an understanding of the coach's instructions as well as the ability to handle constructive feedback from the coach. Encouragement at this level is a massive motivational tool to making our players successful, creative and well rounded soccer players.
In summary, as a club, we feel that the Valley Elite F.C. Academy program will benefit the player and increase their development in the game of soccer. We believe that by implementing these ideas, we will see players improve at greater rates in a fun and a positive environment. The staff at Valley Elite F.C. is confident that your child will thrive in a setting that encourages creativity and skill rather than in one which is focused on results and standings. We consider the Academy program to be bridge between recreational soccer and our competitive program.
Academy Program Fees
$25.00 - Registration Fee (non-refundable)
$75.00 - Player and Program/Club Fee
Additional Expenses include:
Uniform - will not exceed $50
Team Fee - includes tournament fees and coach's travel expenses
The team fees will be discussed at your first team meeting and will be based on elected tournaments.
Travel to/from regular spring season games, any lodging, and meals will be at your own expense.
We're here to help...for the love of soccer
The folks behind Valley Elite F.C. want to make it possible for any child to play soccer.
We know that life brings challenges and we are here to help in many ways. Whether you need support with getting your child to practice or a game or you require financial assistance with club fees, we encourage you to contact us. We don't want anything to prevent your child from enjoying and benefiting from soccer.
CLICK HERE for our Scholarship Application
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All requests will be kept confidential.
How to Register
Complete both forms, include the $25 non-refundable registration fee, and mail to:
Valley Elite F.C.
P.O. Box 396
Hamilton, MT 59840
Click Here for Valley Elite F.C. Registration Form
Click Here for MYSA Parental Consent-Concussion Form
All registered Academy players will get to play - there are no tryouts and no cuts.
The 2018 Spring Academy Season will run from mid-February through mid-June.
Indoor pre-season (winter) training will begin December 2017 and run through mid-February.
Tournaments are not mandatory. However, a list of possible tournaments that we can participate in will be presented during the first team meeting, with the goal to select 2 or 3 tournaments to attend.