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Academy Handbook

2012-2013 NYSA Academy Handbook



Purpose of the NYSA Academy


The NYSA academy provides our players the opportunity to train with professional coaches ensuring that they are receiving proper training. It places them in situations with players of similar abilities that challenges them and builds confidence. The Academy is not a results-based program. Players are taught to give their best and play good soccer regardless of success. They will be taught to strive for excellence not success.



Improving Technique

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. Improving technique is paramount to the Academy


Improving Teamwork

Another way to increase enjoyment of the game is through interaction with team mates through small group activities that enhance skillful and imaginative play. Such activities include, (2v1, 2v2, 2v3, 3v3, and 4v4 to goals or targets) At a young age, children 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. NYSA expects all players to attend each training session. Players should arrive early, with shirts tucked in and socks pulled up displaying proper Academy training attire. Equipment, including a soccer ball, shin-guards and water bottle are mandatory items for each session. We also require that the players treat the coaching staff, opponents, and referees with the utmost respect. Many of these standards come from parents and guardians, setting proper examples.


Who is Academy for?

Academy is open to any U8-U10 player. Academy is a step above recreational soccer and is for the player that has shown he or she wants to be more committed or has shown signs of becoming a more elite athlete or player at a young age. Do not force your child into academy because you want more, but because your child wants more.


Academy Structure

- Sign up and group formation is at the beginning of August each year. Players can be added to groups throughout the year. 

- The fall outdoor season is August to November and concludes at the NYSA Classic Cup tournament the second weekend of November.

- The Indoor season begins the week after Thanksgiving and extends through mid January.

- The Spring outdoor season begins the week after Presidents weekend and extends through the first weekend in May.

- Players play in 8-12 games and 1-2 tournaments during the fall and spring outdoor seasons

- Players train twice per week on Monday and Thursday. They have the opportunity to attend extra training sessions on Wednesday. Extra sessions are stations based training

- Club friendlies are played on Friday nights. However, friendlies against out of Oklahoma City metro may be played on the weekends.

- Teams can also schedule games outside the club Friday night Friendlies to add games and get each team the appropriate competition level. These games will be played on weekends unless a rescheduled game.


Cost of Academy Program

Registration for the year - $145 due on sign up by Aug. 1

$65 monthly training fees due on 1 of each month beginning September 1 – April 1 

Additional fees for tournament entry fees and indoor league fees


Academy Uniforms: (begin purchasing July 23)

1 Green A4 Uniform (used for training and games)- $15

1 White A4 Uniform - $15

Black Adidas Squadra II Shorts - $20

1 Black and 1 White Adidas field socks - $10 each

Uniforms can be purchased at the Soccer Shop n More which is located next to the office at the soccer complex.


Roles of Academy Directors

- Create schedule for club friendlies

- Develop training curriculum for Academy coaches

- Oversee development and placement of Players

- Communicate Academy program structure and purpose to parents at beginning of each year

- Create, update and communicate Academy handbook to coaches and members


Roles of Parents

- Communicate concerns or questions to age group coordinator or Academy director

- Read and abide by the NYSA parent code of conduct guidelines


Roles of Players

- Show up on time to training and games wearing appropriate NYSA Academy clothing

- Be respectful to coaches, referees, teammates and opponents

- Give 100 percent at all times


Player placement and movement 

Players are placed on teams by ablilty. Players will be evaluated during the first two weeks of training.

Players do not tryout and are placed on teams upon sign up.

Players may be moved from groups at anytime to ensure they experience success. 

Players who are not being challenged in their own age group can be moved up to an older age group.



Players will be given players evaluation at the end of each outdoor season by the age group coordinator.


Why are players split by ability

Players in the Academy will be split based on ability. This is not done because we want to win games. Players need to be able to achieve success to build confidence. If a player is placed with players who have more experience or athletic ability, they will not be able to experience success or try new things and will not enjoy the game. Players develop at different rates and we must understand that where they are when they are 9 years old will be far different than where they will be when they are 14-16. 


What are mixed teams?

We want our players to have the concept of being in a club and part of entire age group not just a team. Players will train together many times during the week and will have the opportunity to play with players from other groups during club friendlies. This will allow for players from all groups to help each other continue to improve and give our players more games to play in. It will also help us to evaluate how our players are improving across the age group.


What is the NYSA club training schedule?

We want players that want extra training to have the opportunity to have it. We developed the club training schedule so that age groups could train at similar times as well as create opportunities for players to obtain extra skills and speed and agility training with different coaches and different players. This also allows players to schedule ahead of time for other activities. The club training schedule can be found on the left menu of the front page at normansoccer.org.


What should my child be learning at this age?

The main goal for a player at this age is to learn proper technique in all crucial technical areas of the game (dribble, pass, shoot) players who can do these things successfully will set themselves up to have success in later years and have a lot more fun.

They need to practice ball touches and juggling shown to them at training in order to improve overall control with the ball, as well as 1v1 moves and ball striking. If they focus on these things and put time in on their own they will be good players in the future.

In addition to these things they will work on a lot of small- number game situations, such as 1v1 and 2v1.


Where should my child be after the Academy program?

Once a player goes through three years of the Academy program he or she should be able to perform all things on the Academy player checklist. If they can do all of these things they will be on the correct path in their young soccer lives. At this point we hope the player will continue their player development in the competitive program.



NYSA Jugglernaut program encourages players to train on their own to improve overall ball control.

Training day 1:

Players will train with teams or as an entire age group

Training day 2 (optional):

Club training skills and speed and agility session.

Players participate with all players in their age group to create club awareness and create confident players.

Training day 3:

Players train with their teams


Academy Player checklist

-Player can juggle 50 times

-player can perform below ball touches at good speed


-triangle and behind

-quick touch combo

-inside/outside, inside/outside

-spit fire

-double v

-touch, touch, role

-player can run with the ball using correct technique and good control

-player can perform below 1v1 moves against pressure at good speed

-fake left, push right

-scissors (double scissors)



-player can perform below change of direction moves under pressure

-outside cut

-inside cut

-revelino turn


-player can pass ball with correct technique using inside of foot and laces

-player can shoot ball with proper technique using laces

-player can receive ball on ground with good technique using inside and outside of foot under pressure

-player can receive ball out of air using chest, elevator and fire hydrant collection low pressure

-player can play ball out of air with laces and inside of foot low pressure

-player can properly head the ball low pressure

-player can make proper decision when to pass, dribble, shoot

-player can cross ball with proper technique low pressure

-player can hit flighted ball (long pass) low pressure