Seattle United has created U8-U10 player pools on both the boy’s side and the girl’s side for the (2013/2014) seasonal year! The Premier Academy player pools have a formal training/intensity calendar that will be year-round. Premier Academy teams will compete in the Fall and Spring Regional Club League (RCL) against other WA State premier clubs, and will also participate in Summer tournaments, jamborees, and friendlies.
The U8-U10 Premier Academy will have a strong focus on technical training and building a solid foundation of ability in each player. Our program will teach players important training habits that are crucial to players at this age. Application of how to use these technical skills in tactical situations will be prevalent as the year progresses. All of this will take place in a competitive and challenging environment, while never forgetting that the main emphasis should be on having FUN!
Coming out of the player placement process, there will be 50-60 boys and girls (each) selected to represent Seattle United in this program. These players will train together and will be divided into squads for Summer tournament play, friendlies and for the Fall and Spring RCL seasons.
WILL THIS PROGRAM TAKE THE PLACE OF THE PLAYERS’ CURRENT REC PROGRAM?
Yes. The players that are selected for this program will not be able to continue with their current rec teams. This will be different than the Seattle United Juniors program, whereby players will remain in their current rec environments. (see below)
IS MY CHILD ALLOWED TO PLAY OTHER SPORTS?
Yes, in fact, it is encouraged.There are certain times of year where we ask that Seattle United take precedence when there are conflicts such as Summer tournaments, League games, and especially State Cup. When training conflicts with another sports training, work out a schedule with coaches to maximize attendance at both.
HOW FAR WILL THEY TRAVEL?
Our Premier Academy teams will play league games between Seattle, Olympia, and Redmond. For teams competing in State Cup there is rarely any travel beyond this perimeter, but the possibility does exist.
WHERE ARE THE TRAINING FIELDS?
For the majority of the year, the program trains out of Lower Woodland and Magnuson. In the winter and spring, when fields are scarce, we will ocassionally train in the north end of the city. Every effort is made to keep training locations central.
CAN MY CHILD FINISH OUT THEIR CURRENT SPRING SOCCER SEASON?
Yes. Just be sure to let coach know that your child is participating.
WHAT NIGHTS OF THE WEEK ARE TRAINING?
Training will occur on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
The following is a general outline of what the 2013/2014 seasonal year will look like. Specific information will be given out by the age group coordinator.
Tryouts: The player placement process for this program will take place on April 26-28th weekend. Please check our website, www.seattleunited.com, for more times and locations.
May-August: This time period will be heavily focused on fundamental, technical training. The players will be introduced to the way all Seattle United players train. During this period, U9/U10 teams will train 3 times a week and our U8 teams twice a week. All teams will compete in 2-3 summer tournaments, with friendly games/jamborees as well. There will be pre-scheduled time off during the summer the weeks of July 1st and August 19th.
September-November: The pools will be split into teams and will compete in the Regional Club League (RCL), the most competitive league in Washington. At this time, two developmental formats will be used (9-a-side or 6-a-side), and players will be placed on squads throughout the summer based on ability not necessarily age.
December: Teams will train the first two weeks of December, then take holiday until the beginning of January.
January-April: Training will start up at the beginning of January, with an emphasis on applying technical skills in tactical situations. Spring League will involve a truncated season, followed by State Cup for our top teams, and a season-ending jamboree for the rest of the program.
Regardless of what size each roster is, there will be continued opportunity for player movement between teams throughout the year. These will be the only U8-U10 teams in Seattle to compete in this league (RCL).
U8-U10 Premier Academy Director and West Region Director