The U04 Academy is for children under 4 years of age. This Academy is an attempt to introduce preschoolers to the concept of a team sport in a fun and non-threatening environment. Each Academy session is limited to 24 - 32 players and will meet on Monday nights. Additionally there will be two Saturday showcases. There are no Saturday games at this age.
Each Academy training session will last 45-50 minutes. A paid North Carolina Football Club (NCFC) training coach, 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." Teaching hand-eye co-ordination is also important at this age. Some drills or games in practice may 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 4, so these sessions are kept short and fun. Each Academy session will end with about 15 minutes of scrimmage-like games. These scrimmages are less about learning the rules of soccer and more about learning to participate in the game.
The primary focus of this Academy is simply to get the kids excited about soccer and to get them to understand that it is primarily a sport where you use your feet to move a ball in a particular direction. By the end of the Academy, players should be comfortable moving about with a ball at their feet.
In the fall each player will be provided a shirt, socks, and a size 3 soccer ball. In the spring, only new players (those that did not play in the fall at GCAA) will be provided a shirt, socks, and size 3 soccer ball.
All kids are required to wear shin guards to every session. Soccer cleats are optional... however, no metal cleats or cleats that have toe-cleats (like baseball cleats) are allowed.
For the 2020 Fall Rec Soccer season U04 division is scheduled to have one academy session a week and two weekend showcases. There will be NO rescheduled academy sessions due to weather. The first academy session for U04 academy will be Monday, February 24th.
The first showcase is scheduled for Saturday, March 28th, time 10:00am at the GCAA complex U15 field. In the event of rain on Saturday the first showcase will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 29th, time TBD also at the GCAA complex on the U15 field. If both Saturday and Sunday are rained out the showcase will not be rescheduled.
The second showcase is scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, time 10:00am at the GCAA complex. In the event of rain on Saturday the second showcase will be rescheduled for Sunday, May 3rd, time TBD, also at the GCAA complex. If both Saturday and Sunday are rained out the showcase will not be rescheduled.
Mondays at 6:00 - 7:00 PM
GCAA - U15 Fields
Practices start February 24th 2020
March 28th at 10:15am at GCAA Complex U8#3
May 2nd at 10:15am at GCAA Complex U8#3
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