The Building Blocks for a Lifetime of Loving Soccer
Academy Soccer is a fun introduction to the game of soccer
Junior Academy is designed to be fun and interactive. We utilize unique games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. Our goal is to cultivate a love of the game at an early age.
Senior Academy while similar to the Junior Academy with the use of fun games focuses on the individual skills, and introducing small sided games. The Senior Academy helps prepare players for healthy competition at older age groups.
SMALL-SIDED GAMES CHART
Small-sided standards are youth games played with less than 11 players on each team. Playing with less players on the field means that players are constantly involved in play and provided with more opportunities for touches on the ball and overall player development. Not only are there fewer players, but small-sided games also use smaller fields, goals and balls, shorter game times and some different rules to optimize the game for younger players.
Academy Soccer: A Foundational Philosophy
Academy soccer at its core is built on the joy that comes from the game. It is made to be enjoyable and fun. Players are encouraged to work hard, play fairly, enjoy the process of achieving individual ball mastery, practice with imagination and creativity without fear. They also need to learn to cooperate with teammates in practice and game scenarios whilst respecting opponents and officials.
Each level gradually increases the emphasis of these elements. Our youngest academy groups are building skills through fun games that focus on a new concept each week. Our older groups are building toward developing individually while working as a team in a more game like and tactical focused training.
Players should be competitive but understand that development is placed above winning during the academy stages. Our staff works to ensure players don’t fear failure, but instead use it as a platform to build up players into strong, confident players and people.
Director of Academy Soccer
I’ve considered myself a lover and student of the game since as long as I can remember. As a player, I enjoyed leading my teams at the club and high school levels, and reached the pinnacle of my playing career at La Salle University, playing Div I soccer in the Atlantic 10 Conference. I continued to enjoy playing soccer at the club and recreational level in Baltimore City after my college career.
I have enjoyed coaching just as much as playing soccer throughout my career. I coached soccer camps for many years in South Jersey, eventually rising to Director of the Junior Soccer Academy at Richard Stockton College of NJ in the late 1990s-2004. I cultivated my expertise in coaching instructional soccer for players 3-10yo. My focus is first on fun instruction, fostering a love and interest for the game.
Most recently, I have enjoyed the opportunity to coach the youths of the LOUYAA area, by volunteering to coach my own children. My eldest is 6yo, entering his 4th season with LOUYAA. In the fall of 2016, I enjoyed coaching both my son in U6 and my daughter in U4, and starting them on their own soccer journeys.