Christiansburg Soccer Club is offering FREE* ACADEMY soccer for players born in 2007 and 2008.
Interested players must be competitive, have an appropriate amount of athleticism, and have the ability to follow coach direction. Specific soccer skills are not a priority.
Please note: This program is only available to players with a 2007 or 2008 birth year. No younger players will be evaluated. Older players must tryout for a travel team. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details on our travel program.
About the Academy Program:
The Academy program is the bridge between recreational play and competitive play and builds the skill foundation necessary to play competitively through high school. The Academy focuses on individual technical skill and gaining a comprehensive understanding of all positions and team play.
Our primary mission for the Academy Program is to provide our high schools (Christiansburg, Auburn, and EastMont) a sufficient number of technically developed and well-rounded soccer players for the Christiansburg and Auburn high school programs, and for EastMont to start their program and become competitive.
Practices and Games:
Players will have two 75 minute practices per week and will play in a variety of game situations throughout the season. The Academy program does not offer a standard eight-week, one game per week schedule. Games will be played on either Saturday or Sunday and may be comprised of intra-squad, friendlies, traditional games, festivals, and tournaments.
The program will be FREE for the fall for eligible players if you meet the following requirements:
- live in the Christiansburg, Auburn, or EastMont school district AND
- attend the Montgomery County Public Schools at Auburn Elem, Belview Elementary, Christiansburg Elementary, Christiansburg Primary, EastMont Elementary, or Falling Branch Elementary AND
- your player is accepted after a soccer evaluation.
If you meet these requirements and have already registered for the fall season, then your season fee of $50 will be refunded.
The program will be $100 for the fall for eligible players if you:
- if you live outside the specified areas, OR
- do not attend one of the listed schools, BUT
- have been accepted after a soccer evaluation
If your player is already signed up for Academy as of May 31, 2016, then your fee will remain at $50 for fall.
We will evaluate the success of the fall program to see if we can continue to offer it for free for eligible players for the spring.
How to Register:
Interested players must pre-register for evaluations. There is no fee at the time of pre-registration.
To register, visit our website at http://www.csoccer.org. Click on Register along the top left, then log into our account. On your account home page you will see New Program Available next to your player’s name. Click on that and select the 2016 Fall Travel & Academy Program. Complete the registration. You will receive a confirmation email once the registration is completed.
Registration is open now and through June 20th.
Unlike the rec program that accepts all players, the Academy program conducts evaluations to ensure that all registered players are appropriate for the program. This is not a tryout, simply a way for coaches to make sure that your player exhibits the basic requirements to participate in the program.
Evaluations will be held in early August for any new 2008 or 2007 boys and for all 2008 and 2007 girls. Boys 2008 or 2007 that have already been evaluated and offered a position within the program DO NOT need to be re-evaluated.
CSC will accept the appropriate number of players based on coaching resources and team size limitations for each age group. Our goal is to accept as many interested players as possible.
Additional Program Details:
TRAVEL: Academy players will not travel more than 40 minutes away for games UNLESS parents agree that they want their child to participate. Festivals and tournaments may be further away, however multiple games are played in each which offsets the travel burden. Traditionally, our academy teams travel once per season to Lynchburg and Martinsville for festivals.
TIME COMMITMENT: Academy practices two times per week, with each practice being 75 minutes, rather than one time per week for the rec players at that age level. That is not too much of a burden when considering that Football and Cheerleading often practice 4-5 times per week.
PRACTICE COMMITMENT: a) Players must attend practices – each practice is 75 minutes; b) have their own soccer ball and water and shin guards for each practice; c) must be respectful and responsive to the coaches; d) must not be disruptive to other players; and e) must demonstrate progress through the season.
GAMES: Academy is different from rec. There will NOT be a game each Saturday. Some weekends will be free; some will have multiple festival games; rather than games vs. other opponents, CSC may create smaller competitions to further focus on the developmental foundations of soccer. CSC will be following the guidelines of United States Youth Soccer and Virginia Youth Soccer to make sure that the kids develop their skills.
PARENT COMMITMENT: All players are required to attend both practices each week and all scheduled games/activities. Players need to arrive on the field for practices ready to begin and at the game field at the coach designated times. Any scheduling issues need to be sent to your team manager. There will be one parent meeting per season. At least one parent from each household must attend.
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED: As long as your child is familiar with soccer and displays an appropriate level of athleticism and direction-following, then that is all we are looking for. We are confident that the players will improve if they follow through with the practice commitment.