Westfield Soccer Association

U8 Spring Academy Pre Travel Program

Players born in 2011

Anyone born in 2011 (current U8 age group) who wants to be considered for an U9 travel team for the Fall of 2019 & Spring of 2020 has to take part in this program. No separate tryouts will be run for this age group to help form the teams.

Program Description:

  • Over the course of the Spring season all participants will go through 2 practice session a week, under the guidance of professional coaches assigned by the WSA who help us run the U8 Pre Travel program / academy.
  • The practice sessions will take place on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The exact times and locations will be confirmed.
  • We do not run tryouts for players in this age group to form U9 travel teams. Tryouts alone do not provide us with enough opportunities to successfully assess & evaluate the capabilities of all the players interested in U9 travel. We, for that reason, run an 8-week program to help us form the U9 travel teams.
  • The pre travel program / U8 academy is led by a program director, who runs an effective curriculum to prepare the players for travel at U9. All players will be evaluated on an ongoing basis by professional coaches working the program.
  • A heavy emphasis is placed on making sure the players enjoy the experience. No matter where players land in the years ahead, we want them all to be eager to attend and leave each session with a smile on their face!
  • Once signed up we do ask players to attend as many practice sessions as they are able to. This to ensure we are able to assess and track a player’s development during the course of this program. Attitude, effort, coach-ability, commitment and the technical development of a player are all part of the evaluation. 

Note that we do understand that the occasional conflict will come up.

  • At the end of the WSA Pre Travel Program / academy all participants are given the opportunity to participate in a 7v7 festival. Players will be assigned to teams to play 4 - 7v7 games spread out over 2 days. All players in the program are automatically signed up to take part in the tournament as it is part of the registration fee for the WSA Pre Travel Program / Academy.
  • We do seek the assistance of volunteers who want to help run the Saturday practice sessions. For more information please see below.

The Spring 2019 schedule for the WSA U8 Pre Travel Program/ Academy (location TBD):

Boys
Fridays 3:45-5:00PM
Saturdays 9:45-11:00AM

Girls
Fridays 5:10-6:25PM
Saturdays 8:25-9:40AM


Volunteer coaches

All travel teams are assigned a volunteer head coach, 1 or 2 assistant coaches and a professional coach. The professional trainer is coach for running the 2 practice sessions scheduled during the week. This pro coach will also attend 3-5 games every season to help both the volunteer coaches out and assess the overall development of the players of the teams they are involved with.  The head and assistant coaches are responsible for running the practice sessions scheduled for the Saturday. The coaching on Sunday is done by the head coach, with the support of the assistant coach. As stated before, the professional coach will attend about half the games during the season and will be a valuable resource for all volunteer coaches.

The WSA is looking for volunteers who want to be considered to become a head/assistant coach, assuming your son or daughter would make a travel team, for a travel team for the 2019-2020 year. Anyone who wants to be considered to be a coach for the 2019-2020 season should step forward during the Spring season. They will be asked to help out during the Pre Travel Program. While helping out they will be provided with valuable information through our program director which can help them gain a better understanding of what it means to be a coach for an U9 travel team.

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U8 SPRING PROGRAM

 

29-Mar

Friday

TBD

30-Mar

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

5-Apr

Friday

TBD

6-Apr

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

12-Apr

Friday

TBD

13-Apr

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

19-Apr

Friday

 

20-Apr

Saturday

 

 

 

 

26-Apr

Friday

TBD

27-Apr

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

3-May

Friday

TBD

4-May

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

10-May

Friday

TBD

11-May

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

17-May

Friday

TBD

18-May

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

24-May

Friday

 

25-May

Saturday

 

 

 

 

31-May

Friday

TBD

1-Jun

Saturday

TBD

 

 

 

8-Jun

Saturday

Pre Travel Tournament - Roosevelt

9-Jun

Sunday

Pre Travel Tournament - Roosevelt