Our SUSA Juniors program is for U7 and U8 Developmental pre travel players. It is a professionally trained and coached program, with a focus based on building strong individual player foundations so players can move into our premier and competitive travel program at U9.
We base our training around player development and principles of the game. We form teams from our pool of Developmental Academy Players.
Our U7 age group train within their respective player pool, and play games in-house (no travel). If we feel a player needs to be challenged we will hand pick players to play up an age group. These decisions are made by our Director of Coaching (“DOC”) and club coaching staff.
Our U8 age group play in a Fall / Spring development league (local travel), playing weekend games against teams from other towns. During the winter we place teams in indoor leagues, and/or the option to play 1 or 2 indoor tournaments over the winter. We typically play a Fall tournament over Columbus Day weekend. The Spring tournament is usually Memorial Day weekend or Father’s Day weekend.
We rely on our parent volunteers to help organize and manage the teams. Please let us know if you are interested in volunteering to help.
Why It Works!
The program is designed to rapidly improve the player’s deceptive ability on the ball and make him or her a more creative player. This is done through the combination of 5 different elements of learning: demonstration, repetition, correction, reinforcement, and experimentation. Each of the elements come into play within the program. The program is divided into Three separate but related segments of activity with a logical progression:
The warm-up fun soccer game
Turns, moves, fakes in 1v1, 2v1, 2v2 and shooting
Micro-Soccer. Small sided Soccer games (3v3 or 4v4)
During the skill reps segments a player will touch the ball constructively over 1,000 times in 50 minutes! That’s a lot of work on the ball in a short period of time. Now contrast that with this: did you know that if you were to play one, 40 minute league game per week, and you were fortunate enough to be on a team with just enough players to have two lines and a keeper (most teams have more), you would actually be playing only 20 minutes of soccer (half a game) each week? And of those 20 minutes you would be touching the ball for less than 1 1/2 minutes. For the week! Even if you’re playing twice a week in leagues, you’re still only on the ball for less than 3 minutes a week! That’s not enough time to increase your comfort level on the ball.
Small-sided games are the best way for players to combine nearly all elements of the game. The fewer the players, the more game-conditioned touches. And you get these multiple touches in a live environment with the addition of tactical applications, (Must do a fake on every possession). This is where the most fun is.
Striving for Mastery
The whole purpose of the program is to develop brilliance on the ball. Some players get more out of the program than others because they strive for mastery. It’s been said that you can never really master the ball. Perhaps not, but it sure is fun trying!