SKY SC Pre Academy (U9-U12)
This program is designed for boys and girls in the U9-U12 age groups who desire an increased level of training and more competitive playing environment. Our players come from the Western KY area to take advantage of the training offered to SKY Pre Academy teams. Our certified professional coaching and training staff is proud of its playing history and coaching education. The SKY Pre Academy was designed to enhance our young player’s ability and comfort on the ball through repetitive technical training. Our focus is to develop a love for the game, as well as laying the foundation for players to be successful in using the four pillars of the game (technical, tactical, mental, and physical). We will provide a fun atmosphere for players to learn while gaining confidence in their ability with the ball at their feet.
Teams train twice weekly and compete in the local leagues and local tournaments. At U12 we may send our SKY Pre Academy to one longer distance tournament depending on the level of play. Additionally, teams will participate in the State Soccer Village Cup in the U11-U12 age groups.
SKY Pre Academy expects players who represent the club to maintain high standards of personal behavior both on and off the field. We place great importance in preparing players for next phase of the program with the SKY Academy teams. We look to parents to ensure that their SKY Pre Academy players reach games and practices on time, attend whenever possible with a positive attitude, and participate in the volunteering to help the club in some capacity.
The U.S. Youth Soccer Association groups players into competitive age groups. Age groups will be based on a player’s birth year. The Executive Director of Coaching will make all decisions on player movement or whether players play up on an older team. In these ages, players develop at different speeds so we may train players up in older ages to help foster the overall development.
Competitive soccer teams play for two seasons, fall and spring, which make up one seasonal year. For U9-U12 players, this comprises the fall and the spring season. Fall training begins in August and should run until October. The Spring Season will begin in March and run until the end of May. Additional opportunities for indoor play are available in the Winter months, and players are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities.
U9-U12 Program Commitment
The training environment is where the players will grow in their technique and it is vital that they attend all training sessions. Occasionally, conflicts arise in which the participant cannot attend a practice.
By accepting a place on a SKY Pre Academy team roster, a player commits to play the full seasonal year, June through May. Other activities (music lessons, other sports, homework, vacations, etc.) should be considered before committing to competitive programs to avoid significant interruption of the required practice and game schedule.
Evaluations for U9-U12 teams are held in May/June each year for the coming soccer seasonal year. It is imperative that players attend tryouts for the SKY Pre Academy Program. Recreational players can join SKY Pre Academy at any time during the year. As long as you are not registered with another club you are free to tryout for the SKY Pre Academy Program. Players registered with another travel club through KYSA or TSSA must obtain a release from their current club before any discussions about playing opportunities can be held.
During the tryout period, your child will be evaluated by the coaching staff in various group activities. The staff will evaluate players based on technical ability, tactical understanding, physical ability, and mental concepts of the game. This criterion is evaluated along with consideration as to how and where that individual’s ability will best fit in order to foster continued learning, improvement and further a competitively challenged environment. Once this is determined over the course of the tryouts, your child may be offered a position with a team. The offering of positions on teams begins immediately following the completion of tryouts. Be prepared with decision options upon be contacted by the coaching staff.