Classics Eagles

U8-U10 Program Details

The Classics Eagles U8-10 Youth Development Academy is based in the Olentangy community.


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The main goal and mission for the Classics Eagles Youth Development Academy is to enhance the individual player’s ability to manipulate and control the soccer ball. The program aims to do so by creating a fun, competitive and learning based atmosphere. Players are encouraged to take risks and learn how to improve their ability to move the soccer ball through failure as well as success. Having young players fail at something is okay, as it creates an environment for them that allows them to make adjustments to what they are working on in order to make it better the next time. Players in the YDA should be coming to do three things at each training session as well as game

 

  1. Compete – players that compete with one another create a better environment for skill as well as accountability.
  2. Improve – players are informed of what is being focused on for both training and games so that they are aware of how they should be playing and why. This way, the players have more ‘tools’ in their arsenal.
  3. Have fun – in order for players to get the most out of the game, they must enjoy the game and all parts of it. A player’s attitude and effort are always, 100% in their control. When players play with both a good attitude and effort towards what they are doing, their abilities are much more likely to improve.

 

U8 (2010)

Because the U8 age group is the introduction to the YDA, the focus of the program should be of the individual’s experience over the “team” experience. This is the beginning stage of their soccer careers. In the U8 age group within the YDA, players that make the program at tryouts are placed into a “pool” instead of teams. A “pool” is simply a group of players that have ability to move from group to group to best suit the developmental needs of the player. When players are placed onto “strategic” teams, that movement does not occur and a young player’s abilities can have limitations because they may be able to “lean” on a teammate’s skill, which they themselves might not have. By placing the players into a “pool”, the players get to play with different players so that they can have a better understanding of the club culture and help their social skills because they are interacting with more players. Within this “pool”, players are placed into specific groups for training and games. These groups are adjusted to be based on players with similar abilities of the game, both technically (control of ball) and tactically (understanding of game). Because the program is not a fixed roster, players can move between groups if another group of players is a better suit for that player’s development.

 

Important Programming Expectations –

  • Compete in Ohio Player Development Platform (OPDP) that allows fluid rosters to allow for developmental focused type of competitions.
  • OPDP events are local to the Columbus area and are weekend events where all of the participating clubs come out to hold “event” like games in one location.
  • Clubs participating in OPDP: Classics Eagles, Crew Juniors, Ohio Premier, Worthington United, Pride FC and Gahanna New Albany Revolution
  • Multiple playing formats (4v4, 5v5 and/or 7v7) – TBD. Based on what is developmentally appropriate for players.
  • Training groups are made based on ability as well as developmental needs for the group
  • Players are made into game “groups” for OPDP weekend events. Groups are made to best fit competition as well as developmental level for players. If the matchup allows for us to move players around, then we will do so.
  • Because it is a “pool” style, staff have the flexibility to move players between groups, both in training and for their games. This is not a week – to – week movement, but rather for what is best for that individual player.

 

Tryout Expectations-

  • Tryout format is ran like a U8 training session.
  • 1 player, 1 soccer ball, dribbling, creating space for themselves while working on “skill – moves”
  • Players are then ran through next activity, which usually adds to initial skills being performed, by introducing opposition.
  • Then players play small – sided games, where both opposition, as well as teammate(s) are introduced to provide decision making opportunity for the player on the ball.
  • Coaches assess players on specific categories.
  • Technical – ability to control the ball
  • Tactical – ability to read the game and make decisions
  • Physical – ability to control body
  • Psychological - ability to work with others and how they react to certain situations
  • Selected for the entire 2017/18 season
  • Families to be notified of acceptance by the weekend following week of tryouts (usually Sunday afternoon)
  • Players are placed into “pools”, which allows players to move between groups instead of strategic teams.

 

 

Fall and Spring Seasons

 

  • In – House Scrimmages to kick off season before league or tournament play (usually in fall, not in spring)
  • 6-8 Ohio Player Development Program (OPDP) game event weekends, with at least 1 game per event.
  • 2, 75 minute training sessions a week, led by Professional Coaching Staff
  • Bi – weekly focus on each topic of curriculum of “5 Pillars of Attack” focused training sessions (Penetration, Support, Mobility, Width and Creativity), as well as CE’s “Target Competencies”
  • Target Competencies - are technical and tactical skill-sets focused for what each academy age group needs to be prepared for the next CE Academy (core – curriculum)
  • Entire age group trains at same time and at same location to enhance academy feel
  • Coaches rotate between training and game groups to allow players to understand how to play in different ways. The entire age group hears the same voice to assist players in knowing what to expect.

 

Winter Season

 

  • 1 session a week for 75 minutes at indoor facility at SuperKick for 10 weeks.
  • Age group training to enhance Academy feel.
  • Players are placed in “ability – based” groups
  • Coaches rotate between groups
  • Revisit of curriculum from fall, “5 Pillars of Attacking” with bi-weekly focus on each topic.

 

U9 (2009)

 

For the U9 age group, players are in their 2nd year of the YDA Program. This part of the program is designed to enhance the player’s initial stage of the program, where the individual’s ability to manipulate and control the soccer ball is the focus. At this point, it is important for the players to be challenged in ways that are appropriate for their development. In order to do so, the program is what we call a “hybrid”, which implements aspects of both the “pool” placement as well as “team” placement, where the players will experience both throughout the year. We recognize that the individual’s ability to control the ball is still the main focal point, but as they grow, the game does as well. The field becomes larger and the number of players increase. In order for players to have a positive effect on the game, they must be able to be competent with the ball, but also in their understanding of how the game works. By placing players with similar abilities, it allows for those players to understand where they are, developmentally and so that they can improve their game to the atmosphere that best suits them to do so. As those players are becoming more confident in their individual abilities, it is important to nurture that by placing players together so that they can move on in their development where aspects such as “tactical awareness” (passing, moving off the ball, combinations, game savvy, etc.) begins to take shape.

 

Important Programming Expectations

 

  • ·Players are chosen onto specific “team” within in age group for entire year 2017/18
  • Compete in Ohio Player Development Platform (OPDP) that allows fluid rosters to allow for developmental focused type of competitions.
  • Clubs participating in OPDP: Classics Eagles, Crew Juniors, Ohio Premier, Worthington United, Pride FC and Gahanna New Albany Revolution
  • Training groups are made based on focus for particular session – “team”, “attacking focus”, “technical focus”
  • Players compete within their “team” for OPDP and Tournament weekend events.
  • Because of OPDP allows for fluid rosters, we still have the flexibility for players to “guest” play with other CE “teams” if we feel the need to do so.
  • Guest playing opportunities are not guaranteed, but rather at the staff’s discretion. If a “team” is down a player, then the staff may ask a player from another “team” to guest play.



Tryout Expectations 

 

  • Tryout format is ran like a U9 training session.
  • 1 player, 1 soccer ball, dribbling, creating space for themselves while working on “skill – moves”
  • Players are then ran through next activity, which usually adds to initial skills being performed, by introducing opposition.
  • Then players play small – sided games, where both opposition, as well as teammate(s) are introduced to provide decision making opportunity for the player on the ball.
  • Coaches assess players on specific categories.
  • Technical – ability to control the ball
  • Tactical – ability to read the game and make decisions
  • Physical – ability to control body
  • Psychological - ability to work with others and how they react to certain situations
  • Players that are chosen (U9 Premier Program) for the year, 2017/18 are placed on “teams”
  • Teams are based on ability and are described as “Red (top), Black (middle) and Gold (lower)”. Depending on number of players chosen, a second team of that “color” may be made, i.e. “Red – 2”
  • Families to be notified of acceptance by the weekend following week of tryouts (usually Sunday afternoon)

 

Fall and Spring Seasons

  • In – House Scrimmages to kick off season before league or tournament play (usually in fall, not in spring)
  • 6-8 OPDP game event weekends, with at least 1 game per event.
  • OPDP events are local to the Columbus area and are weekend events where all of the participating clubs come out to hold “event” like games in one location.
  • 1 In-town Tournament per season (1 in fall and 1 in spring)
  • 3 training sessions a week, led by Professional Staff: 1 – 90 minute “team” training    1 – 90 minute “academy” training  1 – 60 minute “technical/ play-day” training
  • Bi – weekly focus on each topic of curriculum of “5 Pillars of Attack” focused training sessions (Penetration, Support, Mobility, Width and Creativity), as well as CE’s “Target Competencies”
  • Target Competencies are technical and tactical skill-sets focused for what each academy age group needs to be prepared for the next CE Academy (core – curriculum)
  • Entire age group trains at same time and at same location to enhance academy feel

 

Winter Season

  • 1, 75 minute session a week inside our indoor facility at SuperKick for 10 weeks.
  • Age group training to enhance Academy feel.
  • Players are placed into “ability – based” groups
  • Coaches rotate between groups
  • Revisit of curriculum from fall, “5 Pillars of Attacking” with bi-weekly focus on each topic.

 

U10 (2008)

For the U10 age group, players are in their 3rd and final year of the YDA. The final year of the program enhances the skill-sets learned from the previous two years, along with preparing the players for the next Academy, Premier Development Academy. The U10 program continues with the “hybrid” approach, where players experience both the “pool” as well as “team” based environment. Players should still be part of the Academy culture, to be able to play with different players as well as compete and be challenged in a developmentally appropriate environment. It is important for the players to build on their foundation of skills so that they are able to compete at a high level. Players will be challenged to perform those skills more efficiently and in different ways, so that they can become more competent players as the game progresses closer to the finished product, 11v11.  

 

Important Programming Expectations –

 

  • Players are chosen onto specific “team” within in age group for entire year 2017/18
  • Compete in Ohio Player Development Platform (OPDP) that allows fluid rosters to allow for developmental focused type of competitions.
  • Clubs participating in OPDP: Classics Eagles, Crew Juniors, Ohio Premier, Worthington United, Pride FC and Gahanna New Albany Revolution
  • Training groups are made based on focus for particular session – “team”, “attacking focus”, “technical focus”
  • Players compete within their “team” for OPDP and Tournament weekend events.
  • OPDP allows for fluid rosters, we still have the flexibility for players to “guest” play with other CE “teams” if we feel the need to do so.
  • Guest playing opportunities are not guaranteed, but rather at the staff’s discretion. If a “team” is down a player, then the staff may ask a player from another “team” to guest play.

 

Tryout Expectations –

 

  • Tryout format is ran like a U10 training session.
  • 1 player, 1 soccer ball, dribbling, creating space for themselves while working on “skill – moves”
  • Players are then ran through next activity, which usually adds to initial skills being performed, by introducing opposition.
  • Then players play small – sided games, where both opposition, as well as teammate(s) are introduced to provide decision making opportunity for the player on the ball.
  • Coaches assess players on specific categories.
  • Technical – ability to control the ball
  • Tactical – ability to read the game and make decisions
  • Physical – ability to control body
  • Psychological - ability to work with others and how they react to certain situations
  • Players that are chosen (U10 Premier Program) for the year, 2017/18 are placed on “teams”
  • Teams are based on ability and are described as “Red (top), Black (middle) and Gold (lower)”. Depending on number of players chosen, a second team of that “color” may be made, i.e. “Red – 2”
  • Families to be notified of acceptance by the weekend following week of tryouts (usually Sunday afternoon)

 

Fall and Spring Seasons–

 

  • In – House Scrimmages to kick off season before league or tournament play (usually in fall, not in spring)
  • 6-8 OPDP game event weekends, with at least 1 game per event.
  • OPDP events are local to the Columbus area and are weekend events where all of the participating clubs come out to hold “event” like games in one location.
  • 4 Tournaments total (1 Out of town in fall, 1 in – town in fall and 2 in – town in spring)
  • 3 training sessions a week, led by Professional Staff.
  • 1 – 90 minute “team” training
  • 1 – 90 minute “academy” training
  • 1 – 60 minute “technical/ play-day” training
  • Bi – weekly focus on each topic of curriculum of “5 Pillars of Attack” focused training sessions (Penetration, Support, Mobility, Width and Creativity), as well as CE’s “Target Competencies”
  • Target Competencies are technical and tactical skill-sets focused for what each academy age group needs to be prepared for the next CE Academy (core – curriculum)
  • Entire age group trains at same time and at same location to enhance academy feel

 

 

Winter Season –

 

  • 1, 75 minute session a week inside our indoor facility at SuperKick for 10 weeks.
  • Age group training to enhance Academy feel.
    Players are placed into “ability – based” groups
  • Coaches rotate between groups
  • Revisit of curriculum from fall, “5 Pillars of Attacking” with bi-weekly focus on each topic.




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