Excel Bridge to Academy
Age: U7-U8 Price: $185 per season (Uniform = $25)
Fall 2014 Open Session: November 4, 2014
What is the Excel Bridge to Academy?
The Excel Bridge to Academy bridges the gap between Griffin Youth Recreational Soccer and Excel Futbol Academy. The Excel Bridge to Academy replaces recreational participation. They will train twice a week with the Excel Staff, plus have the chance to attend extra technical sessions. All games will be within the Excel Bridge Structure.
Who can participate?
- U8: 8/1/06 (8/1/06 - 7/31/07)
- U7: 8/1/07 (8/1/07 - 7/31/08)
- U6: 8/1/08 (8/1/08 - 7/31/09)
When does the season start?
- Spring 2015 training – 1st or 2nd week of February
- Spring Game-Day – first weekend of March
Excel Bridge to Academy training would consist of what aspects?
The program will emphasize individual skills and small group play, which are essential for good personal and team performance. Technical and tactical foundations of the game will be taught and tested in more competitive game situations. Training topics will focus on dribbling, receiving, passing, ball striking, and principles of attacking and defending, as well as a continued effort to expand each players own coordination, balance, body movement and confidence.
What are Game-days like?
Games played in-house will consist of 3v3-6v6 format. The game is another aspect of training. Every couple of weeks the game itself will change. The game changes will allow the development of the player’s technical ability, spatial awareness, and problem solving skills. Out-of-house Games will be played against other local clubs. Competition is natural within passionate and serious players. All the games will emphasis development and effort.
Tentative Fall 2013 Game-Day Schedule
Date Game Format Location
- September 7 U8 Rec Rules Tyus Park
- September 14 U8 Rec Rules Tyus Park
- September 21 U8 Rec Rules Tyus Park
- September 28 4 Goals Tyus Park
- October 5 4 Goals Tyus Park
- October 12 3v3/ 4v4 tour. Tyus Park (Start of Fall break)
- October 19 Fall Break
- October 26 Out-of-house Columbus Redstar (Away)
- November 2 Out-of-house Columbus Redstar (Home)
More game – day opportunities are available due to performance and participation. U9 Academy Games, tournaments, scrimmages, etc……
Player/ Parent Expectations
Player commitment will rely on the parent’s commitment. A player cannot improve if they do not make training sessions. Lack of training sessions will result in a player not being able to play games. Players will be given responsibility for their actions and their soccer. That includes being prepared for games and training with proper equipment and gear. The Excel Bridge program creates an environment to allow the child to grow as much as possible at the child’s own speed.
At practice, parents can observe the training sessions, but we detach the child from the parents so that they can learn and solve problems on their own. Game-days we want to hear encouraging cheers for the kids play on the field. What we do not tolerate is the “Joystick Coach”. Our trainers do not coach that way and we request that you do not do that to any of the players.
Please, enjoy watching your child grow up. You don’t get to see them learn and grow in a classroom. In a way now, you get that opportunity if you allow it.
Excel Bridge to Academy Staff
Adam Greene Director of Coaching/ Trainer firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette White Excel Bridge Manager email@example.com
Our staff is a professional and licensed group of soccer experienced coaches.