ACADEMY FAQS

What is the Academy? 

This is a program designed for boys and girls between 5-9 years of age with an emphasis on development.  Our full time Director and paid staff coaches strive to create the most optimal training environment for each child's technical development.

How much are the Academy fees?

The Academy fees for U6-U8 is $350/season and $325 with the early bird discount. If you register for both Fall and Spring in the early bird time period it's $650

The Academy fees for U9** is $380/season and $355 with the early bird discount. If you register for both Fall and Spring in the early bird time period it's $710

**This increase fees for the U9s is a result of attending festivals and tournaments throughout the year.  The additional fees will go towards festival/tournament fees, coaches travel, and admin.

When does the Academy begin?**

Spring Academy begins training on Monday, February 6th. 

What ages is the Academy?

The Academy is boys and girls U6*, U8, and U9. *we do accept some U5 players in the Academy; however, this is dependent on their training maturity and physical ability.

Where will training and games takes place?  

We now have three convenient training location in the Greater Baton Rouge Area.

  • Burbank Soccer Complex (Field 20)
  • Independence Park- Mid City (Field 8A - lighted side at corner of E. Airport and Goodwood)
All Intra-Squad Games will be played Saturday mornings 8:00-10:30am Burbank Field 20.

Where is BB20? 

Field 20 is at the back of the Burbank Complex near the pavilion in the rear of the park. http://brsoccer.org/fields

What days and times does Academy Train? 

  • Burbank Training: The Girls U6-U9 Academy trains Mondays and Wednesdays 5:00-6:30pm. Boys Academy U7-U8 Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm. Boys Academy U9 5:00-6:30pm.
  • Independence Park: Girls and Boys U6-U9 5:00-6:30pm on Monday and Wednesday.

Do the Academy players have games? 

Yes, all academy players will participate in Intra-Squad Games. (ISG) that will be played on Saturday mornings 8:00am-10:30am.

What are ISGs? 

These games are played on Saturday mornings in either the 8:00-9:15 or 9:20-10:30 time slots. These games are Small Sided where we can manipulate the number of players, size of field, and conditions/restrictions of the games in order to highlight the Principles of Play that we want to focus on.

Small Sided Games…Why?

1. Because we want our young soccer players to touch the soccer ball more often and become more skillful with it! (Individual technical development)
2. Because we want our young soccer players to make more, less-complicated decisions during the game! (Tactical development)
3. Because we want our young soccer players to be more physically efficient in the field space they are playing in! (Reduced field size)
4. Because we want our young soccer players to have more individual teaching time with the coach! Less players on the field and less players on the team will guarantee this! (Need to feel worthy and need to feel important)
5. Because we want our young soccer players to have more, involved playing time in the game! (More opportunity to solve problems that only the game presents)
6. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunity to play on both sides of the ball! (More exposure to attacking and defending situations)
7. Because we want our young soccer players to have more opportunities to score goals! (Pure excitement)

What is a Play Day?

This is a collaborative effort with Mandeville and Cajun Soccer Club in order to bring local Academy type programs together for competition.

Why are the Play Days only for U9s?

We are using these play days as a stepping stone for the U10 program. There is little travel involved with an opportunity for the directors of the programs to control the level of competition for each of the teams/pools.

What is the difference between Play Days and Festivals? 

Festivals are more like informal tournament play. Again they are a collaborative effort with MSC and CSC; however, they are open to all programs in the area that would be interested in attending. All games will be round robin play with no playoffs.

What uniform does my child need and when do they wear their uniforms?

The Academy uniform is an all black kit Jersey, Shorts, and Socks. You can pick this kit up at Third Coast Soccer Store.

If we already have black shorts and socks do we need to buy new ones? 

No, the only requirement is that your child has Academy jersey and any black short and socks.

What items should my child bring to training?

Mature attitude ready to train hard, Academy Uniform, Cleats, Shinguards, Water, and Properly Inflated BALL!

When does Academy end? 

The last weekend of Academy is April 8th but this can also be dependent on the number of rain-outs we have.

Are rained out sessions made up? 

While BRSC has little control over the day to day weather and we have no official policy regarding makeup sessions we do strive hard to make arrangements for either makeup options or moving the session indoors. We want our players training and playing; therefore, we do our best to accommodate but again... We can't control the storms/rainfall and with limited indoor options it can become challenging for us to make up every missed session.

What are training pools? 

All players in the Academy will train in Pools instead of "teams". These pools will be either tiered or parity. Players will move from pool to pool depending on what we are covering in the Player Pathway. All professional coaches will work with every pool on the Academy... Ensuring that every player receives all that each coach has to offer.

What is the difference between tiered pools and parity pools?

Tiered means that we will place players in pools based on ability. All Players will be evaluated on Technical Ability, Physical Presence, Training Maturity, Game Intelligence. Pools comprised of players with similar ability.

Parity means that our pools will be comprised of players of all levels. Mixed ability within each of the pools.

Over the last year we have witnessed positives from both tiered and parity training /games depending on what we are covering in the Player Pathway.

What is a Player Pathway? 

The Academy Player Pathway highlights what our players learn in each age groups specifically with in the five pillars if the game: technical, principles of play, physical, and psychological, and social.

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