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What is Academy? 

SCOR's Academy is a supplemental developmental program for young players, ages 7-11 which employs certified professional coaches as instructors.  The Academy provides an environment in which skill development, individual initiative, creativity, risk-taking, experimentation, and individual tactical understanding are emphasized over learning positions, systems of play, and league results.  

The SCOR Academy has five levels:

1. Academy 7 (born in 2010)

2. Academy 8 (born in 2009)

3. Academy 9 (born in 2008 or 2009)

4. Academy 10 (born in 2007)

5. Academy 11 (born in 2006)

 

Academy 7 and Academy 8 programs are integrated with SCOR’s House program.  Each player enrolled in a SCOR Academy 7 or 8 program will be automatically registered as a player on a 1st or 2nd Grade Division House team, respectively. 7 year-olds will train with Academy 7 professional coaches and their peers on Mondays and then play games with their 1st Grade House team on Saturdays.  8 year-olds will train with Academy 8 professional coaches and their peers on Mondays, then train with their 2nd Grade House team once per week (typically on a Wednesday or Friday), and then play games with their 2nd Grade House team on Saturdays.

Academy 9 is a full immersion program open to 8 and 9 year old players.  Academy 9 players train with Academy 9 professional coaches and their peers twice a week on Wednesdays and Fridays and then play on Saturdays on an Academy team in a SCOR-only Academy League, all under the supervision and direction of the SCOR Coaching Director and the Academy professional coaching staff.  Academy 9 provides a highly competitive environment designed to prepare players for Travel, Premier and high school soccer.

Academy 10 and Academy 11 programs are integrated with SCOR’s House program.  Each player enrolled in a SCOR Academy 10 or 11 program will be automatically registered as a player on the same 3/4th or 5/6th Grade Division House team, respectively. 10 year-olds will train with Academy 10 professional coaches and their peers on Wednesdays and Fridays and then play games with their  3/4th Grade House team on Saturdays.  11 year-olds will train with Academy 11 professional coaches and their peers on Wednesdays and Fridays and then play games with their 5/6th Grade House team on Saturdays.

Academy 9, 10 and 11 teams have a designated coach at practice sessions to enable coaches to know their players better and provide the greater individual feedback that parents seek. 

 

Academy 7 (born in 2010)

Emphasis is on individual skill development and introduction to spatial awareness

Content comprised of weekly training with Academy players, directed by Academy coaches

In addition to the Academy 7 training sessions on Mondays, players play weekly games as members of a First Grade Division House team
 

Academy 8 (born in 2009)

Emphasis is on individual skill development and individual and group tactical development

Content comprised of weekly training with Academy players, directed by Academy coaches

In addition to the Academy 8 training sessions on Mondays, players participate in:

- Weekly training as members of a Second Grade Division House Team

- Weekly games as members of a Second Grade Division House team
 

Academy 9 (born in 2008 or 2009)

Emphasis is on individual skill development, individual and group tactical understanding, and preparation for Travel or Premier soccer. Content comprised of Twice weekly Academy training, directed by Academy coaches

In addition to the Academy 9 training sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays, players participate in weekly games in SCOR's own Academy League.

Academy 10 (born in 2007)

Emphasis is on individual ball skill and tactical insight development with intent to prepare players for Travel soccer.  Season content comprised of weekly team training sessions under the direction and guidance of a professional coach.

 
In addition to the Academy 10 training sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays, players participate in weekly games as members of a 3/4th Grade Division House team.  Please note that 3/4th Grade Division House teams participate in RecPlus which requires some game day travel. 

Academy 11 (born in 2006)

Emphasis is on individual ball skill and tactical insight development with intent to prepare players for Travel soccer.  Season content comprised of weekly team training sessions under the direction and guidance of a professional coach.

 
In addition to the Academy 11 training sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays, players participate in weekly games as members of a 5/6th Grade Division House team.  Please note that 5/6th Grade Division House teams participate in RecPlus which requires some game day travel.

Tryouts

There will be NO tryouts for the SCOR Academy Program. All age appropriate players willing to make the commitment are welcome to participate in the program. Experience from prior season and/or preseason practice will assist the professional staff with placing the players on equally balanced teams within their gender league.

Safety

All players must wear proper equipment including soccer cleats (no football or baseball which have a toe cleat) and properly sized shin guards. No jewelry is permitted; earrings are not allowed to be taped and must be removed for practice and play. The only exceptions are medical bracelets and necklaces which are required for player safety. In these cases, the bracelet or necklace must be secured (taped) to prevent injuries. Please see the SCOR No Jewelry Policy for full details.

Uniform 

All participants in the Academy 9, Academy 10 and Academy 11 programs will be required to purchase a uniform kit (2 game jerseys, practice jersey, shorts, 2 socks), approximately $95. The uniform is used throughout Academy and Travel and will only have to be repurchased when the player grows out of it or in the event that SCOR changes the uniform style. Uniforms are purchased exclusively at Soccer & Rugby Imports. Players in Academy 7 and 8 will be provided with SCOR t-shirts for practice and play.

 
Additional information about the Academy program can be found here in our e-brochure:
 
More information about options for 3rd graders can be found here:
 
More information about options for 2nd graders can be found here:
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