2016 – 2017
Junior Academy Program Overview
U9-U12 Boys & Girls
IESA - Junior Academy Program
Ambition. Passion. Excellence.
The Goal of IESA’s Junior Academy Program is to provide an ENJOYABLE atmosphere, where each player can be challenged and DEVELOP their TECHNICAL skills but also develop a LOVE of the game of SOCCER.
IESA's Junior Academy Program is designed to support and guide players who wish to make the transition from recreational to competitive soccer. The program is designed for that recreational player who has a strong desire to increase those technical skills while also learning more about the tactical aspects of the game.
The most important aspect of IESA's Junior Academy Program is training. Technical and tactical training is provided 3 times per week in 1.5-hour sessions by our professional coaches (2 mandatory team practices with coaches and an optional but recommended skills/finishing session). In addition, players are encouraged to work at home on basic technical skills such as juggling, receiving, passing, etc.
It is important that the player understands that a commitment to practice will help the player to reach their goals. As in our Travel Program, the team’s coach gives each player a written individual assessment.
Commitments August – May (10 months)
Financial obligations to IESA are non-refundable for the 10 month commitment
Upon accepting the position offered on a Junior Academy team, the parents are responsible for the following:
v Junior Academy Program IESA Club Fee $600 per year:
Ø $200 required within 48 hours of team posting.
Ø Remaining $400 can be paid in full (July discount) or 8 installments of $50 (August thru April).
v Team Fees are in addition to the IESA Club Fee. This pays for tournament application fees, coach’s travel expenses and other team expenses. These vary based on the number of tournaments the team attends and the cost is split amongst all the team players.
v Uniform Cost (Year 1 of 3-year cycle) approx. $150
v Players and their families are responsible for their own travel costs.
Arrive on time for practice
Attend practice and make-up practice
Attend tournaments and games
Attend skills sessions and goalie training (if applicable)
Practice at home on basic technical skills
Parents are asked to support their coach and the Junior Academy Program by ensuring their child attends training as listed on their schedules.
Parents are asked to represent IESA in a positive manner with correct sideline behavior and to set a good example for their player
Junior Academy parents will be asked to volunteer for team and tournament duties. Your support is needed at all IESA functions throughout the year.
Joining a Team:
Players interested in joining the IESA Junior Academy Program must be evaluated every year to determine pool placement.
Current recreation players will be evaluated throughout the year.
Players not in the IESA Junior Academy Program will attend evaluation sessions held in May.
Registration can be completed online at the IESA Website www.iesasoccer.com.
Players can also request to be assessed for potential inclusion in the IESA Junior Academy Program at any time during the year.
Games, Tournaments and Travel:
Games for U10 Black – U12 consist of eight players per team competing in two thirty-minute halves on an 80x50 yard field.
Games for U9s and U10 Red consist of six players per team competing in two twenty-five minute halves on a 66x42 yard field.
Games are on Sundays at the MeSA Soccer Complex.
Some games are played on Saturday if we schedule those
Teams typically participate in 2-3 tournaments per season.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Is the Junior Academy the same as Travel Soccer?
A: No. The Junior Academy Program is specifically designed for the U9 to U12 age groups. The Travel Program is for players in the U13 age group and older. However, like the Travel Program, the Junior Academy Program provides professional coaches and advanced training.
Select travel teams play in a State league and travel various parts of the state. Academy teams will play all their games in Greenville (limited travel) twice a month. We will play two games each trip to Greenville.
Q: Can a player join a team if he or she did not start in the Junior Academy Program at the U9 level?
A: Yes. Players can be evaluated for a team in their age group during Junior Academy Evaluations in May or at any time during the year. Prior inclusion on a Junior Academy Team is not required.
Q: What is a “Pool of players”?
A: Some Junior Academy Teams are pools. A pool is a group of players that train together with more than one coach.
Q: Where do the teams train?
A: Junior Academy Teams will train at either of three locations. The Greenwood Civic Center, The old Brewer soccer Field or the Cokesbury soccer field. We do our best to keep the younger teams at the Civic Center Field.
Q: Do all teams train 2 times each week?
A: All Junior Academy Teams train two nights each week, plus the optional benefit of participating in IESA’s Functional and Skills Development Program.
Q: When and how do we find out about game and tournament schedules?
A: Game schedules are posted online via a link on the IESA Website and are updated throughout the season. The August schedule posts late July and the fall schedule posts in September.
Q: Do players travel via bus to away games?
A: Players are responsible for their own transportation to games.
Q: Are there ways I can be involved with coaching my player?
A: No. IESA’s professional staff trains all teams.
Q: Can I still be a “team parent” for my child’s team?
A: Junior Academy Teams rely on parents to fill volunteer jobs. Positions include:
Team Manager - responsible for maintaining team records, tournament registration and communicating information to the team.
Team Treasurer - responsible for budgeting and managing team funds by collecting fees and paying expenses.
Travel Coordinator – responsible for arranging accommodations for out of town games.
Q: Are all fees due at the beginning of the season?
A: $600 Junior Academy IESA Club Fee may be paid in increments: May/June - $200 required within 72 hours of team posting and August thru April - remaining $400 can be paid in full (July discount) or in 8 installments of $50 (August thru April).
End of June:
$145 for full Uniform Kit (Year 1 of 3-year cycle)
August – April:
Team Fees will depend upon the size of each team and number of tournaments entered.
Installment Club Fee & Team Fee Payments are due to the Team Treasurer by the 25th of each month.
Q: Is Financial Assistance available?
A: Yes, Financial Assistance is available for those who qualify. Application Forms are located on the IESA Website. Follow the link to “Junior Academy” and then to “Forms.” All Financial Assistance Forms must be turned in by the deadline.
April: Online Player Placement Registration
May: Player Placements
June: Parent Meetings
August-December: Fall Season
January-May: Spring Season
For more information about the IESA Junior Academy Program, please contact Junior Academy Program Director,