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Grade 1/2 Academy

The aim of the Academy program is to help develop the players’ technical skills and prepare them for taking the next step in their soccer careers.

The Academy sessions offer the players an opportunity to touch the ball multiple times during the sessions. This is done in both technical sessions and in Small Sided Games , Games are played with 4 players on each side and without goalkeepers. This gives the players the opportunity to practice soccer related skills on a more regular basis, which gives them an opportunity to develop both technical skills and decision-making, which are two of the most important abilities they will need to develop at a younger age.

Mackenzie Arment – Wakefield’s Director of Coaching – will help organize and run the Academy practice sessions. He will provide guidance to our volunteer parent coaches at the sessions and games.

The program forms teams based on a non-tryout team draft.

The season will run 8 weeks, each week includes a 50 minute midweek training session and a 50 minute game on Sundays.

Grade 1 teams play 4v4 games on Sundays.  This format is great in continuing to support their development of technical and tactical components in a small game setting.

Grade 2 teams plays 7v7 games on Sundays.  This format is the next step of introducing players to the larger field and standard game experience while still focusing on building our technical and tactical development.  These games run on a schedule of 11am or noon game times.  Since game times will change each week coaches and parents will need to be aware of their game schedule which will be provided prior to the start of the season.

Spring Program Details

Session Dates

Spring Season runs Sundays from April 7 - June 2, 2023

No games Sunday May 26

*First practice April 3

Practices (Wednesdays)

Grade 1 Boys: 5:30-6:20pm @Location TBD
Grade 1 Girls: 5:30-6:20pm @Location TBD

Grade 2 Boys: 6:30-7:20pm @Location TBD
Grade 2 Girls: 6:30-7:20pm @Location TBD

*Practice times are subject to slightly change based on the availability of fields.  Practices will be on Wednesdays between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.  They would only be adjusted within that timeframe. 

Games (Sundays)

Grade 1 Boys & Girls - 12:30pm @ Moulton Field

Grade 2 Boys & Girls - Between 9am and noon, Location TBD  

Scheduling will take into consideration the Sunday Lacrosse schedules in order to try to avoid conflicts and accommodate as many soccer players as possible.

Player Equipment

  • Shin Guards
  • Soccer Specific Cleats (no metal spikes)
  • Socks which completely cover the shin guards
  • WSA provided shirt
  • Water bottle

Weather Delay and/or Cancellations

Sessions are held in light rain, but not when heavy rain or lightning is occurring. Coaches and parents will receive an email with the status when conditions are questionable. 

Reminders:   No Jewelry !

Kids must not wear any type of jewelry, including earrings, necklaces, and watches,  as it can pose a danger for your child as well as others on the field.  Medical bracelets are allowed.

Registration


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Late Fee Begins April 6, 2024

Questions

For questions, email our Director of Intramurals, [email protected]
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