Stow Soccer Club Youth Recreational Academy (ages 4-14)
Stow Soccer Club's Youth Recreational Academy is outdoor soccer for Pre-K (age 4 prior to August 1st) through 8th grade. The Academy is offered in two seasons, spring(late March-late May) and fall(August-October), and meets on Saturday mornings at Oregon Trail Park ( 2913 Graham Rd. Stow, Ohio 44224). First through eight grade meet from 8:30 AM to 9:45 AM. Pre-K and Kindergarten meet from 10:00 AM to 11:15 AM.
Cost: $75.00 (early registration discount of $15.00 before January 31)
Fall 2014 Dates:
Players participate in a 40-minute coaching academy led by current Stow High School players. Players are organized by a team parent/manager and taken through a 4-station academy working on the basic skills of soccer. The basic skills are presented in fun games designed to acquaint the players with social interaction and the physical coordination of soccer. It is not recommended that players this age play in organized games. However, if a player is showing advanced skill/maturity they will be asked to join the first grade group in order to challenge them. This is always presented to the parents/guardians of the child prior to the move and will need their approval.
Kindergarten / 1st Grade:
Players participate in a 75-minute session led by current Stow High School players and our own Stow Soccer Club Coaching Staff. Players are organized by a team parent/manager and taken through a 4-station academy working on the basic skills of soccer for the first 40 minutes. The basic skills are presented, by current Stow High School players, in fun games designed to acquaint the players with social interaction and the physical coordination of soccer. The second 30 minutes of the session, following a 5 min break, players break up into their "teams" to play small-sided games in a fun environment led by their team parent/managers.
2nd through 8th grade: New for Fall 2013!
Players participate in a 75-minute session led by current Stow High School players and our own Stow Soccer Club Coaching Staff. Players are organized by a team parent/manager and taken through a 3-station academy working on the basic foot skills, and tactics
of soccer for the first 40minutes. Players will then play small-sided games led by a current Stow High School player. Teams, of 8-12 players, will be formed prior to the season and the teams will not only play against other Stow Soccer Club teams but in "friendlies" and festivals with teams from other communities. More details will follow in your post registration information!
NEW FOR SPRING 2014. The final academy session will be held in the Stow-Munroe Falls High School Stadium!!! The kids will get to play on the turf and experience the stadium in a fun, party-type atmosphere!
Soccer Shorts -
Any color, black is predominant. These can be found at Dick's Sporting Goods, Soccer One, or other sporting goods stores.
Shin Guards -
These are MANDATORY safety equipment. Shin guards should be worn under the soccer socks to hold them in place while running, sliding, and kicking. We will not allow a player to play without shin guards due to insurance regulations. These can be found at Dick's Sporting Goods, Play-It-Again Sports, Soccer One, many online retailers and other sporting goods stores.
Soccer Ball -
These are also MANDATORY. Size 4 for all players in the Saturday Academy.
Soccer Cleats -
Important. Sneakers don't work well on wet grass. Baseball and Football cleats have a toe cleat that soccer cleats do not. This toe cleat is dangerous to other players in soccer. Make sure the cleats are made for soccer with no cleat on the toe. These can be found at Dick's Sporting Goods, Play-It-Again Sports, Soccer One, www.soccer.com, and other sporting goods stores.
Stow Soccer Club will provide a Stow Soccer Club team colored shirt, which should be worn at each session. It is helpful to layer under the shirt so that the players shirt color is easily visible to coaches and other players.
Water bottle -
Did you know that water is as important to warming the body on cold days as it is for cooling the body on warm days? Make sure your player has plenty of water to last 75 minutes. Clearly mark your child's name on their water bottle. You will notice that most of us shop at the same stores and buy the same sale water bottles!
All players should dress appropriately for the weather. Layers are recommended. In case of cooler weather, it is easier to take off the extra clothing as opposed to being chilled. The program is held even during rain showers, provided the temperature is relatively comfortable. The only time a session will be cancelled is during a lightning storm or at the discretion of the Program Director (i.e. snow/water on fields, etc.).
Please arrive at least 10 minutes before each session so that we may be able to start on time.
Please put your player’s name on his/her soccer ball in several places in Magic Marker so that a forgotten ball can be given back to the player.
Please make sure your player has all clothing and equipment before leaving the park.
We recommend that each player spend at least 15 minutes 2-3 times a week practicing at home what we cover in the training session in order to become a better player.
WE NEED PARENT VOLUNTEERS!
We need interested parents to help assist the Program Director at the sessions; no background in the game is necessary. If interested, please indicate it on the player registration form.