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What is Academy?

The ESC Academy program is designed to allow recreational players aged U7-U10 to practice and play with kids of like ability.  This program allows players to be challenged according to their level of ability and to help them develop as soccer players.  It gives players the opportunity to work with experienced ESC staff coaches who have an extensive experience playing and coaching the game.

The focus of the training sessions will be teaching each player the skills necessary to have success in the game.  Players will work with the ball at their feet to make them comfortable with the ball and have the confidence to keep the ball during games.  Each session will lead into small-sided games to teach players how to apply the skills in the game.

The Academy program is also a great tool for preparing players that think they may want to try out for competitive soccer at U11, or just to lay a solid foundation for continued play at the recreational level at U11.

Is Academy Competitive?

We train 2 days per week and play a game on Friday, much like other recreational teams.  We keep no standings and remove the pressure to win from the coaches.  This allows coaches to focus on Development.  Any child of any level of ability can participate in the Academy.

Why Academy?

The Academy is staffed by coaches that are on staff at the Edmond Soccer Club.  Many of these coaches have played at a high level and have attended education courses geared towards soccer coaches.  All coaches in the academy have a minimum of a national D license and many have attainder their National Youth License as well.  (Younger coaches/new coaches may take up to a year to get their D license and are mentored by senior coaches) This will ensure that kids in the Academy program will be taught the necessary skills for playing the game and create good habits that will benefit your child as a player, regardless of what level he or she decides to play from recreational to competitive.  Kids will also get to play in games with kids of equal ability resulting in fewer lopsided games and better level of competition.

Academy Format:

U9 and U10 Teams   8v8    Will play games in house and around the NOKC Metro

U7 & U8 teams         8v8    Will play games in house and a few around the NOKC metro depending on other clubs and teams in the age group.

Teams will be formed based on ability.  Players may move from one team to the next based on their progress. This evaluation and movement will be up to the coaches working in that age group.

How are Academy Teams Formed?

Teams will be formed based on ability.  Players may move one team to the next based on their progress.  This evaluation and movement will be up to the coaches working in that age group.  We will be evaluating players throughout the season to make sure we have them placed correctly.

We will form training groups of no more than 16 to 18 players per group, but will form teams of 10 to 12 players for the games on Friday.  This will allow us to end up in 8v8 scrimmages the last 20-30 minutes of each training session.  For the games on Fridays, players will get more playing time as well.

Example:  48 U10 Boys.  We will form 3 training groups of 16 for practice and 4 teams of 12 for the games on Friday.  The training groups will remain consistent, unless we will the need to move a player in order to challenge him or her more or provide better opportunities for success.  

Can my child play up an age group in academy?

Yes, on rare occasions, a player may play up an age group.  The player wishing to play up should be technically, physically and emotionally mature enough to make the top team in the age group above.

In order to "play up" the following needs to happen:

1.   A formal request, via email, should be made to the coach in the child's current age group and the Academy Director.  

2.  The coach of the current age group will make a recommendation to the coach a year up.

3.  The child will practice with the "year up" group the first week of the season to be evaluated. 

4.  At the end of the second session, the evaluating coach will make the recommendation to play up, if warranted.  His or her decision will be based on 1-player first 2- team second 3-club third .

5.  If a player is moved up, they will now play and train with said age group.

Note:  No player may play up on a second team the age group above.  In oder to play up, a player must be in the top 5 to 10 of the group a year older..

Who will be heading up my child's age group?

Age Group Coach Email Adress
U7 Girls Gary Boreham/Soesbee
U8 Girls Gary Boreham
U9 Girls Jimmy Hampton
U10 Girls Jimmy Hampton
U7 Boys Paul Brash
U8 Boys Paul Brash
U9 Boys James Soesbee
U10 Bys James Soesbee

Practice Schedule:

Age Group Days Times
U7/U8 Girls Tuesday/Thursday 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
U9 & U10 Girls Monday/Thursday 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
U7 Boys Monday/Wednesday 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
U8 Boys Tuesday/Thursday 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
U9 & U10 Boys Monday/Wednesday 4:45 PM to 6:00 PM
Practices will start the week of Aug 10. Practice days and times subject to change.

Academy Age Group Chart:

Age Birthdate on or after To Birthdate on or Before
U10 8/1/2005 7/31/2006
U9 8/1/2006 7/31/2007
U8 8/1/2007 7/31/2008
U7 8/1/2008 7/31/2009

Play Dates

Date Opponents Location
September 11 vs NOKC ESC
September 18 In House games ESC
September 25 vs Norman Norman
October 2 In House games ESC
October 9 Proposed NOKC NOKC
October 16 In House Games ESC
October 23 vs Norman ESC
October 30 Rain out Make up TBA
Nov 1 Blitz Friendlies Blitz
Nov 6-8 Turkey Shootout ESC

Academy Registration:

Early Registration Deadline:    Aug 9   ***Registration fee will increase by $20 after Aug 9, 2015***

Registration Closed:          Aug 16

Academy Fees:

Description Amount Additional Information
Registration Fee $145/season
Field Usage Fee $250 per training group Divided by number of players in training group
Training Fees $50/Month Per player
Uniforms $35 2 Academy Shirts, black shorts and socks

Can I register for Recreational and Academy in the same season?

Yes. A player can register for both programs. Fees are required for both programs. Here is the 'Dual Registration' policy for club guidelines. 

Do I need a Birth Certificate?

If you are "new" to ESC or GotSoccer, you must send or email a copy of your player's birth certificate to the Registrar.

Registrar Keri Shipley c/o ESC
PO Box 955
Edmond, OK 73083

For Additional Information, contact:

James Soesbee, ESC Academy Director