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ACADEMY PLAYER OF THE MONTH

MSC ACADEMY CURRICULUM

ACADEMY OVERVIEW

The MSC Academy program provides a bridge between Recreational and Competitive Soccer with a specific, age-appropriate curriculum that is specially structured to provide a safe and fun soccer environment for kids to make optimal developmental gains as soccer players.  

The MSC Academy program is designed as the next level for 9U and 1OU players who are ready to progress from recreational soccer to a more structured training and playing program. The Academy is a center of training excellence where players are instructed twice weekly by professional staff members.
This program is a great introduction to competitive soccer and one which developmentally will give players the tools they need to advance to U11 competitive soccer.

PROGRAM GOALS

  • To improve players technical skills (Dribbling, Passing-receiving, 1v1, Shooting/Finishing). 
  •  The players should be playing a minimum of 50% in all games but highly encourage more. 
  • Players will learn to play multiple positions 
  •  Create a healthy, learning environment.
  • To create smarter soccer players (THINKERS) - decision-making depending on game situations (on/off the ball) 
  •  Foster of love for the game.

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

Coaches are the role models for the players in soccer and as a person in an accepted position of authority, they have the largest impact. They can help the players “be the best they can be!” The interaction between the coach and player during practice and games is fundamental to the coaching process. 

Coaches will use a mixture of guidance, teaching, questioning and demonstrating to effectively communicate an inspire players to develop the understanding of the game.

• It is extremely important that coaches are able to put winning in perspective. 

• Coaches should encourage the players to be respectful of the game, the officials, and opponents. Losing needs to be viewed as an opportunity to learn for everyone.

ACADEMY STRUCTURE

PRACTICE

MSC academy players are in what we call our “Learn to Train” phase.

Practice will take place twice a week 5:30-7pm on Yellow Complex with our professional staff coaches, each session being 90 minutes long.

MSC TRAINING CURRICULUM

MSC Academy players are pooled/team trained and developed using an age appropriate curriculum specifically designed and constantly improving by MSC coaching staff. The Academy utilizes professional coaches and training to help our soccer players develop in a fun and safe environment, with additional emphasis on player development for competitive soccer in a play practice play format.

MSC curriculum Technical Fundamentals focuses are:

  • Individual skills development-Me and My ball close 1st touch and dribbling.
  • Passing- connecting the lines, when to pass when to dribble.
  • Shooting/ finishing- when and how to score goals.
  • Defending-1v1defending-Intro to Principles of defending.

MSC GOALKEEPING ACADEMY

Goalkeeping Academy:  Introduction to Basics.

This program is strictly for MSC 9U/10U Academy players. 

Main Focus:

Simple tactics: 

The ability to not follow the ball, support the play and communicate for the ball, starting to understand positioning and defensive and attacking principals related to them.

Mental / Decision Making: 

The ability to make decisions of when to keep or share the ball at the right time and how-to problem solve for themselves.

Psychosocial:

 Focus, Respect, Self-confidence, Commitment, and Emotional control.

PLAYER TRAINING EXPECTATIONS

SCHEDULE

Academy game begins last weekend in August. Schedules will be posted by the team’s managers on teamsnap. The last week of game in the fall season will be November 8th. 

 All Teams will play in:

  • MSC Halloween Tournament
  • BRSC Festival Baton Rouge (Burbank)
  • Strawberry Cup
  • LSAP Approved Jamborees **
  • Friendlies
  • In House small sided Games

INAUGURAL SEASON 2020-2021 LOUISIANA SOCCER ASSOCIATION HAS A NEWLY FORMED ACADEMY PROGRAM

8 Clubs has joined the LSAP for its inaugural season. With their participation, cooperation and guidance, these Clubs are committing to improving the game of soccer across the State

 

The LSAP is designed specifically to:

·Make learning the game enjoyable for youth players.

·Help retain players through their years of cognitive and physical growth.

·Focus on the technical development of each player.

·De-emphasize results as a measure of success. 

·Reduce pressure on players and coaches to earn results.

·To educate parents and players on the importance of defining long term success in terms of player performance rather than team outcomes.

·Bring clubs together in a cooperative environment to focus on player development.

ACADEMY PROGRAM COST

  • 9U (2012) - Players - $400 per season
  • 10U (2011) -Players - $550 per season
  • Uniforms are an additional –Nike Recreational kit- $40 – All Academy includes: 1 Black 1 Blue jersey, and black shorts, any black socks can be purchased separately.
  • A separate, additional tournament fee $20-$30 is also collected by team managers during the season if needed for tournament/coaches travel.
  • Financial aid and payment plan are available.
Glenn "Benji" Benjamin

Glenn "Benji" Benjamin

Academy Coaching Director