Philosophy

Our Elite and Pre-Elite player programs offer the next level of training for any player wanting to be a “soccer first” athlete. We believe the learning process begins with our players being fully motivated and determined to learn and progress. These qualities eventually will lead to attaining new improved specific skills. The ultimate benefit then, is that the player will not only attain greater individual confidence with their game play but most importantly, improved self-esteem.

Elite Teams Training Program (U15-U18)

The Elite Player program is the highest level in our academy. Any player can request a tryout and these evaluation sessions occur during team practices throughout the entire season. Parents and players have to understand that decisions can take time and the selection process is very fluid as academy coaches are constantly evaluating all academy players. In other words, no matter what development level a player may be, the coaches are always watching to see if a player is ready to move up to the Elite Program. This program is truly designed for the soccer first athlete.

The final selection to become part of this program is by invitation only.

What are the qualities of an Elite Player?

  • dedication and a soccer first athlete

  • deep desire to learn and absorb feedback

  • committed team member and role model for the younger players

  • high skill level

What does the program offer the Elite Player?

There is a range of skill and potential within all our Elite players. Our coaches realize this so they work with each player to develop a long-term development plan with a clear vision of what lies ahead in their training. The coaches also meet with each Elite player and their parents throughout the year to discuss their progress, and set goals– goal setting, and achieving those targets are great measurement tools to track each player’s progress. The dialogue, however, doesn’t end at this meeting, as there is continued feedback throughout the year between the coach, parent and player. The academy is always willing to discuss player progression.

What does an Elite Player receive?

  • high level indoor and outdoor training 3 times a week

  • access to special local and if identified, International training exchange

  • injury tracking with Cypress Health and Physiotherapy

  • access to educational workshops with Sean Campbell

  • Annual Player Development Plan, which includes one annual goal setting meeting emphasizing “strength –based development” focusing on  5 long term development areas:

    • Individual Character

    • Technical

    • Tactical

    • Physical

    • Mental

  • mid-season review of Player Development Plan and on-going verbal feedback throughout entire season

  • Options to attend university and college ID camps – specific to those players who have been identified by a post- secondary institute and/or are interested in pursuing  Collegiate level play

Pre-Elite Teams Training Program (U9-U14)

A Pre-Elite player is a committed and focused athlete.

Any player can request a tryout for this program and these evaluation sessions occur during team practices throughout the entire season. Parents and players must understand that decisions can take time and that the selection process is very fluid as academy coaches are constantly evaluating all academy players. In other words, no matter what development level a player may be, the coaches are always watching to see if a player is ready to move to the Pre-Elite Program.

The academy also realizes that at this age, players may chose to continue playing other sports and the academy supports the multi-sport discipline approach.

The final selection to become part of this program is by invitation only.

What are the qualities of a Pre-Elite Player?

  • motivated and determined

  • committed team member

  • potential high skill level

What does a Pre-Elite Player receive?

  • high level indoor and outdoor training 2-3 times a week

  • access to special local training camps

  • injury tracking with Cypress Health and Physiotherapy

  • Annual Player Development Plan, which includes an annual goal setting meeting emphasizing “strength–based development” focusing on five components of player progress:

  • Individual Character

  • Mental

  • Technical

  • Tactical

  • Physical

  • mid season review of Player Development Plan

  • ongoing verbal feedback throughout the season