ELITE TRAINING PROGRAMS

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.

Pre–Elite Player 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

Elite Player 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

TRAVEL TEAMS

Each fall, the academy starts planning for future spring and summer tournaments either in the US or Europe. These highly competitive training and playing experiences are experiences of a lifetime. Past trips have taken teams to Bordeaux, Metz and Paris for the Paris Soccer World Cup. This coming travel season, teams will be competing in Dallas at the Iber Cup, and in Italy at the San Marino Cup. These tournaments are highly competitive. The academy looks for a positive result and expects the boys to have a “play to win” attitude. Full commitment to training is 3 months before any trip. Tryouts happen throughout the year and they are by invitation only. Many players are watched and considered throughout the season and rosters are slowly built.

The Academy accepts walk on tryouts until rosters are full.

What are the qualities of a member of a Travel team?

  • Play to Win Attitude
  • Highly skilled soccer player
  • Deep Desire to learn and the ability to take direct feedback
  • Ability to perform under pressure in highly competitive training and game situations

Players receive:

  • Access to professional training centers in France
  • Private and Semi- Private sessions leading up to the trip
  • Spring Break Training
  • Athlete contract negotiations for tryouts and oversees extended training experiences (when applicable)
  • Specific educational training from Cypress Physiotherapy & Health
  • Close injury tracking and interventions from Cypress Physiotherapy & Health