The purpose and how the Titan Soccer Academy will be run and support the Shaler Area Titan Soccer Programs It is the Mission of Titan Soccer Academy to educate the youth of Shaler Area, not just on techniques and tactics required to play the game of soccer but life lessons as well. To foster the physical, mental and emotional growth of those involved with Titan Soccer Academy through the sport of soccer. The goal is to build better people through the game of soccer and to allow each participant too develop fully to their own potential while instilling a love and passion for the game of soccer. It is also the Mission of Titan Soccer Academy to connect youth soccer players within the Shaler Area School District with current Titan Soccer players. Current Titan Soccer Players will serve as the Academy coaches and mentors to the youth players to lead by example. Having the current Titan Soccer Players lead this program also serves as a development purpose for these student athletes as they develop leadership skills, communication skills, and develop relationships with youth of the district. It also shows the importance of community service. The purpose of Titan Soccer Academy is to provide quality soccer training in accordance with the guidelines set forth by the United States Soccer Federation. Purpose of Titan Soccer Academy Titan Soccer Academy will focus on teaching the youth of Shaler Area School District the proper fundamentals required to play the game the game of soccer while also incorporating important life skills to help with the overall total development of these youth student athletes. All activates will be done in a fun, game like, manner. To foster a relationship between the Titan Soccer Programs and the youth of the Shaler Area School District. The coaches working with the youth will be the high school soccer players, providing not only total development to the youth soccer players participating but also to the student/athletes associated with the Shaler Area Titan Soccer Program. The Titan Soccer Coaches will design the curriculum and practice plans for the high school players to execute with the youth soccer players, the Coaching Staff will also be present and oversee all sessions Player Development Plan “Its about more than just football…we must educate all young people holistically, not simply to focus on football” ~Guillermo Amor, F.C. Barcelona Approach Guiding Principles: Player Development Philosophy • Develop the person, and then the player • Player-centered decision making process • Individual development before team development • Focus on long term development – the journey requires patience, detailed understanding, and a sophisticated plan How Titan Soccer Academy will Work • In building a relationship with the youth of the school district, the Titan Soccer Players will be the coaches/mentors assigned to work with the youth soccer players. Providing these High School age student athlete’s not only an opportunity to experience coaching, but also to provide community service and leadership skills that they can use in the future. This partnership automatically provides the Titan Soccer Players with community service hours to help in their future endeavors and to help bolster their college admission process. • By partnering up with the Titan Soccer Players, this immediately builds a relationship between the youth players and the high school age players. This relationship allows the youth players direct contact to players and more importantly helps create a solid relationship in role models for the youth of the school district. These relationships help develop the youth of the school district as they now have people to look up to and emulate, as well as high school age players that help to stress the importance of hard work, commitment and dedication not just on the athletic field but in the classroom as well. Youth DevelopmentMentality “Though there is no single “best model”; there are proven methods and “best practices that increase the chances of success” Structure of Titan Soccer Academy • Titan Soccer Academy will charge a minimal fee, to help cover the cost of basic equipment and needs of program as well as help support the Titan Soccer Boosters. • All training session will be 60 minutes long, 30 minutes of basic soccer technical work and then 30 minutes of small sided games. • Titan Soccer Academy will be offered to players in the following age groups: 5 and Under (2013 Birth Year) 6 and Under (2012 Birth Year) 8 and Under (2011 and 2010 Birth Year) 10 and Under (2009 and 2008 Birth Year) 12 and Under (2007 and 2006 Birth Year) (If numbers allow at the 8 and Under ages and above we will separate the boys and the girls) Rough Weekly Schedule • 8 and Under age groups will meet 1 a week for 30 minutes of technical work, and 30 minute of small sided games. Tuesday Nights Wednesday Nights Thursday Nights 1st and 2nd Grade Pre-School Kindergarten • The under 10 ages and above will meet 1 a week for 45 minutes of technical work, and 45 minutes of small sided games. This set up and structure is to work in accordance with any other soccer team your youth soccer player may be playing on. Wednesday Nights Thursday Nights 10 and Under 12 and Under • With this being a Shaler Area School District Athletic Program function, we are hoping to be able to utilize school facilities to help reduce the cost per player interested in signing up. • This is a non-profit program, all registration fees will be put toward the program and or serve as a fundraiser for the Shaler Area Titan Soccer Boosters which serves the middle school and high school soccer teams. Registration and Communication • Registration and all forms of communication for Titan Soccer Academy will be maintained through Titan Soccer Web Page: www.titansoccer.org • This site will have a dedicated page with skills of the week for the players to work on at home, news and information on the program as well as our weekly schedule.