The Avon Lake Academy is a new program that began in the Fall 2014. It is intended to provide players with an opportunity to receive additional training from a professional coaching staff. The goal is to provide an additional level of competitive training between travel soccer and club soccer for those players desiring to do more.
Participation requires you first to be a member of a U9 or above Avon Lake Travel team. The Academy program is intended to supplement and not replace travel training and game play. Academy training sessions are held generally on Friday evenings in the Fall and Spring with optional winter training also available. League or Tournament play is driven by player interest, an assessment of player ability by professional coaches, and will be designed to avoid conflicts with travel games to the maximum extent possible.
The U8 Development Program is a subset of our Academy offerings. See description below.
U8 Development Academy is offered to all registered Rec players at the U7/U8 age group (birth years 2010 and 2011 for the 2017-18 season). The program is deigned to develop and improve player skills and understanding of the game of soccer. This is particularly helpful to better prepare players for the travel level program the following year (starting at U9) should they desire. The focus is on individual player development and improvement of dribbling, shooting, passing, and trapping techniques.
The program typically involves joint community training on Sundays in the Fall and Spring at no cost. At a small incremental cost, winter training sessions are also offered with a professional coach as well as indoor league games typically at the Force in Rocky River. The U8 Development season typically culminates in a local spring tournament for interested players.