WHAT IS LT ELITE JUNIOR ACADEMY?
LT Elite Junior Academy is a program designed to provide age appropriate development and competition to boys & girls who have shown the ability to be successful at the recreational level of play. Players are grouped on teams by birth-year.
LT Elite Junior Academy teams participate in the Lonestar Academy League.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
The program is designed specifically for U8 (Born 2011), U9 (Born 2010) & U10 (Born 2009) players who are ready for advanced training. The program is built around creating an environment for youth players to excel both technically and tactically. Although still a fun based learning program, players are expected to demonstrate focus, and a willingness to compete and develop as they prepare for Select soccer. We want our players to focus on having fun while developing technical skills in order to foster their love for the game.
Additionally, LT Elite is a huge advocate of children playing multiple sports, and while we recognize the demands of the Academy, we’d like everyone to be aware that each season we work with all our families to allow the children to play Football, Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Volleyball etc… to be able to play multiple sports.
Academy players practice twice a week. Practices will be Monday & Wednesday at the Field of Dreams on Field 2B from 5:00-6:00PM.
Play is 7v7 (6 field players plus a goal-keeper)
Lonestar has a tournament at the end of the spring season. Each team can decide if they wish to participate in that tournament. In the Fall there are several tournaments Junoir Academy teams can choose from.
The success of our Academy program is heavily reliant on the coaches we place on the field. Coaching young players effectively is a unique trait, and the coaches we provide have the remarkable characteristics and personalities that allow them to teach the game through fun activities, while also challenging every player to achieve and focus on improving their abilities.
All LT Elite staff has professional licenses required to be successful in developing our players.
LT Elite Junior Academy CURRICULUM
The goal of the LT ELITE Junior Academy program is to give all players the foundation to become successful and love the game. The Basic ball mastery and tactics used in small sided games will be the basis of our curriculum. Every coach will focus on teaching these principles with the most important factor being FUN! The program will be developing players at the appropriate pace, with fun engaging sessions that challenge the players to learn how to play the game the correct way.
Our curriculum is designed to help players to solve challenges within the game independently, but not forget to use their teammates. Soccer is a team game so we will focus on not only the fundamental techniques, but the basics of a successful team.
The players in the JR Academy will be separated by age groups, so the difference in ages will require differentiated activities in order to challenge the players at the appropriate level. As the players progress through the program the intensity and structure of the program will prepare the players for the appropriate game format.
As the players get closer to the U11 age bracket the curriculum will reflect the appropriate preparation for select soccer.
Each age group works along the curriculum with each stage progressing further as you continue to grow and fulfill your potential.
Work Hard, find space, and Pass the ball. Play Quicker!
We want our players to recognize and understand how the skills learned in U5/U6 & U7 are connected to solving problems during play. We want our players to play with speed, think about their decisions, work harder than their opponents and find space. We will start to introduce the structure behind player’s movements with the ball and just as importantly where to go when you don’t have the ball. The constant reminder of good technique, but an increased focus of shape and formation on the field will prepare our players for the select level.
The cost for the Junior Academy program is $400 for U8-U10 players. A separate, additional tournament fee is collected by team managers during the season. Uniforms are an additional $100, which includes red/black game jerseys, practice t-shirt, socks, and shorts. The uniform only needs to be purchased once and may be used over multiple seasons.
If requesting a refund, LT Elite will withhold a $35.00 administrative processing fee. Refunds cannot be requested after the first week of the season (unless for injury or family relocation).