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Spring Pre-Academy/Rec

Pre-Academy/Rec Information

 

Quick Facts

  • Ages U3-U11 (Calendar Year 2013-2021)
  • Ran by Professional Coaches with the assistance of Volunteer Support Staff
  • 7 Practices per season (1 per week) - weather permitting
  • 5 Games per season - weather permitting
  • 1 End of Season Festival Day - weather permitting
  • Practices are held at the Calverton School (Wednesdays)
  • Games are played at the Calverton School (Saturday)
  • Cost - $109 (Game T-Shirt Included)
    • $119 beginning 3/6 (Late Registration)
  • Travel Program Identification
  • Academy-style program structure

 

Season Dates

  • Spring 2024
    • Practices begin March 27th
    • First Game is April 6th
    • Final Game is May 4th
    • Final Practice is May 8th
    • Festival Day is May 11th

Times (listed by player birth year)

  • Practices are held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-7:45 PM at The Calverton School
    • 2018-2021 @ 6:00-6:45 pm

    • 2013-2017 @ 6:45-7:45 pm

  • Games are played on Saturday mornings from 9:00-11:30 AM at The Calverton School, same time every Saturday. 

    • 2013-2016 @ 9:10-10:00 AM

    • 2017 & 2018 @ 10:05 -10:45 AM

    • 2019-2021 @ 10:50-11:20 AM

  • Festival Day follows the same time schedule as a typical Saturday game day.

    • 2013-2016 @ 9:10-10:00 AM

    • 2017 & 2018 @ 10:05 -10:45 AM

    • 2019-2021 @ 10:50-11:20 AM

Players Will Need:

  • Shin Guards
  • A Ball
    • Size 3 recommended for players 2017 and younger. Size 4 recommended for players 2016 and older.
  • Athletic Shoes / Cleats if preferred
  • Soccer Socks
  • Athletic Pants/Shorts

Recreational All-Star ID Program

Maryland Elite's Recreational All-Star ID Program, part of MESC Player Identification Program(PIP) is a first in the area and is designed to identify players with exceptional ability.  The ID program allows staff coaches to distinguish the players that display talents that are required to play at an all-star level. At this level coaches will recognize the following elements of a player that displays all-star talent; Technique, Tactics, Physical and Mental.  For example, the fastest kid or the strongest kid is not what we are ultimately looking for in a young player.  The Player Identification Program is an extension of Maryland Elite Soccer's 'Elite Player Pathway' which not only creates programs to ensure players are being trained and prepared for soccer at the highest levels but also to make certain capable players are identified.

TECHNIQUE: Enhanced dribbling skills using all foot surfaces. How they receive and control the ball. How they pass and do they pass. We don’t encourage players to just kick the ball down field. We will recognize controlling of the ball and trying to keep possession. At this age the kids are learning to shoot so the "biggest foot" will be ID'd but technique is the key.

TACTICS: Players that will be ID'd will begin to understand the game. How they move up and down the field and how they penetrate defenses with quick touches through passing. Heavy emphasis will be on how they react in 2v1 and 2v2 situations towards goal. 

PHYSICAL: ID'd players will be evaluated by their hand and eye coordination (goalkeepers) and foot and eye coordination. 

MENTAL: Players ID'd should display passion with a smile on their face.  No poor sportsmanship will be allowed.  ID'd players should be focused and enjoy the game so they learn to love it.