U7-U8 JUNIOR ACADEMY
JR. ACADEMY PROGRAM – U7-U8 BOYS & GIRLS
SESSIONS AVAILABLE YEAR ROUND – Fall I, Fall II, Winter I, Winter II, Spring I
Learn more about the NEW CRUSA FC Bucks Junior Academy program. NEW Program. NEW Curriculum. NEW Format. Featuring Professional and College-age Trainers. Training sessions 2x week with a low Player-to-Trainer ratio, plus weekend festivals in the Fall and Spring. Learn more below and Register Now.
WAIVER REQUIRED FOR 2020-21 SEASON
We are working hard in preparation for our Fall 2020 season and have put in place many new protocols to be sure our families feel safe and comfortable on the fields. Everyone who plans to play on a CRUSA FC Bucks travel or intramural team must fill out the CRUSA FC Bucks Waiver of Liability Form. We will need one individual waiver for each child in your family – and no one will be permitted on the fields until this waiver has been signed and finalized. This is the case for FC Bucks, CRUSA Travel, Academy, and Intramural Players.
Jr. Academy Mission Statement
The mission of the CRUSA/FC Bucks Youth Academy soccer program is to provide age appropriate skill development and a competitive youth soccer experience for motivated players, boys & girls, in the Bucks County area. At CRUSA/FC Bucks we want to emphasize a high level of individual skill, team play and sportsmanship. Age appropriate training with quality coaching is fundamental to developing a quality experience for all participants.
Jr. Academy Purpose
The CRUSA/FC Bucks Youth Academy encompasses the U7-U8 ages for boys & girls and welcomes players of all ability to develop a love for the game and the foundation of skills necessary to play in our travel program.
How Do I Sign Up?
Use the following link to Register for the upcoming Jr. Academy season. You will see that there are five different 6-8 week sessions offered throughout the year. You can select as many sessions as you like. Sign into your household account, and select the Academy Program option.
What Does Registration Cost?
Each 6-8 week session includes 2 sessions per week, plus weekend Festivals during the Fall and Spring sessions. See Costs and dates for the 2020-2021 season below:
Full Year (Fall, Winter, Spring) - $395 (Savings of $65)
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Fall Outdoor I (Sept 9 – Oct 9) - $85
Fall Outdoor II (Oct 12 – Nov 20) - $85
Winter I (Jan 17 – Feb 24) - $85
Winter II (Feb 28 – Apr 7) - $85
Spring I (April 12 – June 4) - $120
How Are Teams Formed?
For training sessions players will train together in small groups and are assigned to a trainer for each session.
For the festivals, players will be assigned to teams for the small sided games (6-8 players per festival team; 4v4 or 5v5 formats). Professional trainers/coaches and parent leaders will lead and supervise the games. Players will be assigned to different festival teams, mixed in with different kids, and assigned to different coaches every week. Team Snap is used to manage player availability.
We recognize that kids and families lead very busy lives and have a myriad of interests and we fully encourage other those interests. Our focus is to provide as many quality opportunities to play, practice, and get better as possible. However, all of these opportunities (practices or games) are optional. Come to what you can or want to. At no point will you be asked to place soccer at a higher priority to other commitments. The only thing we would ask is for you to let your coach(es) know when you will miss an activity (particularly games) as soon as you can, so that they have a chance to adjust appropriately.
What is the Game Format for the Travel Academy Teams?
The games will most often be small-sided 5v5 (4 plus a goalie) festivals.
A “festival” consists of several, 15-20 minute small sided games, and scores or standings are NOT kept. U7 and U8 teams will play 2-3 games at each festival in the fall and spring. Whenever possible, the small sided teams are formed with the same birth year players, and play teams that are of the same birth year, but sometimes U7’s and U8’s can be mixed.
**The benefits of Small Sided Games are many – repeated touches on the ball by all players, more passes attempted, repeated decision making in a confined area, more opportunities to play both sides of the ball, both offense and defense, and more playing time per player, resulting in more player engagement throughout the game.
Why Small Sided Games (SSG)?
The movement of emphasis to Small-Sided Game (SSG) festivals is a relatively new one for our club, but is a movement that the country is evolving towards and something that has been used throughout the world for many years.
It is recognized that to develop skills, repetitions are needed. The more the children touch the ball the better their touch will be! Soccer coaches of all ages use small sided game environments to develop the technical aspects of their teams.
The more a child has the ball (touches), the more engaged he/she is in the activity- the more fun he/she has! Benefits of SSG’s:
- More repeated touches of the ball by all players
- More touches throughout all areas of the field
- More passes attempted
- Repeated decision making in a confined area
- More opportunities to play on both sides of the ball (Offense & Defense)
- More involved playing time and less opportunity to hide from the ball
- Keeps all players engaged in the game
For Additional club and program information visit our FAQs page