January 17, 2018
Spring Outdoor academy Registration is OPEN!
Spring Registration is OPEN!
Spring Training will begin the week of April 3rd
It won’t be long till the snow melts, the birds start singing, and the smell of fresh cut grass excites all us soccer enthusiasts! After a fantastic indoor winter training season which completely maxed out we are excited to be moving into spring. This spring we will be holding academy classes in two locations. At the first location, we will be spending three days each week at Marti Park in New Wilmington. We are excited to be working with both the kids and the staff of WASC and the surrounding clubs this spring to help improve the methods and skills of both the kids and coaches. The second location will be at Shenango Valley soccer on Mondays. The field location is still to be determined but it should be close to Hickory High School.
Who can join the Academy?
The academy has NO affiliation with any local soccer organization and does not put teams together to play games. We are not a classic soccer organization looking to take kids from other clubs. However, most of the staff has either played at the college level, coached classic soccer, or ODP for years. The mission of the Academy is to help improve the skill level of soccer in the Lawrence County area. Period! Players from all local organizations are encouraged to join with out the fear of being recruited away from their local clubs. On the contrary, we encourage players to return to their local clubs and show off their new skills and help other players learn. The Outlaws Academy is in this for the long haul in hopes of helping local youth soccer players develop and become all they can be.
We will be offering 2 beginner classes and two intermediate classes at Marti Park and one of each at Shenango Valley. All new players that join must enter the beginner class. However, a player may be moved up to the intermediate level by the director if needed based on skill. To be placed in the intermediate class a player must have been part of a full indoor or outdoor academy session and be able to perform the basic skills. Players may be moved between groups based on their commitment and skill ability. Beginner classes will be held at Marti Park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 5:30 and intermediate classes will be held on those same days at 6:30. Sessions and times at Shenango Valley will mirror those at Marti Park and will take place on Mondays.
New Additions to the Program
This spring along with the skills training we will be offering professional goalie training as part of our program. I have enlisted the services of a long time PA-West coach and good friend Sean Glackin. Sean has been coaching soccer at every level for over 25 years and is phenomenal with kids. He has won state championships and is a great goalie coach. The goalie training will be intense as with everything else we offer in the club. There will be two classes offered on Thursdays at Marti Park for kids ages 7-14. The classes will be broken down into 7-10 year olds and 11-14 year olds. There will be a 12-player limit on each class. The classes are sure to fill up fast so please register early. The classes will run 8-weeks and the cost is $90.00. Every player will receive an Outlaws Academy Goalie Training T-shirt as part of their registration fee.
Level #2 Training
In addition to the skills classes we will be offering an invitation only class to those players that have passed the 1000 touch challenge during a full session. This class will take the players to the next level and will focus on passing, receiving, and combination play. No players will be accepted into this class unless they have gone through an entire season of skills training and passed the challenge. The class will be offered at Marti Park on Thursdays from 5:30-7:00. This will be the only class that meets for 1 ½ hours. The first 30-minutes will consist of ball skills to keep the kids sharp and the other hour will focus on mastering new techniques. The class will run 8-weeks and the cost is $150.00. Every player in the group will receive an Outlaws Academy Level #2 training t-shirt as part of their registration fee. This class will be taught by Michael Baptiste and Josh Allman.
As the academy director I realize the importance of volunteer coaches in youth soccer. Most of these coaches have had little soccer experience, have no interest in getting coaching licenses, yet want to play an important part in their childs development and coach a little soccer. As part of our outdoor training we invite and encourage all coaches to take part in the skills training sessions at no charge. Coaches can do as little or as much as they feel fit and are encouraged to take notes on the individual skills being taught. We hope that these coaches will incorporate some of the skills they learn into their training sessions each week. The staff is also able to help any coach put together a skills warm-up for their team at no charge. Also, when I am available I will be happy to run a short 20-minute skills session at no charge for any team in the area. My goal is to educate/train as many coaches as possible on ball skill development. Building a strong foundation before moving on to tactics is critical to the success of every child. My email and phone number are on the website and I am always available to talk.
All outdoor academy classes will be capped at 20 players with exception of the goalie training which will be 12 players. We want to offer a high-quality product and with more than 20 players it makes it hard for the staff to give individual attention to every child. Therefore, once the 20-player cap has been hit the registration will be shut down for that given class. Classes will fill up fast so get your child registered today.
Dr. Michael Baptiste