PA West Soccer is excited to announce the 5th AnnualDistrict Academy Program. Accepted players receive the most advanced training by the Olympic Development Program (ODP) and participate in the District Cup Tournament, competing against Academy teams from other PA West Soccer districts including North, South, West and East Districts.
Purpose: TRAINING and DEVELOPING talented players. Cost is assessed at the very minimum and covers expense for training sessions only. Cost is not Pro-Rated. The District Cup tournament is a bonus of the program, and is free of charge to players. Jerseys are included. However, it is contingent on the overall participation of all Districts’ Academies. Tournament is typically held by the 1st weekend of August.
Eligibility: True U10 Players born in Year 2005
True U11 Players born in Year 2004
True U12 Players born in Year 2003
True U13 Players born in Year 2002
All players must be currently registered with PA West Soccer/U.S. Youth Soccer.
Non-Qualifier: 1) PA West players currently participating in Classic/Academic programsdo NOT qualify. This program
is exclusive to players who do not have access or opportunity for advanced training levels. 2) Players also enrolled solely in NON-US Youth Soccer programs are NOT eligible for this program.
Tryouts: Players will be assessed in their participating age from the Spring 2015 Season. Players need to attend only ONE Tryout date. However if the player attends both Tryout dates, then the highest ranking given will be accepted for that player. Tryouts are free of charge. Use the Pre-Registration Web Site link below to register for tryouts.
Eligible Goalkeepers born in Years 2002 & 2003 may also tryout for exclusive GK training by Lindsey Boldt, GK coach for multiple universities in the U.S. and for Beadling Classic Club of Pittsburgh.
Please indicate at check-in that your player is trying out for the Goalkeeper portion of this Program. ONLY TEN (10) GOALKEEPERS PER DISTRICT ARE ACCEPTED IN THE GOALKEEPER ACADEMY PROGRAM.
Player Pools: Each player pool will have a maximum of 20 players, one pool each per gender in True Age U10, U11 and U12-13 combined group.
Cost: $100.00 per Player payable upon selection to the player pool. There is NO cost to tryout. Sessions are not pro-rated. Accepted players will register and pay through the Affinity system.
District Cup: The Cup is a round robin event arranged for players of participating Districts. Typically 1st wknd August
EIGHT DATES: June 15-18 (5-6:15PM) Four days, 5-6PM each day.
July 6-9 (5-6:15PM) Four days, 5-6PM each day
A West Soccer is the national state association of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF and U.S. Youth Soccer. PA West Soccer is a non-profit corporation operating in the western half of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Concussion Baseline Testing Program: Heads UP Pittsburgh
Baseline Testing Program: Heads UP Pittsburgh
Heads UP Pittsburgh is a partnership between UPMC Sports Medicine, the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC), the Community College of Beaver County (CCBC), and the Centers for Disease Control.
From June 15th through July 31st 2015, free neurocognitive baseline testing will be available for athletes ages 7 to 14 in western Pennsylvania.
Testing for athletes will be conducted at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and six other locations:
There have been a number of changes to the coaching education courses offered by US Soccer. In order to be rostered for the Fall 2015 playing season, all U6 inhouse and all U10 Travel/Academy coaches need to be certified or licensed through PA West coaching certification and licensing programs. Hampton Soccer Club would like to include all U8 coaches as well.
The launch of the new F license occurred at the January NSCAA/US Youth Soccer convention. This is an online course that can be taken from the US Soccer website. The course is for coaches of 5 to 9 year olds. Starting on May 1, 2015, the F license will be a pre-requisite for the E License. The cost for the F License is $25 payable to US Soccer through their website. The fee will also include a one-year membership to the US Soccer coaching platform.
The F license covers the same ages as the Youth modules therefore this will cover the minimum mandatory licensing for coaches (put in place by the Youth Board, see reference below) of U6 and U10 players. It will also be the first step on the coach's pathway. For further information on this course please visit: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/licenses/national-f
In lieu of obtaining an F License, U6 and U10 youth modules can also be completed to meet the new PA West coaching mandate. The U6 and U10 youth modules are free and can be completed in one of the two formats:
Option 1: The club hosts the Youth modules in the same format as in the past. This takes approximately 5 hours and classroom and field work are required.
Option 2: This option has two components: Online and Field session. A coach can go online to US Soccer website and take the US Youth module and receive a certificate of completion. Then the coach has to take the field portion of the course offered by PA West (district, dates, times, etc. TBD). At these field sessions the coach will present a copy of their certificate as well as a lesson plan for the age they are working with and then do one or two activities with the children.
Reference: PA West Soccer Association, Youth Division Rules 2014-2015, Section 4.3.10 Coaching
Hampton Soccer Club will reimburse all coaches for the cost of this license upon request
It takes one soccer ball to change the life of a child.
It takes one jersey to make a child feel a sense of belonging.
Stay tuned for more information regarding this program in the coming months before the kick off of the Spring season. The different clubs need: goalie gloves and shirts, uniforms, balls, shoes, cleats and shin guards. Our collection point will be the concession stand/equipment shed at the Main Fields.