Sporting Arkansas Junior Academy Program Director
Sporting Arkansas Junior Academy Program
The Sporting Arkansas Junior Academy Program is designed for children age seven and below. US Soccer categorizes this age group as the 'initial stage' of soccer development. US Youth Soccer categorizes this age group as the 'fundamental stage.'
This is a pivotal time for motor skill development in our junior players. Prior to obtaining good ball control the children must gain control of their bodies. Therefore, Sporting Arkansas Junior Academy training sessions will be formatted more as physical education using a soccer ball. Basic ball control combined with physical demands of walking, running, jumping, and other agility, balance, and coordination exercises will be executed to aid in proper movement mechanics. The sessions will first and foremost be FUN!
Tactics will be implemented in small sided games where the understanding of field boundaries and spatial awareness will be taught. The emphasis will be to let the children have FUN, play the game of soccer, and learn at the same time. The fascination for the ball and the thrill of scoring goals provides the spark for life long soccer participation.
Junior Academy training takes place twice per week on Mondays 5:30-6:30 and Wednesdays 5:30-6:30. There will be a December and a summer break. Up to date training and competition schedules are provided at the calendar on this page.
If your interested in enrolling your child please come out to a training session, first one is FREE! Registration is to be completed online using our registration link.
Junior Academy runs year-round and payments will be taken automatically by credit card or e-check. Charges will take place monthly for the duration of which the player wants to participate in the program or until the time in which the player "ages out" of the Junior Academy and moves to the Academy program.
Monthly Fee: $40
If you have any questions about how the program works please email the Sporting Arkansas Office Manager.