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Rocket Launcher Academy

Rocket Launcher Academy

What is Academy Soccer?

The Rocket Launcher Academy is a program offered by the Neenah Soccer Club designed to provide high quality training to boys and girls in the U7/8 and U9/10 age group in a progressive and consistent manner.  The objective of the Academy is to enhance the player’s enjoyment and understanding of the game through improved technical skill and tactical development in a supportive environment.   The emphasis will be on player development as opposed to winning in order to build a basis for success as the players get older.

Who should play Academy Soccer?

Academy Soccer is designed for those u7-u10 players who have previous soccer experience.  The expectation is the player should have a high interest and commitment to learning the game, improving, and playing at a higher level of competition.  This is true for all ages, but in particular for those younger players (birth year 2011) as it is designed to be a higher level of commitment to learning and competition.   Parents should make sure their child has the soccer experience, the desire, and the physical and mental maturity to participate.  For those with no or limited soccer experience or who are not interested in a higher level of commitment please consider Neenah Soccer Club's recreational soccer programs. 

Why play Academy Soccer?

  • It is a bridge between recreational and competitive soccer
  • Emphasis is on individual player development
  • Improve player's technical skills
  • Increase player's tactical understanding
  • Enhance player's enjoyment of the game of soccer
  • Smaller field sizes and player numbers = more touches on the ball = more player learning and FUN!
  • Players get experience playing all positions on the field
  • Players develop better problem solving skills on the field
  • Follows guidelines from the US Youth Soccer Association to enhance the physical, social and psychological development of each player
  • Players are coached by professional licensed coaches and parent volunteers

Additional Academy Information:

  • Open to players U7/8 and U9/10 
  • Open to boys and girls
  • All players in the same age group practice together in a pool and can be split up in different ways on game days
  • Participate in East Central Academy league on Saturdays against other local clubs.  Travel for games can range from Oshkosh to Green Bay
  • Participation in 1-2 local tournaments per season

Format of Academy Soccer:

  • Spring Season
    • Age Groups
      • U7/8 (birth year 2010 & 2011)
      • U9/10 (birth year 2008 & 2009)
    • Season Schedule
      • Spring 2018 season will run from approximately mid-April through the end of June/early July
      • 2 practices per week (Tuesdays and Thursday evening)
        • U7/8 – Time is yet TBD
        • U9/10 – Time is yet TBD
      • League Games: Participation in East Central League for 8 weeks on Saturday.  Travel for games will range from Oshkosh to Green Bay.  Game times will likely be between 8:00am-3:00pm and your exact game time may not be known until the week prior to the game.
      • 1-2 tournaments per season
  • Fall Season
    • Age Groups
      • U7/8 (birth year 2010 & 2011)
      • U9/10 (birth year 2008 & 2009)
    • Season Schedule
      • Fall 2017 season will run approximately mid-August through the end of October
      • Preseason Academy Training Camp: Aug. 21st-24th, 5:30-7:30pm for all age groups
      • 2 practices per week (Monday and Thursday evening) starting the week of August 28th.
        • U7/8 – 6:00-7:00pm
        • U9/10 – 5:30-7:00pm
        • Times may need to be adjusted as we move later in the fall due to daylight issues
      • League Games: Participation in East Central League for 8 weeks on Saturday in September and October.  Travel for games will range from Oshkosh to Green Bay.  Game times will likely be between 8:00am-3:00pm and your exact game time may not be known until the week prior to the game.
      • Tournament: Participate in one fall tournament

U7/8 Academy

 

Format

 

4 vs. 4 (no goalie)

Periods and Duration

of game

4 quarters of 10 minutes

 

Referee

 

No referee

Ball Size Size 3

 

Players

 

8-10 players Field Size 25-35yds x 15-25yds
Practices

2 nights a week/

1 hr. each

Goal Size

4' x 6' 

 

U9/10 Academy

 

Format

 

7 vs. 7 (includes goalie)

Periods and Duration

of game

2 halves of 25 minutes

 

Referee

 

3 referees Ball Size Size 4

 

Players

 

10-12 players Field Size 55-65yds x 35-45yds

 

Practices

 

2 nights a week/

1 hr. 30 min. each

Goal Size 6.5’ x 18.5’

 

Cost of the Academy Program:

  • Spring Registration Fees
    • Registration Fee: The fee is $125 + $50.00 volunteer buyout prepayment = $175.  This includes training sessions, league games, and 2 spring tournaments.
    • Game Jersey Fee: New player or returning academy replacement game jersey fee - $25 additional fee
    • Practice Jersey Fee: New player or returning academy replacement practice shirt fee - $6 additional fee
    • Volunteer Buyout Prepayment: We will reimburse you $50 for the first 2 hours of volunteer time per player.  To be reimbursed for your volunteer buyout prepayment, you must complete two volunteer hours/player before July 31, 2018. You will be given a voucher for every two hours of volunteer time completed. You will need to submit it to receive your $50 buyout fee payback at a later time.  Watch your email and the NSC website for volunteer opportunities.   Failure to volunteer 2 hours per player before July 31st will result in forfeiture of the $50 volunteer buyout fee. See the NSC website for more details.
    • Spring registration closes on March 1st, 2018.
  • Fall Registration Fees
    • Registration Fee: The fee is $100.  This includes preseason camp, training sessions, one fall tournament, and one training t-shirt (single white t-shirt with NSC logo). 
      • New player or returning academy replacement jersey fee-$25 additional fee
    • Fall Registration Closes on July 22

Academy Registration:

To register for Rocket Launcher Academy click Here

Please contact Tyler Brown at academy@neenahsoccerclub.org with any questions.

Please contact Mandy Fleege at mfleege@neenahsoccerclub.org with any registration questions.

Financial assistance is available. The form can be found at www.neenahsoccerclub.org, click on "NSC forms" tab at the top of the home page, complete and return by mail to: NSC, PO Box 173, Neenah, WI 54957-0173 or scan and email to registrar@neenahsoccerclub.org

 

What is the difference between Recreational Soccer and Academy Soccer?

Program Recreational Soccer Academy Soccer
Competition Level Geared toward having fun, making friendships, and staying active Higher level of commitment, training and competition
Training Age appropriate skill building exercises and games designed to teach the fundamental skills of soccer High quality training designed to enhance the player’s enjoyment and understanding of the game through improved technical skill and tactical development
Season

Spring Season – Recreational League

Fall Season – Elementary School League

Players can play year round 

-Spring League

-Winter Academy Skills

-Fall League

Practices/Games/

Tournaments

U7/8 – 1 day a week with practice and game on same night

U9/10 - 1 practice per week and 1 game per week on different nights

*No tournaments against other Clubs but does participate in “Soccer Saturday”

U7/8 and U9/10

-2 practices per week

-1 game per week on Saturdays

-1 to 2 tournaments per season

Game Opponents Only play against other NSC rec teams Play in East Central Academy League  against other local area club teams
Teams Teams are set for the entire season and players are placed on them randomly Teams are flexible and can change week to week based on player ability/skill level
Spring Fees

Spring Fees

-U7/8 - $80

-U9/10 - $85

*covers cost of registration, training, ref fees and jerseys.

Spring Fees

Fee - $125

*covers costs of registration, training, league games, ref fees, and 2 tournament fees.