2018-19 eligibility: The Under-9 Academy program is for children born in 2010. The Under-10 Academy program is for children born in 2009.
2018-19 cost: $590. (This season, all payments must be made using an installment plan. Details TBA).
2018-19 registration deadline: July 1. If late registration is possible, registrants will have a 10% surcharge added to their fees. Registration page
Spring 2018 Academy trainers: Chris Mitchell (girls), Justin Swenson (boys).
Spring 2018 practice schedule: Boys - 5:30-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; Girls - 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. All practices at JPW-23 and JPW-26. Goalkeeper Training (optional) - 3:45-4:45 p.m. Fridays, NKE-17.
- This is a Recreational program and there are no tryouts. However, the Academy program is intended for children who are excited about soccer and want to spend the time and energy to improve their skills with a professional trainer. If your child prefers to play soccer just for fun or has a busy schedule packed with other activities, he or she might find our Under-9/10 All-Girls or Boys/Coed program to be a better fit.
- Two 90-minute weekday/weeknight practices each week led by a professional trainer. Parent volunteer coaches work closely with the trainer during practices and coach all games.
- The emphasis at practices will be on learning and developing footskills, individual playing skills and technique. Important note: Parents and players should expect team rosters/groups for practices, events, matches and tournaments to be adjusted frequently during the season.
- A minimum of two WYSA and/or MAYSA Academy events, with the potential for additional Academy events. Sixteen games (eight in fall, eight in spring) in MAYSA leagues, preferably the Rec A division. Half of the games will be in Oregon, with the other half in Madison-area communities. Most games on weekends.
- Registration fee includes the entry fee for four tournaments (expected to be Waunakee Cup and Oregon Soccer Fall Fury in fall 2017, MC United Mountain Bay Cup and TBA in spring 2018).
- All players must purchase a uniform (estimated cost $75).
- Parent volunteer coaches are needed - soccer and/or coaching experience preferred. Preference will be given to coaches with a USSF "E" license or better. Note: In December 2017, the USSF announced that it will be phasing out the National "E" and "F" licenses and replacing them with a series of game-specific "Grassroots" courses. Oregon SC will re-evaluate its licensing requirements in early 2018
- Girls can choose to play in all-girls Academy or in the boys/coed Academy.
- Depending on the number of players registered, training sessions or age groups might be combined.
- Games will be 7v7 (six field players plus a goalkeeper)
- Addition of a "buildout line." The buildout line is used to promote playing the ball out of the back in an unpressured setting. When the goalkeeper has the ball, either during play or from a goal kick, the opposing team must move behind the buildout line. Once the opposing team is behind the buildout line, the goalkeeper can pass, throw or roll the ball to a teammate. After the ball is put into play, the opposing team can then cross the buildout line and play resumes.
- Punting the ball is not allowed, as this would defeat the purpose of the buildout line and reduce the opportunity to play out of the back in an unpressured setting.
- Offside will be used in MAYSA league games.
- No intentional headers allowed. As part of the U.S. Soccer Player Safety Initiative, heading the ball is not allowed in leagues with players 10 and under. Rule: "When a player deliberately heads the ball in a game, an indirect free kick should be awarded to the opposing team from the spot of the offense. If the deliberate header occurs within the goal area, the indirect free kick should be taken on the goal area line parallel to the goal line at the point nearest to where the infringement occurred. If a player does not deliberately head the ball, then play should continue."