Oregon Soccer Club's Academy program for Under-9 and Under-10 boys and girls debuted in fall 2013 and was accredited by the Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association in fall 2015. In spring 2016, we launched a Pre-Academy program for Under-8 players.
Our program is one of 29 academies across the state accredited and one of only three in the Madison area. Kevin Gowrie, former Oregon SC Director of Coaching, created the curriculum used for the Academy and Pre-Academy programs.
The two major characteristics of youth academies are:
In order to achieve accreditation, a club is assessed on the structure of their current or potential academy program that includes the coaching education and license level of the director of coaching, trainers, and other coaches associated with the program. In addition, their training program(s) and methods (sessions per week, training calendar, coaching methods and environments) are examined. Finally, the WYSA directors of coaching observe player development methods and team training sessions with post observation assessment meeting(s) aimed at providing quality feedback to enhance current or projected academy programs.
"With the advent of the youth academy programs here in Wisconsin, we are beginning a new golden age of development for young soccer players," WYSA Director of Coaching Jim Launder said. "Not only will this programming allow for the more complete training and playing of games within a format that supports development, it will also enhance the enjoyment of the players and their families alike. We look forward to an evolving Youth Academy program which will complement our other programs in Wisconsin to help young players develop in soccer.”