Our SAC Junior Academy Spring 2019 seasons starts this Saturday April 6th! Here are a few things about the program, what to expect and what is expected of parents\guardians.
SAC Junior Academy Program is …
– About developing fundamental soccer skills of dribbling, shooting and passing.
– We focus on “age appropriate” activities and skills. Stay Positive! Have Fun!
– We are building a love for the game, teamwork and good sportsmanship.
SAC Junior Academy Program is NOT …
– Not Competitive. We will not record scores or keep standings at these age groups.
Things we will not be doing in the Junior Academy age groups:
– No heading the ball! Keep the ball on the ground at this age.
– No Throw-Ins, No Corner kicks, No Goal kicks. No Off side.
– We Avoid Lines, Lectures and Laps. All running should involve a soccer ball.
– No Goalkeepers. Everyone is a field player at this age group.
Uniforms: Every player will get a SAC Under Armour jersey and soccer socks. Players can wear whatever shorts or pants you like. Players can also wear any short or long sleeve shirt under the jersey. Uniforms for new players, on new teams will be distributed to players on the field on April 6th. New players who are added to existing ( Fall 2018 ) teams are being asked to pick-up their uniform at the SAC office during business hours. If you are not sure about which of these applies to you then please ask your coach.
Equipment: Every player needs to have their own size 3 soccer ball and wear shin guards. Soccer cleats are recommended, but not required. Regular athletic shoes can work fine. No open-toed shoes or sandals.
Field location maps: http://sacjuniors.com/locations/ Find your team’s field location at your school.
Weather: We are completely dependent on the HoCo BOE for closing or keeping open our school fields. They will make a decision and update their hotline ( 410-313-6827 ) at 7:00 am on Saturday mornings. If the BOE closes the fields due to weather or poor field conditions I will send an email to the entire Junior Academy program by 7:30 am and I will post it on our website athttp://sacjuniors.com/news-updates/ . Please check your emails and the website on Saturday mornings if in doubt.
Restrooms: We do not have control over if the schools will be open and restrooms available. Most Saturdays the school is closed and there is no access. There are also no porta-potties at the schools. Sorry. We have tried to get them but the BOE says no. Please plan accordingly.
Junior Academy is not a “drop-off” program. At this age program it is expected that parent(s) or guardian(s) will be at the field during the session. Please do not leave your player unattended at the soccer session. Coaches will have the players take frequent water breaks and the players will need your attention and encouragement.
Please cheer for all players in our program. Cheer for effort and offer positive feedback.
Please support your volunteer coaches. They are parents too and their child is on the team.
Please keep help keep our fields clean. Especially after snacks. Take away any trash.
Age Group Coordinators ( AGCs ): I’m very happy to announce that we have four great volunteers that will be helping us as Age Group Coordinators. These folks will help me support you with logistics, planning and answering questions.
2013 Girls Teams Katie Dalziel 2013Girls@SAC-HC.org
2014 Girls Teams Becky Nipper 2014Girls@SAC-HC.org
2013 Boys Teams Melanie Lewis 2013Boys@SAC-HC.org
2014 Boys Teams Nicole Bumphus 2014Boys@SAC-HC.org
I hope everyone has a great soccer experience and a lot of fun this spring. I look forward to seeing you all out on the fields.
Please contact me and your AGC if you have any questions.
VP – Juniors Programs / SAC/HC
www.SACJuniors.com | www.SACKick.com
4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042