May 30, 2019by SAC Juniors

Parents and Coaches,

This Saturday June 1st we will be bringing trophies for all Junior Academy players to the coaches at the fields. This is to recognize and celebrate each player’s effort and their experience in the Junior Academy program.

Coaches: We recommend that you present the trophies to their players at the end of the practice session, after the scrimmage. Please stop your scrimmages about 10 minutes earlier than normal so you have time for trophies. Feel free to say a few words of encouragement and recognition to the players and make it a fun event. This is also a great opportunity for some informal team pictures.

Parents: Please be sure to thank our volunteer coaches for their time and efforts. They are the heroes of our Junior Academy program and make it all possible.

If you are not going to be at Junior Academy this Saturday then please let your coach know and they will hold your player’s trophy for the next Saturday.

Junior Academy Schedule for June 2019

We still have 4 more dates scheduled: June 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd
Please remember we added 2 extra dates to the Spring 2019 season to make up for all the rained out dates last Fall.
We have been fortunate with the weather this Spring and not had to cancel any Junior Academy dates so far.
* It’s getting hotter! Please bring extra water and make sure your player stays well hydrated.

Coaches: Please email me if your team will not have a coach available for any of the remaining dates. If needed I will help organize “guest players” to play with other teams at your location or we will combine some teams if needed.

Parents: Please let your coach know if your player will not be attending any of the remaining dates in June. This helps us manage coaching coverage and to ensure we can have the kids get as much soccer as possible.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Eric

Eric Haupt

VP – Juniors Programs / SAC/HC

www.SACJuniors.com | www.SACKick.com

4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

VP-Juniors@SAC-HC.org



April 24, 2019by SAC Juniors

SAC Junior Academy Picture Day is May 18, 2019

We have so many new players in Junior Academy, and because we had to reschedule the Fall 2018 Picture Day due to rain, we have scheduled Classic Photography for Saturday May 18th. Photographers will be at your fields at our regular times. They will be taking team pictures and individual pictures for those families interested in purchasing a package.

Classic Photography & Imaging is a long time SAC partner and each year they make a generous donation to SAC.

Click Here to Print Your Order Form

For your convenience, you can type directly into the

order form from the link above and simply print.

Please send in your order form and payment

with your son or daughter on picture day.

 

Questions?

Email SAC.Schedule@classic-photo.com with any questions.

Thank You!

Classic Photography & Imaging

 

 

 



April 11, 2019by SAC Juniors

Parents and Coaches,
This Saturday we will begin having a weekly scrimmage game during the last part of the session. Times and field locations will be the same as last week. Coaches will still conduct fun soccer activities for the first half of the session. Please read below for details and see the field maps with scrimmage schedules at http://sacjuniors.com/locations/ .

Scrimmage Objectives

We are introducing the players to field boundaries and attacking towards and defending a soccer goal ( two cones ).
We are building teamwork and good sportsmanship.
We are encouraging dribbling, shooting and passing.

Scrimmage Guidelines

We do not keep scores in scrimmage games. Cheer for both teams.
When a ball goes off the field ( out of bounds ), stop play and have a player kick the ball in to restart. No throw-ins. Keep the ball on the ground.
Coaches should be on the field and act as referee and coach. Instruct and encourage the players.
All players are on the field playing. No substitutes. It’s OK if the teams are not even numbers.
Coaches can switch players between scrimmage squads as needed to keep the game competitive and interesting for the players.

Scrimmage Process

Visitors squad = Wear Pinnies
Home squad   = Do Not Wear Pinnies

2013 Girls and Boys Teams:

9:00 am to 9:55 am  Teams conduct fun, age-appropriate soccer activities per our Coaches Resources site http://sacjuniors.com/coaching-resources/ .

9:55 am Take a water break. Divide your team into two equal sized squads. Put pinnies on the players in one squad. The squad with pinnies will visit your opponents field. The squad without pinnies will stay on your home field.

10:00 am   Have your squad with pinnies visit your opponents field. Be sure they bring their water bottle and that their parents know so they can follow along. Begin scrimmage when ready. Take water breaks as needed every 5 – 10 minutes.
* Coaches introduce yourself and your team to the other team.

10:30 am   Conclude your scrimmage. At the end of the scrimmage have the players line-up and shake hands. Visitors return to your home field. Meet with your whole team and parents as needed. Have a team cheer.

2014 Girls and Boys Teams:

11:00 am to 11:30 am   Teams conduct fun, age-appropriate soccer activities per our Coaches Resources site http://sacjuniors.com/coaching-resources/ .

11:30 am  Take a water break. Divide your team into two equal sized squads. Put pinnies on the players in one squad. The squad with pinnies will visit your opponents field. The squad without pinnies will stay on your home field.

11:35 am  Have your squad with pinnies visit your opponents field. Be sure they bring their water bottle and that their parents know so they can follow along. Begin scrimmage when ready. Take water breaks as needed every 5 – 10 minutes.
* Coaches introduce yourself and your team to the other team.

12:00 pm   Conclude your scrimmage. At the end of the scrimmage have the players line-up and shake hands. Visitors return to your home field. Meet with your whole team and parents as needed. Have a team cheer.

Field maps with scrimmage schedules:  http://sacjuniors.com/locations/

** Our website and field maps are designed to work well on your phone!

Junior Academy News & Updates:  http://sacjuniors.com/news-updates/



April 4, 2019by SAC Juniors

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 mapshttp://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.

Parent\Guardian Expectations

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.

Thank you,
Eric

Eric Haupt   

VP – Juniors Programs  /  SAC/HC

www.SACJuniors.com  |  www.SACKick.com

4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

VP-Juniors@SAC-HC.org 



February 22, 2019by SAC Juniors

Parents,

The SAC Junior Academy Spring 2019 season will start on Saturday April 6th. Because we had a large number of Saturday sessions rained-out last Fall we have scheduled Junior Academy for 11 Saturday mornings this Spring. We are going to try to get in as much soccer fun as we can. Normally each Fall and Spring season has 8 scheduled sessions each. Here are the dates scheduled:

April 6, 13, 27

May 4, 11, 18, 25

June 1, 8, 15, 22

Please see our website http://sacjuniors.com/junior-academy/ for dates, times and locations.

New Players for Spring 2019: Welcome! You will be assigned to a team and get an email from SAC with your team’s coaches, location and time to meet. We will be working to get all new players assigned to a team by the end of March. You will receive a SAC jersey and soccer socks.

Returning Players from Fall 2018: Welcome back! You will stay assigned to the same team, and play at the same location and time you did in Fall 2018. Please use the same uniforms you received in the Fall.

Coaches Meeting: Wednesday March 27, 2019        8:00 pm to 9:30 pm   at Covenant Church

For new and returning Junior Academy coaches and assistant coaches, plus any parents interested in volunteering and helping with the Junior Academy program! See this link for more info:http://sacjuniors.com/coaching-resources/

Coaches Outdoor Training: Thursday   April 4, 2019       6:30 pm to 7:30 pm     at Covenant Park Field #4

Coach Willie Ibarra will demonstrate some popular and effective training activities for coaches to use. We will be discussing the logistics of running a training session and answering questions. Coaches and assistant coaches are encouraged to bring their child(ren) to participate! This event is a lot of fun.

Coaches: We always need more parent volunteers to help as Assistant Coaches and Coaches. If you are interested in helping please contact me by email at VP-Juniors@SAC-HC.org and plan to attend the coaches events listed above.

** If you were a Coach or Assistant Coach in Fall 2018 and you are notreturning for Spring 2019 please contact me directly at VP-Juniors@SAC-HC.org as soon as possible so we can find a volunteer for that spot.

Communications: I will be sending emails with information about SAC Juniors and posting the information on our website athttp://sacjuniors.com/news-updates/ . Coaches will be using email, phone calls, and Blue Sombrero “TeamManager Game Changer” App to reach their team.

Registration for the Spring 2019 season is open now. If you have a friend or neighbor that may be interested in joining us please let them know.

Before we know it, the snow will all melt and warmer days will be here. I look forward to seeing you all again soon on the soccer fields.

Please contact me by email if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Eric

Eric Haupt   

VP – Juniors Programs  /  SAC/HC

www.SACJuniors.com  |  www.SACKick.com

4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

VP-Juniors@SAC-HC.org



November 16, 2018by SAC Juniors

Parents,
    Hi. With all of the snow and rain we had yesterday it is almost certain that the Howard County BOE will keep the school fields closed for tomorrow Nov. 17th. So we have decided to announce now that there will be no Junior Academy soccer tomorrow, to give everyone more notice to plan your weekend. 
    This brings to an end our Junior Academy Fall 2018 season. I share everyone’s frustration and disappointment that we could not get the kids more soccer time due to the weather. I’m working with the SAC office to see how we can maximize our Spring 2019 schedule to try to get the most playing time for Junior Academy. I hope your child had fun and looks forward to playing more.
    Our Spring 2019 season will start on Saturday April 6, 2019. We will keep the same teams together, at the same times and locations. Most of you registered for the Junior Academy full season which includes both Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 so you do not need to do anything. A few families registered for “Fall 2018 only” and you should have already been contacted directly by the SAC office with options to register for the Spring 2019. Registration for new players to join us for the Spring 2019 season will open in December. If you have friends who want to join and would like them to be on your team please email me so we can try to arrange that.
    SAC will be holding various Winter indoor training camps and sessions at the Soccer Dome in Harmans ( near Arundel Mills Mall )  https://www.sackick.com/holiday-clinics/ .

Coaches: Thank you very much for volunteering and making this league possible. We will be holding a Coaches Meeting and Coaches outdoor training at the end of March. I will be sending more info by email and on the website as we get closer.

I hope everyone has a great Winter and I look forward to seeing you in the Spring.

Thanks,
Eric

VP – Juniors Programs  /  SAC/HC



November 10, 2018by SAC Juniors

Parents,
The school fields are Closed today, Nov. 10th, so we are not able to hold Junior Academy soccer today. We will try again next Saturday Nov. 17th which is our final make-up date for the Fall 2018 season. I am working with the SAC office to see what we can do with the Spring 2019 schedule and will send out that information and post it on our website when it is available.

Thank you,
Eric

Eric Haupt   

VP – Juniors Programs  /  SAC/HC

www.SACJuniors.com  |  www.SACKick.com

4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

VP-Juniors@SAC-HC.org



October 27, 2018by SAC Juniors

Parents,
We are cancelling all Junior Academy sessions for today Saturday Oct. 27th. I just went out to two of our school fields this morning and the field conditions are too poor. There is too much standing water and not enough good space to play. The Howard County BOE hotline was not updated this morning. The last update from Wednesday states the fields are open “until further notice”. I don’t have complete faith in the BOE hotline process so I checked our fields myself. With continued rain this morning I regret we need to cancel for today.
Unfortunately we have had more weather cancellations this Fall than expected. We are working on ideas to try to get more soccer in this Fall. Also, a reminder that we do have the Spring season coming up to work with too. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Thank you,
Eric

Eric Haupt   

VP – Juniors Programs  /  SAC/HC

www.SACJuniors.com  |  www.SACKick.com

4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

VP-Juniors@SAC-HC.org