September 14, 2019by SAC Juniors

Coaches and parents,
     Good morning. The Junior Academy scrimmage schedules are now posted on our website. I have added the scrimmage schedule to the bottom of the field maps so please see https://sacjuniors.com/locations/  for your location and age group. This link and the maps work great your mobile phone browser. I apologize for the delay and last minute sending of this information.
Please remember that we do not keep score in the scrimmages and we cheer for all players. The scrimmage is an introduction to game play and teamwork. We are working on field boundaries and directions of play ( towards a goal ). It’s all about dribbling and shooting at this age. Mix and match players on teams as needed to keep it fun and interesting. Take plenty of water breaks as needed.
It’s very important that we model and encourage good sportsmanship. Coaches have your players introduce themselves to the other team and shake hands at the end of scrimmage.
Have a great morning and I will see you on the soccer fields.

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 



September 10, 2019by SAC Juniors

Parents and Coaches,
    Our Picture Day for Junior Academy teams is Saturday October 5, 2019.  Pictures will be taken at your usual field location and time for Junior Academy. We will have photographers at your site to take team and individual pictures during your session. It is not required to buy a picture package ( they are really great! ) but we would like all players and coaches in the team pictures. 
    Classic Photography and Imaging is a long-time SAC partner and each year makes a very generous donation to our non-profit youth soccer club. You may have received an order form from your coach on the first Saturday with you player’s uniform. You can also find the order form online at:

http://www.classic-photo.com/orderforms/sports_fall_2019.pdf 

** Please note that SAC Picture Day for the older kids in our Recreation Program will be held this upcoming weekend of Sept. 13, 14 and 15th. If you have older children in that program check with their coach for times and location. This is not for our Junior Academy players\teams! Junior Academy’s Picture Day is October 5th.

I will send more reminder emails about Picture Day as we get closer to October 5th. 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



September 5, 2019by SAC Juniors

Parents and Coaches,
    Hi. Please see the information below about the SAC Junior Academy season that starts this Saturday September 7th.

Junior Academy Fall 2019 Dates
Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28  Oct. 5, 19, 26   Nov. 2      Rain Dates Oct. 14th and Nov. 9th          

Field locations: Please see our website for field maps! https://sacjuniors.com/locations/ . Field locations are designated “A” to “J” and the coaches names are listed next to the field location.
* Our website works great on your mobile phone! Use the link above to see your field and find your team.

Parents:
Please be sure that your player brings their own size 3 soccer ball, is wearing shin guards and has plenty of cold water for Saturday morning

Uniforms will be handed out to players at the start of the Saturday morning session. All players will get a SAC Under Armour jersey ( one size fits all ) and one pair of SAC Under Armour soccer socks. Coaches will pick up their team’s bag of uniforms and bring them to the field Saturday.

We still need more parent-volunteer coaches. No experience needed! If your team only has one coach then we need to get a second or third adult to help and cover when they are out. Contact me or talk to your team’s coach on Saturday and ask how you can help and join the fun!

Visit our website  https://sacjuniors.com/news-updates/ for updates and info.

Coaches: Thank you for volunteering!!

Please attend the Junior Academy Coaches Outdoor Training for Fall 2019 
Thursday September 5, 2019 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Covenant Park Field #4
4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042
https://www.sackick.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/covenantParkComplexPrintout.pdf

At this event we will have the 
– Team uniform bags 
– Team equipment
– Coach’s Under Armour Polo shirts
– Demonstrating Junior Academy activities and Q&A

* If you can not be at the Thursday evening training session to pick-up your team’s stuff then 
– Pick-up from the SAC Office at Covenant Park between 8:30am and 4:30pm on Wed., Thursday or Friday
– I will be at Covenant Park on Friday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with the remaining gear.
– If none of this works for you please contact me directly at vp-juniors@sac-hc.org

Visit our Coaching Resources website at  https://sacjuniors.com/coaching-resources/
and be sure to review the presentation from the Coach’s Meeting
https://sacjuniors.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SAC-Junior-Academy-Fall-2019-Coaches-Meeting.pdf

I look forward to a fun Fall Junior Academy season and to seeing you all on the soccer fields.

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



August 19, 2019by SAC Juniors

The Fall 2019 Junior Academy season is fast approaching. Registration is open for Girls and Boys born in 2014 and 2015. The season will start on Saturday September 7, 2019.

Junior Academy Fall 2019 Dates

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28  Oct. 5, 19, 26   Nov. 2      Rain Date Nov. 9th          * No Junior Academy soccer on Oct. 14th for Columbus Day Weekend

Important Upcoming Dates

Wednesday Aug. 28, 2019   8:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Covenant Church – Junior Academy Coaches Meeting for Fall 2019

* For new and returning parent-volunteer coaches and those interested in coaching.

Thursday Sept. 5, 2019   6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Covenant Park Field #4 – Junior Academy Coaches Outdoor Training session for Fall 2019

* At this fun outdoor session we will demonstrate some of the favorite training exercises for this age group, discuss how to run a practice, and answer you questions.

* Bring your Junior Academy soccer player and they will get to play and help.

Covenant Church is located at Covenant Park which is the main SAC complex located at 4560 Centennial Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21042

Rosters will be sent out to coaches on or about August 29th.

Locations

2014 Boys – Clarksville MS and Dunloggin MS     9:00 am to 10:30 am

2014 Girls – Clemens Crossing ES and Thunder Hill ES      9:00 am to 10:30 am

2015 Boys – Clarksville MS and Dunloggin MS     11:00 am to 12:00 pm Noon

2015 Girls – Clemens Crossing ES    11:00 am to 12:00 pm Noon

See the field maps at https://sacjuniors.com/locations/

 

Players will be assigned to a team at a location closest to their home address. Teams will always be at the same location every Saturday.

More information will be posted here and emailed to Junior Academy families over the next week as we get closer to the fall 2019 season start.

 

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

 

 



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 https://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 https://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 https://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:  https://sacjuniors.com/locations/

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

Junior Academy News & Updates:  https://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 mapshttps://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 athttps://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 https://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:https://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 athttps://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