- Published on 08 February 2012
- Written by FC Samoa
SKILLS TESTING/PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING
Intent: to show players and parents tangible progress in all or most of the "baseline" Academy and (homework) skills. To establish and reward respect for lifelong Physical Fitness (we test all healthy athletes at the 75th percentile on State charts (5th grade/7th/9th)
Example: "A 12 year old girl runs a mile in 8m 23 secs or better" (75th pct)
PFT tests can be signed off by a parent, a PE teacher, a Coach (etc)
Mile Run/Curl Ups/Shuttle Run
Mon and Tues Testing Items:Juggling/Dribbling/
* All are "curriculum items" found elsewhere on this website.
* Juggling (6 times without a drop) is probably the most challenging for most young players,
* Most players who have been attending-working will easily PASS the baseline skill tests like dribbling.
* Testing will occur, using adjunct instructors, over the final few (Mondays) and (Tuesdays) Academy classes.
* A 10 year old member ran a mile in 6minutes 30 !!!
* A 14 year old club member (Olivia Ritter) recently juggled 309
- Published on 16 November 2010
- Written by FC Samoa
White Level Academy: sometimes referred to as pre-Academy. Deals with up to 10 of the 56 * curriculum components. Emphasis on utilizing these same elements in fun -but- thematic games.
Suitable for 8-9-10 year olds with D3 background, or highly motivated d4 (Rec) players.
Yellow Level Academy: deals with up to 25 of the 56 curriculum elements. Aimed at 11-12 year olds with a passion for soccer and a willingness to work hard. Theme "Mastery of the Ball- Mastery of the opponent" (most themes are 1 v 1 or 2 v 1 in nature. Ten year olds with a background in individual skill-focused work (eg with a skills trainer) may wish to try this level. For the d3 player interested in a d1 future, this work is critical.
A yellow shirt is earned upon completion.
Red Level Academy : In general, only for those who have earned their YELLOW shirt. Up to 40 of the 56 elements* are included (with special emphasis on aerial skill elements) (and prior proficiency on the first 25 elements is "assumed"). Ages 12-13-14. Suitable for d1 players or very well-rounded d3 players.
Goalkeeper School: Open to all Goalies, with or without prior GK training.FC Samoa reserves the right to subdivide goalie groups to better serve a specific age or level.
Ages 11-14 target age group.
Varsity Prep: Everything you need to be ready for high school tryouts. Modern sports-specific training and injury prevention, goal setting and journals, the 7 must-know skills of varsity soccer, and more.
- Get in pre-tryout shape
- Avoid injuries later on
- Brush up on intermediate and advanced technical and tactical skills
- Make the "cut" with room to spare, and
- Perform better than before.
* See THE FC Samoa Soccer Curriculum (56 elements)
- Published on 18 September 2008
- Written by FC Samoa
The FC Samoa Soccer Curriculum: the 56 elements of soccer
Background: FC Samoa uses exemplary (Standards–Based)* k-12 teaching methodologies at its soccer education core. This includes pre- and post-assessments of student attainment, benchmarks and technical “exit competencies” at each level (Pre-academy, Under-12, Under-14, Under-16, and College-Prep). In cases where students, upon entering Academy classes, are assessed as less than proficient in the standards for that age/level, remediation and independent study (homework) elements may be assigned.
Under-10 (pre-Academy) (and/or Drop in Academy)
Program: playing in local leagues, attending FC Samoa Seasonal Mini-clinics
Standards: From (5) to (15) Exit Competencies at end of U-10
Under-11/12: Entry Level Academy:
“Mastering the small game” (Classes meet one or two days per week)
Program: Play in Local Leagues and/or FC Samoa Travel Team events
Standards: (15-20 elements mastered at end of U-11): emphasis U-12 is on mastery of the opponent in 1 vs. 1 (Offense and Defense elements)
Under 13-Under 14:
“High School Prep” and “Learning to live a healthy athletic lifestyle”
Program: Small Sided Tech-tact Mastery in 4 vs. 4 and 6 vs. 6. Travel to several high level Tournaments a year.
Standards: n= 30 elements mastered at end of U-14 year, “Injury Prevention” (Theory and Practice), “Sports Nutrition Basics” (Classroom), “Contemporary Athletic Conditioning” (Theory and Practice)
Program: Training and Traveling as a Club
Standards: n=40-45 elements
Functional (positional) Training Modules
Attacking/defending as a team.
Year-round Conditioning Cycles in athletics (Theory/Practice)
Setting Goals (College/Academics/Soccer/Life)
Planning for success in school, soccer, and life.
Program: “College prep AP Soccer Class”
Exposure to highest level of play in N California
Exposure to mini-clinics from College Staff (HSU etc)
6-Day cycles (3 with team, 3 on independent conditioning program)
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