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Our Programs Overview

Steele Creek Soccer Club visualizes a full scope of development in youth sports. Our programs emphasize the freedom to play, an open mindset, growth, development, and passion for the beautiful game.

Steele Creek has a well-defined organizational structure. We are trained on the latest research in youth development and soccer coaching methodology to be a successful club.

Recreation

SCAA’s Recreational Soccer Program is open to boys and girls of all levels of ability. There are no player tryouts - everyone who registers is placed on a team. Many players who are interested in trying out for competitive teams begin their training by building a solid foundation in our recreational program. Our Recreational program includes our Junior Academy teams and pools, which are formed each season based on evaluations of players that show interest and aptitude for moving to our competitive program.

Youth Academy

SCAA offers the Youth Academy program to boys and girls ages 7 - 12 that are ready to move from recreational soccer into a curriculum focused on development of skills and techniques. The program, as recommended by US Soccer and the North Carolina Youth Soccer Association, stresses player development over winning. SCAA strongly believes that the Youth Academy Program is the best development option for children leaving recreational level programs. The training program is unmatched for preparing the youth player for higher level competitive programs. Interested players must participate in an evaluation process that occurs in May of each year. Once a player has accepted a position in the Youth Academy, they are committed to participate for the entire upcoming soccer year (August to May).

Competitive Soccer

SCAA forms teams at several levels of competitive (travel) soccer at each of our locations based on the results of formal tryouts held in the spring of each year. All players must attend tryouts every spring to be considered for a spot on a competitive team for the following year (August through May). Following tryouts, SCAA will present qualified players with an offer of a position on a competitive team based on their demonstrated level of ability. Players and families are made aware of the team's planned playing level, coach assignment and travel/tournament expectations prior to player commitment. Once the player accepts his position on the team, he is committed to SCAA and that team for the entire playing year (August - May).

PLAYER GROUPS

All players are separated by age group following the 2019 USSF mandates of birth year Matrix registrations, i.e... Born 2010. The next step is to place all players in playing groups of similar ability. This allows the individual player to participate in a group where they can be challenged and experience teachable moments to learn and succeed.

FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENT

The long-term development plan identifies five areas for player development – technical, tactical, social, psychological and physical. Our experience shows that this methodology best produces a well-rounded player capable of competitive play. The coaching curriculum from U4 to U19 follows progressions on the importance of each stage of development, from motor skills and social development, through technical work in the middle ages, and tactical practices at the older ages and later stages of development.

EMPHASIS ON TRAINING

While practice is important, in any sport, Steele Creek Soccer Club focuses on the quality of practice for more effective player development both on and off the field. Quality is far better than quantity of players. Excessive tournament play, and vast amounts of fitness without a ball is detrimental to the player and increases the incidence of injury, and our hope is that through the education of our parents and players, we can prevent the likelyhood of injury through proper habits on & off the field.

PARENT EDUCATION

Parents play a vital role in youth soccer, but are often the least informed stake holders. Most parents’ primary goal is to help their child enjoy their soccer experience and help them to reach their potential. In addition to that, many parents help manage their child’s team and some even hold important positions at their youth club. Most board members and decision makers at youth clubs are parents.

We at Steele Creek recognize the important contribution made by parents in our soccer programs and appreciate the challenges facing parents in their quest for guidance on how to help their child reach their potential in life, how to be supportive, and how to help their club in its mission to develop players.

Our goal is to ensure that each parent, regardless of the program their child is in, has access to information and seminars provided by the club to cultivate a culture of understanding, transparency, and open communication.

For articles and other information concerning parent education and the sport of soccer, please stay tuned on our social media pages as we begin to blast those out. You can find us on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

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