Diamond Academy Overview
What is the Diamond Academy?
The Diamond Academy Program is a technically focused training program designed to prepare players for the next level of soccer. For the 2020-21 year, this includes players born in 2013 and 2014. All games in the U8 division will be 5v5 with a goalie on a 30x40 field, with 6 x 12 goals. The U7 division games will be 4v4 without a goalie. Games will be run by the trainers. This will provide better ratios for player’s time on the ball with the idea of continuous play. Players develop quicker as they are forced into a multitude of decision making moments in every practice and game. The goalkeeper position is introduced for the first time at U8.
What is the difference between Diamond Academy and the Junior Recreation Program?
There is always a trainer present at practices and games. The trainers take the curriculum material and provide the teachable moments for the players to execute their technical skills in the game situations.
What are the goals of the Diamond Academy?
To prepare players better for the next level of soccer. The majority of players have gone seamlessly into travel and the level of the travel teams has increased exponentially.
What can I expect for my child from Diamond Academy?
A positive, dynamic learning environment where players are pushed to improve, but where they are encouraged to have fun at the same time. Your child will see a huge improvement in their technical ability as a result of the program.
If I participate in Diamond Academy, does that mean I am on the travel pathway?
Technically, yes. The Diamond Program gives a head start to the technical development of the travel player, however it does not guarantee placement in a travel team. There is also no commitment to staying on the travel pathway after your time in Diamond is complete.
If you have any questions about the Diamond Academy, please contact DiamondAcademy@SPFSoccer.com.