GRASS ROOTS PROGRAM
“Learn a few skills while having fun in a player focused environment”
Our Grassroots session is a co-ed Development Program. The sessions are designed for children age 4 to 12.
The program adheres to the LTPD (Long Term Player Development).
USC Academy Instructors make sure that already the youngest players receive proper age and/or ability specific training within small sided games.
A typical scenario:
Players within the below programs are placed in training groups, based on age or ability.
Games are played with teams, made up each session.
EVERYBODY plays - NOBODY sits out.
Active Start (age 4 -5) play fun soccer related games.
FUNdamentals (age 6 -8) play 4 a side, no goalie.
Learn to Train (age 9 -12) play 7 a side (or 9v9 )including goalie.
Train to Train (age 13+) consult Training Options
Each player receives a uniform kit.
Talented players are encouraged to join the USC Academy Junior Talent Pool or to try-out in their age group.
In the past, many players excelled and became part of our USC Academy Development and Showcase Teams. USC Academy is proud to provide a natural pyramid of play for our local community.
GRASS ROOTS LEARNING
“Physical Literacy as the Basis”
Attending USC Grassroots Programs has enormous benefits for young players:
Improvement of balance and co-ordination, as well as posture
Development of cognitive skills
Increased self confidence
Improved social skills
Enhanced muscle and bone development
More body awareness and understanding of the benefits of exercise
Those benefits go far beyond just the physical. Research shows that children who are physically active from a young age are more likely to concentrate better in the classroom.
Add this to USCA's focus on educational and social development as well as physical and soccer specific skills and you can see that playing soccer (or any sport) is a valuable stepping stone for any child.
The program encourages full parental participation and the emphasis is always on fun, structured play and development throughout each of the 3 phases:
Active Start - Fundamentals - Learn to Train.
Each activity is intended to improve motor skills and to do so in a fun, creative and safe way.
USCA sessions are led by USCA staff who have undergone comprehensive training courses, child safety courses, back ground screening and are committed to implement the methodology and philosophy required to instruct at USC Academy.