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Steele Creek Soccer Club visualizes a full scope of development in youth sports. The Program emphasizes 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 reseach in youth development and soccer coaching methodology to be a successful progam.
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.
The modern soccer landscape is a significant shift from traditional structures and theories. We at Steele Creek Soccer Club want to support the understanding of the new research in youth sports and soccer development. Check out our recent posts for informative articles and follow us on Social Media #Scaasports (scaasports.com/soccer)
Amount of Practice
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, excessive tournament play, and vast amounts of fitness without a ball is detrimental to the player and increases the incidence of injury.
SCAA’s Recreational Soccer Program is open to boys and girls of all levels of ability. There are no player evaluations or 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.
SCAA offers Recreational Soccer for ages 2 through 18 in the Steele Creek areas. Rec soccer is offered in the Fall (August - November) and the Spring (February - May) seasons. Our youngest players (ages 2-4) participate in fun weekly sessions offered at our recreational fields through our affiliation with little kickers. 6U-19U teams practice one evening per week and typically play one game on Saturday throughout an 8-week season. We provide our volunteer coaches with coaching clinics, licensing, structured lessons plans and assistance on the field from SCAA Staff Coaches. Teams are formed by practice night requests, coach requests, and player age. In addition to team practices, we offer optional, free technical skills training sessions for ages 6U to 19U in all three locations. The training sessions are run by experienced coaches and give interested players more opportunity to develop and improve age appropriate skills. Recreational level camps are offered in the summer and pre-season clinics are also offered (Additional fees apply.)
Please visit our SCAA Recreational Soccer site for details and registration.
Youth Academy Program
SCAA offers the Youth Academy program to boys and girls ages 9U and 10U 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).
Youth Academy players train two nights per week and are strongly encourage to participate in the supplemental technical training session offered by SCAA's Youth Academy. Coaches specialize in developing the youngest players and sharing their love of the game. The Youth Academy typically plays matches on Saturdays during the season against Academy teams from other clubs in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties. A balance of home and away matches are played. Youth Academy teams typically participate in one SCAA festival event and one other festival event per season.
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).
Competitive teams train a minimum of two nights per week. In addition, players are strongly encouraged to attend the free supplemental training sessions to further improve personal skills and to attend off-season camps offered by or endorsed by SCAA. Games are primarily on Saturdays and Sundays, although mid-week evening games are possible. 11U-14U teams participate in both Fall and Spring seasons. High school age teams (15U-19U) participate only the designated off-season for NC public high schools.
Competitive teams 11U through 19U participate in leagues administered by North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA). NCYSA offers several levels of competition; SCAA teams participate in the Select and Classic programs as appropriate.
• The Classic league is divided into several playing levels based on team performance (Third Division, Second Division, First/Open Division, Premier) as well as geographic regions. Teams play approximately 10 games per season in their region. Premier, the highest level of Classic soccer, is offered in age groups 14U-19U only, and consists of the top 13 teams in the state based on league performance. Teams in the Premier division can expect to travel state-wide for 12 season games.
• Qualified teams in 13U-19U can apply to participate in the Southern Region Premier League (East). The SRPL is an inter-state league bringing together the top two teams from NC, SC, TN, GA, FL, and AL for competition.
SCAA's Classic teams can expect to attend 2-3 tournaments per season, which includes local competitions, out-of-town tournaments and a State Cup series if appropriate. SCAA's higher-level teams can expect to travel more frequently and to more distant tournaments to ensure the highest levels of competition and exposure.