WHAT IS THE PATRIOTS ACADEMY?
The Patriots Academy, Youth Soccer Development Program was created to provide the most comprehensive soccer developing system in Northern Nevada. Our system is modeled after the youth academies from the most successful professional clubs in the world. Of course we can only duplicate so much as the professional academies only take the best athletes to develop into professional players. However, based on their models, we’ve taken the foundational principles and adapted them to the demographics of our area and opened the system to all players that are interested in developing their skills, rather than leaving it to chance.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE ACADEMY?
Currently as of 2016, players of the applicable age and gender as that of the available teams, may be selected to enter our academy program
MY CHILD MISSES THE CUT-OFF DATE BY DAYS, CAN HE/SHE PLAY WITH THE SAME GRADE GROUP?
Maybe, mabe not, it depends on the child’s development. We look at physical, mental, emotional and soccer specific development to make decisions for moving players to the next age up, in order to maximize their development through a more challenging environment. We do not cater to parent’s or player’s request, regardless of the parent or player. It is all based on performance and growth.
MY CHILD HAS FRIENDS HE/SHE WANTS TO PLAY WITH, CAN SHE/HE BE ONT HE SAME TEAM?
NO, see the question above!
WHAT LEVELS OF PLAY ARE IN THE ACADEMY?
Our “Pre-Competitive” program is specifically designed as a soccer player development program to prepare players for the competitive level.
Our “Competitive” program is for players 9 years of age and up and players must tryout to be accepted into their age specific team. Tryouts have several restrictions for players that played in the fall for other competitive teams but are open without restrictions for all players at the end of the spring season each year.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “RECREATIONAL, PRE-COMPETITIVE, AND COMPETITIVE”?
“Recreational”: Teams practice typically once per week and play their rec league game on Saturdays. Coaches are typically volunteer parents and it is a more relaxed atmosphere designed to have kids do some sports while growing up just as a side activity. Practices are typically 1 hour long and low key and start typically 2 to 3 weeks prior to the beginning of each season. (We do not have a Recreational Level).
“Pre-Competitive”: Players are placed on league teams according to their age group and these teams participate in the GBYSL recreational league. Players practice 3 times per week before the start of the season. Once games begin, we have two practices and 1 league game per week on Saturdays, making each week a 3 soccer days per week.
Players (and their families) in our “Pre-Competitive” program are trained with the goal of getting them used to the rigors of playing competitive soccer when the kids are 9 years old and are developed so that their technical skills are what they should be for their age and individual development. A more “planned” approach to the family’s commitment is instilled on those involved so that players have the best chance of success.
“Competitive”: Players are placed in “Competitive” teams according to their skill level and individual development. Competitive teams participate in the local competitive GBYSL league in the spring and fall and will also participate in local and out of state tournaments. Selected players will participate in State Cup competitions. Players practice 3 times per week mandatory and 2 times per week plus a game or two once the league season starts. Practices are typically 2 hours long, rain, snow, or shine.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
“Pre-Competitive” program cost varies each season slightly, see the team pages for specific cost in a season. Typically, the cost per player per season includes League registration, training t-shirt, uniform rental and the academy membership fees that covers the cost of equipment and coaches gear/kids. See the “Player Seasonal Fees Page for details“
“Competitive” program cost varies depending on the season and the amount of tournaments each team is attending as well as uniforms and warm ups, equipment, coaches gear, etc. New Competitive players cost will include the league registration, club fees, academy membership fees, Uniform rental, etc. See the “Player Seasonal Fees Page for details“ Returning players without the need to buy warm ups will save that money until the players outgrow them.
HOW MUCH IS IT TO PAY THE COACHES?
We are currently not paying any salary to any of our staff coaches as our intention is not to make a living from the money charged to the players. We do however have a business plan where some payments will be made in order to operate. Current Academy Fees charged are used to help pay for equipment, coach’s gear and the cost for the coach’s child to participate in the Academy. Our business model relies on the help and commitment of volunteer coaches willing to learn and teach the Patriots Program and in return for their commitment, the cost for their children to participate in the Patriots Academy is covered by the Academy Fees all other players pay. Any additional funds the Patriots Academy requires to operate are possible in part by donations (and the founding members own contributions). Fees will vary/increase each season according to the operating needs.
HOW LONG CAN MY CHILD PLAY IN THE ACADEMY?
For players U9 and up, our program is geared much like a professional academy with a “long term” goal in mind and our intention is to facilitate access for players into our system at a young age, with the goal of seeing them through the age of 18 years old. Our ultimate goal is to help prepare all our players to be the best they can be at the competitive level they want to achieve, with the ultimate goal being to expose our players to college coaches to perhaps be considered for scholarships and may be even be scouted into the professional soccer scene.
WHO DECIDES WHERE MY CHILD PLAYS?
Players are placed in the team that is most appropriate to enhance and facilitate their individual development. All decisions on player placement are made by the coaching staff and the academy director/head coach. Parents not wishing to have their kids placed in a specific program level by the Patriots Academy coaching staff and head coach, are free to leave the academy. Accepted Member Players of the Patriots Academy that leave the Patriots Academy to tryout for other teams or other sports, must request in writing for acceptance if they wish to come back. Final decision on allowing players back into the program is made by the Patriots Academy Coaching Staff/head coach and decisions are final.
The main thing to remember is that we do not appreciate “greeners” or “jumpers” (people that are always thinking there are greener pastures on the other side of the fence), we are a serious program that will not accept parent intervention on how to run it and make decisions about our players.
IS THERE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?
We offer some financial assistance and there are different options for financial help through the league and Sagebrush Soccer Club. A portion of the Patriots Academy player fee goes towards financial aid for families that may need the help for their child to play. Each case is reviewed independently and kept confidential.
WHAT IS THE PRACTICE SCHEDULE?
Practices are Mondays/Wednesdays & Saturdays for some groups and Tuesdays/Thursdays & Saturdays for the other groups. Weekday practices are 2 hours for U9 and up. Practice times are typically at 5:30 except during daylight shortage early in the year and in October.
WHEN DOES THE SEASON BEGIN AND END?
Fall pre-season begins the first week of August and the regular season games begin the 3rd weekend of August. Fall season ends the end of October.
Spring pre-season begins the third weekend of February for competitive & the last week of February for pre-competitive. Regular season begins the 3rd weekend of March and ends the end of May or thereabouts.
There are 8 league games per season for pre-competitive & competitive teams.
Additional games will also be added for some teams for tournament and NorCal games which can run into November and December in the fall.