BC Fire U7 & U8 Academy

Player tryout and parent meet and greet will take place in mid to late June 17th at Riverside Soccer Fields from 2:30 – 3:30.  More information will be emailed to players who have signed up for tryouts.

*** Sign up for free tryouts HERE***

Academy Overview

BC Fire’s Academy program is in association with other West Michigan Youth Soccer Association (WMYSA) clubs.  Under the direction of the WMYSA Board the following rules and regulations have been set up for Academy programs.

Purpose: The WMYSA Academy is designed to enhance development of U8/U7 age players within each club. It is intended for those young players who are interested in advanced training and their parents recognize that the academy structure is more appropriate than “select” team win/loss records at this age.

Benefit: This style of training and play is strongly encouraged by the USSF and US Youth Soccer organization as being the best for player development. Age appropriate training results in better players long term. Academy programs allow young players to grow into the game in a fun way with the freedom to experience and develop at an age appropriate pace. This contrasts with the traditional team format where much importance is placed on game score. Academy programs allow clubs to create an innovative learning environment that also includes multi-club interaction.

The academy program works hand and hand with recreational soccer programs. It offers those players the extra training they may desire without interfering in the recreation program. This provides them with an atmosphere to continually advance in skill level by providing more touches on the ball in a low-pressure environment where they have the time needed to try new things and develop ball mastery skills.

For most players, this is the best environment for them to grow. Other clubs may offer league play rather than an academy program. However, you need to remember; the greater the level of competition, the less time the player has to develop that creativity. The greater the level of competition, the more pressure parents put on their children. The greater the level of competition, coach’s tend to shift their focus to winning rather than the development of players.

Quick overview for 2017 – 2018 season

  • Birth years 2010 – 2011 (U8 and U7)
  • Training – 2 + hours per week fall / spring
  • Games – Jamboree style.  4 Sundays fall, 4 Sundays spring – various travel locations
  • Uniform Fees  – Xara uniforms additional fee, usually around $40 for Academy players.
  • Cost – $150 – covers both fall and spring seasons
  • Trained and Licensed coaches

Player tryout and parent meet and greet Saturday, June 17 at Riverside Soccer Fields 2:30 – 3:30.

*** Sign up for free tryouts HERE***

Parent Education click here

WMYSA Academy Rules and Information click here

2017 – 2018 Academy Uniforms click here

For more information, please contact Jason Little