No, players may be selected from all locations; however, they will train in Schaumburg. The Academy is a unique program that is a ten month season. Per US Soccer’s mandate, players who participate in the Academy are not allowed to play high school soccer.
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We will use player combines (evaluations), festivals, combined training sessions, rosters (older teams) and inter-leagues depending on the age and time of the year.
Age groups will be used in a number of different ways to enhance player development. Teams could be mixed to play, have small sided games, and may play each other if is beneficial.
Players are not discouraged to play high school soccer as we fully support players' individual decisions. Sockers FC continues to offer its Top Talent program which is an alternative to high school soccer.
Players can choose from several training locations; Crystal Lake (McHenry County), Naperville, Schaumburg and Wheaton (depending on age).
Each player is expected to purchase the uniform package specific for their age group. At all practices and games the specified uniform is required to be worn.
When players register for tryouts, fee information is sent to them through the club electronic system. Current players receive their invite to pre-register with fee structures in the middle of the spring season. Membership fees differ by location and age group.
Tola Makinde manages the website. Ady Gray is the project manager and oversees the website content.
MySAM is an online registration system that Sockers FC uses to publish programs, regulate registration and accept payments. All programs, tryouts, camps and clinics are posted within MySAM for enrollment.
Club, team and player schedules are posted within the "My Team Events" calendar.
The soccer year usually starts the first week in August; the high school girls typically commence a week prior. High school boys generally return to the club around the first week in November.
For most players, the soccer year usually finishes around the last weekend in June. Regional and National competition is played in July; players selected for these rosters will continue to play into July.
The My Team Events calendar is an online tool available to all players and families so that they have up to date information on club or player logistics. It can be displayed in several different formats; player age group, individual staff member or by location. The calendar is then broken down further into specific rostered events.
High School players have the opportunity to participate in up to five specific college recruitment events that are operated by the club. These events are in addition to their regularly rostered and scheduled team events. Over the years, Sockers FC has created strong connections to local and national institutions built on Alumni recruitment, as well as staff member relationships. The club offers ACT prep course opportunities and meets with players and families individually to build a plan unique to them.
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Teams will be formed within a player’s age group through a selection/evaluation process.
Teams train side by side of each other within age groups.
Teams are formed in age groups. Age groups practice at the same time and location; respecting an element of training with player ability, it is possible they would be pooled together from time to time.
U7-U11 teams will train 2 times per week outdoors. U12-U18 teams will train 3 times per week outdoors.
U7-11 teams will train 2 times per week indoors. U12-U18 teams will train 2-3 times per week indoor, depending on time of year.
Yes, with the directors and coaches approval.
Yes, Sockers FC offers sports performance training (SPARQ).
The technical advisory committee has an educational piece that all coaches will partake in to have a consistent Sockers concept throughout our 3 locations. Coaches will meet on weekly basis to exchange ideas and methods to implement this concept.
Coaches are assigned within a block of age groups. When you try out you will be told who the coaches are within that age group.
Yes, two nights a week in July per location are usually designated for the summer program that involves pickup games, scrimmages, skills training and conditioning. The club also operates soccer camps in the summer.
Goalkeepers (GK) have a chance to practice up to 5 times a week depending on season and schedules. There are usually 2-3 GK specific sessions a week in addition to team trainings. GK coaches travel with teams to games; providing individual performance and development evaluations. Staff members discuss individual training and college recruitment plans to aid each GK.
In order to tryout, players must create an account on our MySAM system; then register for an available time and date that coordinates to their age group. Once registered, players will participate and be evaluated alongside current Sockers members. When the tryout is completed, certain players are selected by staff to join the age group.
Current Sockers players do not have to tryout every year. Instead, we constantly evaluate our players throughout the year. Their place in the club as a member is available every year.
Tryout dates can be found within your MySAM account; by clicking "classes/camps/clinics".
In order to see tryout dates you must have a MySAM account (5 minute sign up). Once logged on, your account will then display all dates, times and locations available to your specific age group
There are tryouts at each of our training locations in Crystal Lake, Naperville, Schaumburg and Wheaton. Specific location details will be available when you register for your tryout.
Each player should bring their tryout receipt that is received after registering, water and their own soccer ball; depending on the weather they should dress appropriately.
Players will be contacted via email after the tryout has been completed; in some cases the player may be invited back to make sure the group that they will be training with is a good fit. Unfortunately, due to current player practices, coach's schedules and the number of players trying out each night, we cannot individually speak to all families on the same night.
Families should register with the club, make their deposit and submit appropriate paperwork as soon as possible. By doing so, this will secure their offered position. Coaches will then be in contact with registered players and communicate the upcoming practice schedule.
After registering for a tryout you will be emailed a printout of the membership fees with instructions and options for payment.
Players can tryout at any time during the soccer year and join the club; however, players that are currently registered with other US Club programs will have to have signed permission to do so. Tryouts for the following soccer year usually commence in the spring season.
Players can tryout with friends by signing up for a tryout on the same date and time; all players will be individually evaluated.
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