Ages 7-11 - Development Program
In an effort to support the growth of soccer in Montana, Missoula Strikers will be providing an affiliated soccer program called Bitterroot Strikers. This program will run under the guidance of Missoula Strikers staff and take advantage of the resources our club can provide in order to further enhance the soccer development and opportunities for boys and girls aged 7-11 in the Bitterroot area.
Our academy program provides a fun environment for boys and girls ages 7-11 to develop their skills, both to ignite a passion for soccer and to reach their potential in the sport. This is typically seen as the bridge between Micro Strikers, which is Strikers’ recreational introduction to soccer for 5-11 year-olds, and our Competitive program which begins around age 12.
Winter Academy registration is OPEN! 2020 Winter Academy is for all players born in 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
Player Registration must be completed PRIOR to Program Registration
Player Registration - $35 (This is a one time annual fee that covers player insurance with MYSA)
Winter Program Registration - $75 (Includes 2 practices per week for 6 weeks)
Sessions will be held at the First Interstate Building, Hamilton Fairgrounds, 100 Old Corvallis Rd, Hamilton from 5-8pm.
Sessions will be 1.5 hours, Monday and Wednesday, 5-6:30pm & 6:30-8pm.
Session 1 Dates:
Nov 16, 18, 23, 25, 30
Dec 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23
2011-2012's - 5-6:30pm
2009-2010's - 6:30-8pm
Please note: If your child is participating in any of Strikers 2020/21 competitive or academy programs you must pay a $35 registration fee, upload a copy of your child’s Birth Certificate and a current headshot to your players GotSport account. The $35 registration fee is non-refundable.
Who is it for?
The Academy program is specifically designed for kids 7-11 years of age. This age range is often referred to as the “Golden Age of learning”. It is around this period that young children make the biggest strides in their development and understanding, not just of a particular sport, but also becoming fully aware of their own body. The Academy program aims to take full advantage of this period by offering our young players an ideal environment to learn all the necessary soccer and movement techniques required for this sport. Whether a beginner or seasoned player our academy is a good fit to hone in on skill and technique development.
BITTERROOT STRIKERS DIRECTORS
Maddy Emerick & Paolo Rizzon
Inspire, Motivate, Encourage and Love Soccer!
The Academy program is specifically designed for all players born in 2008, 2009 and 2010. This age range is often referred to as the “Golden Age” of learning. It is around this period that young children make the biggest strides in their development and understanding, not just of a particular sport, but also becoming fully aware of their own body. The Academy program aims to take full advantage of this period by offering our young players an ideal environment to learn all the necessary soccer and movement techniques required for this sport.
The Academy develops fundamental skills such as:
Dribbling & Directional Movement with and without the ball
Passing & Striking
Close Control & Juggling
Introductory Attacking & Defending Principles
The Academy aims to help kids develop all of these techniques and skills in a fun and enjoyable environment. Delivering fun coaching sessions with disguised techniques and introductory tactics will be the key behind our young players development and love for the game.
Strikers Academy does not focus on wins and losses. The most important aspect of academy is the development of the individual and group as a whole. We measure our success based on the physical and mental improvements made by each child. A coach’s results are publicly on display at every event and game. We can measure the effects of a coach by a child’s beaming smile, respect, and the sportsmanship shown. Our hope is that everyone involved in this program mirrors this philosophy at all times.
"At a young age winning is not the most important thing ... the important thing is to develop creative and skilled players with good confidence." - Arsene Wenger