The Fall 2017 semester of the MCFC Junior Adademy runs from September 12 through October 26.
When: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Grant Sports Complex - 1632 N Main, McPherson
Cost: $30 per semester
Register: Online registration page
The MCFC Junior Academy is our premier development program where players will learn the skills necessary to solve problems on the field in a healthy, positive, and competitive environment.
Community involvement is vital to the successful development of young players. MCFC strongly supports the various opportunities in our community for players to receive as much training as possible. Therefore, players enrolled in the MCFC Junior Academy will train weekly, and play their games through the McPherson YMCA during the fall months. In the spring, players are encouraged to participate in the McPherson College Academy, after which, their development will continue through the MCFC Junior Academy weekly training sessions at Grant Sports Complex. In addition, MCFC Junior Academy players will participate in the annual MCFC 3v3 Tournament.
Historically, there has been an unhealthy bias toward promoting athleticism rather than taking time to develop player skills at the younger ages, which has had a profoundly negative effect on soccer in the USA. MCFC believes in age appropriate coaching. This ensures that we are teaching not only the right things, but teaching the right way with an emphasis on long term development rather than short term 'wins'.
The philosophy of the Junior Academy is to develop skillful players in a fun and competitive environment where we encourage individual creativity. We want players to problem solve, improvise, and make decisions on their own during practices and games. We encourage players to perform completely free with no fear of failure. In the end, the goal of our Junior Academy is to provide each player with the necessary tools to develop to their full soccer potential.
We recognize that the Junior level (under 7 years old) is the first and most important stage in structuring player development. The following major themes form the core curriculum of the Junior Academy:
For more information, contact Aaron Hoxie.