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Junior Academy

Development Through Training

The SESA Junior Academy program is a supplemental program for Recreational U8 players that desire to advance their soccer development.   Junior Academy players receive 2 training sessions a week with our Licensed Professional training staff who are educated to execute a specific curriculum.  The training emphasizes on eye/foot coordination, advance dribbling skills, change of direction moves, and specifically 1v1 attacking skills.  Players will gain knowledge and experience that will help them prepare for our 9U Academy program.


Junior Academy program is $100 for Fall and $100 for Spring season.


  • Emphasis on true player development over winning
  • More qualified coaching staff
  • Long term player retention and more development for late bloomers
  • Less stress on coaches
  • Parent Education Opportunities

Player Development

  • Focus on technical training to improve advancement of touch and comfort on the ball
  • Less pressure on players because there is less focus on winning
  • More qualified coaches working with more players to develop overall talent and allow late bloomers to develop
  • Show creativity and improvisation without fear of losing
  • Build confidence on the ball
  • Create "Player Centered Environment” rather than adult environment (parent, coach, and referee)
  • Increase a passion and love of the game

Parent and Coach Development

  • Focus on positive reinforcement
  • Avoid putting pressure on players to win
  • Encourage a love and passion for the game
  • Focus on player's enjoyment versus on personal gratification
  • Involve more parents without fear of having to please others by winning

Junior Academy Registration

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Who To Contact

Chris Madigan

Director of Coaching

Phone: 319-217-9951
Email: [email protected]

Is my child ready for Junior Academy?

The Junior Academy is for U8 soccer players looking for more from their fall and spring seasons.  There are no selections (tryouts), but parents are expected to review the below items to help them decide if the academy is the right fit for their soccer player:

  • Demonstrates sound technical skills (ball control, dribbling, shooting)
  • Physically stronger, athletically quicker than most players within their age group
  • High level of coordination and good agility
  • During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved and tends to dominate play
  • Demonstrates high level of focus and concentration during practices and games
  • Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities
  • Soccer is a high priority
  • Practices with a ball on own time outside scheduled games and practices

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