Dear PSPL Surf Academy Parents & Players
I would like to take the time to extend my appreciation and my thanks to everyone who participated in the PSPL Surf Academy during the 2016 season. The successful SX Cup and Blues Cup Labor Day weekend concludes the academy season for our younger players.
Our older players, however, still have the opportunity to attend Surf College Cup or November Nights Thanksgiving weekend as well as either the Final Four Showcase for boys and the Texas Shootout for girls in early December. All of these showcase tournaments will have large numbers of college coaches watching.
Even though Labor Day is our official end of the season for the youngers, we will be offering group training throughout the fall season for all academy players. The sessions will focus on position-specific training – from specialized keeper training to striker/finishing school, to sessions for midfielders and defenders. Other players who want to focus on fitness will have a plan to follow and will be required to check in at these sessions to monitor their progress.
It is true that this has been a transition year for the academy program. I have been tasked to set a new vision and plan for the future, beginning in 2017. Throughout this strategic planning process, it was our intent at the academy to be aggressive in creating a plan designed to reach and exceed a lofty set of goals. To successfully compete at the elite soccer level, we must set the bar high.
Without question there are risks associated with a plan, but I believe in stepping out on a limb to arrive at a higher place. Success starts with a vision, then guided by a well-conceived plan. It was clear to me that we needed to overhaul certain parts of our program to re-evaluate its goals and objectives. It was clear that serving you remained the top priority.
You as a customer deserved better from us. Nothing is more important than regaining your trust, and all of us here hope you will give us the opportunity to welcome you onboard again in 2017.
With that in mind, I have laid out a plan to solidify our place in the youth soccer landscape. The first concern was communication. We will have a single point of communication and a single point for academy information. We are close to completing a new academy website design to make it easy to find all academy information. We are quitting Team Cowboy accounts because it caused too much confusion. Instead, we will be rolling out better and more clear lines of communication tools to better communicate with you.
The 2017 PlanThe new curriculum aims to enhance the program even further to help the Washington state players achieve their dream of playing at the collegiate level. You must have a plan to get recognized, evaluated and identified by the right college coaches. The competitive events are imperative for the program to be successful. Important components to be successful:
PSPL SURF ACADEMY TEAM TRAINING CONCEPT
The PSPL Surf Academy Program is designed to promote player development within their own club structure by utilizing THE CLUBS players and most experienced coaching staff to attend additional tournaments across the United States East & West Coast. The program is designed to give the top Elite players additional training and competitive opportunities -- and more exposure to college coaches.
The first component is creating an elite state all-star academy and then offering high-level training sessions for players striving to reach the collegiate level. The training atmosphere must be professional and focused on achieving these outcomes.
We will continue to select players from a pool of top players in Washington State.
The PSPL Surf Academy teams play a 10-month season beginning in December with try outs, and ending in September. September & October we will concentrate on specific position training clinics. The Academy teams will travel and play against like opponents for tournaments and other special competitive events most regular clubs in Washington State are unable to attend.
PSPL Surf Academy players will be dual registered to local clubs in the PSPL League teams and participate in those matches as well. While there may be conflicts with scheduling we are attempting to schedule tournaments around club play.
The Academy teams will train two times per month during the 2017 soccer season. There will be some exceptions such as the month of April when clubs are preparing for Washington Cup and handling spring vacations. And other months there may be an additional training session to prepare for a tournament.
A typical weekend of training would include several different types of sessions including strength & conditioning evaluations, technical, tactical and functional sessions. Player, parent classroom, and College Edge educational nights will be offered to help with the recruitment process. The training format for all ages will mirror the style of work being used at the U-18 and U-16 levels in order to better prepare players for the transition into the older categories.