This spring the Development Academy offers group classes on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons. .
All weekday sessions are in Manhattan, with Saturday sessions on Randall's Island. The spring season begins Wednesday, April 8 and ends Saturday, June 20.
SPRING PROGRAM OPTIONS
As in the fall and winter, for the spring we need to know which players will be attending on each day. You need to submit this information even if you registered for the whole year in September. Please do NOT show up to a session without registering or selecting your schedule.
Please fill out this scheduling form to choose the day(s) of the week you want your child to practice.
WHAT TO BRING
For questions about the program or registration, please contact Coach Jason Weisberg
The Development Academy is the earliest stage of our youth player development model. This training-only program uses the same licensed, professional coaches as in the older age groups and implements a well-structured curriculum that promotes young players’ motor skill development while developing a comfort level with the ball.
The technical objective of the U5-U7 program is to teach players to dribble. Dribbling is the foundation skill for all the other skills and must be taught first. Aimless kicking will be discouraged by the coaches, as it develops bad habits and has no long-term benefits. Our curriculum, specifically designed for the U5-U7 players, is called KINGS or “Kicking Is Not Good Soccer.”
Associate Director of Coaching
Jason Weisberg is currently the Women's Assistant Coach at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University and has coached with the Manhattan College and Dominican College men’s program's, and was an assistant women's coach at Iona from 2007-2010. He is a former Director of Coaching at Middlepath FC and ECNL coach at Alberston SC. Jason is a Region 1 Olympic Development (ODP) Staff coach, and has been a State ODP head coach since 2002 as well as a scout for U.S. Soccer Training centers. in 2015 his '98 ENY North team qualified as one of the final four teams for a birth at ODP Nationals in Arizona. He has a masters degree in counseling Psychology. Jason played his Collegiate soccer at Stony Brook University and holds a USSF "A" license, USSF Youth license and an NSCAA Premier Diploma.