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U5-U7 Development Academy

WINTER 2018 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

FOR PLAYERS BORN,  2012 & 2013

This Winter the Development Academy offers group classes on all SEVEN DAYS of the week.  Our KINGS Developmental Academy (Kicking Is Not Good Soccer) is for kids of ALL competitive levels. 

Our program is designed to give beginners the solid fundamentals they will need to progress and develop a love of the sport and is also challenging for advanced players. This all takes place in a positive, active and fun environment. 

The Winter season begins Monday, December 3 and ends Sunday, March 17.  

The Winter Schedule is found here

IF YOUR CHILD IS BORN IN 2012 AND HE OR SHE REGISTERS WITH THE MSC KIDS PROGRAM, THEY WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL IN OUR TRAVEL TEAM PROGRAM IN THE FALL OF 2019.  FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRAVEL PROGRAM, PLEASE CONTACT CARLOS MOREIRA here carlos.moreira@manhattansc.org

WE SUPPLY EACH PLAYER WITH A FREE SOCCER BALL AND MSC KIDS T-SHIRT.

WINTER PROGRAM OPTIONS

  • Choose any two days per week - $700

  • Choose one day per week - $400

Register and pay for the training program of your choice here.

MAKE-UP POLICY - If we cancel a session because of weather or a facility gym/ Field pull, please contact the director ( Carlos Moreira) to reschedule within 48 hours for another day. HOLIDAYS DO NOT COUNT AS CANCELLED SESSIONS.

For questions about the program or registration, please contact CARLOS MOREIRA at carlos.moreira@manhattansc.org

U5-7 Development Academy OVERVIEW

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 “Kicking Is Not Good Soccer.”


About the Director

Carlos Moreira is our new U5-U7 Development Academy Director.  He brings a wealth of teaching and coaching experience to our program as an inspirational collaborator with a proven track record in creating a compassionate, supportive and encouraging environment in which our players will not only develop their fundamental skill set, but also realize the true meaning of teamwork. As Coach Moreira says, “What I have learned through soccer is what I seek to instill in my young players: autonomy and authority can only co-exist with camaraderie.”


 “I am a soccer coach because I became the best version of myself on the field, and that is what I want to offer my kids: a space where they can not only acquire the foundation of great skills and a deep love for the game, but also learn what kind of people they want to be.”


A former DIII offensive player for William Patterson University, Carlos’ enthusiasm for soccer began at the age of 5 while living in Japan where he first played travel soccer.  When his family settled in Fayetteville, GA., he joined and played for AFC Lightening Club for five years .  Thereafter, he began a highly accomplished coaching career working with boys and girls of all ages during his eight years at Super Soccer Stars and NY Stars Premier. During this time he coached his teams to regional success and developed a number of highly popular programs and saw his most gifted students fulfill their soccer ambitions. 


 
 “My proudest moment as a coach is seeing a star player pass the ball to an open teammate rather than attempt to score on his own. No matter how many times I witness it, I am always moved by the instant when their love for the game and their respect for each other overcomes their desire for individual stardom. Often, when kids learn independence, they associate it with not needing other people. Sports humble us and remind us that we can only succeed if we work together, for no one player can single-handedly win a trophy.”

View Carlos's Bio here