Q: What is the Youth Development Academy (YDA)?
A: YDA is built for player development and success at the older Classic soccer levels through our 11 month program. Players in YDA should expect to spend a lot of time working on their individual skills through the direction of our club soccer staff. YDA is a larger commitment than Recreational soccer both competitively and amount of time spent training which is why we have evaluations every year to select candidates for the program.
Q: What are the training methods?
A: We ask our players to spend a lot of time on the ball working on their ball control as well as decision making in 1v1, 2v1, and 2v2 game scenarios. Players will train with their team, in age group pools, and in skill-tiered pools throughout the season to provide age and skill appropriate training.
Q: Where do you train?
A: During the fall and spring seasons trainings in Chapel Hill are at Rainbow, Cedar Falls, or another Chapel Hill location. For the teams in North Durham they will train at Northern High or Holt.
Q: When do you train?
A: Boys teams in Chapel Hill will train on Mondays/Wednesdays from 5:00-6:15pm and the Girls teams will train on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 5:00-6:15pm. The YDA Elite (u10) teams will train 615-730pm 3 times a week.
Q: What other training opportunities are there for my player?
A: As a part of YDA you will also have access to technical training sessions on Fridays during the fall and spring seasons as well as indoor futsal training in the winter and technical and free play training in the summer.
Q: Where and when do we play our games?
A: Games are typically played on Sunday afternoons starting at 1:00, 2:30, or 4:00 during the fall and spring seasons. Home games will be played locally at either the Rainbow Soccer fields or Soccer.com Park. Away games will be in the Wake County area and teams are also invited to play in 2-3 tournaments a year.
Q: Who are the coaches?
A: Coaches are qualified and skilled candidates hired by the club Director of Soccer. Our paid coaching staff is made up of former soccer players, experienced youth coaches, and club soccer staff members.
Q: How do I order my child’s uniform?
A: New players will receive an email from Soccer.com outlining the process of ordering their uniform. For new seasons this will happen in July prior to the start of the fall season. YDA players are required to purchase 2 jerseys, a pair of shorts, and a pair of socks.
Q: What do you wear at training?
A: Players should wear athletic shorts, shin guards covered by soccer socks, soccer cleats, and their YDA training shirt to all trainings. Each YDA player will receive 2 training shirts at no extra charge.