Registration For 2019/20 Season Opens March 1, 2019
The Primary Academy is at the very core of what makes Eagleclaw Football Club so special and effective. Its our foundation and the starting point of Eagleclaw's player development pathway . This is where it all happens. This is where youth soccer players learn technique, masterful control of the ball, possession based tactics and, most importantly, speed of thought. In short, the Primary Academy is a learning center for players who want to be better.
Unlike other programs that offer a 6 or 8 week "academy" clinic, Eagleclaw's Academy is designed for long-term development over the critical years of childrens' growth as players. The Primary Academy is designed for players between the age of 5 and 13. Our training program provides a uniquely structured and comprehensive Spanish-inspired curriculum designed to develop each player’s technical and tactical skills. Without a doubt, our best players are those who start with us at the youngest age possible and continue training and developing with us over the important years that follow.
Staying true to the ideal that we should train “as many as we can, for as long as we can , and in the best environment possible,” the Primary Academy has no tryouts or cuts. We make no judgments about how well a player will develop or how far they will go.
The objective of the Primary Academy is to develop intelligent, skillful and creative players who are comfortable possessing the ball and expressing themselves on the field. Each player is trained in the same way, according to a unified curriculum ensuring each player is given tactical and technical training of the highest quality. Our aim is to prepare players for the competitive tryouts they will face when they turn 13 and seek to join the teams in Eagleclaw's Advanced Academy.
The Primary Academy is open to players who want to become better soccer players in a setting that is deeply instructional and who understand that Academy training is not recreational soccer. Yet, in this deeply instructional training environment we understand that individual development is not a straight line and progress varies from player to player. We are extremely patient with players, working with them through the peaks and valleys of their personal development. All we ask is that players come to training ready to learn, ready to work hard and that they try to practice at home on their own or with friends. We encourage parents to contact us to determine whether our Primary Academy is right for their play
The Primary Academy is an open program for players age 5 through 13 and there are no try outs or cuts for players at those ages. We do, however, limit overall enrollment so that proper player-to-instructor ratios and the quality of instruction are maintained. Players may freely enroll into the Primary Academy until enrollment is full.
Enrollment is according birth year team. For players age 7 and older, Eagleclaw carries two (2) teams per birth year. (See the Teams page) The first team is named and the second team is the "B" team.
For players age 5-7, enrollment is limited based on player-to-coach ratios. The Puget Sound Premier League does not offer league options for players at these ages, but players may have the opportunity to compete in 4v4 competition with players against each other or against similarly aged teams from other clubs.
DEVELOPMENT TEAMS - Age 7-13
Players enrolled in the Primary Academy are eligible to play on our Development Teams. Eagleclaw students enrolled in our Primary Academy program play on our Development Teams that compete in the Puget Sound Premier League (PSPL). In the Primary Academy, however, developing individual players takes priority over developing teams. This is really important for parents to understand. It means our primary focus is always on the individual player and not winning games or tournaments. Even so, our Development Teams do quite well!
Generally, we carry two teams per birth year. Team placement is based on the training staff's judgment of a player's abilities, technical skill, work ethic, passion for the game and commitment to the Club. Players can move fluidly between the two teams, depending upon the coach's judgment of the player's developmental progress and the merits of providing additional challenges.
VALENCIA DISCOVERY PROGRAM TEAMS
Some Primary Academy teams will be designated Valencia Discovery Program Teams (VDP Teams). VDP Teams are formed in May of each year. Coaches from Valencia CF travel from Spain to Seattle to conduct tryouts. Players enrolled in the Primary Academy, as well as players from outside the club are eligible to participate and potential earn a spot on a VDP Team. It is highly recommended that players register for the Primary Academy as early as possible, before VDP tryouts, to ensure they will have a spot in the club. This way, if a player is not selected to a VDP team they will still have a spot in the Primary Academy and play with a Development Team. Click here to read more about VDP.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CURRICULUM
Primary Academy training is focused primarily on a Spanish training style that is greatly influenced by the Dutch philosophy of "Total Football". The training features a substantial amount of rondo-based exercises and small-sided games like those used in Spanish professional academies. Technical skill training is emphasized at an early age so that players are encouraged to develop a relationship with the ball and master close ball control, skill moves and feints. By training all players according to a unified curriculum, each player is given equal exposure to fundamentals and equal opportunity to master them. This system also makes it easier for Eagleclaw staff to easily identify players of exceptional abilities who may be able to make the transition from the Academy to Masterclass and then perhaps the youth academies of our professional club partners.
All Eagleclaw players are trained with an emphasis on developing technique and game intelligence using small sided games. We are not concerned with winning league games or tournaments, but rather observing how each player implements and exhibits the training received during the week. We are committed to a positive training environment where development of individual skills is the primary objective, and winning games is merely a byproduct of the players’ development. We are determined that every player who joins the Eagleclaw Academy will leave as not only a better soccer player, but also a better person.
In our experience, technique and game intelligence training can begin when a player is as young as 5 years old. Beginning early sets a proper foundation, helps players avoid bad habits and positions them for maximum development during their "golden years" of development, which is when a player is 8-12 years old. During these "golden years", players are most receptive to learning technique and gaining an insight into more complex aspects of the game.
And for those players who demonstrate excellent touch and skill on the ball, Eagleclaw offers Masterclass, an invitation-only program where Academy players engage in advanced tactical training. This is fast-paced, advanced tactical training. Players invited to Masterclass have demonstrated outstanding touch, technical skill and control of the ball, which allows our coaches to increase the pace and complexity of tactical exercises. Masterclass features a unique, Spanish-inspired curriculum designed by Eagleclaw that puts players in thematic and progressively more complex rondo-style exercises that simulate game situations. This is how we develop intelligent players!
During the course of a player's time in the Primary Academy, certain players exhibiting superior tactical and technical skill, match mentality and leadership attributes may be invited to participate in Masterclass, moving the player upward through Eagleclaw's developmental pathway. Masterclass training features advanced rondo-style training similar to that used by professional Spanish teams, like Valencia CF. Participation in Masterclass is by invitation only. Invitations are made based on recommendations from our Director of Coaching, Technical Director and Executive Director. There are no separate try outs for Masterclass. Masterclass provides serious and committed players an opportunity for more complex training with players of similar skill and attitude, as well as the opportunity to accelerate their development. Masterclass is offered each semester as a 10-12 week program.
PRIMARY ACADEMY TRAINING SCHEDULE
Tuesdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Tactical Instruction)
Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Technical Instruction)
Eagleclaw Football Academy trains at Starfire Sports in Tukwila.
ENROLLMENT LIMIT: 150 PLAYERS
ACADEMY TUITION – 2019/20 Season
Player fees for the Primary Academy depend on on the player's birth year. Older players register for the entire 2018/19 season and pay an annual fee. Younger players have the option of registering the entire season or just for the Fall or Spring season.
Players born 2009-2006
Annual Registration: $2,400
Players born 2013-2009
Annual Registration: $2,400
Fall Season Only: $1,400
Spring Season Only: $1,400
Payment plans are available.
The Primary Academy provides 3.5 hours of training per week.
Subject to space, players may join Eagleclaw at any time during the semester and tuition is pro rated.
Once your player is registered and we have rostered them to a team, you may purchase their uniforms by clicking here.