PRAA Soccer Philosophy
Our season is about more than wins and losses. It’s about learning and improving on our skills in every practice and game and adding new skills all the time. We will honor this beautiful game by shaking the Opponents & Official's hand when the game is over. By playing here at PRAA, you will learn life lessons and we can overcome major obstacles, rebound from our mistakes by being persistent, working as a team, encouraging our team members, good sportsmanship, self-confidence, and dedication to our game by improving through practice. There is a move by US Soccer Federation to more small sided games. The main goal of small sided games to give the players more 'touches' on the ball in order to aid in foot and skill development.
“Winning games is not considered to be our primary objective. We consider winning to be the result of the application of good ball skills and good tactics.
This is a group training for children who have not played soccer before. The ages are 2.5 - 4. We will meet once a week at Hemby Bridge from 5:30-6:15pm. They practice once a week as a group and parents are needed to participate with their child during these practices. There are no teams or games at that level. The focus will be on introducing soccer to the kids in a fun and exciting way. This is to get the players ready for our next League, U6.
This League is geared towards players 4 & 5 years of age who has prior experience with soccer. There are teams & games at this level. These players are placed on teams and they will practice once a week with their team & coach. The games are played at Bonterra Soccer Fields on Saturday mornings during the season. The teams will play against other PRAA teams. They will play 4V4 with no goalies. The approach here is to develop foot skills: Dribble with all sides of both feet, Dribble out of trouble, Dribble past someone, Soft first touch, proper passing skills and spacing. This will allow them to make a seamless transition to our next League, U7-COED.
Development Soccer is our 7U-16U leagues.
These games could be played throughout Union County on Saturdays and Sundays.
All teams will be 8v8 with a goalie.
These leagues will practice twice a week with their coaches and teams and play
in the Union County Soccer League.
This League is designed for 6-7 years old players who enjoy playing and want to improve their skills and experience. At this stage we emphasize striking the ball properly, Positions, Rules of Game, Spacing, Shooting, Dribbling, Body Movement, Field Vision, Eye-foot coordination and Goalkeeping. By end of U8 players should capable of Dribbling skills including, Dribble with all sides of both feet, Dribble out of trouble, Dribble past someone, Stopping and running with the ball at speed, Shield the ball with body from other players, Demonstrate a soft first touch (including trapping), Demonstrate basics of proper shooting technique, Demonstrate basics of proper passing with reasonable accuracy at 8-12 yards, Very basic tactical skills such as, Maintaining position but moving with play (not chasing the ball everywhere it goes), Moving forward and spreading out when attacking, Retreating and become more compact when defending, Basic quick, coordinated movements with and without the ball. This allows the players to make a seamless transition to our next League, Junior Academy Soccer, if the parent and player so chooses.
9U-COED - 16U-COED
This is designed for players who want to continue playing recreational soccer.
All teams will be 8v8 with a goalie.
These leagues will practice twice a week with their coaches and teams and play in the Union County Soccer League. We will still emphasize the basics as there is still learning and coaching that must be done.
Club Level Soccer (Travel)
Academy Soccer (9U-10U)
This is regarded as the entry into Club soccer.
The United States Soccer Federation’s US Youth Soccer Best Practices Guide.
This League is designed for the parents and players who have an interest in moving forward with game of Soccer. Teams practice twice per week and games are played on only Saturdays against other Club Teams in the Charlotte Region. We build on the experience the players gained in the earlier leagues with the goal of refinement and skill improvement. Our aim is to create a positive environment for players, coaches, and families. Focus on individual player development and instill a love and passion for the Game of Soccer that encourages players to work with the ball on their own time. Coach Basic Game Understanding while educating Parents and set expectations. Teams practice twice per week (75 minute practices). Approximately per 6-8 play dates (12-14 games per season) / Academy Showcase (Tournament).
Fall Season starts in August and ends in November.
Classic Soccer (U11 - U16)
Classic soccer is the highest level of competition within NCYSA. Our Classic players and coaches demonstrate a high level of commitment to excellence in skills, fitness, work ethic, attitude and sportsmanship. All Classic Soccer players must try-out annually each May for the following season. PRAA Classic players and coaches will demonstrate a commitment to the club, their team and their own soccer development. Players compete against other Classic teams from clubs throughout the Charlotte region during the regular season. Based on age and level, teams will compete in 2 – 3 tournaments annually.
The game should be FUN!
It is critical that players involved in youth soccer enjoy the game in which they are playing.
If PRAA is able to instill a passion and enjoyment in the game then half the battle is already won.
Perception of the coaches is equally important, as players will relate to their coach based on their interaction with them.
All coaches at PRAA will be licensed coaches through U.S. Soccer Federation. ONLY Approved NCYSA Risk Managed adults can work with the players. Coaches will be required to attend all Coaches clinics and training. If you are interested in coaching, please contact our PRSC committee @ [email protected] to discuss the expectations.
We are looking forward to another great season at PRAA. If you know of any other families that may be interested in joining, please point them to this page or have them contact us.