Mission & Objectives

• To provide developmentally appropriate soccer programs.
• To teach the game of soccer as a component of developing well rounded children.
• To develop children to the best of their ability, and foster a lifelong enjoyment of the game of soccer.

SYSA will achieve its Mission through a three-tiered, structure comprised of Recreation (SYSA Challenge), Travel (SYSA Travel) and Premier (SYSA PFC) Programs, which will provide development opportunities for Shaker residents and non-residents.  The three-tiered structure supports all players, by providing a supportive and rewarding environment that emphasizes fun and skill learning, at a level that fits his/her interest and ability.

Philosophy & Priorities

      • Developing Soccer Technique and Insight in our players
      • Encouraging our players to embrace Competition
      • Promoting successful Group Dynamics in pursuit of a common goal
      • Teaching our players to value Sportsmanship
      • Promoting Individual and Social Development
      • Building strength of Character in our players
      • Winning as an intended outcome of the above

WE TEACH OUR PLAYERS TO VALUE:

      • Mastery of a game
      • The challenge of getting outside of one’s comfort zone
      • Commitment and Dedication
      • Toughness, Confidence and Courage
      • Discipline, Fitness and Camaraderie

SYSA HAS 3 LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION

  • Challenge, K-1 & Mini Kickers- pre-school to 6th grade, Volunteer Coaches under the direction of Assistant Director of Coaching
  • Competitive with a Volunteer Coach U8-U14
  • Competitive with a Professional Coach U11-U18 - top teams in each age group

EXPECTATIONS & IDEALS AT EACH LEVEL

Outdoor Practice length and frequency

    • Challenge 1st-4th grade teams: 1x60 minute practice and 1 game on weekends 
    • Challenge 5th-6th grade teams: 1x75 minute practice and 1 game on weekends
      • Foot-skills all ages once a week optional but encouraged
    • Competitive U8-U11 teams 2x75 minute practices and 1 game on weekends
    • Competitive U12-U14 teams 2x90 minutes practices and 1 game on weekend
      • Pro-Clinics all ages, once a week & optional, additional cost $50/season
      • Goal Keeper Clinics all ages, once a week & optional, additional cost $50/season

Indoor Practice length and frequency

    • Ideally two 8 week sessions and a minimum of one session
    • One team practice
    • Foot-skills once a week optional 
    • Goalkeeper clinic once a week optional

Tournaments

  • Competitive teams should aim to participate in a Fall and Spring tournament.  Tournament costs are additional to registration fees.
  • Teams may not attend tournaments that conflict with team practice or game days. Synchronizing tournament weekends, club-wide, is crucial to staying within the guidelines of our regular season practice and game objectives for the players.
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