Junior Academy: U-6 – U-8

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The Sandy Spring Soccer Club (SSSC) Junior Academy is designed for boys and girls born between 2015 – 2017 who have a passion for the game and would like to play travel/competitive soccer. This program is a 10 month commitment in the Spring (March – June), Fall (September – November), and Winter (December – February). Players who typically join this program have experience playing soccer and consider soccer to be their #1 sport at the moment. The goal of the program is for players to continue to develop a love for the game and progress through their development all while having fun. Players in the Junior Academy play in the Maryland Developmental Soccer League (MDSL), where players compete against other local clubs.

The SSSC Junior Academy offers a new way to discover soccer for boys and girls. This program creates an enjoyable learning environment where we focus on teaching the basics of soccer through fun and cognitive activities. We work directly with the kids to develop key motor skills such as running, jumping, and side shuffling so that they can learn to control their body movements and the ball. Our sessions teach the kids about the love of soccer while they learn to play alongside their friends.

At the SSSC Junior Academy, we pride ourselves in teaching players the fundamentals of the game. Our philosophy is to teach the principles of play which includes building the total soccer player through the 5 pillars: technical, physical, psychological, tactical, and psycho-social, all while continuing to teach the game and provide a positive learning experience. We are based in Sandy Spring, MD, a small town of less than 3,000 people, and although members come from a 20 mile radius from various parts of Montgomery County, Howard County, and Prince George’s County, we still enjoy the small town community when you join the club.

The SSSC Juinior Academy includes uniquely designed soccer sessions for players so that they can progress through various levels and technical sessions of 1 v 1, 2 v 2, 3 v 3, and 4 v 4. We make the sessions fun for the players through different types of exercises and scrimmages to increase the player’s technical skills and abilities throughout the program. During practice sessions, the players will experience small sided games of 3 v 3 and 4 v 4 mostly to ensure that they are receiving plenty of touches on the ball. Players will also spend a lot of time juggling as well as juggling on the run (depending upon skill level). The main focus in training will be to improve the individual and team’s speed of play.

As for games (this does not apply to the clinic program), the format will range between 5 v 5 to 7 v 7, depending on the league. The program and its sessions will not only help to build stronger players but will also grow their love for the game. Here are the programs that we are currently offering:

Winter Season: December 6, 2022 – March 3, 2023

Days: Tuesdays and Fridays (Trainings), Saturdays or Sundays (Games)

Who: Boys ages 5-7 years old. Players will train together during the week, but be divided by teams on gamedays.

Locations (varies weekly): Sherwood Elementary School Gym (1401 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860)

Cloverly Elementary School Gym (800 Briggs Chaney Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20905)

Dr. Charles Drew Elementary School Gym (1200 Swingingdale Dr, Silver Spring, MD 20904)

*Note – Once you join the Academy then you will be added to the TeamSnap account with schedule on which location practices will be held on the Tuesdays and Fridays.

Times: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – (Some practices will be held from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) For the 7 year olds practices will be held between 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm and in some cases 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Once you join the Junior Academy this detail will be on the TeamSnap.

Games: Held on Saturdays and Sundays in Rockville at the Earle Wood Middle School. Winter indoor games are 3 v 3 without goalkeepers or 5 v 5 including goalkeepers with a futsal style format.

*Note that once you join the program then you will receive the full detailed schedule via TeamSnap and be notified well in advance.

Uniforms: Your player will receive 2 jerseys, 2 pairs of shorts, and 2 pairs of socks. For practices, you will receive 1 training jersey. In addition to game and practice uniforms, your player will also receive a warm-up jacket and pants. This is all included in your fees and will not be charged additionally. All players must wear the correct uniform on game and practice days. Once you join then you will be notified of the practice and game attire.

Cost: $375. We charge a one-time all inclusive fee per season that can be paid in up to two installments. If you do decide to pay in two installments then the cost is $400 for the season.

Spring Season: March 7 – June 24, 2023

Days: Tuesdays or Wednesdays and Fridays (Trainings), Saturdays or Sundays (Games)

Who: Boys & Girls – 5 – 7 years old. Players will be divided into their teams where they will train and play games together. There will be no more than 8 (5-6 year olds) and 12 (7 year olds) players per team.

Locations (varies weekly): Sandy Spring Friends School (16923 Norwood Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860)

Times: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (5-6 year olds) and 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm (7 year olds)

League: Held on Saturdays and/or Sundays at the Sandy Spring Friends School. We play in the Maryland Development Soccer League (MDSL). Games are 4 v 4 (for 5-6 year olds) without goalkeepers and 5 v 5 including goalkeepers (for 7 year olds). We will play 7-8 games during the season.

*Note that once you join the program then you will receive the full detailed schedule via TeamSnap and be notified well in advance.

Uniforms: Your player will receive 2 jerseys, 2 pairs of shorts, and 2 pairs of socks. For practices, you will receive 1 training jersey. In addition to game and practice uniforms, your player will also receive a warm-up jacket and pants. This is all included in your fees and will not be charged additionally. All players must wear the correct uniform on game and practice days. Once you join then you will be notified of the practice and game attire.

Tournaments: We will participate in two (2) tournaments in the month of March and two (2) tournaments in the month of June.

Cost: $395. We charge a one-time all inclusive fee per season that can be paid in up to two installments. If you do decide to pay in two installments then the cost is $430 for the season.

Location (Outdoors):

Refund Policy:

  • If withdrawing before the beginning of the 4th practice session, the player will receive a pro-rated refund minus a $75 cancellation fee. 
  • After the 4th practice session, there will be no refunds. 
  • Partial refunds will not be given for missed practices, games, or tournaments.