St. Mary's Soccer offers academy-style training to better focus on player development, so all players receive consistent skill training each week. Coaches are provided a training curriculum that is player-centered and developmentally appropriate. The U6/U7/U8 academies offer a boys' and girls' division for each age group. All academy training nights are led by volunteer coaches with assistance from a site coordinator. Volunteer coaches are always needed and can register through the website.
U6, U7, and U8 ages will have an option to select Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday night as their preferred academy training night. This will be the only night of the week these ages practice. The games for these age groups are typically held on Saturdays. There may be an occasional Friday evening game.
Age groups are determined by calendar year of birth. Currently, U06 is 2016 birthdays, U07 is 2015 birthdays, and U08 is 2014 birthdays. Groups reset each fall season and run through the next spring. For example, in the fall 2021 season, all 2016 birthdays are in U6 and will remain in U6 for the spring 2022 season. "Playing up" to an older age group is generally not allowed.
Academy training sessions are held in two locations to better serve our players throughout St. Mary's County. Chaptico Park is the academy practice location for the north area of the county, and Chancellors Run Regional Park is the academy practice location for the south/central area of the county.
Registration is now closed for the FA21 season!