Electric City Soccer Academy (ADP) - for Players born in 2008 - 2011

Registration for the 2018 season is now open.

Spring Registration will close on Feb15, 2018

Spring Information

The Electric City Academy program uses Team App for up to date team information. Once you have registered please go to www.teamapp.com and search for and ask to join EC ADP. There you will find the most up to date schedule for practices and activities.

Winter practices will be held indoors and will begin in January 2018. Spring practices will be held outdoors beginning in April 2018.

Uniform ordering will take place again before the season begins. Jerseys cost $14 and shorts are $12.

Please direct any questions to Academy Coordinator Ron Grow at r.grow@icloud.com, Academy Training Director Nate Laabs at nklaabs@gmail.com or to Director of Coaching Modeste Rouamba at rodest79@yahoo.fr

Background on the Academy Program (ADP)

In early 2016, Electric City Soccer began a new program called the Advanced Development Program or ADP. The ADP program was created for players age 6-10 and based on the Academy model created by US soccer. The program is designed to provide a challenging environment for soccer players who want to continue to improve. The program is built on three principles: Increased trainings, a challenging competition level, and increased sportsmanship.

The ADP players train twice every week. They also play in the East Central Academy League. The Academy League plays on Saturdays and all team come to one of two locations each week. There were 12 area clubs that had Academy Teams  in 2017, and each week our teams play as Electric City against the other clubs.

Pillars of the ADP/ Academy program

The Electric City Academy program is built on four key pillars. These pillars are part of the training young players receive to help their development as a player and as a person. These pillars are:

  1. Hard Work and a desire to continually improve

  2. Teamwork

  3. A Positive Attitude

  4. Sportsmanship

What will the 2018 Season look like?

The spring season will last April 2018-June 2018. Coaches may also give the option for a winter indoor season, depending on the team. The spring season will consist of two trainings per week led by Electric City training staff. Training groups will try to be kept to groups of 20 or less for tactical training and slightly larger for technical training.

Spring season 

  • Winter practices will begin indoors in January 2018.  These practices are optional.
  • Two practices a week with Electric City training staff, beginning in April.
  • Weekly league games on Saturday mornings as a part of the East Central Academy League. Games will start in April and run through the end of June.
  • Games are usually between 8 a.m. and noon. Occasionally there will be an early afternoon game.
  • There will more than likely be one tournament in May or June. Cost of the tournament will be between $25 and $30 per player. This amount is not included in registration costs.

2017-2018 Pricing

U10 (Players born in 2008 and 2009)

Fall and Spring - $185

Spring only  - $110

U8 (Players born in 2010 or 2011)

Fall and Spring $170

Spring only $95


  • Tournaments and Indoor sessions are not included in the price.

  • Players will also be required to purchase a jersey($14) and shorts($12).

  • Players are also expected to participate in the spring fundraiser.

Please note: Electric City still relies on volunteer coaches. We feel that volunteer coaches form better connections with players. Volunteers also help to keep our costs lower. Training help will be given by Electric City staff, but volunteers will coach the games. If there are not volunteer coaches we may not be able to offer a certain age group or may be forced to change the pricing. If you are willing to be a volunteer coach please contact Ron Grow at r.grow@icloud.com or Nate Laabs at nklaabs@gmail.com.

East Central Academy League

The East Central Academy League uses a different philosophy than the recreational league. First, players from Electric City all play together against other clubs. All Electric CIty teams play in the same location each Saturday. Rather than form set teams, pools of player are formed, and each week teams are formed from that pool of players. A team may remain the same for many weeks, or teams may change from week to week. This gives the coaches the flexibility to move players around as needed to fill teams that are short or adjust the competitiveness of the game if necessary. The Academy League has a goal of eliminating lopsided games and trying to keep the games competitive. Teams of a higher level are matched with teams of that level.

Levels of play for boys and girls -

  • U7/U8 - 4 v 4 - no goalie - no referee

  • U9/ U10 - 7 v 7 - with goalies - 3 referees and offsides is called

How do I join?

There are no tryouts to be in the Academy program. We are looking for:

  • Players who want to be trained to be better.

  • Players who have the desire to listen an improve.

  • Players who are committed to attending two training sessions a week.

  • Players who are ready to work hard!

If that sounds like you, please register by clicking on the registration link on our web site.

Feel free to contact Ron Grow at r.grow@icloud.com or Nate Laabs at nklaabs@gmail.com with any questions.

What is the difference between recreational soccer and the ADP program?

  • Academy soccer practices two times a week, Recrational soccer practices 1 time a week.

  • Academy uses a more advanced training curriculum than Rec does.

  • Academy soccer can be done year round, Rec soccer is only in spring.

  • Academy teams are formed based on ability level, Rec teams are randomly chosen.

  • Academy players play only against other clubs while EC rec teams may play each other.

  • Academy teams are flexible and may change week to week, while Rec teams are set for the season.

  • Academy players are held to a higher level of commitment than  Rec players.

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