Our Future Eclipse program offers young players the opportunity to receive coaching from Eclipse staff coaches to create a solid foundation of skills to build on as they get older. The younger a player is taught the correct techniques, the more time they can spend learning more advanced technical and tactical skills as they grow up in our program. While the kids are receiving training from staff coaches on technical skills, Future Eclipse is always fun! Practices have the perfect balance of skills learning and fun games to build a passion for the sport. Future Eclipse players are able to participate in our spring program for two practices/week. From mid-June through the end of October, Future Eclipse also has practices twice/week as a group. The group is broken up into smaller “teams” each practice for drills/games. At this age, the “games” for Future Eclipse are worked into their practice sessions to allow the players ample opportunity to challenge themselves in a competitive environment. Future Eclipse players break into small teams to play 3v3 or 4v4 soccer on a small field with small goals (no goalies). This style of play maximizes the amount of touches each player gets on the ball in a game setting and keeps them constantly involved in tactical decision-making. This style of play is also high-paced and high-scoring, which means lots of fun for the kids. By working their “game time” into training sessions and requiring no weekend commitment, Future Eclipse players are able to easily participate in LMYA or OYA recreational play in the fall as well, as we understand how important it is for kids this age to get to play with all of their friends from school too!
Commitment expectations are very flexible in our Future Eclipse Program. We recognize that children at these ages are generally trying many activities for the first time and still getting a feel for what they enjoy most. We have kids that come every single practice and others who come when they can. We want families to not feel any pressure if they need to miss some practices, while we also provide a positive experience at every practice for the kids who are there.