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Academy Events

With the assistance of the Academy Advisory Board ("AAB"), LSA shall schedule Academy Jamborees regionally across the state in the fall and in the spring. In addition, LSAP Academies will be invited to enter teams in the Bob Abbott Cup as a year-ending event. The cost of the Jamborees shall be kept to a minimum with the intent to cover costs to the host club only.
LSAP academies will also be encouraged to host their own LSAP Play Dates. These will be scheduled by the AAB or may be self-scheduled by participating LSAP clubs. All Play Dates should be held regionally so as to limit travel for LSAP families. All of these LSAP Play Dates shall be US Youth Soccer-sanctioned events and must strictly observe the no scores/no standings criteria. Any Play Date that shall include a club other than an LSAP-approved club must be specifically approved by LSA and the AAB.
While adherence to US Soccer Player Development Initiatives (PDI) is paramount in all LSA programming and events, coaches and clubs are encouraged to be innovative as well. The PDI is the default for all activities.  Participating LSAP clubs can alter activities upon agreement.  Examples of such innovations are playing smaller sided games (4 v. 4), scrambling player pools, or playing with kick-ins.




"Many clubs and  State Associations have replaced the outcome-based approach with a process-based approach via an academy-based setup...The goal is to compete to do their best rather than compete to be the best."‚Äč
Sam Snow, former
US Youth Soccer and LSA Technical Director