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ZYSA 13U - 14U Jr. Travel Academy

ZYSA JUNIOR TRAVEL ACADEMY DEFINED

The u13 and u14 Junior Travel  Academy is an exciting transition to the 11v11 playing format and preparing for competitive play at the high school level.   Players will continue along with the ZYSA competitive long-term development model in these bridge years.  

Regarding training, u13 and u14 Junior Travel Academy players will learn and develop in a safe, competitive training environment designed and implemented by professional staff three times each week in the fall (August to October) and spring (April to June) seasons.  Though training days and times could vary between teams, the u13 and u14 Junior Travel Academy sessions are each 90 minutes in length.

Players will compete within a full complement of competitive contests each season against clubs from the state of Indiana, or across the region dependent on whether the team is competing within the Indiana Soccer League (ISL) hosted by Indiana Soccer, or regional conference play hosted by US Youth Soccer.  U13 and u14 Junior Travel Academy players will typically compete twice each week throughout the fall and spring seasons.  This program will compete in two events in both the fall and spring seasons.  Please note that we will not compete over Labor Day Weekend (fall season) nor Memorial Day Weekend (spring).

Winter training with u13 and u14 Junior Travel Academy staff is a part of registration fees.  Additional training opportunities to keep the players active between outdoor seasons will be available at an additional cost.  All of this training is held indoors at our indoor facility located on the North end of our parking lot.  Supplemental training opportunities include Foot Skills courses, 4v4 league, goalkeeper training, as well as Striking/Finishing courses.

Registration to the u13 and u14 Junior Travel Academy is an August to June commitment made at the time of tryouts.  Players could be added to the program mid-year, as approved by the DOC leadership team.  The Boys' Jr./Sr. Travel Academy Assistant Director of Coaching (ADOC) is Rob Klatte, and the Girls' Jr./Sr. Travel Academy ADOC is Evan Krupa.

Should you have any questions on the ZYSA u13 and u14 Junior Travel Academy program, please do not hesitate to reach out to ZYSA Director of Coaching, Jonathan McClure, via email:  jonathan@zysa.org 

Development Schedules & Opportunities

ZYSA 2020-2021 Travel Events

2020-2021 Boys Event List  - Coming Soon

2020-2021 Girls Event List  - Coming Soon

ZYSA COMPETITIVE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT MODEL

ZYSA MENTAL TRAINING:

An integral component of our ZYSA long-term development model is our Mental Training. Through our partnership with the psychology department of Ball State University, this training is delivered to each of our players ages u7 to u19.

We have adopted 5 C's to be the spine of this training, as we feel these five areas are central to our overall goal of developing confident, brave, well-rounded future leaders capable of taking calculated risks to influence positive change, outcomes, and growth.

The players of ZYSA will desire and be able to CONNECT with and CARE for others, demonstrate COMPETENCE, carry themselves with CONFIDENCE, and will be excellent examples for others as young people of high CHARACTER.

 

ZYSA STRENGTH & MOBILITY TRAINING:

Our Strength and Mobility training is designed to use various forms of functional movement and exercise with the primary objectives being injury prevention and improving player’s physical abilities for the game of soccer.

Movements and exercises include speed and agility, muscular endurance, muscular strength, plyometrics, balance, and flexibility. In addition to these specific forms of exercises, the program is specific to the different age groups, as noted here:

  • U7-U8 – Basic Movements through different games and activities;

  • U9-U11 – Work on form of basic movements and exercises;

  • U12-U14 – Gradually increase load and work on more advanced movements and exercises;

  • U15+ - Increased load and volume of exercises and movements to increase intensity.

 

ZYSA TECHNICAL TRAINING:

We believe that technical training for soccer has long been sorted into different categories trained separately like other sports. However, current teaching and coaching literature has emphasized that it should be used holistically and not separated. To that end, technical instruction should focus on 2 aspects. Ball Mastery which should be done at home and in a player’s free time and Cognitive Skill Acquisition which should be trained at team sessions.

Ball mastery is the ability to make the ball do what the player intends it to do. Skill is the ability to apply technique within the context of the situation to solve a problem. Our goal with our technical instruction is to improve the cognitive processes and implement them into every piece of our team training sessions.

 

ZYSA TACTICAL TRAINING:

We have developed, and continue to evaluate, a tactical training model that applies directly to each specific age group centered on asking appropriate questions of “when, where, and why.”  We want to build each year upon what was learned and applied over the previous seasons so that by the time a player graduates from our program they are prepared to solve various problems on the field through both individual, group, and team based actions. 

It is imperative to note that no tactical scheme or model can progress beyond the technical ability of the players and therefore it is essential that the tactical demands of each age group correspond with the technical advancements being made the previous year.  At the same time, once a player enters the 11v11 format we also would like to educate them functionally as to the various positions that they might play—and also allow them to learn the “when, where, and why” of the players and teammates around them.