Sunday, September 12, 2004
The Academy is our attempt to extend the ODP environment by a period of 10 weeks. During this period we will not only continue the players individual development, but also create an educational opportunity for parents as well. We will try to expand the knowledge of the game of both player and parent alike. Practicing away from the organized environment, going to watch games live or on TV, eating to enhance performance, taking care of your body through rest and sleep are just a few of the major areas that our players need to develop.
There are no certainties or guarantees in Soccer, or in life for that matter. Being in The Academy does not guarantee you will remain in the ODP pool, make a Premier team, make your high school varsity team or get a college scholarship! It will however, give you the opportunity to expand your learning capabilities in a disciplined environment. It is our goal to provide you with the tools in the correct environment to help you realize your potential. Remember, simply being here is a start, but it isnt enough. An old coach of mine used to say, You only get out of Soccer, what you put in. It took me a long time to understand what he meant. Only now, years later do I know that the harder you work at anything the more rewarding will the end result be. Practice makes permanent, is another great saying that hopefully highlights what we are trying to achieve with The Academy.
Beyond all else I hope that you are able to keep an open and inquiring mind during your time with us which will certainly help with achieving the best ingredient of any learning environment FUN.