ELITE JUNIORS ACADEMY​

What is the Elite Juniors Academy

The GESC Elite Juniors Academy serves as a developmental bridge between the Elite Recreational Program and the Elite Competitive Program and it is for those born between 2012 and 2009 (2012s will be considered by coaches and club director to determine if they are a good fit).

The Elite Juniors Academy program is designed to set kids up for the highest potential for long-term success in soccer through some of the highest quality coaching and training in the nation, including some of the most progressive and modern methodology around.

 

Effort is made to minimize cost and travel and maximize player development with a balance between development and competition. This is the final developmental phase for kids that want to play competitively before the Elite Competitive program.

 

Elite Juniors Academy players must demonstrate a growth mentality and a somewhat higher level of commitment to training than in the Elite Recreational program in order to ensure proper development through consistent touches on the soccer ball and regular instruction from our professional coaches. The number of players in each group is limited so that all players on Elite Jrs. teams will get quality playing time in each game.

How Do I join an Elite Juniors Academy Group?

All interested players must initially sign up with a $50 deposit and thereafter attend a few sessions before being placed with an Elite Juniors Academy Group. Coaches will communicate with players that are being evaluated and their parents on team placement.

 

GESC limits how many teams we have and how many players we take in each age group to ensure consistent and high-quality teams and coaching. As long as the group is not full, however, players can join at any time during the year as there will be training sessions going on during most times of the year. If we cannot place your player on a team for any reason, the $50 deposit will be refunded to you. If your player is placed on a team, the $50 will go toward the registration costs (see below for costs per age group).

 

If interested in joining and want to know more, email info@gallatinelite.com with any inquiries.

 
When is the Elite Juniors Academy Season?

The main seasons for games are in the fall and spring, between mid-August to mid-October, and mid-March to June. Players are encouraged to play other sports during the summer and winter months as it is looked at as beneficial for their physical, mental, and personal development. However, the Elite Juniors Academy will still run sessions during these times because we feel it is important to keep touches up all year long in order to keep kids sharp and group dynamics strong. For info on this, please see our Fall and Winter Indoor Soccer and Futsal Program.

 

Please see to the right for more details or below for pricing information.

 

What does the Elite Juniors Academy program cost?

Prices may vary depending on when your player joins and what age group they are in. We work very hard to minimize costs and keep soccer affordable and believe that everyone that wants to play should be able to play regardless of their financial situation. Payment plans throughout the year are available as is Financial Aid. See here for more information on Financial Aid and scholarships.

 

The cost each group for the 2020 Fall season is still being determined

What does it include?

Program fees vary and will be collected three times per year - once in the fall, once during the winter, and once during the spring and include league entry and game fees, friendly and intrasquad game costs, and spring fees also include costs for the State Tournament in June (including ref fees and travel costs for coaches at these events). The fees also include all training and sessions, coaching costs, and spring fees include $70 half-day access to the 2020 Gallatin Elite Summer Camp - a $175 value - staffed with top professional players and coaches from around the country. Please be sure to still sign your player up for the 2020 camp (a coupon code will be provided as the camp gets closer) so that your player will get their camp shirt, info, and gear. Details on the camp provided on the Gallatin Elite Summer Camp page. You can also upgrade to a full day camp for an extra $30 ($100 total - a $195 value).

Other expected costs?

Other costs to be expected during the course of the year are any agreed upon optional outside tournaments (cost depends on the event) and uniforms. For more info on Academy uniforms, go here.

 

Keep in mind that as the kids get older it becomes more expensive as the number of competitive games and league games increases, as does the required number of players, coaches, and refs (for Fall 2020 the 2011s/2012s play 7v7 with one ref on most games, and the 2009s and 2010s play 9v9 with sometimes up to 3 refs on games). 

 

For any questions and for more info, please email info@gallatinelite.com.

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2011-2012 Elite Juniors Academy Groups:
  • Should understand that there is a developmental benefit to playing games against outside competition so while we do play local intrasquad games and do other things in an effort to minimize required travel, we also participate in leagues and/or play friendlies against other area teams during the fall (Aug-Oct) and spring (March-June). For an idea on the travel required, if the spring season is 10-weeks long, for example, groups should expect to travel nearby (within a couple hours) about 5 of those 10 weekends and should expect to play at home the other 5 weekends.

  • Can expect to attend 2-3 outside tournaments during the course of the year and the State Showcase tournament in June every year. This is likely to include 2 tournaments during Fall 2020, 1-2 in Spring 2021, and possibly 1 indoor "futsal" tournament in the Winter depending on interest. All tournaments will be reasonably close by and agreed upon by the parents and coaching staff.

  • Are formed according to player skill levels with player development as the priority and are made up of players who wish to play and train with other players that are of a similar ability and mindset.

  • Train two times per week with an optional third day during the spring and fall seasons following an age-appropriate, developmentally sound curriculum aimed at laying a sound technical foundation, fostering curriculum and furthering the player’s love for the game. The third optional day is focused on either goalkeeper training or another technical element such as striking the ball.

  • Will have training, pick up games, and/or open-gym dates 1-2 times per week for those that are available run by GESC staff during the summer and winter months that fall outside of the fall and spring seasons (July-August and November-February; winter break will likely be off). See our Fall and Winter Indoor Soccer and Futsal Program for more info.

  • Are coached by members of the GESC technical staff, licensed by the US Soccer Federation and fully immersed in the GESC curriculum and style of play.

  • Have a low player-to-coach ratio.

 

 

2009-2010 Elite Juniors Academy Groups:
  • Should also understand that there is a developmental benefit to playing games against outside competition so while we do play local intrasquad games and do other things in an effort to minimize required travel, we also participate in leagues and/or play friendlies against other area teams during the fall (Aug-Oct) and spring (March-June). 2009s may be expected to travel a bit more, especially during the spring.

  • Can expect to attend 2-3 outside tournaments during the course of the year and the State Showcase tournament in June every year. This is likely to include 2 tournaments during Fall 2020, 1-2 in Spring 2021, and possibly 1 indoor "futsal" tournament in the Winter depending on interest. All tournaments will be reasonably close by and agreed upon by the parents and coaching staff.

  • Are formed according to player skill levels with player development as the priority with players who wish to play and train with other players that are of a similar ability and mindset.

  • Train three times per week during the spring and fall seasons following an age-appropriate, developmentally sound curriculum aimed at laying a sound technical foundation, fostering curriculum and furthering the player’s love for the game.

  • Will have training, pick up games, and/or open-gym dates 1-2 times per week for those that are available run by GESC staff during the summer and winter months that fall outside of the fall and spring seasons (July-August and November-February; winter break will likely be off). See our Fall and Winter Indoor Soccer and Futsal Program for more info.

  • Are coached by members of the GESC technical staff, licensed by the US Soccer Federation and fully immersed in the GESC curriculum and style of play.

  • Have a low player-to-coach ratio.

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