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Challenge - u7-u10 Age Groups

Challenge Program:
Primary objective is to provide U7-U10 players a competitive and fun learning environment that encourages individual development, creativity, and understanding of the game. This program is Shenandoah Valley United’s bridge between recreation and travel soccer. Through this program, our players will compete via intra-squad scrimmages and other club teams (e.g. CCL Regional league opponents) with similar motivation to improve their game.

Challenge is 8 week program, which provides 2 trainings each week, and a minimum of 1 external match per season. All training and match sessions are run by professionally licensed SVU Coaching Staff with the assistance of volunteer/parent coaches.

REGISTRATION & FEES

There are NO REFUNDS of Challenge registration fees after the registration deadline, a player’s registration is a commitment to participating in one season of play.

As a convenience to our families, SVU offers two payments for the Challenge program. Players are selected for the full-year and register individually for the Fall and Spring seasons. Challenge participants are welcome to make both payments at the time of the Fall registration. Once registration has been completed for each season, all players are expected to reasonably participate in all Challenge program activities. There are no refunds after the registration deadline. Payments can be made on-line via personal soccer accounts, or at the Shenandoah Valley United office if required.

Fees include: registration costs, Adidas uniform, coach background checks (VYSA mandated), coach education, SVU staff management, league fees, club overhead expenses, equipment, field maintenance,  certified referee fees, VYSA state association fees and other operational costs.


Challenge (Advanced Development Program)


Challenge Curriculum

  • Technical Development: Ball Mastery/Control (Dribbling), Receiving & Passing, Striking the Ball, Shooting, Crossing & Finishing
  • Introduction to Individual/Small-Group Tactics, Principles of Attacking & Defending
  • System Development, Positional/Functional Development

Challenge Commitment

  • Fall Season: September-November (8 week program)
  •  Spring Season: March-June (8 week program)

Challenge Matches

  • Age Groups: Coed U7/U8, COED/All-Boys U9/U10, All-Girls U9/U10

 U7/U8: format is 4v4 or 5v5 

  • Intra-squad Matches & Recreational opponents 

U9/U10:  format is 7v7

  • Minimum of 3 Club-to-Club Academy Matches (i.e. CVU, Culpeper SC, Dynamo SC)
  • Referees for Matches 
  • Optional Tournament Opportunities upon evaluation

Challenge Coaching Model

  • Coordinated by Licensed Coach
  • Volunteer/ Parent Assistant Coaches
  • Volunteer/ Parent Team Managers
  • SVU Staff Support




Challenge Program Dates - Spring 2022

Important Dates: U7/U8

  • October 11th - Registration Opens
  • March 1st - Early Registration Deadline
  • March 21st- Late Registration Deadline (Late fee of $15 applies if you register after March 1st)
  • March 24th- Team Meetings (Picnic) @Horizons Edge
  • April 11th - Practices Begin 
  • April 23rd - Games Begin
  • June 11th - Last Game (SoccerFest)
  • Match Make-up (Rain) Date- June 12th 
Contact the SVU Support Team with Questions: [email protected]

Important Dates: U9/U10 Challenge Academy

  • October 11th - Registration Opens
  • March 1st - Early Registration Deadline
  • March 21st- Late Registration Deadline (Late fee of $15 applies if you register after March 1st)
  • March 1- Team Meetings (Picnic) @Horizons Edge Sports Campus; Mezzanine area
  • March 22 - Practices Begin @Horizons Edge  outdoorTurf field (Tuesday, Thursday 5:00-6:00 PM; 6:00-7:00 PM)
  • April 2 - Games Begin

Academy Game days:

* April 2- (Away) vs. VBR Star @ Kroger Soccer Park
* April 23- (Home) vs. Culpeper SC Academy @Horizons Edge Sports Campus Outdoor Turf
* TBD (May 7)- (Home) vs. Central Virginia United Academy @Horizons Edge Sports Campus Outdoor Turf
* May 21- (Home) vs. Dynamo SC Academy @Horizons Edge Sports Campus Outdoor Turf

Intra-squad Game days:

* April 9 

SVU (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

TIme: @1:00-1:50 PM

 

* April 16

SVU U9/U10 (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U9/U10  (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

TIme: @1:00-1:50 PM

* April 23

SVU U9/U10 (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @9:00-9:50 AM

SVU U9/U10 (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

Time: @9:00-9:50 AM

SVU U7/U8 (Roma) vs. SVU (Milan)

Time: @9:00-9:50 AM


* April 30

SVU U9/U10 (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U9/U10 (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

TIme: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Inter) vs. SVU (Milan)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Inter) vs. SVU (Roma)

TIme: @2:00-2:50 PM





* May 14

SVU U9/U10 (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U9/U10 (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

TIme: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Roma) vs. SVU (Milan)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Roma) vs. SVU (Inter)

TIme: @2:00-2:50 PM




*May 21

U9/U10 Academy Game vs. Dynamo (TBD)

SVU U9/U10 (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @9:00-9:50 AM

SVU U9/U10 (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

Time: @9:00-9:50 AM

SVU U7/U8 (Inter) vs. SVU (Milan)

Time:  @9:00-9:50 AM

SVU U7/U8 (Roma) vs. SVU (Milan)

Time: @9:00-9:50 AM



* May 28

SVU U9/U10 (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U9/U10 (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

TIme: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Milan) vs. SVU (Inter)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Roma) vs. SVU (Inter)

Time: @2:00-2:50 PM



*June 4

SVU U9/U10 (United) vs. SVU (City)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U9/U10 (Spirit) vs. SVU (Spirit)

TIme: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Roma) vs. SVU (Milan)

Time: @1:00-1:50 PM

SVU U7/U8 (Roma) vs. SVU (Inter)

TIme: @2:00-2:50 PM

  • June 11th - Last Game (SoccerFest) 






 

 

 

 

PROGRAM COST

2021-2022 Challenge Program Fees

  • 9-Week Program; One rain-date reschedule (Team Training & Matches) - $145 
* 7 games guaranteed!
 
  • Uniform - Additional fee $20 

 * All families who purchased a uniform in Spring 2021 will not need to repurchase a uniform.

FAQs

 
Who is the Challenge Program for? Your child who is searching for professionally led coaching in an organized and competitive environment, excels in their current program, or is interested in playing travel soccer in the future; Challenge program is perfect for them.

Is there any Tryouts? No. With no tryouts, parents/players are free to determine whether Challenge is right for them based on player athleticism, soccer experience, and potential interest in further soccer development. 

Are there a minimum and maximum number of registered players? Yes. Registration is limited to 80 Players.  Minimum Registration for each division (U7/U8 and U9/U10) is 25 players. If player interest is low, then parents will be called and offered placement on recreational teams and refunded the difference of program fees.

Practice Information: Challenge program trains twice per week, with one game per weekend. Practices will take place at Horizons Edge outdoor turf.

Are games inner squad format? Inner squad (COED) games are the majority of games played in the Challenge Program. 

What Academy games? Academy games are for the U9/U10 age groups only. The pathway from U7/U8 age group introduction "learning to train" to Academy's philosophy of introduction "training to compete" is where we begin to see the differences between training and games. The U9/U10 age group, along with playing intra-squad games, teams will also participate in Home/Away games vs. regional CCL clubs (e.g. VBR Star, CVU, Culpeper SC, New River United, etc.) this is to serve as an introduction to our Travel soccer program.

Does Challenge travel? What days do they travel and how far do they travel? Games against other opposing teams may be scheduled, minimal travel required. All games are on Saturday and the majority will be local to Harrisonburg. Families will not travel more than once, if at all, or over an hour and a half distance. (For example) Within the 8 week program, SVU will communicate prior with CCL (opposing travel club academies U8-U10) teams to schedule friendlies to provide a holistic approach to the program. Challenge is preparation for the next step in SVU's player development model, being travel soccer.

Request for a refund and to withdraw from the Rec program must be made through an e-mail or written notice prior to the first game of the season.  Refunds will be issued minus a $20.00 processing fee, if communicated ahead of the first game.  Refunds will be  sent in the form of a check and will take about 3 weeks to be processed.

Contact

Shenandoah Valley United (SVU Soccer)
325 Cornerstone Lane 
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802

Phone: 540-214-2575
Email: [email protected]

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