Pre-Academy Program

8U/7U PROGRAM - FALL '18 & Spring '19

The DDYSC Pre-Academy program is an opportunity for enthusiastic soccer loving six and seven year old boys and girls to increase their soccer development in a more focused and structured learning environment.  It’s a great introduction to club soccer and professional training and is a stepping stone to higher level competitive soccer in academy and select.

Pre-Academy players will be evaluated and selected at tryout sessions held at the end of May/beginning of June each year, and players joining are asked to commit to a full year, which includes the fall and spring seasons.  There may be the opportunity to tryout between the fall and spring seasons, but these tryouts depend on our numbers and aren’t guaranteed.  It is advised that players trying out have at least a year of organized soccer experience.


Pre-Academy players will train twice a week for an hour and 15 minutes with an emphasis on soccer coordination, individual ball skills, and small group play.






2011 GIRLS

Tue. & Thu.

Avondale Dunaire Park

 5:30pm to 6:45pm

2012 GIRLS Tue. & Thu. Avondale Dunaire Park 5:30pm to 6:45pm






2011 Boys  Mon. & Wed. Dekalb School of the Arts   5:30pm to 6:45pm
2012 Boys   Tue. & Thu. Avondale Dunaire Park   5:30pm to 6:45pm


Game format will focus on 4v4 (no goalies) and 5v5 (with goalies) small sided games as a preparation for moving up to the larger 7v7 format as U9s.  Games will be played in house with players being mixed on different teams and with other local clubs playing the same format as our U8s.


For full year commitment (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 seasons)

Facility Member $750 or Program Member $850 (Payment plans are available if needed)

(All participants must be either a facility or program member.  Program memberships may be purchased for $40 for a family.)

Financial assistance is provided for those in need. If you are in need of financial assistance, fill out a financial assistnace form and turn in with other doocumentation when registering.



Uniforms - Pre-Academy players are required to purchase the Academy uniform kit that will include two shirts, two shorts, two socks, a training shirt, and warm-up.  This can be used again the following year in U9 Academy. The current uniform cycle starts at the beginning of the Fall 2018 season, and runs until the end of the Spring 2020 season 


Tournaments - Pre-Academy teams will not take part in any fall pre-season tournaments, but they may take part in post season tournaments at the discretion of the coaching staff.  Any tournaments entered are an additional cost per player.


Doug Kennedy (Pre-Academy Director)
Andrea Bustamante 
Numa Ikoe
Conrad Samuels

ID Clinics

For the Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 season, players born in 2011 and 2012 will be eligible to try-out for this program.  You must Pre-register for the ID Clinics using the link below. For more information regarding the ID Clinics or the program in general, please contact Doug Kennedy.


Pre-Academy Director – Doug Kennedy (