Fall 2017 ISC Academy
Recreational/Beginner Soccer Program for 4-6 Year Olds
Ages: 4 to 6 Years of Age
Registration for the Fall 2017 Academy will open at 6 AM on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
(PLEASE NOTE: We had technical difficulties but the link for ISC Academy is now open. Scroll to the bottom of the page to register.
Purpose, Description, and Goals of the ISC Academy Program for 4-6 Year Olds
The ISC Academy is our Recreational/Beginner and Instructional Program for 4 to 6 year olds, held over the course of ten weeks in both the fall and spring each year. The Academy program is a beginner level program for 4-6 year olds that is unique in the Iowa City area because we provide expert level coaching to all players in the Academy. Players don't need to have any experience playing soccer to join this program, but all players, even those that are not new to soccer, will find that they will make terrific improvement and also have plenty of fun!
Why choose ISC Academy?
In the Iowa City community there are a number of very good soccer programs. However, the main difference between the ISC and most other programs is the level of expert coaching that we offer for ALL players in ALL levels of our programs. The mission of the ISC is to offer the best possible youth coaching to all players in ALL levels of the soccer programs that we offer. If we don't think that we can offer expert coaching to a program or a team, we won't offer the program. The ISC Academy is our recreational/beginner level program which is directed and run by our best and most experienced coaches. We take great pride in offering expert level coaching to all players in the ISC Academy program.
The ISC Academy program is run by our experienced, qualified, and full time director of coaching, Jon Cook, who has been with our organization since 1999. Jon is a former player, educator, and a highly licensed coach through the United States Soccer Federation. Jon holds both the USSF "A" License and the National Youth License. In addition, he earned a master's degree in Education from the University of Iowa. During his time with the ISC, Jon has dedicated his time to coaching both our recreational players and our competitive players. Unlike other programs that sometimes have coaches learning on the job, the ISC Academy Coaches are prepared from day one to make sure that your kids have a great time and learn while having fun! Jon will oversee, manage, and prepare the curriculum for the 4-6 year Academy program. In addition, he will take the lead as the head coach for the 4 year old group in the fall. Just as important, Jon's best coaches will work with him with all groups as all of our best coaches are dedicated to the Academy program.
In order to guarantee that your child will work with our best coaches, we limit the number of players that are accepted into each age group so that your child will receive the appropriate attention that they need to both have fun and to improve their soccer skills.
Coaching Philosophy and Approach
Practice Overview for the 4 to 6 Year Olds
We believe in a "games/activities" approach for the 4-6 year olds. Most of the activities or games that we use are designed so that the games are fun and self-teaching. This United States Soccer Federation sponsored and endorsed method of teaching is age appropriate for the 4 to 6 year olds and is very motivational for all young soccer players. By following the "games/activities" approach, the kids improve their soccer skills and learn how to think on their own through the participation in fun, challenging, soccer related games. While we do have informal scrimmages each night of practice, we don't put the kids on formal teams and the kids play with different children each night that we scrimmage. This, in our expert view, is the best approach for kids of this age playing soccer. Significant research shows that most children do not begin to even grasp the concept of teams and teammates until closer to 8 years of age.
The expertise necessary to lead a 4-6 year old practice is much different than the expertise required to coach a 12-18 year old practice. For the 4 to 6 year old coach, the expert coach recognizes that they need to know how the 4-6 year olds thinks, acts, and interacts with others. Understanding the level of the 4 to 6 year old's cognitive and social developmental is the important goal in our program so that we can design age appropriate activities that are inclusive for all kids and motivational for all kids. The expertise therefore in running a 4-6 year old program lies in the selection of activities used, the appropriate means in which to communicate and interact with the kids, and in understanding the cognitive and pyscho-social limitations of the young children. Taking all of these factors into account, and given our many years of experience in running a 4-6 year old program, we believe that you will find the Academy to be very well suited for your child.
Schedule for Fall 2017
All sessions for the ISC Academy 4-6 Year old Program will be held from 5:45 PM to 6:45 PM
The sessions will be held on the following Fridays:
August: 18, 25
September: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
October: 6, 13, 20
The cost for 4-6 Years old is $110.00 for 10, 1 hour sessions with our professional coaches, an ISC Academy t-shirt, and a new soccer ball.
A limited amount of financial assistance is available for those children that participate in the free and reduced lunch program in the school district. Please use our Contact form for details and availability of funds.
Please note that when you register online the charge on your account will be listed as "HTG Sports" not the Iowa Soccer Club.
Academy Refund Policy
Due to the fact that we limit the number of children that we accept for each age group in the Academy, refunds are only issued on a limited basis for the reasons listed below:
1) Your family moves out of town prior to the start of the Academy, but after you have registered.
2) Your child is injured prior to the start of the Academy and they cannot participate in any part of the program.
The ISC Academy is held at the Hawkeye Recreational Fields at 2960 Hawkeye Park Road on the west side of Iowa City. (See on Google Maps)
We DO NOT accept walk-up registration! You must register online. The first session starts on August 18, 2017, but we will accept registration until each division closes.
Therefore, please review the number of open spots we have for each age group listed below.
Your child MUST be four years old by August 18, 2017, in order to register. A lot of parents request to have their 3 year old start the program early, and while all children develop at different rates and times, 3 year olds are just too young for this program. Therefore, we accept only 4-6 year olds for the ISC 4-6 Year Old Academy. We will group all participants with other children of the same age. All 4 year olds are grouped together, all 5 year olds are grouped together, and all 6 year olds are grouped together. Of course if we have someone who might be a better fit with an older group based on their soccer development, we could move them with an older group if that is appropriate for the child.
Register for the age group below based on the age that your child will be on August 18, 2017. For example, if your son or daughter is 4 now, but will be 5 by August 18, which is the date of the first Academy practice, please register your son or daughter in the 5 year year old group. If your child is only 3 now, but will be 4 by August 18, then your child would be eligible for the 4 year old group. Typically we keep your son or daugther in the group that they registered in for the season. For example, if your son is 5 during the first half of the season, but turns 6 years old during the season, we would most likely keep them in the 5 year old group for the whole season. One of the main reasons for this is because we limit the numbers for each age group to maintain the coach to player ratio. If we have a number of kids move into the older group during the middle of the season, we might not be able to manage those groups as well as we would like.
4 to 6 Years of Age Registration Groups
We will only accept 28, 4 Year olds for the Fall 2017 Academy season.
We will always have at least 3 Adult USSF Licensed expert coaches at each practice with the 4 year olds.
We will only accept 30, 5 Year olds for the Fall 2017 Academy season.
We will always have at least 4 Adult USSF Licensed expert coaches at each practice with the 5 year olds.
We will only accept 30, 6 Year olds for the Fall 2017 Academy season.
We will always have at least 4 Adult USSF Licensed expert coaches at each practice with the 6 year olds.
We will accept 30 kids for the 5 year old program and 30 kids for the 6 year old program. Once we reach 30 children for each of those groups, we will not go past that number because we really feel that we cannot provide the same quality of attention and expert guidance to each child if the group is any larger than 30.
(In addition to our staff of qualified adult coaches, we also use our high school aged youth players who have completed the entry level US Coaching Course to help coach at the Academy. Using these energetic and licensed high school mentor coaches really helps the program run smoothly and gives all of the kids more coaching attention.)