Junior Academy Program Overview
The Bend FC Timbers Junior Academy is the club's 'bridge' between our developmental and recreational leagues and our competitive youth program. The Junior Academy is for players in 3rd and 4th grade who are wanting a year long soccer experience (with mutiple breaks - see below) and looking for a more competitive training environment. (Second graders may enter the Junior Academy program with prior approval from the Junior Academy Director.)
What does a full year of BFCT Junior Academy soccer look like? Simply put, you register once and pay the fee and your player is set for his or her soccer experience through the summer, fall and spring! The three seasons are separated by breaks including spring break, the club's annual two week break and other holidays. There are no Junior Academy sessions during the winter (November-February) but optional winter training programs are available for an additional cost (see the Winter Training page on our site).
JUNIOR DIRECTOR OF COACHING: Dan Cheeseman
JA practices will be 75 minutes in length and held 2 times per week. JA games will be played on a size appropriate field with 7 players per side including goalkeepers.
The Junior Academy Director will comprise 1 or 2 'travel teams' for both the boys and girls to compete in the OYSA Valley U10 League. This league is comprised of U10 'academy' teams from Bend, Eugene, Salem and Corvallis. Each club receives one home play date per season and games are held on four single days in a 'jamboree' style. The exact number of teams the club will enter in the Valley League will be based on the amount of BFCT U10 players and availability. Occasionally a U8 or U9 player will be 'called up' to compete in the league games as needed or warranted. There will be four Junior Academy 'Futbol Fun Fridays' for those players who do not travel to the Saturday league games.
Junior Academy Schedule for the 2017-18 Season:
For the upcoming 2017 - 18 season, these are the eligible birth dates for the JR Academy.
U10's - players born in 2008.
U9's - players born in 2009.
U8's (approved by Academy Director) - players born in 2010.
Summer 2017 Junior Academy Season:
June 5th - August 13th. The club takes a two week break from June 26 - July 7.
(concluding with the Bend Premier Cup for travel teams August 11-13)
Mondays and Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:30 at Big Sky Park.
Including goalkeeping sessions - Monday 4:45 at Big Sky Park
Fall 2017 Junior Academy Season:
** The enrollment period for the 2008 age group is currently CLOSED (SOLD OUT). For more information on the Spring 2018 sign ups, please contact Dan Cheesman, JR. Academy Director - Coachcheeseman@gmail.com **
August 28th - October 27th
Mondays and Wednesdays 5:15 - 6:30 at Pine Nursery
Including goalkeeping sessions integrated within our Monday Sessions
Match Dates (for U10 players only):
Saturday, September 16 - Albany
Saturday, September 30 - Bend
Saturday, October 14 - Eugene
Saturday, October 28 - Corvallis
Futbol Fun Fridays (for U9 and U10 players not traveling to jamborees above):
Friday, September 15
Friday, September 29
Friday, October 13
Friday, October 27
Spring 2018 Junior Academy Season:
Feb. 26th - March 23rd
April 2nd - May 5th
Mondays and Wednesday TBD
Including goalkeeping sessions on Wednesdays TBD
Match Dates (for U10 players only): TBD
Futbol Fun Fridays (for U9 and U10 players not traveling to jamborees above): TBD
Program Fee: $650 for full year. The fee is pro-rated if you register in the fall or spring.
The fee above does NOT include the necessary Bend FC Timbers uniform kit
For more information on the program contact Coachcheeseman@gmail.com