How is Academy Different From Pride?
Academy soccer is about developing essential soccer skills and a love for the
game of soccer. The goal is not to win games, but to prepare players for
competitive play when the reach our Pride division. Academy follows a
training curriculum specifically designed to improve individual soccer skills.
What are the Academy Age Groups?
Our Academy program is available for age groups ranging from 8 years of age
to 11 (U9-U12). See
Do Players Have to Try Out?
Yes. Annual try-outs are typically held in June and are for the Fall
and Spring seasonal year. In some cases players may be invited to join
Academy and/or train with the group. See
for official try-out dates.
SCSC Pride Academy team tryouts will be held June 14 - 16, 2013.
U9 & U10 Boys & Girls:
Friday June 14th 5:30 - 6:45 PM
Saturday June 15th 9:00 - 10:15 AM
U11 & U12 Boys & Girls:
Friday June 14th 7:00 - 8:15 PM
Saturday June 15th 10:30 - 11:45 AM
*Players are encouraged to attend both tryout sessions to ensure coaches have
ample opportunity to evaluate.
Tryouts will be held at Pride Park, 5023 Roger Wilson Memorial Dr.
What Does The Academy Cost?
Academy player fees are set each May for the next seasonal year starting in
the Fall. Fees vary depending on anticipated overhead, league, and tournament
costs. Player fees include practice jerseys & shorts; players are responsible
for uniform purchase. Fees include both Fall & Spring seasons. Teams who exceed
their budget for tournaments and leagues may be expected to pay additional fees.
2013 / 2014 Fees:
U9 - $535
U10 - $535
U11 - $535
U12 - $555
Player Payment Policy for payment details.
Is Financial Assistance Available?
The Club does offer financial assistance to families who qualify. For
more information please visit or our
Assistance page. Applications are due July 1st.
What is the Commitment?
Games are generally scheduled during the weekends and may include some local
and/or out-of-town tournaments depending on age and team readiness.
Practices are held two times a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.
When are Practices?
Practices for all Academy teams are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from
6:00PM - 7:30PM.
Where are Practices?
Practices are held at
Fields may vary depending on schedules. During times of wet field conditions
coaches and managers may plan for an alternate location.
Will Teams Play in Tournaments?
Yes. The Sporting Columbia hosts two tournaments per year and our
teams typically participate. Tournaments help boost our local economy and
provide revenue for the Club. Additional tournaments are at the discretion
of the teams, coaches, and Academy Director(s). Tournaments generally
increase as players move to older divisions.
Our mission is to build the best soccer Club possible and leave it stronger
for the next generation of players and parents. Volunteers play an
important part in our mission. Parents are generally asked to contribute
20 - 30 hours of time to the Club each year.
The Club's primary fundraising efforts include managing Saturday night Bingo
at the Cosmopolitan Club. All parents in our Academy and Pride programs
have obligations for Bingo.
other volunteer opportunities.
If you still have questions about Academy soccer please contact Directors,
Robbie Murrary (boys) RMurray (@) sportingcolumbia.net or Katie Ely (girls) KEly