2017 / 2018 Academy Program Description

The CBSC Academy Program is open for a player’s date of birth years which fall between 2008 – 2011. The academy is focused on creating a structured training curriculum allowing players to train, learn and enjoy the game with a high emphasis on a growth within soccer both on and off the field in a positive environment.

Our goal is to introduce children, parents and families who wish to experience a developmental and organized training program. Our progressive training allows your child to build a solid base in their individual development. The focus areas will be in individual technique in the following; 6 surfaces of success, close ball control, ability to command the ball, creating a foundation for the future learning and development through learned technical skills, moves and turns, solid passing, and passing techniques.

These skills will be taught by our academy coaches in weekly training sessions. It is during the training sessions our coaches will teach, encourage and correct players. The players will then compete in organized games with other academies where they will be encouraged to work on the skills they have practiced and learned. All coaching in games will be through positive reinforcement on current skill focus rather than concentrating on a winning mentality. We want our players to be confident and comfortable in express themselves and learning through success and failure in games.

Your child will follow a club wide curriculum as they progress through the academy with their development tracked. Our goal will be for every player to take significant steps in their individual improvement while inside the academy.

We will also educate within the academy setup. Our education will not only be focused on player development, we will also use the academy to train young referees and parents through games, and presentations. You are entrusting the development of your child with us and we want to make sure that we keep you up to date with our methods, focus and direction.

It is to be noted that children develop at varies rates of speed and time in not only sport, but all aspects of life. The unique approach of the academy is to have a club roster at each age group with no formal teams. Each week, we as a staff will assess and create the teams to compete for the weekend games or tournament play. Again, we want to create a competitive environment where your child can develop through a mixture of success and failure. In doing this we will also expose your child to more coaches, and more experiences on the field.

Registration & Cost

The academy is open to all players born in the years 2008 – 2011. The academy program is designed for any players wishing to experience a structured developmental training program. If you register for the academy, you’re not allowed to register for CBSC Recreational League.

Please read carefully – We have changed the structure of payment for the academy this year. Last year you paid your registration fee and then were invoiced for each tournament, this year we will go with a deposit and then monthly installment payments. THERE HAS BEEN NO CHANGE IN COST OF ACADEMY FOR THE 2017 SEASON.

The cost for each season (fall/spring) is below. There are two outdoor seasons (fall and spring), which run for 10 weeks:

$200.00 for 2011 and 2010 birth year ($100 deposit and 2 monthly $50 payments)

$250.00 for 2009 and 2008 birth year ($100 deposit and 3 monthly $50 payments)

We will offer a winter training program that will be optional and separate from the registration fee above.

The deposit is due at time of registration, monthly payments will start August 19 in the fall.

There is no tryout process for the academy and all players will be accepted into the program. The first team formation will take place within a week of the August start date, and players are to be expected to move within teams throughout the year.

Your registration fee covers; Coaching fees, facility fees, CBSC and U.S. Soccer registration fees, referee fees, and operational fees.

Your registration fee does not cover; uniform costs, and any travel in regards to tournaments. Uniforms will stay the same from the 2016/17 season.


There will be no refunds issued after the first training date your child attends. Any refunds prior to your first training date will result in an administrative fee for our costs occurred.

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Academy Program & Format
  • Practice twice a week in 1 hour and 15 minutes training sessions
  • Play one day a week in the morning between 9 AM and 12:00 PM – most games will either be Saturday with the occasional Sunday
  • Play in two tournament event each season – this maybe just a jamboree and not an actual tournament
  • Have one weekend off per month
  • We have Academy Boys and Academy Girls Directors. These directors will oversee the program on each side and work with the pool coaches in the continuation of the development of your child.
  • Weekly classroom “Character of Champions” workshop after each Monday evening session. This session will last 15 – 20 minutes each week, and your child will take part in a classroom like session based around educating them on the relevance of how their hard work in soccer can relate into their life off the field.
  • We hold parent seminars every 2 weeks in a classroom setting. Here you will be able to attend and listen to the program your child is taken part in and get an insight into the training they are receiving and the importance of it.
  • All training sessions will be held at the Council Bluffs Recreational Complex in the spring.
  • A full staff bio page will shortly be added to the website and communicated to all parents on the spring coaches.


All training sessions will be held at the Council Bluffs Recreational Complex in the spring. Home games will be played here as well; away games will be played at other club’s facilities in the local area.

Season :
Fall Academy will start Saturday 19, August and run until Sunday 23, October.

  • Monday evenings: Boys and Girls Teams with classroom sessions
  • Tuesday evenings: Girls Teams Only
    • 2010 – 2011 will start practice at 5:30 PM
    • 2008 – 2009 will start practice at 6:30 PM
  • Thursday evenings: Boys Teams Only
    • 2010 – 2011 will start practice at 5:30 PM
    • 2008 – 2009 will start practice at 6:30 PM

Time changes may occur with regards to daylight savings cycles

If your child is unable to attend one of their regular scheduled sessions, they are open to attend another session of their choice that week. So if your daughter has a conflict on Tuesday evening, she can attend the boys training on Thursday and vice versa.


Games will be played one day a week against other academy programs in the immediate area. Each game will follow the formats below:

  • 2010 – 2011 will play 4v4 with no goal keepers, with four 10 minute quarters
  • 2008 – 2009 will play 7v7 with goal keepers, with two 25 minute halves
  • Games will be scheduled on Saturday mornings between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM primarily with some Sunday games.
  • A full schedule will be released in August.

Teams will be formed after practice on Thursday each week with parents receiving an e-mail by Friday morning for which field their child will be playing on. All games will be played at the same time regardless of what field your child has been assigned.

During the games your child will be encouraged with stepping outside of themselves and putting their hard work into action. We want to see them work on skills they have learned through recent training and they will be encouraged even through failure. This will be something we ask of the parents as well. The environment for positive learning comes from not only the coaches and players, but the parents and spectators too.

Uniform & Equipment

New players to the academy will need to purchase an academy issued uniform and 2 practice shirts. The shirts will be worn to all practices and the uniform for game and tournament play. The cost of the uniform package is less than $100.00 and to purchase you will be sent an informational e-mail on how to order after you have been accepted.

All players will need to bring the following to practices and games:

  • Soccer shorts, socks and training top or game jersey
  • Soccer cleats and shin guards
  • Soccer ball (size 4)
  • Water bottle with name on


We look forward to working with your child.

Fee Assistance

Limited availability. Please contact Club Administrator for more information at  registrar@cbsoccer.org