U8/U9 RCL Tryouts – TBD

New! U8/U9 RCL Tryouts

PacNW is introducing a U8 RCL option this Winter 2022.  Tryouts for the PacNW U8 (Birth Years 2016 and 2017) and U9 (Birth year 2015) RCL team will be held TBD.  Additionally PacNW will have options to join our U8/U9 Junior Academy  Program that runs January through April.  An information meeting will be held for parents at the field during the tryout.  General program information for all PacNW U8 and U9 Programs can be found in the FAQ section below.

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About U8/U9 Junior Academy & RCL

PacNW places a high level of importance on the technical development of young players. Skills development at these ages is critical to future success, and consequently our priority in the Junior Academy is specific skills development of each player that attends.

PacNW offers two programs for our youngest players, the U8 & U9 Junior Academy Program and the U8 & U9 RCL program. To learn more about the differences between these programs, please visit our FAQ

The U8 & U9 Junior Academy Program serves as an experiential bridge between recreational and premier soccer skills, while providing players, parents, and guardians a proper introduction to a professional coaching culture. Several season specific options are available within the Junior Academy program.

The U8 & U9 RCL Program provides a premier level experience for girls and boys birth year 2014 & 2015. Placement on these teams is via traditional tryouts held in April.  If you are interested in having your child join U9 RCL please contact Viet Nguyen.  If you are interested in having your child join U8 RCL please contact Axel Flaten.

 

 

 

FAQ

PacNW U8 Programs (Birth Year 2016)

TBD

PacNW U9 Programs (Birth Year 2015)

TBD

What Is The Difference Between RCL and Junior Academy?

U8/U9 Junior Academy

  • This program is open to all and very flexible, with families having 4 choices:
    • All Year (May-April)
    • Fall/Summer (May – November)
    • Summer Camp (June – July)
    • Winter/Spring (January – April)
  • This program includes all non-RCL U8 and U9’s.
  • Teams practice Mon & Wed, 5:15-6:30, at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila
  • This will be run similar to how the Junior Academy currently operates
    • Players all train together in a pool.
    • Players may join throughout the year on a rolling basis.
    • Rosters formed just prior to the Fall season and revisited in the Winter based on development needs of players and changes in player counts.
  • For league play, teams compete on Sundays in our region’s Junior Academy league.

U9 RCL

  • This option is an all-year program. The U9 RCL season is May – April.
  • There will be traditional tryouts for these teams over two days (in Spring)
  • This program will include our  top two U9 teams  – for both boys and girls.
  • The RCL U9 teams practice at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Mon & Wed, 5:00-6:30.
  • Teams participate in the Regional Club league (RCL). The majority of PacNW teams participate in this league.
  • Players will be selected into a “pool” for the summer, with both coaches working with the pool.
    • In the summer, rosters will be formed for the 2 teams for the Fall RCL Season
    • In December or January, the coaches will revisit those rosters to see if any movement needs to take place for the best interest of the players

U8 RCL

  • The U8 RCL season is January – April.
  • There will be traditional tryouts for these teams, one day (in Winter)
  • This program will include our top U8 team  – for both boys and girls.
  • The RCL U8 teams practice at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Mon & Wed, 5:00-6:30.
  • Teams participate in the Regional Club league (RCL). The majority of PacNW teams participate in this league.

Do Players Need To Be At A Certain Skill Level To Join A Team?

All levels welcome!

All skill levels are welcome at PacNW’s Junior Academy. U8 & U9 RCL teams are selected through tryouts, but any player is welcome to join the Junior Academy Teams.

PacNW offers many tutorial videos for players to practice essential skills.  These are not required, but regularly practicing these skills will help players improve fundamental skills.

One series offers sequential videos that increase in difficulty, where players should challenge themselves to master each level before moving to the next. Other videos on PacNW’s Junior Academy Youtube page, offer tutorials on specific moves.

All players need is a ball and determination!

Who Should I Contact With Questions?

Junior Academy Staff

Youth Director: Viet Nguyen
Youth Technical Asst Director: Eugene Poublon
Jr. Academy Coordinator: Axel Flaten

RCL Registrar: Robin Hautamaki
Jr. Academy Registrar: Serwaah Fordjour
Jr. Academy Manager: Cindi Dodd

U8-U12 Program Overview Video