JUNIOR ACADEMY AND RCL

U8/U9 RCL Tryouts

Washington Youth Soccer introduced a U8 RCL league this Winter 2021. Tryouts for Winter Session for the new U8 RCL teams (Birth Years 2014 & 2015) and U9 RCL teams  (Birth year 2013) were held Saturday, December 4, 2021.  More information on this and other U8 programs are located under U8 Programs on this page. PacNW is also looking for more players to join our U9 Junior Academy Teams – See Teams Looking For Additional Players. 

About Junior Academy

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 2013 & 2014. Placement on these teams is via traditional tryouts held in May.  If you are interested in having your child join U9 RCL please contact Ryan Dortch.  Our new U8 RCL team tryout will be held December 4th, 2021. Tryout information and registration is located under U8 Programs on this page.

 

 

 

 

U8 Programs (Birth Year 2014)

U8 TRYOUT REGISTRATION COMING SOON!

 
U8 RCL YEAR ROUND PROGRAM

U8 JUNIOR ACADEMY -YEAR ROUND PROGRAM
U8 JUNIOR ACADEMY - WINTER/SPRING
TRYOUTS/PLACEMENT DATESDecember 4
10:00 am - 11:15 am Renton Memorial Stadium, Renton WA.
SPRING 2022
December 4
10:00 am - 11:15 am Renton Memorial Stadium, Renton WA.
START/END Start Date: January 19th
End Dated: April TBD
Start Date: May 2022
End Date: April TBD
Start Date: Jan 19th
End Date: April TBD
STRUCTURE2x per week
Spring Season Games
Technical training
PacNW coaching staff
2x per week
Fall/Spring Season Games
Technical training
PacNW coaching staff
2x per week
Spring Season Games
Technical training
PacNW coaching staff
REGISTERContact Ryan Dortch for more information

Registration closed

Register here

COSTCost $250 Cost $1300
(Includes $175 registration)
Additional Cost - $165 uniform
(one-time purchase to be
used for any part of the season)
Cost $250
SEASONWinter/Spring Season: Jan- April (approx. 7 games)Fall Season: Sept - Nov (approx. 9 games)
Winter Break 11/22 - 1/18
Spring Season: Jan - April (approx. 7 games)
Winter/Spring Season: Jan- April (approx. 7 games)
NOTESMay include 3 jamboree events and Fall Festival Jamboree if current phase guidelines permit.
No additional charge for jamborees.
Please note, to complete registration you will need a headshot photo of your child as well as a birth certificate. Please note, to complete registration you will need a headshot photo of your child as well as a birth certificate.

U9 Programs (Birth Year 2013)

 U9 RCL - YEAR ROUND PROGRAMJUNIOR ACADEMY
YEAR ROUND PROGRAM
JUNIOR ACADEMY WINTER/SPRING ONLY
TRYOUT/PLACEMENT DATESPRING 2022 SPRING 2022December 4
10:00 am - 11:15 am
START/ENDStart Date: May TBD
End Date: April TBD
Start Date: May TBD
End Date: April TBD
Start Date: Jan 19th
End Date: April TBD
STRUCTURE2 x per week
Mon & Wed 5:00-6:30
Fall/Spring Season Games
Technical training
PacNW coaching staff
2x per week
Mon & Wed 5:15-6:30
Fall/Spring Season Games
Technical training
PacNW coaching staff
2x per week
Fall Season Games
Technical training
PacNW coaching staff
REGISTERContact Ryan Dortch for more information

Register here

Register here

COSTCost $1700
(Includes $350 registration)
Additional Cost - $185 uniform
(one-time purchase to be
used for any part of the season)
Cost $1500
(Includes $240 registration)
Additional Cost - $165 uniform
(one-time purchase to be
used for any part of the season)
Cost $545
(Includes $125 registration)
Additional Cost - $165 uniform
(one-time purchase to be
used for any part of the season)
SEASONRCL League
Fall Season: Sept - Nov (approx. 9 games)
Winter Break TBD - follows U10 RCL schedule.
Spring Season Jan- April (approx. 7 games)
South Sound League
Fall Season: Sept - Nov (approx. 9 games)
Winter Break 11/22 - 1/18
Spring Season Jan- April (approx. 7 games)
South Sound League
Spring Season Jan- April (approx. 7 games)
NOTESMay include 3 jamboree events if if current phase guidelines permit.
No additional charge for jamborees.
May include 3 jamboree events and Fall Festival Jamboree if current phase guidelines permit.
No additional charge for jamborees.
May include one tournament event for additional fee (To cover the cost of tournament registration).
Please note, to complete registration you will need a headshot photo of your child as well as a birth certificate.Please note, to complete registration you will need a headshot photo of your child as well as a birth certificate.Please note, to complete registration you will need a headshot photo of your child as well as a birth certificate.

 

FAQ

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.

U8 and U9 RCL

  • This option is an all-year program. The U8 RCL league is new as of November 2021 and will be shortened to January to April. Tryouts for U8 RCL will be held December 4th, 2021.  The U9 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 – Maroon and Blue – for both boys and girls – and a new U8 team – for both boys and girls.
  • Both U8 and U9 teams practice at Starfire Sports Complex in tukwila. U9 teams practice Mon & Wed, 5:00-6:30 and U8 teams practice 5:15-6:30,
  • 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

Who Should I Contact With Questions?

Junior Academy Staff

Director: Ryan Dortch
Junior Academy Coordinator: Kari Maltos
Junior Academy Registrar: Serwaah Fordjour

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

No!

All skill levels are welcome at PacNW’s Junior Academy. U8 and 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!