THE ALL PRO CANADA ACADEMY  

Futsal & Multisport

 

The Academy is for:

  • Parents who want their children to have confidence, success, respect and sportsmanship.

  • Parents who want complete PHYSICAL LITERACY development for their children who play other sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, tchoukball, rugby and hockey etc.

  • Parents who want their children to be not just physically active but physically literate.

  • Parents who want their children to learn to play multiple sports and have professional skill development.

  • Parents of children who feel they want to play sports at competitive or elite levels in the future.

  • Parents of children that would like to be offered sporting and academic scholarships to attend University

Multisport & Futsal

At Under-6, Under-8, Under-10 and Under-12, children should be experiencing multiple sports especially if they intend to specialize and compete at competitive and elite levels. It has been proven that the most successful athletes played multiple sports. The Academy schedule is basketball in the Fall and Winter semesters and soccer in the Spring and Summer semesters.

Year Round

The Academy program is year-round because in order to be proficient at anything, athletes need to be part of a continuous program that tracks progress and builds skills methodically and strategically. Each semester runs after the next.

Parents

Academy parents are our family. They are an important part of the team. Parents are educated about what is being taught, why we use the methods we do and how it’s making a difference in their children’s development. Together parents, players and coaches enjoy a culture of family.

FUTSAL 

 

Introduction

The ALL PRO Canada Academy would like to offer an Indoor Soccer program based on Futsal to male and female players in elementary school and middle school grades 4-9. 

These fun indoor programs will allow recreation soccer players the ability to continue their development within the sport during the winter months without interfering too much with other sports. 

As with most sports, this transition from full-field outdoor play to smaller-sided indoor play allows for more touches on the ball, a quicker pace of play while keeping kids fit & active. 

What is Futsal?

Futsal is a format of soccer that is played extensively throughout the world. It is played on a pitch approximately the size of a basketball or netball court with a futsal ball which is smaller and heavier than the outdoor football and has a reduced bounce.

The 5 v 5 Indoor games can be organised in a pick up or pre-determined team format depending on the numbers.

Volunteer coaches would help run the programs and games under instructions and training from APA Director and Canadian Nationally certified soccer coach Mark Elton.

 

The Futsal soccer program is designed for boys and girls Grades 4 and 5 at Elementary school and grades 6, 7 & 8 at Middle and Junior High schools.

 

Why play Futsal Soccer?

Futsal soccer is an excellent sport that targets ball mastery skills, speed, and creativity which can also be used to enhance your performance on the soccer pitch. The ball forces a player to use their skill rather than the ball's bounce to propel it. Futsal soccer compared to other sports is actually quite safe because slide tackling is not allowed and there is limited players in the air (i.e. jumping and bounding), so there is less stress on the knees and ankles, and less risk of concussion or head injuries.

 

Skills developed include:

  • Soccer intelligence (reaction time, reflexes) - players are constantly placed in situations where they must receive or play whilst under pressure or in confined spaces.

  • Ball control - as the Futsal ball has low bounce qualities it spends much more time on the floor. The smaller playing area demands quick decision making, movements off the ball, and intensity. 

  • Skills versatility - the positions in Futsal soccer are goalkeeper, pivot (main defender), right flank, left flank, and target (main attacker). Despite the main role of each position, players have to perform different roles in a game because of the quick transition between attack and defense. 

Futsal Soccer Rules
Same as outdoor with the following exceptions:

  • There are no throw ins, if the ball goes out the sides of the playing area it is a kick in.

  • There are no off-sides.

  • Substitutions can take place at any time during the game.

  • 5 v 5 (1 goalie and 4 players on the field) 

  • Games are 2 x 15 minute halves

How WE Do It!

 

Skill Development

Players are challenged each week to learn and improve. This development strengthens their confidence and in turn helps them have more fun. The skills curriculum has been researched over years and is strategic and intentional in ensuring that players have all the skills they need to play proficiently at higher competitive levels.

Sportsmanship

Good sportsmanship is critical for success in sports and life. Each practice, players learn and acquire skills to make wise decisions, separate their identity and purpose from the scoreboard, become leaders and ambassadors, and stand firm in doing the right thing even when surrounded by those doing the opposite.

Physical Literacy

Physical Literacy is just as important as language and math literacy. It is the ability to move the body competently and confidently. Children who are physically literate are confident, tend to continue their education, maintain healthy relationships, make wise decisions, reach higher levels of success in their sport and maintain a life of healthy active living. Time is dedicated in every program on physical literacy because it is a key to success in sport and life.

 

 

Fundamental Movement?

Fundamental movement skills are movement patterns that involve various body parts and provide the basis of physical literacy. Fundamental movement skills are the foundation movements, or precursor patterns, to the more specialised and complex skills used in play, games and specific sports. These skills are used during the warm ups.

What We Do

There’s an ALL PRO way to play sports!

Quality of Training and Instruction

Old Way:

  • Training of young athletes done by non-professional or in-experienced but well meaning volunteers who do not understand long-term development and the technical aspects of teaching skills.

  • No comprehensive, progressive training where skill building is researched, methodical and intentional. Children are registered for a week of summer camp, another program for the summer and a different program for the winter.

  • As a result there is not likely to be consistency in skill development, no cohesive plan for developing the athlete over the long-term and no accountability! 

The Academy way:

  • Programs where the same staff of coaches monitors and tracks the athletes through their progress technically, physically, mentally and tactically.

  • Progress reports are issued to parents and athletes so they understand what is being taught and where progress is happening.

  • Athletes are joining one academy that offers services where all their developmental needs are met and monitored over the long-term.

  • Programs offered support and encourage involvement in other sports in the local area.

  • Staff are ready and willing to work with other sports and clubs.

 

“You wouldn’t send your child to school with an untrained teacher…

Why would you send your child to the field with an untrained coach?”

Physical Literacy

More than 30% of Canadian Children and 65% of adults are overweight.

For the first time in history, Canadian youth have a lower life expectancy than their parents.

 

ALL PRO Academy provides quality sports and physical activity programs, delivered with intention can help to address these issues.

 

We cannot afford to just teach reading and writing; or focus only on sport specific skills, we need to teach movement.

Only 9% of Canadian kids get the 60 minutes of heart pumping activity they need each day and only 24% of children (age 5-17) meet the guidelines of no more than 2 hours of screen time per day.

Physical literacy involves developing the physical competency needed to participate in a variety of regular physical activities in multiple environments. This in turn builds the motivation and confidence needed to remain physically active throughout life. Building physical literacy leads to increased physical activity and being more active supports a lifetime of healthy living.

 

Movement competence is a core component of physical literacy. Our role is to help individuals develop a broad range of movement skills in different environments. We create a learning environment that provides age-appropriate and stage-appropriate challenges and opportunities for learning, along with the feedback and support necessary to help each person develop physical literacy. Developing movement competence is more comprehensive than encouraging physical activity, building fitness, or correcting form.

 

To help children develop physical literacy, we need a framework to guide their development. The seven stages in the Long-Term Athlete Development framework can be used to create developmentally appropriate programs that increase participation and sport performance. Participation is optimized when participants are doing the right things, at the right times, under the right conditions, all through their development.

 

When the fundamental movement skills have been developed, you can begin to build on these skills by teaching fundamental sport skills. Skills need to become automatic before they can be combined into more complex movement sequences.

That is why creating the conditions for a supportive, engaging, challenging, and fun learning environment is so important to fostering opportunities for students to enhance these skills. It takes lots of activity, and lots of repetition, to learn to move well.

Developmental age is a person’s stage of physical, mental, emotional and intellectual maturity.

Two children who are the same chronological age may be at very different developmental stages. With proper instruction based on developmental age, children are more likely to have fun and reach their full potential.

Physical literacy is developed and maintained over a lifetime. As our bodies change, grow and age, we need to adapt and learn new movement skills. People who have developed physical literacy should be able to:

  • Continually build on existing physical literacy levels with new activities and experiences.

  • More confidently transition to different activities as interests, mobility or life circumstances change.

  • Have more choice to be competitive or active for life through adult recreation, master’s competition and community programs.

 

Physical literacy includes:

  • agility

  • coordination

  • balance

  • speed

  • strength

  • power

  • endurance

 

Athlete must have a solid base in all movement patterns in

order to be successful in the future.

  • jumping

  • leaping

  • bending

  • twisting

  • running

  • walking

  • sprinting

  • swimming

Old Way:

  • Components of physical literacy are unknown or misunderstood by volunteer coaches and not taught effectively.

  • Since Canadian athletes do not have the foundation the European and Asian athletes do, we are not succeeding at international levels on a consistent basis.

  • Children reach teen years, do not have the physical literacy base required to continue improving so they get discouraged and quit.

The Academy way:

  • Professional, knowledgeable coaches teach physical literacy starting at age four continuing through the developmental years.   

 

Components of Training

The physical literacy components are best developed in specific windows of time in the development of an athlete. The best coaches and programs plan when to introduce each component that an athlete needs in order to achieve maximum potential

An example of one of those window of training is at age 6-10 during which it is the optimal time to teach agility, coordination and balance. After 10 years old the results are minimal. This means that if an athlete is not provided agility, coordination and balance training before age 10, they will not reach their maximium potential. Similarly, the optimum time to teach basic skill techniques such as passing, shooting and dribbling is 7-8 years old. The optimum window for teaching quick reflexes and responses is at age 6-8. Are your children getting the training they need to reach their maximum potential?

Old Way:

  • Coaches simply teach game strategies (tactical component) and sometimes a little skill development (technical component). No other components are considered.

The Academy way:

  • Knowledgeable coaches are assigned to even the youngest age groups to develop all the components in the optimum training windows. This ensures each child is better prepared to reach their maximum potential in the future.

  • Children stay in sport in general (Sport for Life) longer because they aren’t discouraged when they can no longer play at a proficient level.

 

Focusing on Game Day!

Old Way:

  • Coaches and parents are focused on results only, winning the game this weekend and all practices are focused on the result and not the development of the individual and the team.

The Academy way:

  • Knowledgeable coaches focus on long-term development of physical, technical, tactical and mindset components during practices.

  • Training to win now is DIFFERENT than training to win down the road when it really matters at varsity, national and international levels.

  • Short term winning defeats comprehensive long-term skill development.

 

Talent Identification

We Dont Have Try-outs!

Old Way:

  • Selection of athletes is made by competition.

  • At younger ages we hold tryouts the same as we do for senior competitive levels. The athlete that makes the division 1 team is the one who can score the most goals, stop the most points, and/or is the fastest runner/skater.

  • Often physical attributes are only considered and children born earlier in the year usually have an advantage in being able to stand out physically.

The Academy way:

  • APA athletes are not expected to “try-out” for the purpose of competing.

  • Athletes are selected based on their attitude, teach-ability, problem solving ability, focus, concentration and team dynamics followed by physical stature, agility, coordination, balance and speed. These are the athletes that will make it to elite in the long run because their mental capacity is stronger and they are able to think for themselves and survive/succeed.

  • Regular feedback is given to players in the competitive groups so they know where they need to improve in order to be selected for future opportunities.

 

Adult/Child Training & Competition

Old Way:

  • Children are playing on adult-sized playing surfaces with adult-sized equipment, and adult rules.

  • As parents and coaches we want to see children advance quickly and “get into the game” quickly.

  • We teach children the way we were taught, because “this is the way we’ve always done it”.

The Academy way:

  • Playing surfaces are downsized proportionately. Ball sizes, net dimensions, and equipment are reduced to manageable sizes.

  • Rules are made simpler to keep the games moving and more fun.

  • Games are modified to encourage development. ie: and extra points awarded for achieving objectives and showing a positive attitude

 

Help Parents Understand LTAD

Old Way:

  • Long-term athlete development was not promoted in Canada. Parents were not informed of its importance, advantages and results.

  • Decisions on athlete development were made with limited knowledge.

The Academy way:

  • Parents understand the basics of LTAD and search out programs that follow it so their children are developed properly reducing risk of quitting and increasing chances of competing at higher levels successfully.

  • Knowledgeable coaches are designing training programs and making decisions to guide the athlete to success.

  • Programs are athlete centered, coach administered, parent and officials supported.

 

Resources

  1. Iowa State University, Study on Success in Sports in North America, 2009

  2. A. Junge – British Journal of Sports Medicine

  3. Own the Podium research study, 2004

  4. Nagori – 1978, Russia

  5. Cote and Hay – 2001,USA

 

 

 

 

 

Our Address:

ALL PRO SPORTS

161 West River Rd.
Waterville, ME 04901

Phone:

(207) 877-6666

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