Helpful Information about ASA's Academy Program
All parents are required to read the Academy Handbook.
Competition + Leagues
ASA strives to ensure each Academy team competes in a competitively appropriate environment that both challenges them and brings success. The most advanced teams compete in Club Champions League (CCL) and selected teams also compete in Eastern Development Program (EDP) or National League. The majority of Academy teams compete in the regionally recognized National Capital Soccer League (NCSL). As mentioned, ASA’s first priority when selecting a league for each team is appropriate competition and overall player experience. This flexibility allows teams to play with and against any opposition in the country! Leagues are subject to change each year but the focus will remain the same.
Cost of the Academy Program
Academy program costs vary based on age group and team. The 2020-21 season costs are usually between $1,995 – 2,295 per child for the Academy year (mid August – early June). Payments can be made in a lump sum or spread out over multiple installments. The tuition includes coaching fees, league fees, insurance, club fees, equipment costs, field permits, referees and tournament fees. ASA operates with an all-inclusive approach wherein all costs are covered under the yearly fee. All new players to the Academy are required to purchase an Adidas uniform ($80 – $90) that typically lasts one or two years.
Please contact [email protected] with questions regarding financial support.
Players who qualify for free or reduced lunch are eligible to receive 25% off Academy tuition. Additional assistance is allocated on a sliding scale, based on household income and members of household.
Academy uniforms are ordered online from Soccer.com. Uniforms CAN NOT be ordered from or picked up at the ASA front office. You should receive an email from soccer.com with information on ordering your child’s uniform.
The club assigns all uniform numbers. Kids keep the same jerseys and numbers year to year (you have the option of ordering a new jersey if an old one no longer fits).
Each player needs one red jersey, one white jersey, one pair of red shorts and one pair of red socks. All other items in the online store are optional.
If you did not receive the email regarding your child’s uniform you can visit the online store and search for him or her. Your child’s number is assigned and you can order this way as well.
The Team Manager is a parent volunteer responsible for team administrative and logistical needs as set by the club and coach. Many of our managers volunteer year after year, and love the chance to get to know players, families, and coaches. Trained and supported by the Academy Director, they are key members of the ASA family. Their Duties include:
- Be the admin of the team’s TeamSnap account to send reminders and updates.
- Assist in gathering materials for player registration in VYSA.
- Check the team in for tournaments.
- Support game day activities such as field set-up and player check-in, schedule changes and uniform color.
- Maintain and make available the team tent and bench (or designate another parent as the equipment manager).
- Maintain binder of team roster, player cards, medical release forms, etc.
Inclement Weather Policies
Decisions on field closures are made as late as possible in order to give the best possible chance for the game to be played. Please check the Alexandria Sports Hotline for field closures at (703) 746-5597. If a field closure is not reported on the hotline, it is at the discretion of the training program coach/administrator to determine whether training is cancelled. It is always a good idea to check with your coach or manager via TeamSnap.
The risk of heat related illness from vigorous sports activity increases with the temperature. Hot weather is considered at any point where the Heat Index reaches or exceeds 90. Coaches should follow the following procedures based on conditions:
- Heat Index up to 89°: Normal Play. Regular hydration patterns
- Heat index of 90°- 95°: Mandatory water breaks every 25 minutes.
- Heat index of 96°-102°: Mandatory water breaks every 15 minutes.
- Heat index at or above 103° (at start of training): All outside activity cancelled
At the first sign of lightning, all coaches, players, referees and spectators are to withdraw from the field and seek proper shelter.
Coaches should follow the 30 minutes rule and wait at least 30 minutes after the last lightning flash before giving the “all clear” signal and resuming normal activity.
Players are more susceptible to injuries during cold weather, particularly from pulled or torn muscles. Players should be encouraged to wear appropriate clothing to aid body heat retention yet afford adequate movement without creating a safety hazard. As a general rule, training programs will be cancelled if the projected temperature (including wind chill) at the start of training is projected to be below 25 degrees Fahrenheit. At times, high school teams may opt to train when the temperature is 25 degrees or below.