Information about ASA's Academy Program
Resources for the Academy Program
PAthway to Pro (p2P)
ASA is a club affiliate of D.C. United Academy’s “Pathway 2 Pro” (P2P) program. The partnership, in conjunction with D.C. United and elite youth soccer clubs across the DMV, provides the most advanced players from specific boys age groups a pathway to the professional level.
Based on overall performance, growth, and readiness, ASA coaches collaborate with D.C. United technical staff to identify ASA players to invite to monthly training sessions with high-performing players from other P2P affiliate clubs (Loudoun, Arlington, PPA, Virginia Development Academy, Pipeline and D.C. United Academy). If D.C. United identifies a player for their pro pathway, the ASA staff and the DCU staff (along with the player’s family!) work together to determine a timeline for transitioning to D.C. United Academy that is beneficial to the player’s development. Historically this process has taken two to three years as DCU works closely with all entities and supports development and growth along the way. The P2P program and this partnership provides an exclusive track to professional soccer for the most advanced ASA Academy players.
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.
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. Responsibilities include:
- Administrator of the team’s TeamSnap account
- Assist in gathering materials for player registration in VYSA
- Team check-in for tournaments
- Support game day activities such as field set-up, player check-in, schedule changes and uniform color
- Maintain binder of team roster, player cards, medical release forms, etc