The Team Academy offers programs and teams for players 8 yrs and older. The Academy is driven by the objective to develop skilled young athletes with a strong physical fitness routine focusing on speed, agility, and coordination. We also teach teamwork, and the mental, physical, and tactical aspects of the game. This combination gives our players the confidence to perform on the field, as individual players and as a team. For more information on our Team Academy, email our Director of Coaching.

Overview

Although each age group differs in its training and games, our teams are generally considered year-round. The specific training plan for each team is determined by the Director of Coaching and the Head Team Coach to ensure age-appropriate training and competition. During the season, teams usually train 2 to 3 times a week. To learn more about our age groups and teams, click here.

Structure

  • U8 is the youngest age group for competitive soccer. Teams progressively move to the next age group each year, for instance, U8′s will become U9′s the next year. This shift up to the next age group typically occurs on August 1 of each year.
  • Teams typically have a roster size of 12 players for age groups up to U11, and 16 players for U12.
  • Players are registered in US Club Soccer, and train with a professional coach.
  • Games are 8v8 for all age groups up to U11, and 11v11 for age groups U11 and upwards. The shift to 11v11 for age groups U11 and up within Norcal typically occurs in the spring season of any given year.
  • Teams play in the Norcal Premier Spring and Fall League (in the Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions) and Norcal State Cup.
  • Throughout the year, teams participate in various Norcal playdates and tournaments.
  • Teams take a three to four week summer break (June/July) and winter break (December/January).
  • Training commences in the spring season and typically ends in November/December for U8, U9, and U10 with Norcal State Cup games. Note – State Cup for age groups U11 and upwards typically concludes later than the younger age groups.
  • Gryphons players participate in the GSC winter and summer soccer programs open to both Gryphons and non-Gryphons players, so they can stay in shape during the off-season.
  • Several Gryphons players are recommended to and participate in the Norcal Premier Player Development Program (PDP) for highly skilled players.

 

Spring Season Schedule

Below are rough timelines for Spring team practices. Actual dates may vary by team at the Head Coach’s discretion. Season games typically start a little later in the season.

  • 11v11: Early March to mid-June
  • 8v8: Early March to mid-June

 

Fall Season Schedule

Below are rough timelines for Fall team practices. Actual dates may vary by team at the Head Coach’s discretion. Season games typically start a little later in the season. Note – State Cup for age groups U11 and upwards typically concludes later than the younger age groups.

  • 11v11: Early August to late December or January (depending on State Cup placement)
  • 8v8: Early August to late November

 

Summer Camps

Our Summer Camps are offered between July and August each year for both Gryphons and non-Gryphons players.

Winter Program

Our Winter Program runs from January to March every year, and is offered to both Gryphons and non-Gryphons players.

Supplementary Academy Skills Clinics

Our Academy also runs year-round Skills Clinics to both Gryphons and non-Gryphons players. The clinics are geared towards those players who are looking to further their skills outside of team practices.

Player Development Tools and Programs

The GSC offers the following supplementary programs to their Academy players at no additional cost to them.

  • iSoccer Assessment and Training: iSoccer is an online tool that leverages technology, assessment and competition to motivate players to raise their technical level. iSoccer assessment helps GSC coaches build targeted technical sessions to supplement team training.
  • Striker Training: Our striker training is open to all Gryphons Academy players. This clinic focuses on shooting technique as well as crossing and finishing with speed and accuracy, while improving composure in front of goal.
  • Goalkeeping Training: Our goalkeeping clinic is offered to Academy players by invitation only. This clinic covers the fundamentals of shot-stopping, positioning, footwork, handling, distributing, crosses, and breakaways. Tactics include situational play and communication.
  • Team Clinics: In addition to the regular weekly practice sessions, some of our coaches may conduct additional shooting, goalkeeping, or speed and agility clinics for their individual teams on a need-basis.