Oakwood Soccer Club an official US Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) for boys. The academy is designed for the serious player who is interested in playing at the collegiate, professional or even national level.
The season is a ten month season, beginning with pre-season in late August, season weekend games in the fall from September to November and spring games from March to late June, with playoffs for the region and national finals in June/July.
Training practices are three times a week with fitness programs for non-training days, to ensure peak performance throughout the season. In the winter from Thanksgiving through the end of February the boys will train indoors at OSC, 2-3 nights per week plus fitness training. Games or training are organized for the weekend. This indoor training prepares them well for the spring season ahead. The academy falls into the league's Northeast region, playing against teams from Washington DC/Baltimore to Montreal and Boston. A national coach scouts at each league game and boys can be invited to market training and national camps.
Acceptance to a team is through tryouts. For the older, more established teams where openings are rarer a potential player should contact the boys academy coach, Kevin Bacher at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may be asked to attend some training sessions for observation and a decision is at the discretion of the coach.
The USSDA's policy are for there to be three teams U14, U16, or U18. Boys falling in between those years are consdidered to be on the pre-academy teams and the year is used for development, playing in the NE Pre-Academy League (NEPAL). However, some players may be asked to play up a year. The pre-academy teams still have the same commitment in terms of practices and league games throughout the year.