The Locomotive Academy 4Us program (previously "PK Paws") is designed for three and four year old children operating in gender specific or coed groups as dictated by registration numbers. The program utilizes age appropriate games and challenges designed to introduce skills and concepts in a safe, fun and noncompetitive environment. Each participant may be joined by one parent for all activities to aid in fostering teamwork rather than focusing on individual performance. A season consists of seven 30-minute weekly sessions (the two weeks immediately following the season are reserved for make-up sessions in the event of activities being cancelled by weather or otherwise unsafe conditions). All sessions will take place at the Hilliard Soccer Complex.
The Locomotive Academy 5U's program is the next step in the development process. Registered players meet once per week for 60 minutes with the first half-hour given to training and the second half-hour geared toward limited structure game play in teams of roughly 4-6 players. Games may be played freely or with specific restrictions as deemed appropriate. Small goals are used, there are no goalkeepers nor scores kept. Coach/player interaction during game play will vary and there may be some periods without any instruction at all affording the participants "free play" time.
The Locomotive Academy Program for 6 & 7 year-olds is a transitional step from recreation soccer to the competitive game. There are no tryouts and players are trained as a "pool" (not assigned to specific teams). The focus is creating and maintaining a positive and supportive environment where individual player development is paramount. The team trains twice per week for seven weeks. Friday night sessions run approximately one hour and focus on skill development while Sunday's are reserved for small sided games with an emphasis on fun and individual creativity with limited coaching.