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HYR Parent Player Academy for 4 year-old players

HYR’s program for 4 year-old players is called the Parent Player Academy.  In this program, a 4 year-old player is given exposure to soccer in an age-appropriate manner through the use of exercises, drill, and game simulation led by instructors who have experience working with young children.  The parents participate in the exercises and drills with the players allowing the players to experience sports and physical activity in a safe and family friendly atmosphere.  The first half of each hour is dedicated to the parent and child working on drills together on the field, and the second half of the hour is dedicated to a scrimmage where the kids play and the parents cheer from the  sidelines. 

If you would like to see what it looks like, watch a 90 second video if the Parent Player Academy below:
HYR Parent Player Academy Video

Children participating in the Parent Player Academy do NOT have a weeknight practice.  (Bedtimes and overscheduling, etc.)  Instead, they have a weekly practice/game on Saturday mornings during the soccer season at either the 10 AM or 11 AM session.  There are approximately 30 players per session with adult instructors and high school referees leading each session.  Our adult instructors for the fall of 2023 are PPA Leader Jess Prestigiacomo and assistants Avery Story and Evvie McCarty.  

The season runs from September 16th through October 28th. 

Please see the linked map below for where to park. 

Since this season's team theme is inventors and innovators, we chose a couple inventors that we hope kids will enjoy.  

Nancy Crum invented a hand cranked ice cream maker, and George Crum was one of the people credited with the invention of the Potato Chip.  With that in mind, the 10 session is named "Cream" and the 11 AM session is named "Crum".  All the kids and adult shirts are a light blue tie dye shirt with black ink.  

Below is a link to HYR's Equipment List (What WE provide and what YOU provide)
hyr soccer equipment list.pdf

Below is a link to a set of drills done at the Parent Player Academy

hyr parent player drills 2021.pdf

Below this line is from previous seasons

If you would like to select your session (10 AM or 11 AM), click the form below.  Anyone who does not select a session will be assigned to a session so that the numbers come out approximately even for each session.  If you ever want to attend a different session on a particular day, you do not need to make any advance notice.  Just show up to the different session. 

HYR Parent Player Academy Session Selection

Also, this Saturday, September 9th, 2023 there will be an orientation for the Parent Player Academy at 11:30 AM at Atherton High School.  (See map link below).  While the meeting is not mandatory, many kids find it helpful to have a sneak preview of WHAT they will be doing the week before they actually start doing it. At the orientation, the kids can meet the instructors, introduce the whistle, run a few drills, and we will hand out shirts for the players and the parents.  We also will have a few sets of gently used cleats available that were donated by families that have outgrown theirs. (There will not be any other HYR teams there that day, so it may be less overwhelming for a first-timer).  

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Louisville, Kentucky 40204
Phone : 502-671-9701
Email : [email protected]
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