Locker Elite is built upon the same development focused model as Locker Soccer Academy, developed by Steve Locker.
Locker Elite is built on professional training, with parent coaches guiding teams for games. Locker Elite and manager, Steve Locker, provide professional level coaching education and support for our parent coaches, unlike most youth programs.
All players receive a team training session once per week with a professional coach from the Locker Elite staff. Team training sessions are scheduled based on player availability to best avoid conflicts. Players are also encouraged to attend a Locker Elite organized fun pickup training sessions on Friday nights. Goalkeeper specific training is included, as well.
Elite averages eight games per season (8 in the fall, 8 in the spring) with a season-ending league tournament. Games vary from midweek to weekend, an average of one per week. Player participation includes a full year.
Locker Elite encourages multi-sport participation for all of our athletes.
Locker Elite stresses skill development and decision making. With this approach, we feel we have the best chance of allowing children to fall in love with the game, and thereby allow them the greatest opportunity to stay in the game. Our coaches’ vast experience in the game, both domestically and abroad, allows us to have a perspective unequaled by most coaches in our country. Our children become highly self-motivated; moving forward in a manner that will greatly diminish the chance of burn-out. We develop children who can make good decisions on their own, and they will be highly capable of progressing from club soccer, to high school soccer, to college soccer… and maybe (for those special few) to professional soccer.
We emphasize a minimum of 50% playing time for all children!
A large part of our effort is directed towards not only soccer skills but interpersonal skills as well. We make a very conscientious effort at developing strong, long-term friendships with our players and families.
Not only are the children having fun, but so are the families.
Soccer is a wonderful teacher. Players learn from the game because we control the environment which allows children to simply play, have fun, and not fully realize that they are limited by time and space. This approach eliminates over-coaching and translates extremely well to “real” game situations.
By participating in an environment that fosters risk taking and decision making, our players are developing at a prodigious rate. The beauty of this is that these lessons carry over into many aspects of their daily lives. Our children will become more independent thinkers, more confident, more decisive, and most importantly, more creative. They will be happy!