The Starfire Technical Academy is open to any child age 7-12 years old that is looking for technical and tactical development, and is a great next step for Micro League players looking for more advanced development. Participants will be trained on technical skills such as controlling the soccer ball, dribbling, passing, and shooting, and how to apply these skills during game play. Training sessions will include everything from 1v1, 2v2 and 3v3 scenarios, to set piece plays (throw-ins, kick-offs, corner kicks), to attacking and defending formations. In conjunction with recommendations from U.S. Soccer’s Player Safety Campaign statement, we will not be practicing or providing training instruction on heading the soccer ball in an effort to limit head injuries.
Winter session is currently underway and all classes are full. Spring session begins April 3rd with registration opening February 15th.
Training Schedule – Spring 2017
10 weeks beginning April 10th (Mondays), April 4th (Tuesdays) or April 7th (Fridays);
Ages 7-9: Mondays from 6-7:30pm, Tuesdays from 5-6:30pm, or Fridays from 5-6:30pm; 1 training session per week; 10 weeks
Ages 10-12: Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm; 1 training session per week; 10 weeks
Ages 10-12 on Fridays (Closed for online registration – veteran participants only with one year or more of technical academy experience and pre-approval from a coach): Fridays from 6:30-8:00pm; 1 training session per week; 10 weeks
$180 for the 10-week session. Starfire membership required. Please note that registration fees are non-refundable.
You may be eligible for financial assistance. Learn more.
About the Head Coach
Jesus Bautista is a former professional Mexican player and Mexican Olympic team member with over 25 years of experience coaching soccer. He holds a USSF “A” coaching license and has coached at a variety of levels. Jesus has been an ODP coach, high school coach, premier team coach (where he won 2 state championships and 8 state finals), assistant coach of the semi-professional FC Seattle Storm and head coach of the semi-professional Everett Big Foot. His success is demonstrated by the success of his former players, which include placement in professional teams both nationally and internationally, Olympic Development Program national pool, High School All-State and All-District teams and NCAA Division I-II scholarships.
Jesus believes in teaching players the whole game, not just drills and routines that are common for their age level. Jesus’ style of coaching is the technical and tactical way of playing the game that are different from the “norm”, making a player ready to play at a high level. Jesus works to develop and encourage player decision-making on the field so they can start predicting plays an moves rather than waiting to react. It is truly about learning to read the game, in all of its technique, tactics and strategy. Jesus has a real vision of the game and develops that same instinct in the players.