Mint Hill Soccer's Pre-Challenge Academy stresses player development versus results for U8 to U10 players in this entry level program into the competitive side of the club. The program is designed for the player dedicated to playing soccer year round and for the player eager to work hard and play at a competitive level. We believe it is much more important we develop players within the proper framework at this age as opposed to demanding that teams must win at all costs. If we focus on the individual performance of the player, player development and team progress will be a byproduct. We focus on the technical, tactical, physical and psychological development of individual players on a pathway towards maximizing their full potential. With our US Youth Soccer trained coaching staff using US Youth Soccer and Coerver curriculum and training methods, the players will be placed in an competitive environment where the demands of training and games will best promote individual and team success for the present and the future.
Pre-Challenge players will play more games than our Rec program and travel to play within the Charlotte Metro area as well as one or two dates up to two hours away. Teams will also play in one to two local tournaments a season possibly more.
Our goal is to have a player pool of 16 to 20 players per division. Players will practice together under the direction of a Division Manager with a support staff of two to four additional coaches. On game days, two to three teams will be formed from the pool of players. On a week to week basis, players will have the opportunity to play games with different players allowing us to challenge their skill set and their ability to think on their feet. This will allow us to give players more playing time as well as to work on their strengths and weaknesses.
We are accepting new players and we can hold Supplemental tryouts if you are interested in joining the program.