Lonestar Junior Academy

The Junior Academy is designed for players who excel at the recreational level and seek a more competitive environment with advanced coaching. The program is open to any U5, U6, U7, U8, U9, or U10 player, and serves as a precursor to Select Soccer which begins at U11. The Jr. Academy emphasizes individual player development to prepare players for the select level.



Individual player development is achieved through a competitive learning environment, the Lonestar professional coaching staff, and unique program curriculum. The Lonestar Jr. Academy curriculum develops and evaluates players in the four pillars of the game (technical, tactical, physiological, and psychosocial), fostering creative and confident young athletes that embody the core values of a Lonestar SC player. Promoting a "Winning Through Development" philosophy, Lonestar Soccer Club provides opportunities for players to have fun and succeed as they grow their love for the game. Development attributes of the Lonestar Jr. Academy and its unique design include:

  • - Teams formation through player evaluation and placement to ensure the maximal developmental environment
  • - No league standings, but competitive games against teams of similar ability
  • - No set rosters; players may be moved to train and play games with different teams to be challenged throughout the season
  • - Flexibility of each team's schedule
  • - No punting
  • - No heading at training or games for player safety

Age Groups

Any U5-U10 player is eligible for the Lonestar Jr. Academy program. Below is a breakdown of age groups for the FALL 2017 SEASON based on the new US Soccer age groups for all youth players in the country:

  • U5 - Players born in 2013 (only players born before May 31, 2013 may participate)
  • U6 - Players born in 2012
  • U7 - Players born in 2011
  • U8 - Players born in 2010
  • U9 - Players born in 2009
  • U10 - Players born in 2008

Format of Play

The Lonestar Jr. Academy will open for U5 players to U10 players. Matches & teams in the 5v5 format may be coed based on registration. Note that the formats below are unique to the Lonestar Jr. Academy League.

  • U5 - U6 - 5v5 (goalkeeper + 4 field players)
  • U7 - 5v5 or 7v7 (goalkeeper + 6 field players)
  • U8 - U10 - 7v7 (goalkeeper + 6 field players)

Fee Structure

The Lonestar Jr. Academy Fall 2017 Season program cost for U7-U10 players is $420 (a price increase due to the extended season of 14 weeks). The cost for U5 & U6 players is $295. All Junior Academy players & teams will also participate in a new Fall 2017 tournament, which incurs an additional fee which will be collected by team managers during the season.

Refund Policy

If requesting a refund, please send an email to Vijay Dixit at [email protected] Lonestar will withhold a $35.00 administrative processing fee. Refunds cannot be requested after the first week of the season (unless for injury or family relocation).

Locations

Select a location below for more information

Registration for the Justin Lane location is closed. For registration and options, please contact Sam Wormald ([email protected])

Schedules

Fall 2017 Season

August 28th - December 3rd

First Scrimmages

September 9th & 10th

Team Formation

September 11th - 14th

First Coached Games
(no referees)

September 16th & 17th

Last Season Game

November 18th

Last Week of Training

November 27th - November 30th

Capital City Classic Tournament
(all players and teams participating)

December 1st - 3rd

Training Schedule

Town & Country

Boys & Girls (U5 -U9; players born in 2009 or younger)
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 PM :: Field #26

Boys & Girls (U10; players born in 2008)
Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30-7:45 PM :: Field #26

Westcreek

Girls & Boys (U5 -U9; players born in 2009 or younger)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM :: Field #1

Girls & Boys (U10; players born in 2008)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-7:45 PM :: Field #1

Williamson County Regional Park

Boys & Girls (U5-U9; players born in 2009 or younger)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM :: Field #7

Boys & Girls (U10; players born in 2008)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-7:45 PM :: Field #7

Steiner Ranch

Westridge Park - Mondays & Wednesdays
4:00pm - 5:15 PM (U5 - U8; players born in 2010 or younger)
5:15pm - 6:30 PM (U9 - U10; players born in 2009 or 2008)
* During Time Change - 4:00 - 5:00, 5:00 - 6:00pm

Town Square Park - Mondays & Wednesdays
4:00pm - 5:15 PM (U5 - U8; players born in 2010 or younger)
5:15pm - 6:30 PM (U9 - U10; players born in 2009 or 2008)
6:30pm - 7:45 PM (U9 - U10; players born in 2009 or 2008)

Justin Lane
Registration for Justin Lane is closed. For registration and options, please contact Sam Wormald

Mondays & Wednesdays
Boys (U5-U7; players born in 2011 or younger)
Girls (U5-U9; players born in 2009 or younger)
4:15-5:15 PM :: Justin Lane 1

Girls (U10; players born in 2008)
5:15-6:25 PM :: Justin Lane 1

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Boys (U8-U9; players born in 2010-2009)
4:15-5:15 PM :: Justin Lane 1

Boys (U10; players born in 2008)
5:15-6:25 PM :: Justin Lane 1

Milburn Park

Girls & Boys (U5-U10) Mondays & Wednesdays 5:15-6:15PM : Milburn #6

Leander

Girls & Boys (U5-U9)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30-6:30 PM

Girls & Boys (U10)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-7:45 PM

Round Rock

Girls & Boys (U5-U10)
Mondays & Fridays 5:30-6:30 PM

Taylor

Boys & Girls (U5-U10)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM

Buda

Boys & Girls (U5-U10; players born in 2013-2008)
Mondays & Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 PM

Staff

Uniforms

In order to ensure all gear being received before the start of the season, we strongly recommend ordering as soon as possible. If you purchased a uniform in a past season, you do not need to purchase a new one. The approximate cost of the uniform is $100.
The REQUIRED pieces include:

Black Nike Tiempo II Jersey (Home)
Red Nike Tiempo II Jersey (Away)
White T-Shirt (Training)
Red Nike Equalizer Shorts
Red Nike Classic III Sock

Click on the blue "2016-18 JR Academy" tab above the pictures of the items in order to filter the items shown. The five required pieces are the first five pieces pictured. Once you have selected your size for both the red and black game day tops, be sure to check YES under team customization. You will then enter ANY NUMBER (#1-99) for your player’s jersey number (do not worry about number conflicts as we don't use them).

Remember, if it doesn't say "Lonestar Jr. Academy" on the front, it's not the correct jersey!

Order the Junior Academy uniform

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Lonestar Junior Academy?

The Junior Academy is for boys and girls soccer players between the ages of 5-10 who are looking for more of a challenge than recreational soccer. The Junior Academy utilizes professional coaches and training to help youth soccer players develop in a fun, competitive league, with additonal emphasis player development for select soccer.

The Jr. Academy is for boy and girl soccer players between the ages of 5-10 who are looking for more of a challenge than recreational soccer as they prepare for select soccer, with professional coaches and the Jr. Academy competitive league.

The league is referred to as the Jr. Academy because Lonestar Soccer Club also has the US Soccer Development Academy program at the U12, U13, U14, U15/U16, and U17/U18 age groups that participate in the US Soccer Development Academy national league.

How many players participate in the Lonestar Jr. Academy program and how many locations are there?

It varies from season to season, but there are between 100-120 teams that play in the Jr. Academy League in Austin. The Lonestar Jr. Academy program is the largest Jr. Academy program in Texas, with multiple locations across Austin.

The Lonestar Jr. Academy, along with our partner Westlake Youth Soccer Association, train over 1,600 players between 5-10 years of age at 8 different locations throughout Austin: Town & Country (north central), Westcreek (south), Williamson County Regional Park (north), Steiner Ranch (west), Justin Lane CBA (central), Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Leander, Taylor, Jarrell, Buda, Kyle, and into Central Texas.

When can my son/daughter join the Lonestar Jr. Academy and are they ready for the Jr. Academy?

The Lonestar Jr. Academy is for players that are looking for more of a challenge than recreational soccer. Players can sign up for the Fall Season (August-November) or Spring Season (February-May). If your son or daughter is not registered but would like to join, contact the local Site Director (listed at bottom of FAQs) and they will invite your player out to a session. At that point the Site Director can let you know if the Lonestar Junior Academy would be a good fit for your child.

What is the cost?

The Jr. Academy cost is $420 in the fall for the 13-14 week season, plus and additional $25 fee for the Fall 2017 Tournmanent. The season consists of two training sessions a week (for 12 weeks), plus one or two games a weekend (for 8-10 games a season).

Are uniforms provided and what equipment does my player need?

Players must purchase the Junior Academy uniform which is separate from the registration fee. The uniform is a one-time purchase of around $100 and can be worn for every Jr. Academy season in which the player participates. For each practice and games, players need soccer specific shoes (cleats or turf shoes), a size 4 soccer ball (size 3 for U5/U6), shinguards (worn under the socks), and a water bottle.

Is it possible to come into the Jr. Academy with a friend and play on the same team?

Yes, for a player’s first season, the Jr Academy Site Directors will note any teammate requests to play on the same team with a friend. If the two players are at the same level of play they may remain together; however, if the players are at different playing levels, the Site Director will visit with the parents to make sure they understand the playing options for their children in the future.

Can a rec team sign up as a Jr Academy team?

Yes, rec teams are allowed to come into the Jr Academy and may stay together for the first season (if that is the desire of the families). If all the players on the team have the same ability they may remain together into future season; if the team has individuals with different levels of ability, those players and parents will be communicated with about their options from the Site Director.

Can our rec parent volunteer coach in the Jr Academy?

Yes, the Jr Academy Site Directors will visit with the parent volunteers about potential roles within the Jr. Academy program where help is needed.

Who coaches the teams and are they certified?

All Jr. Academy soccer teams are coached by the professional Lonestar Jr. Academy staff; all coaches are KidSafe certified and must complete a Lonestar training course to be considered, as well as a completed coaching youth licence within the 1st year of coaching.

How are teams formed?

The first two weeks of the season are an evaluation period that the Jr. Academy staff will use to place players on teams based on skill and ability. Each family will receive an email at the end of the second week of the season notifying them of their team and the coach who will be assigned to the team.

What is the practice and game format and when does the season start/finish?

Teams have two training sessions (60-75 minute sessions) each week for a 12 week season.

Fall Jr. Academy Season: Starts the last week in August and finishes the first weekend of December.

Spring Jr. Academy Season: Starts in early February and finishes with U11 select tryouts in mid-May.

What is the practice schedule and game schedule?

Schedules for practice vary by locations and can be found on the Junior Academy schedules tab above. Game schedules are completed the week following team formation (typically the 3rd week).

How many games are in the season?

Teams will have 8-10 games per season.

All the Jr. Academy games will be played at your teams' training location and also the other training locations. We will have taken strides to eliminate to overall travel required for teams, and all games are in the Austin area (e.g. we will avoid a team from the Leander location playing games in Buda).

Are there trophies and/or team picture?

Yes, trophies/medals are provided at the end of the season. There are no team pictures.

Are there any extra or additional opportunities for players?

Yes, the Jr. Academy players can also attend private training (fees vary) for technical trainin and speed/agility training through Meyer Athletic Development.

Who do I contact if I have further questions about the Jr. Academy Program in season or out of season?

Please contact the site directors of each location where your child will be playing or currently plays Jr. Academy.