VYS Athletic Performance Training
A LIFETIME OF SOCCER
BUILT ON A SOLID ATHLETIC FOUNDATION
To complement our soccer programs, VYS is partnering with Explosive Performance to improve our youth soccer players’ overall athletic performance (e.g., running, jumping, turning, cutting, stopping, etc.). VYS acknowledges that it needs to embrace a holistic approach in its model. VYS has chosen Explosive Performance as a partner given their top certified trainers, unique ability to scale to our club’s needs, and most importantly the ability to bring and integrate the latest medical research in athletic training and sports injury prevention.
Currently, there is a gap between soccer performance and the foundations of the “athlete,” including proper biomechanics, dynamic warm-up, strength and speed training, and regeneration/recovery. Studies worldwide show that these appropriate training measures when applied have not only reduced sports injuries but also advanced the player’s proficiency in their respective sport. While this insight is becoming more commonplace, most youth sports clubs still embody old habits whereby coaches take their players’ athletic ability as a given and don’t take the appropriate steps to improve their athletic skills. Teams rarely incorporate sports performance training into their system. For players and parents recognizing the need to also focus on general athletic skills, they have been forced to individually sign-up for such services or as teams in a few cases. Consequently, VYS strongly believes that it is their duty to put the player first and is pleased to offer its Athletic Performance Program to complement our soccer training programs.
This program is designed to support all soccer players regardless of their soccer career aspiration beyond club soccer. In order to tailor individual needs, the program has two areas: a Youth program (U9-12) and an Elite program (U13-19). VYS and Explosive Performance will be piloting the Youth training program this year, September 2017 through May 2018. Based on results and lessons learned from the pilot, we will look to launch more broadly hopefully in September 2018.
The Youth training integrates basic speed, agility, and functional movements into a fun, educational environment to demonstrate the utility and importance of proper athletic movement. Building on the Youth training, the Elite training extends the elementary foundations of movement to generate a continuum of strength, mobility, and coordination in athletes seeking to develop an athletic foundation that will serve them throughout their life of athletic endeavor.
The athletic performance training will be conducted by Explosive Performance’s professionally trained and certified staff and employ state-of-the-art ideology and technology. Whether it is to keep one less player off the sidelines due to sports-related injury or enable one more individual to fulfill their athletic dreams, the VYS-EP Athletic Performance Program aims to optimize any fitness-related experience through an evidence-based methodology.
U9-12 VYS-Specific Youth Training (Pilot Program)
VYS House and Travel players participate in 16 training sessions offered on Friday evenings from September through May. The cost of this program is $170. For this pilot, we are limited to 208 participants. All players will train with other VYS players and will be issued a VYS-EP athletic training jersey. Additionally, the program includes the use of the Fusionetics app that introduces both athletic and soccer activities to reinforce the learning outside of the training sessions. To learn more and register, please visit the registration site at http://www.sportandhealth.com/buyep (1. select the McLean Regency location, 2. Select EP from the dropdown, 3. Select your VYS U9/10 or U11/12 timeslot, 4. Create a guest account, and 5. Register your player).
· 2017: 9/8, 9/22, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1, 12/15, and
· 2018: 1/12, 1/26, 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11
U13-15 Standard Youth Training
For U13-15 VYS House and Travel players, Explosive Performance is offering discounted prices for its Youth standard training courses. The cost of this program is $110 for the Fall. These programs are not unique to VYS and will have non-VYS participants. We intend to launch a VYS-specific program in this area in September 2018. To register for the standard Youth training and leverage the VYS discount, please visit the registration site at http://www.sportandhealth.com/buyep (1. select the McLean Regency location, 2. Select EP from the dropdown, 3. Select your VYS Youth (Ages 12-14) Training session, 4. Create a guest account, and 5. Register your player).
Training sessions for the Fall (new schedules will come out for the Winter and Spring):
· Mondays or Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm
· 9/13/17 – 11/1/17
Customized Team Training
Any VYS team wishing to participate as a team, should contact Kevin Boyle email@example.com at Explosive Performance to design a program for that team.
About Our Partner, Explosive Performance (EP)
EP is a division of the training staff for US Fitness that specializes in performance training solutions for groups and teams of athletes.
· EP was established in 1997 and currently has 16 locations in the DMV
· Recommended by the NFLPA, and official training program for the Washington Spirit, 2012 Gold Medal Winning USWNT, World Record Holder Katie Ledecky. Over 60 pro soccer players and 30 Olympians trained
· Sent trainers to the NFL combine prep camp and USOTC
EP’s mission is to provide opportunities for the future leaders of this industry, and world-class education and training to our clients.
If the entire session must be cancelled due to weather, facility closing, etc, a make-up date will be arranged. However, if individual players miss a session, make-ups will not be provided.
Sport & Health Regency, 1800 Old Meadow Road
McLean, VA 22102
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Parents can enjoy the Sport & Health Café or Get fit while your child trains! All VYS parents will receive a free month membership to McLean Sport and Health.