Hive 9U/10U Academy

Hive 9U/10U Academy

This program is for children born in 2011 (9U) and 2010 (10U). The 9/10 Age Group Directors, professional staff and parent coaches will conduct two training sessions a week.  The 9/10 Hive Directors will provide parent coaches with assistance with training sessions to help follow the club philosophy and curriculum. Teams play one 7v7 game (six field players and a goalkeeper) each weekend (Saturday’s). Games consist of two (2), 25 minute halves.

9U/10U players and teams have the option to play in an in-­house futsal league during the winter season.

9U Hive + (Plus):  Hive+ is designed to provide a more challenging training environment for players who have consistently demonstrated exceptional talent and potential. Coaches and club directors will recommend players for Hive+ program. Hive+ players will have the opportunity to participate in a tournament at the end of each fall and spring season.

Time and Location: All training sessions will be held at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park.  Training will begin on August 27th & 29th on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.  All 9U and 10U girls will train from 5:30 - 6:30pm and all 9U and 10U boys will train from 6:45 - 7:45pm.    

Uniforms: All players must purchase the required uniform for 9U and 10U.  The uniform consists of a light blue training shirt and an adidas white jersey, navy shorts and white socks.  ESC uniform pieces can be purchased at Soccer Internationale (2541 S 132nd St, Omaha, NE 68144).

9U Games:  All 9U games will be played at the James P. McNeil Soccer Complex (23267 W Maple Rd, Waterloo, NE 68069).  The team listed first on the schedule (home team) will wear the light blue shirt with navy shorts and white socks; the second team listed (away team) will wear the white jersey with navy shorts and white socks.  Game schedules will be released on August 30th, 2019.

10U Games (IMPORTANT):  Please note 10U Hive Academy teams will play in the new ENSA recreational league rather than the traditional in-house league described above.  Games will be played on Sunday afternoons at Tranquility Park. 

9U Playing Rules

What to Wear & Bring to Training:  Soccer ball, water, shin guards, tennis shoes or soccer cleats.  Players should wear the light blue shirt with navy shorts and white socks to training.

Inclement Weather:  For game/training status during inclement weather please follow us on Twitter @elkhornsoccer, Facebook - or sign-up to receive text alerts at  Decisions will be made by 4 pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s and by 7 am on Saturday’s.

9U and 10U Parent Coaches’ Meeting:  All parent coaches should plan to attend the beginning of season coaches’ meeting held by the Hive Directors.  On Saturday, August 24th, ESC will be hosting a Continuing Education Program clinic at Thrive Space from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parent coaches are encouraged to attend the whole session but are only required to come to the Hive breakout session where we will go over expectations for the season from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Questions:  For questions regarding the 9U Hive Academy, please contact Andy Staberg at   For questions regarding the 10U Hive Academy, please contact Jon Shaad, at

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