The U13 age group of the Seattle Reign Academy have reached the halfway point in their inaugural season in Washington Youth Soccer’s Regional Club League (RCL). The Academy team currently sits atop the standings with just one loss in their last seven matches.
“Our expectations for this period were to get the group to a point where they understood what we wanted out of them, both technically and tactically,” said Seattle Reign Academy technical director Tracey Kevins. “From our point of view it’s sort of a re-education period. What’s been an added bonus while we are in this real learning phase is that they’ve played some good soccer and picked up some good results.”
The RCL is currently the top league in Washington state for the U13 age group. Kevins has been pleased with how quickly the teams have come together, as well as the amount of information the players have taken in from their coaches.
“We haven’t quite yet reached the heights I think we can,” said Kevins. “In fairness, we aren’t looking to peak this season. Really, we’re looking to get them to peak for their age for the ECNL season. We aren’t where we need to be but we’re a work in progress.”
This is the first season for the Reign Academy, and for Kevins, the focus is laying the foundation for what the Academy will be going forward. While the Academy’s recent run of results has been a positive, the ultimate goal remains to prepare players for playing collegiately or professionally in the future.
“Obviously this year it’s really important that we lay down the fundamentals of what the Academy is: How we want our teams to play, that we are a possession based side, and what we expect our players to do,” said Kevins. “Results are not a priority for us. We want to focus on how good this 2003 age group can be in three, four, or five years’ time. That’s really when we need to get them ready for the stage they’ll be performing on as a collegiate player.”