Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is the Juniors Discovery different than recreation soccer?

There are several differences; the main one being the experience level of the coach. All of our Juniors Discovery coaches are paid staff members. We find the best people we can to work with our players. Read more about our staff HERE. Juniors Discovery follows a developmentally appropriate curriculum through the fall and spring seasons focusing on individual technique and ball control. All Discovery training sessions are held at BB&T Soccer Park, and the ratio of training sessions to games is about 2:1. Each Juniors Discovery team trains twice per week.

2. How do I know if my child is "good enough" to be in Juniors Discovery?

We hold evaluations for Juniors Discovery during the month of May each year for the following fall and spring seasons. We look for players who enjoy playing, try to execute appropriate technique, have great attitudes, and are able to take coaching instruction and follow directions. The hardest working players are undoubtedly the ones who improve the most and thrive in the Discoveries environment.

3. Where does the Juniors Discovery train?

Juniors Discovery holds all training sessions at BB&T Sports Park in Bermuda Run, NC. Just outside of Winston-Salem, the park is convenient for residents of Davie, Forsyth, and Davidson Counties. Typically all Discoveries sessions are on fields 6 and 7. When bad weather won’t allow us to train at the park, we try to train at the Winston-Salem Sportsplex near Wake Forest University.

4. How much travel do they do each season?

There is very minimal travel in the Juniors Discovery Season. In the fall, the majority of our events will be at home. There will likely be two events in Kernersville, with all the rest being at BB&T Sports Park in Bermuda Run. In the spring, we go to the Junior Academy Festival. It is sometimes held at BB&T Park in Bermuda Run, and is sometimes in Greensboro.

5. How long is the commitment? One season? Two seasons?

At evaluations in May players commit for the fall and the following spring season.   Occasionally there are positions open for the spring after the fall season ends; to find out if a space might be available please be in touch with the Juniors Discovery Director.

6. What are the start dates for the fall? For the spring?

Typically we begin training in the fall just after Labor Day in September, and in the spring we start up at the beginning of March.

7. What is JA Camp, and when is it?

Junior Academy Camp is offered over two weeks at the end of the summer before training begins. Junior Academy Camp is also open to our Discoveries players. Players are encouraged to attend one week of camp, and are welcome to attend both! It’s a great chance for the Juniors Discovery Staff to get to know the players before the season begins. Camp goes from 8 AM-11 AM Monday-Thursday. We play a big group warm up, go through a training session, take a break inside with some trivia or games, and then finish the day playing barefoot soccer. There is an extra cost to attend.

8. Why is the cost so different from Recreation?

Junior Academy Camp is offered over two weeks at the end of the summer before training begins. Junior Academy Camp is also open to our Discoveries players. Players are encouraged to attend one week of camp, and are welcome to attend both! It’s a great chance for the Juniors Discovery Staff to get to know the players before the season begins. Camp goes from 8 AM-11 AM Monday-Thursday. We play a big group warm up, go through a training session, take a break inside with some trivia or games, and then finish the day playing barefoot soccer. There is an extra cost to attend.

9. Does Juniors Discovery provide opportunities for the player to have a little fun now and then? It sound serious!

From our Junior Academy camp at the end of the summer where kids finish each day playing barefoot soccer, to having Wake Forest Soccer teams come train with us, to our epic Halloween bash, there’s always something exciting around the corner! Training activities are mostly game-based, so players get to attack at goal often, score, and compete, which they love!  We think structure is important, but we balance that with energetic coaching, fun events, and a positive environment for players to be in, no matter what team they’re on!

10. Why is the Juniors Discovery right for player development?

The goal of Juniors Discovery is to create an environment where each player has the opportunity to excel. The staff, training sessions, and events are all chosen carefully to aid in the development process. The curriculum is specific for the 7U-8U age groups, and the emphasis on competing in training and in games helps foster creative attacking play and a great base of soccer skill for players to continue on to the next level.

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