North Carolina Fusion’s Junior Discovery Program is designed to support and guide players who wish to begin the transition from recreational to competitive soccer. The program is tailored for players who have a strong desire to increase their technical skills while also learning more about the tactical aspect of the game. In addition, the Junior Discovery Program will provide exposure and an introduction to our Junior Academy staff and Directors.
The most important aspect of North Carolina Fusion’s Junior Discovery Program is training. Technical and tactical training is provided 2 times per week, in 1 hour sessions by our professional coaches who will also coach the team in all matches. Junior Discovery Program teams compete in the GUSA Recreational League on Saturdays and Sundays. Players are also expected to work at home on basic technical skills such as juggling, receiving, passing, etc.
Upon accepting the position offered in the Jr. Discovery Program, parents are responsible for the following:
- $50 Player Placement/Evaluation Fee (Paid when registering for evaluation)
- Junior Discovery Program Club Fee $650 per year: $150 (payable to GUSA) is due upon acceptance of placement in the program. The remaining $500 can be paid in one payment along with the acceptance payment or in 5 equal monthly payments ($100) July thru November.
GUSA/NC Fusion Club Fee includes:
- 8U GUSA recreation uniform (2 shirts, shorts and socks)
- 1 NC FUSION Training Top (Supplied at evaluation)
- 2 Training Sessions per week Monday-Thursday @ 1 hours (Schedule decided by program director)
- NC Youth Soccer Registration Fees
- GUSA Recreation Administration costs
- Referee fees
- Staff/coach costs
Teams will be formed based on what is best from the players available. The most important part of the program is practice time and exposure to our trained coaches. All players will benefit from a structured curriculum that has been tailored to players at the grass roots stage of their soccer career.
Training and Games:
**Arrive on time for practice.
**Attend all GUSA Recreation League games.
**Practice at home on basic technical skills.
Fall practice will start on the Tuesday after Labor Day and end the second week of November.
Spring practice will start the last week in February and run through the first week in May (No practice during Guilford County Spring Break).
Parents are asked to support their coach and the NC Fusion/GUSA Jr. Discovery Program by ensuring their child attends training as listed above. Parents are asked to represent NC FUSION in a positive manner with correct sideline behavior and to set a good example for their child and teammates.
Junior Discovery teams will play 5v5 (4 + Goalkeeper) in the GUSA Recreation 8U division. Players will be split into two teams for games, as determined by the coach.
Evaluation and Placement:
Players are evaluated at the NC FUSION/GUSA Jr. Discovery Program Evaluations in May.
Registration must be completed online through your NCF GUSA Account (New players to the club must set-up an account via the NCF GUSA website).
Players can also request to be assessed for potential inclusion in the NC Fusion/GUSA Junior Discovery Program at any time during the year, however, they must honor any commitment made to their Recreation teams for that particular season.