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Welcome to Maplebrook Blast and the Blast Academy Training!
The Maplebrook Blast program operates in 4 sessions throughout the year (Outdoor Fall, Indoor Fall/Winter I & II, Outdoor Spring/Summer).  Through small sided games and skill development led by our professional staff, we want kid's first years of soccer to be some of their most memorable.  And not only that but we want kids prepared technically and (soccer) socially for their competitive years starting at U9.  A new and exciting experience in sport... one that instills proper soccer and fitness in kids for years to come... we hope you'll join us!  (Note:  Parents are welcomed to participate too! While helping, our parent coaches get to experience an encouraging environment as they learn from the professional staff.)

Maplebrook Blast (Ages 5-8) 
This portion of the Maplebrook Blast program is comprised of (4 vs. 4) soccer games that are fun and competitive and includes skill sessions that teach the fundamental technical  soccer skills.  Each week, kids will get a skilled warmup and technique before the big game - as our emphasis is on playing.  Teams are divided based on age, gender, and skill level (friend requests are welcome).  No previous soccer experience is required.  

Blast Academy Training (Ages 5-8)
For those who are looking for an additional soccer development experience we also offer Blast Academy Training. Our Blast Academy Training emphasizes the development of sound technical skills and tactical awareness to establish the foundation that players will need to thrive in the u9 traveling program.  The 7s & 8s will receive even greater skill development and personal assessments.    More professional style training...better coach to player ratios... progression will have your kids ready for the next level of fun and skillful soccer!!


Summer 2020 Blast Academy and Training

Monday's Team Night 
(Games pending MDH approval)
Dates: July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24
Girl's Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Boy's Time: 
Fernbrook Grass Fields, located behind Fernbrook Elementary

Wednesday's Skills Training
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19
Time: 5:30-6:30pm (Co-Ed)
Fernbrook Grass Fields, located behind Fernbrook Elementary


Blast Academy is led by Club Director of Coaching, Jean-Yves Viardin, along with experienced club trainers as well as returning alumni college players.

Social Distancing

All Blast Academy games/activities will follow MDH updated guidelines to ensure maximum safety for our players and coaches.  Coaches temperatures will be taken before every session and masks will be worn when in close proximity of players.  Equipment will be disinfected after every day.


Each day will begin with warm-up activites aimed at preparing players physically as well as cognitively to get the most out of the day.  High emphasis on technical development with plenty of fun activities/games to break up the day and keep the players engaged.

Typical Monday Game Day Session Breakdown:

10 minutes - Warm-up games/Plyometrics (jumping, ladders work etc)
15 minutes - Technical topic 1 (passing, trapping, shooting, etc)
5 minutes - Water break and recap discussion
10 minutes - 4v4, 5v5, or 6v6 Game 1
5 minutes - Break and teaching moment
10 minutes - 4v4, 5v5, or 6v6 Game 2
5 minutes - End of Day Recap and Team Cheer

Typical Wednesday Session Breakdown:

10 minutes - Warm-Up games/Plyometrics (jumping, ladders work, etc)
15 minutes - Technical topic 1 (passing, trapping, shooting, etc)
5 minutes - Water break and recap discussion
15 minutes - Technical topic 2
10 minutes - End of session game/contest
5 minutes - Session Recap and Team Cheer

All updates and weather-related info can be found on Maplebrook Facebook page.  A program wide email will also be sent to the registered email (please make sure our emails are not going in your spam folder).

For more information please contact Jean-Yves Viardin at [email protected]

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