the soccer club of the Eastern Panhandle


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Your player should bring water, a ball if they have one, and shinguards should be worn.

Register Here for all EPIC Developmental Academy Programs

**All players must also Register with WVSA each year after completing EPIC Registration​     

WVSA ACADEMY LINK  (Academy only- not for Travel)   For WVSA instructions, click here  (video)

EPIC Developmental Academy Programs

  U5 - U10 Boys and Girls
  Academy Director: David Leonard
  Coaches:  Aric Canonico, Taylor Harwood, Regan Stout, Brianna Gorman, Cody Riffle
  Managers:   OPEN POSITIONS- please contact David Leonard or Shelly Sanders if interested

The EPIC Developmental Academy Program (EDAP) is for players U5 to U10

Academy Kickers Division: for our youngest players at U5/U6 (born in 2013 and 2014). Our Academy Kickers will get off to a great start with training 2x a week in Shepherdstown and 8 small sided games against our sister program over in Hagerstown. Practices are comprised of fun training games and basic skill foundation. Cost for the entire year (August to June) is $110 and $65 for Spring only.

Academy:  for U7 and U8 players (born in 2011 and 2012). Practices are also 2x a week  in Shepherdstown. Training will be more formal then the Lil' Kickers as we look to introduce team concepts and deeper skills appropriate for the age group. Cost for the entire year (August to June) is $140 and $80 for Spring only.

Academy Pro: comprised of boys and girls U9 and U10 (born in 2009and 2010). Our A.P. team(s) will compete in either the Frederick Hexaleague or WCCL 7 a side, along with training twice a week locally in Shepherdstown with licensed, professional coaches. Playing in a small sided environment, players touch the ball more often and become more skillful. In addition to the weekly game and training, the Academy Pro team will coordinate participation in a winter indoor league, club wide events, and possibly a tournament or two! The fee for the entire year (August to June) is $160. Academy Pro players graduate from A.P. at U10 and go on to form the nucleus of their gender specific full travel teams.

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About our Academy programs:  All of our Academy options are coached by licensed, professional coaches with years of soccer playing and training experience.  Practice session activities and games are designed and tailored to follow the best practices and guidelines set forth by US Soccer and US Youth Soccer. These guidelines outline a youth soccer development program encouraging each player to become more comfortable, confident and creative with their foot skills, while increasing their enjoyment of soccer. Practice session activities are intended to be fun, challenging and create an environment simulating in-game situations, keeping players moving and engaged. Players are allowed to participate at a level that is commensurate with each player’s developmental level and not solely based on age groups. The skills worked on each week are encouraged and emphasized in games and matches, to allow players to practice their skills in a game environment and gain confidence on the ball. The Academy Director oversees all aspects of the Academy Program, and works with the Club Director of Coaching to develop and implement appropriate curricular goals for all players and coaches. Players only need to register with the club to join the Academy program.


Training Year: In the EPIC Developmental Academy Program the training year begins in August (fall season) and ends the following May (spring season). When there are available slots, players can register  at any time during the year and immediately join training. In the fall, training is from August through the end of October and training in the spring begins in March and goes through the end of May. The training costs are prorated for new players that join in the spring. Training sessions are held two days a week,  and are local to the Shepherdstown area.  Games are on Saturdays in the Frederick, MD vicinity or Hagerstown, MD vicinity based on age group.  


Coaching philosophy: In the EPIC Developmental Academy we focus on individual skill development, confidence with ball skills and defending 1v1, and comfortability using either foot as appropriate. We also work on teaching the kids proper balance and coordination skills as well as introducing fitness concepts. All training is derived from the US Youth Soccer guidelines on coaching youth soccer and incorporates the USSF Best Practice methods (eng)(esp). The kids are encouraged to experiment with moves and various skills or techniques in games. We believe confidence will come from continuously working at a skill until they master it and not being afraid to try it in a game.



  • Dribbling creatively
  • Ball control with comfortability under pressure
  • Receiving the ball with proper first touch
  • Tackling
  • Striking the ball with both feet
  • Balance
  • Coordination development

Children who start playing on EPIC teams at a young age begin learning the footwork, teamwork, strategy, and other skills that help them succeed throughout their soccer-playing careers, including high school and college.