Senior Player Council

We are delighted to announce the formation of an official Penn Legacy Senior Player Council. All high school age players are invited to apply to be on this Council (application link below).

What exactly is the Senior Player Council (SPC)?

We envision that the council will consist of approximately 12 players (freshmen through seniors), selected coaching staff and club leaders.  We hope that the Council will serve an important role in helping the club fulfill its mission statement. 

What will be the purpose of the SPC?  

While we hope the purpose of the SPC will evolve and grow into different roles that we haven't yet considered, we do see the primary purpose to be threefold: 

  1. To provide a voice to our players and to give them a seat at the leadership table.
  2. To help the club better serve the community through projects/special events.
  3. To enhance existing club programs and to create new ventures for the club through social media and the power of young people. 

How will the SPC go about this?

We plan to have tri-monthly meetings at the PL office, and then stay in regular contact through an SPC TeamSnap group.  We want the Council to work closely with Stephanie, our Social Media officer, and to form committees by reaching out to other PL players to help get projects off the ground.  

How much of a commitment will this be for Council members?

We will not ask for too much from our players as we know they are already busy.  Rather we hope that by bringing in committed and resourceful people that we will achieve wonderful things because of the positivity and energy generated by the group. 

Closing date for applicants is Tuesday February 28th
We will contact the successful applicants by March 15th, and our first official meeting will take place at the end of March.  The application does need to include a resume.   

Xbox vs Xtra Training

I think we can all agree that the game of soccer is by no means an easy one. Before we even introduce the ball you need coordination, balance, and agility. Once the ball comes in you need composure, a soft first touch, good technique, and comfort with both feet. Then we add teammates and opponents and everything gets so much more complicated as game awareness and decision-making becomes so important. Lastly we add the competitive element and now there is the pressure to execute all of the above in the frenzy of the actual game.

So how does a youth player improve? How can a coach work on all of this with only 2 practice sessions a week and many players to look out for? 

The answer, in my humble opinion, can lie in the players themselves. Ten minutes a day spent with a ball getting quality touches will add up to over 3,500 minutes a year. 15 minutes will amount to almost 5,500 a year. Juggle a tennis ball while taking a break from school work; use only your weaker foot while striking a ball against a wall; juggle with a teammate before practice starts; watch some Coerver moves/skills on YouTube and try to replicate; even work on balance and coordination exercises while watching television. In short, spend time improving your body mastery and ball mastery skills and I promise you'll be astounded at how much you'll improve at this sport. No matter what your long-term plan for your soccer career may be, surely it is worth spending 10-15 minutes a day to become the best player you can be.  

In the spirit of my previous declaration of The Year of Individual Technical Improvement, we are going to have a little competition where players can send in a short video of them juggling with a ball, or demonstrating a move. The top three entrants will receive a nice prize.

XBOX vs Xtra Challenge

TYPE OF VIDEOS: you juggling a ball or demonstrating a move

INSTAGRAM - take a video on Instagram and tag @PennLegacySoccer

FACEBOOK - post your video or share your YouTube video link to our wall on Penn Legacy’s Facebook Page

EMAIL - send your video to seamus@pennlegacy.org

HASHTAG - #PennLegacy #XBOXvsXtra

Deadline: Feb 28th, 2017

Flash Clinics in February 2017

 

 

Seamus is holding flash clinics on Saturday, Feb 11th, Friday Feb 17th, and Monday, February 20th (Presidents' Day). The focus of each session will be on the weaker foot, first touch, brain-centered training, and basic footskills.

It is a simple concept; go to the link below to sign up, (there is room for 24 kids each hour in the designated age groups). Bring $5 along to the clinic which will take place at LANCO Fieldhouse on the far end of Field 1. 

Bring a ball, water bottle, and appropriate soccer footwear.  

For any questions, contact Seamus Donnelly.

 

FEB 11 & 17

REGISTER HERE>

 

FEB 20 (PRESIDENTS' DAY)

REGISTER HERE>

 

 

College Prep Session on Feb 11th

 

FREE Penn Legacy College Prep Mini Sessions will be held on Saturdays at Lanco Fieldhouse on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, and 2/18. All sessions run 10:30am-10:50am and is for parents & players U16 and older. The topic for Saturday 2/11 is "The Best Ways To Be Seen By A College Coach."


Penn Legacy FC is holding several College Prep Mini Training Sessions along with several College Recruiting Q & A sessions in conjunction with the WSOX sessions. These sessions are all optional and will be held just before the WSOX Older Age Group training which start Saturdays at 11am which will allow the players to also attend WSOX. The Mini Sessions will be at LANCO Fieldhouse and will start at 10:30am and end at 10:50am. The sessions will cover a variety of topics that relate to college prep and recruiting. This will allow the players to come to WSOX 30 minutes early and be exposed to important college recruiting information, get answers to their questions, and then train at WSOX. Any questions please contact Mike Logan at logan@pennlegacy.org

PL Speed & Agility Training Begins 2/21

Our Speed and Agility program is proving to be a smash hit.  This upcoming session will be the last one of this off-season as it will take us into the actual outdoor soccer season.  Take advantage of this special club offer and give yourself the best possible preparation for the spring season.   

The importance of speed and agility training in the sport of soccer is that it is a fundamental element in everything a player needs to do. When it comes to technical expertise and comfort on the ball, we must backtrack to the player's first touch. Before that is their balance and footwork before the ball even arrives. The same can be said of what happens as soon as the player has the ball. Speed and explosiveness is the great separator. it is with all this mind that we came up with a soccer action specific training program in conjunction with the experts at The Nook. It will work on conditioning for sure, plus injury prevention, but it will also focus on change of direction, foot speed, agility, balance, coordination, and posture. Included in the sessions will be pre and post testing so that improvements can be measured and quantified. All in all, it should prove to be an excellent program for all our players who attend.

Where? The Nook

When? Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4-7pm

Feb 21st (pre-testing day), 23rd, 28th,

Mar 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st, 23rd, 28th, 30th,

Apr 4th (post-testing day).

4-5pm - u16 though u19
5-6pm - u13 through u15
6-7pm - u9 through u12
Cost? $89 for 12 sessions plus post-testing.

Be sure to type "Penn Legacy" into search box when registering.

REGISTER HERE >

Penn Legacy Selected to Host Real Madrid Foundation Clinic in June 2017

 
Penn Legacy recently announced our first ever club trip to Real Madrid this August. At the end of that message it was mentioned that there was more exciting news to come.
 
Well we are now DELIGHTED to announce that Penn Legacy has been selected as host of an Official Adidas Real Madrid Foundation Clinic in June 2017. From June 26th to 30th we will be hosting an OFFICIAL Real Madrid Foundation Clinic with OFFICIAL Real Madrid Foundation coaches, selected by the Real Madrid C.F. Academy Director.  
 
The @Real Madrid Foundation Clinics U.S.A. details and registration information will be announced soon, but for now,
Save the Dates - June 26th-30th, 2017
 
 
-Seamus Donnelly, Director of Coaching & Player Development
 
#RealSpirit
#wherewillyouplay
 
 

College Prep Session on Feb 4th

FREE Penn Legacy College Prep Mini Sessions will be held on Saturdays at Lanco Fieldhouse on the following dates: 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, and 2/18. All sessions run 10:30am-10:50am and is for parents & players U16 and older. The topic for Saturday 2/4 is "Refresher on Navigating Around the College Soccer Connector Software Program."


Penn Legacy FC is holding several College Prep Mini Training Sessions along with several College Recruiting Q & A sessions in conjunction with the WSOX sessions. These sessions are all optional and will be held just before the WSOX Older Age Group training which start Saturdays at 11am which will allow the players to also attend WSOX. The Mini Sessions will be at LANCO Fieldhouse and will start at 10:30am and end at 10:50am. The sessions will cover a variety of topics that relate to college prep and recruiting. This will allow the players to come to WSOX 30 minutes early and be exposed to important college recruiting information, get answers to their questions, and then train at WSOX. Any questions please contact Mike Logan at logan@pennlegacy.org

Futures Winter Session 2

Penn Legacy is holding an indoor soccer program for Futures players (kids of all skill levels born 2009-2012). Players will experience fun skills sessions with Rossi and Penn Legacy staff.

Session #2 - Lanco Fieldhouse (Field 1)

Saturdays - 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18

U5 (YOB 2012): 9:00 am -10:00 am
U6 (YOB 2011): 10:00 am -11:00 am
U7 (YOB 2010): 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
U8 (YOB 2009) : 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Registration fee: $75 per session

More Info: HERE

Register Now

 

2017 WSoX & Futsal on Jan 21 & 22

We had a great turnout for our first Penn Legacy Futsal session of 2017. Futsal for Penn Legacy travel players will take take place again this Sunday, Jan 22nd - 4-7pm at Spooky Nook (on Hardwood Courts 4, 6, 8, 10).  In addition, our first Winter School of Xcellence (WSoX) session will take place at Lanco Fieldhouse on Saturday, January 21st. See below for the full Futsal and WSoX schedules.

Futsal

Futsal is a game synonymous with many of the top players in the world today. It originated in South America, and is very much about skill, fast footwork, and speed of play. This club has long promoted the correlation between futsal and overall skill development. I cannot stress enough how important it is for our players to try to attend. Our futsal sessions are free play. There is no "coaching" involved, only supervision. We see it as the perfect compliment to our SoX sessions that are very much exercise driven. Here, the players come and just play. The PL coaches present will guide the participants on how to play correctly to maximize the effect, but otherwise it is street soccer style.

Where? The Nook Sport Courts (except Jan 22nd)
When? Sunday afternoons
Jan 22nd - 4-7pm (on Hardwood Courts 4, 6, 8, 10)
Jan 29th - 5-8pm
Feb 5th - 1-4pm
Feb 26th - 4-7pm

1st hour - PTP, u9 through u11
2nd hour - u12 through u15
3rd hour - u16 and older

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Winter School of Xcellence (WSoX)

Back for its tenth straight year, this program is all about technical development through quality repetition. There will be a topic each week, players will be broken up into small groups, and our coaches will run them through stations. These are intense and demanding sessions (hence the use of the word Xcellence).

Where? Lanco Fieldhouse
When? Saturday mornings, 9-noon.
1st hour - PTP, u9 through u11
2nd hour - u12 through u15
3rd hour - u16 and older

Topics:
Jan 21st - DRIBBLING
Jan 28th - PASSING AND RECEIVING
Feb 4th - SHOOTING AND FINISHING
Feb 11th - SPECIAL TOPICS
Feb 18th - COACH'S CHOICE
Feb 25th - SPECIAL TOPICS

 

Sean O’Hearn Called up to U.S. U-19 Training Camp

Sean O’Hearn, is a local soccer standout who began loving the game at the early age of 4 years old. Now at 18 years of age, Sean is a senior at Hempfield H.S. who committed to Georgetown University, and recently gained experience with the U.S. Under-19 Men’s National Team.

The U19 USMNT Head Coach, Brad Friedel, called up Sean O’Hearn to the roster for domestic training camps which took place this past October and November. The U19 squad then faced Miami FC, a USL Premier Development team, on Nov 13th at Lockhart Stadium with a 5-0 victory. “It was such an amazing experience,” Sean says, “There is no better feeling than putting on that USA jersey for the first time. Flying out to California, then Florida, and playing with some of the best players in the country was truly surreal.”

Sean began playing soccer with Penn Legacy’s Futures Program (formerly known as “Academy”) under Gary Ross “Rossi,” Penn Legacy’s Technical Director of U4-10. Rossi remembers Sean’s fun loving attitude, and says, “Sean was like all the other kids at that time. He loved the game and even at such a young age he enjoyed coming to the field and playing. Really it was that simple. He has blossomed over the last few years, but as a child he was one of many children who just loved to come to the park, run around, have fun and play soccer.”

Sean reminisces about his childhood, and says, “My first soccer memory was when I was 5 or 6 years old and playing intramural soccer at Amos Herr park. My dad the previous week taught me how to celebrate a goal by putting my shirt over my head and doing an airplane as a joke. When I scored in my game that next weekend, I celebrated by doing that. (Sean laughs) My parents weren't that pleased with me for doing that.”

From U9-13, Sean played for Penn Legacy’s Travel Program. Penn Legacy’s DOC, Seamus Donnelly, says ”Sean was part of a fantastic group that played some phenomenal football here over a period of 4 or 5 years.  He obviously had a ton of natural ability, but matched that with an inner drive to improve and excel, and he treated every training session and game with an absolute intensity that really propelled his development into a top, top player.  Sean was also a great kid and teammate.  We are all very, very proud of him and what he is accomplishing."

At U14, Sean, joined Pa Classic’s pre-academy program and was named to the Development Academy’s Under-17/18 East Conference Team for 2015-16. Steve Klein, Sean’s coach at PA Classics, describes him as a “very, very solid player who’s good with his feet and is a tenacious defender.”

Sean O’Hearn is one of the top 100 high school seniors in the country, and ranked as the 97th best prospect in the Class of 2017, according to College Soccer News’ recruiting experts. Sean said his ultimate goals are to have a successful collegiate career at Georgetown University, play in the MLS, and be part of the U.S. National Team. When asked what advice he’d give to young players just entering the world of club soccer, Sean replied, “If you really love the game, just work hard and good things will come. Soccer is my passion, and to me it’s always been easy to work hard, because I have always wanted to be the best that I can be.”