U11 & U12 TRAVEL TEAMS
Since 1974 the Michigan Wolves have established a tradition of excellence in developing teams and players from across Michigan, and we continue to achieve that goal today. We accomplish that goal through everybody associated with the club living our clubs mission of 'preparing players for the next steps in soccer and in life' and exhibiting our core values of 'character, commitment and courage'.
We are more than just a soccer club, we are family!
At every age we strive to develop players who......
Work to improve
Own their development
Love the game
Value Character, Commitment and Courage
Excel & make a positive difference
At these specific age groups the players are in the 'training to train' phase of our curriculum. Our focus is on creating an enjoyable training environment that is developmentally focused and encourages players to work diligently, in training and games, in order to maximize their potential.
Each team trains twice per week during the fall, winter and spring seasons.
Training traditionally starts in the second week in August and runs through June. There is a break from training during thanksgiving and the winter holidays.
The U11 & U12 age groups play in the MSYSA Directors Academy or Western Suburban Soccer League (WSSL). Having different league options allows us to balance the level of competition for each team, which leads to more meaningful, developmentally appropriate games.
The Directors Academy is a state wide league and exposes our players to the most competitive clubs from around Michigan. Our top teams play in tier one of the league, which means travel could be state wide. Our other teams play in tier 2 or 3 will have more local travel.
WSSL is a more local league, which includes clubs and individual teams from in and around the western suburbs. Travel is less than in the Directors Academy.
The Michigan Wolves have arguably the best staff in the region. All our staff are licensed through US Soccer and the United Soccer Coaches organizations. For more information please check out the TEAMS page and COACHES bios.
The U11 & U12 Age Group Director is Paul Thomas. Paul have over 20 years of coaching experience at varying levels of soccer; college, semi-professional and different youth soccer clubs. He holds the US Soccer 'A' License, the United Soccer Coaches 'Premier' Diploma and US Youth Soccers 'National Youth' License. His bachelors degree was in Sports Science and Management. In addition to the Michigan Wolves, Paul works as an adjunct coach educator for US Soccer and Michigan State Youth Soccer Association.
The Wolves have arguably the best facilities in the state. Our teams primarily utilize the St. Joe’s Sports Dome and the lighted outdoor stadium field at Schoolcraft College.
Our teams play in tournaments both in Michigan and around the region. Our objective when choosing tournaments is to find events that will provide meaningful competitive games against competition we usually do not find in league play.
The short answer to this question is YES. This falls into two different categories; highly motivated players who want additional training opportunities and high performing players. When allocating extra training the club wants to make sure we are not exposing the players to overuse injuries and stay within a healthy number of training sessions per week
Highly motivated players who are seeking extra training opportunities will be provided with opportunities. The decision on which team to do extra training with should be between the coach and the parents. A unique schedule will then be provided.
High performing players within their own teams will be given opportunities to train and play with different teams within their own age group or the age group above. These decisions will be made in collaboration between the players head coach, the head coach of the proposed team and the age group director. This decision will only be made if it is in the best interests of the players development.
For more information please reach out to the age group director and / or your head coach.
AGE GROUP DIRECTOR
POOLS, TEAMS & COACHES
U11 - 2011 - Directors Academy Pool
Wolves '11 Academy - Shaun Gray
Wolves '11 Academy Black - Granit Caushaj
U11 - 2011 - WSSL Pool
Wolves '11 Pre-Academy - Joe Zawacki
U12 - 2010 - Directors Academy Pool
Wolves '10 Academy - Paul Thomas
Wolves '10 Academy Black - Jon Schack
Wolves '10 Academy Gold - Shaun Gray
Wolves '10 Pre-Academy - Matt Grodzicki
U12 - 2010 - WSSL Pool
Wolves '10 Pre-Academy White - Nick Atwood