Spring Academy

The program has been a resounding success each spring, in which 100 plus players have traditionally received training in a quality and demanding environment.  Be sure to take part in this program if you are interested in playing and training in a lively, competitive and intense environment!


The goal for the program is to elevate the level of play available to the players in our community, as well as raise the level of education for the parents and families with respect to the opportunities for hard working and talented young soccer players. The program enables all ages of players and mixed genders to develop and foster healthy relationships within the academy, extending to the community through the game of soccer. Shel has spent the past twenty years training and developing young soccer players who have moved on to enjoy success playing at the collegiate level in both the US and Canada. He has also trained and developed players who have gone on to play at the professional level, as well as selection to the provincial programs and youth national team program.


This program is a movement away from the traditional club-model in which players are defined by age groups.  Age groups will be a starting point, but it is essential that players and families understand this is a skill-based program.  Boys and girls will be encouraged to train and play together.  Considerations will be attended to regarding physical and mental abilities of the participants with respect to selecting the appropriate training group. Assessment will be an ongoing process and adjustments will be made accordingly.


  • Three sessions weekly (Two midweek and one weekend date)
  • Training sessions are 90 minutes each
  • Saturdays are games days. We will mix all the players together and play 7-aside in the specified timeslot
  • Technical and tactical training to prepare the individuals and teams to play at a high level
  • Specialized goalkeeper training will be provided in addition to team training
  • Guest Coaches


The fee for the program is $500.00 and includes academy clothing  (two training shirts, shorts and socks).



There will be two levels of goalkeeper development training for the spring academy. The focus of the program will be to provide an optimal learning environment for goalkeepers to develop their skills of the position. The intermediate level will be for goalkeepers between the ages of 12-14 which will focus on the basic skill and technical development. The advanced goalkeeper program (15+) is for goalkeepers who have already demonstrated the basic skill and technical requirements to a consistent standard for a minimum of three years. However, exceptions can be made to this guideline. Other factors such as the mentality, physical strength, as well as general technical and tactical awareness will be considered when placing a goalkeeper in a respective group. Most importantly, all goalkeepers will receive a positive experience in a rewarding environment.

The program will have a well-rounded approach that includes instruction on the technical elements of playing the goalkeeper position as well as a focus on the development of the tactical awareness required to excel within the game. The technical aspects of the program will work on areas such as footwork and handling, shot stopping, distribution, taking crossed balls, and 1 v 1 situations. Classroom sessions on the tactical aspects of the goalkeeping position will allow goalkeepers to develop the more cerebral parts of their ability to read the game and position themselves on the field. In addition, a detailed approach on the mental performance aspect of playing the position will be covered during the program for all goalkeepers. The mental performance component of the goalkeeper program will provide the goalkeepers with essential skills required to move forward in their development. For the mental performance component, goalkeepers will set goals for targets they wish to achieve over the course of the spring academy. Workshops on mental skills such as developing and maintaining confidence, using visualization, eliminating distractions, controlling emotions, rehabbing injuries and preparing for games will be covered . Guest coaches will be present for select training sessions during the program.

Mentor Coaching

The benefit for the community based development model promoted by Shel Brodsgaard and the RIPTIDE Academy is that future coaches come from within the program.  We have been lucky to enjoy the benefit of many excellent mentor coaches from within the academy who became an inspirational part of the learning process for the younger players. Positive relationships are developed between age groups and gender with the added benefit of utilizing the older players as mentor coaches. Suitable applicants include players who have a passion for the game and display a natural tendency for working with youth. Suitable candidates will possess some or all of the following qualities:

  • Motivated
  • Positive
  • Kind
  • Leader
  • Caring
  • Role Model


Shel Brodsgaard will be the head coach and director for the program. Ash Mohtadi, Stephen Hall, Shawn Fiddick will be the technical leads, plus Riley Murray (on the weekends) a host of mentors from the Riptide Program.


Program Start Date: Tuesday, April 9th. Program End Date: Thursday, June 13. Please note, there will be no training on the Easter Weekend or Victoria Day Weekend.