The ACERS guiding philosophy is ‘Once an ACER, always an ACER’. Whether you’re here for one season or your entire youth career we expect to make our mark in your development that will always keep you thinking about the ‘Orange and Green’. Our commitment to teaching the fundamentals, striving for excellence in everything we do, and being part of something bigger than the individual player all contributes to the ACERS experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
The teams are broken down into two distinct categories. The first groups, the 10u, 12u, 14u levels, are focused on learning the game, fundamentals, discipline, team chemistry and having fun. As a general rule we want players to stay with their teams, focusing on the overall team experience. We feel at these ages that team cohesiveness enhances the learning the experience and leads to team longevity. Tournament play is concentrated in the NW region (See Team Guidelines and Expectations).
The second group, the 16u, 18u and 18u Gold programs, have the goal of developing teams to compete at the national level in order to showcase the individual athlete. Focus on individual development and fine-tuning the athlete’s skill set for collegiate play is at the forefront. Tournament play is focused on exposure, national and regional events.
We understand that not everything always runs according to plans. It’s important that we are flexible and accommodating to the goals and aspirations of our players. In the absence of clear direction we always seek a solution that puts the girls interest first.
The AFO is committed to this philosophy and will strive to fulfill its expectations to the best our ability.