Q. What is the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?
A. The Houston Dynamo Academy is the professional youth academy of the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. The Houston Dynamo Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program is designed to bring an elite level development program and pathway to young players throughout Greater Houston.
“We believe strongly in the potential of the young players throughout Houston. In coordination with the Dynamo / Dash Youth Soccer Club, our partners in development, we wanted to develop a program that truly put player development and learning as the top priority. The Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program will be a transformational program for both player and coach development.”
“Houston’s large geographic size and population requires us to provide logistical solutions for families of young, motivated players. In the model of other top professional academies around the world, geographic training and development centers will help greatly reduce travel time and expense for our families. It would provide a capacity for motivated and talented players to experience an elite and professional player pathway through a team of coaching staff with a proven development curriculum and programming. We couldn’t be more excited for the program.” Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo, Academy Director.
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“The development of the Catalyst Program is fundamental to our mission at the Houston Dynamo / Dash Youth Soccer Club. We believe in creating a true pathway from the grassroots to the professional game. This program will provide players from all over Houston an unparalleled level of opportunities! The Catalyst Program clearly demonstrates the level of collaboration between our Development Academy programs for the betterment of the game in Houston. Last week both academies had two players, Cesar Cordova (Pictured aboved; Humble, TX) and Hans Leza (Houston, TX) represent our country and city with the U-15 United States Youth National Team. This program will be the first step for the next generation!” Dave Dengerink, Dynamo Dash Youth Academy Director.
"We are extremely proud of the relationship that we’ve built with the Dynamo/Dash Youth club – and are both committed to working together to grow the game in our community. The Catalyst Program is one of many initiatives we’ve partnered on – and we look forward to collaborating with DDY on many other initiatives in the coming years.” John Walker, Houston Dynamo and Houston Dash – President of Business Operations.
Q. What are the age-categories of the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?
The Foundation Phase is an important “golden age” of learning and the largest developmental phase in youth soccer. There are three age-categories in the Foundation Phase: U10, U11 , U12.
Q. How will players be selected for the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?
"The expansion of the Houston Dynamo Academy to north Houston is a terrific development for our club and city. By enhancing the technical relationship between the Houston Dynamo Academy and the Dynamo | Dash Youth we will be able to work and collaborate together on a day to day basis to better identify, develop and promote the most motivated and talented young players. We are thrilled to work with our colleagues at Dynamo | Dash Youth and Total Football Club to continue to grow the game across Houston and we look forward to starting in August." Justin Neese, Houston Dynamo Foundation Director.
Q. Where will the Houston Dynamo - Academy Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program Campuses be located in Houston and when will they start?
There are currently five Catalyst Foundation Phase campuses and we plan to expand to West Houston (Katy) and Southeast Houston in 2020.
Concordia Lutheran High School (700 E. Main, Tomball, 77375)
Bear Branch Soccer Complex (5205 Research Forest Dr. The Woodlands, Texas, 77381)
Hickory Slough Sportsplex (7600 Hughes Ranch Rd., Pearland, Tx 77581)
Dalecrest Fields (9500 Dalecrest Dr, Houston, TX 77080)
West: Memorial Hermann Sports Park (23900 Katy Fwy. Katy, Tx. 77493)
New Dynamo Catalyst Foundation campus coming to Katy.
"Having a Catalyst Program campus in Katy will provide the opportunity for local players to experience the elite programming provided by the Houston Dynamo Academy. We aim to attract the most motivated and talented young players in our area and to help them develop and maximize their abilities. This is a huge first step in expanding a full development pathway to professional soccer through Dynamo Dash Youth and the Houston Dynamo Academy in Katy and we are looking forward to the Talent Identification nights and working with the motivated and talented U10, U11, and U12 players in Katy and building the Dynamo Catalyst teams for the 2020/2021 soccer year." Radojica Ristic, Director- Dynamo Dash Youth West
Q. What are the team and training fee costs associated with the program?
Each Foundation Phase Campus operates under a similar registration model to keep fees low. There will also be opportunities for need-based scholarships.
Q. What league will this program compete in?
Q. Who will be staffing the Programs?
Justin Neese (Dynamo Academy Foundation Director) and Paul Holocher will oversee the program along with an excellent staff, 'team of coaches' including Tanner Chassman (Dynamo Academy Skills Coach) along with Cesar Gutierrez, Carl Fleming, Darron Rush, Rodolfo Castilla, John Shannon, Radojica Ristic, Alan Cuevas & Carlos Recinos
Q. What are the Key Learning Objectives for the Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?
Q. What are the benefits of the Houston Dynamo Foundation Phase - Catalyst Program?
Q. How often will players train at the Foundation Phase Campus?
Q. How much interaction will there be between the Foundation Phase Campuses?
If you have any further questions about this new and exciting program, please contact the following Academy Directors:
Paul Holocher, Houston Dynamo Academy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Justin Neese, Foundation Director, Houston Dynamo Academy at email@example.com
Dave Dengerink, Houston Dynamo | Dash Academy Director at firstname.lastname@example.org