"For the U12 and younger age groups, OBX Storm offers an academy program focused on individual skill and ball mastery in a pooled environment led by licensed coaches.  Now in our sixth year of operation, we invite players born between 2015 and 2011 to join the academy for the 2022/2023 Year.  This is the path for the development of the OBX Storm player and the formation of our travel teams".

Please read, print, and fill out the parent's guide and return this along with a copy of your child's birth certificate and a recent photo (no glasses or hats) to the academy director or your child's coach.  Completion of paperwork, assessment, and payment reserve your child's spot in the program.

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Philosophy:  The Storm Academy strives to develop players individually to their full potential by reducing the focus on team accolades.  We want to grow technically strong and creative players that possess a high motivation to improve.  We understand that this is the beginning of a journey. Winning is important but development is more important. We want our players to recognize that one must make mistakes and fail in order to get better.  The Storm Academy will give players the space to fail.  We strive for excellence and focus on task mastery.  The question that we will continue to ask ourselves for all those involved with the academy is “are we getting better”?

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Organization/Structure: All players regardless of age or level are carded by NCYSA as "U12 Academy".  In effect this is like a large team.  All players stay connected via two training sessions per week and our optional "Fun Friday" (if field space allows).  Teams for competition or "game teams" are formed within the academy.  The rosters for these teams may change as players develop.  

Coaches: Academy coaches are required to have a coaching license because it certifies a coach's ability to teach. Coaches are responsible for session planning, child development, motivation issues, age appropriate training, breaking down complex topics into simpler topics, and ensuring that training session is fun.  It takes good coaching to develop good players. Our coaches are constantly asking our players to “get better” therefore it makes sense to hold the same standard for the academy coaching staff. It is these standards that ensure a high-quality learning environment. Coaches will work with the director to develop the seasonal plan, set goals, and ensure that players are working toward completion of their current level of competency.

Assessment: There are no tryouts in the academy. Player’s interested in joining the academy must complete an "assessment". The ability to concentrate and focus along with a strong work ethic and high passion for the game is what we are looking for in players that we accept into the academy. 

Training: The majority of time spent with players is in a training session. Training is where players learn and improve….this is where they develop. Players will train with game teams twice per week.  Each game team session is structured in a progressive manner with the purpose of meeting a learning objective. Ball mastery will be a component of each session.  Training sessions must be FUN.  Players are invited to attend Fun Friday's which are led by a different coach each week and consists of a short technical exercise focused on the topic of the week followed by small sided games!  "Fun Friday" gives older and higher-level players an opportunity to mentor.  Players also enjoy small-sided games (3 v 3 or 4 v 4) where everyone is mixed up and playing for the majority of the time. 

Evaluation: Each player will receive an evaluation at the conclusion of the fall and spring seasons. These will be used to identify areas where improvement can be made as players graduate thru the academy. Evaluations will be used by coaches to improve individual development.

Games: We believe that a weekend game is the best way for players to showcase individual skills learned in training.  This is the best format for the team as a whole to execute the learning objectives from training that week.  We participate in TASL (league play) as well as NC Academy Festivals.  Tournaments are often a blur for players, coaches, and parents. The pressure to win three games in a row within 24 hours is high to ensure that the team gets to play in a fourth championship game. Weekly learning objectives are often thrown out the window in the heat of competition in this environment. Having said that, we do want Storm Academy players to experience tournaments because they can be a great deal of fun! Players gradually increase the number of tournaments that they play as they progress. 


Ages U7 U8 U9 U10 U11 U12
Fees $500 $500 $600 $700 $750 $750 


The Storm Academy does offer scholarships.  Please complete the scholarship application form below and submit this along with last year's tax return for scholarship consideration. 

Scholarship form in English  Scholarship form in Spanish

Time Commitment: The schedule below outlines the estimated time committment for players.  Training is twice a week for 1.5 hours with an optional 1.5 hour Fun Friday session each week.  HOME games are played at Nags Head Soccer Complex and most play dates include two games in one day and do not require an overnight stay.

Season Schedule:

Please refer to the Storm Academy Parent's Guide



A new uniform cycle will begin prior to the start of the 2022/23 year.  These uniforms will last at least 2 years. The complete kit will be available in the summer of 2022 for online purchase via soccer.com.


Sponsorship Opportunities:  If you or your business are interested in sponsorship opportunities please download the PDF below. We welcome partnership opportunities!

Storm Academy Sponsorship Opportunities



Steps To Enroll

1.  Download and read the Storm Academy Parent's Guide

2.  Print, Fill Out and Sign

3.  Make Copy of Player's Birth Certificate (a digital photo is also acceptable)

5.  Player Photo:  1" x 1" Color "Head Shot" (No Sunglasses or Hats).  Print on Photo Paper or Email to info@obxstorm.net.

6.  Pay Online or Write Check to "OBX STORM SOCCER"

7.  Contact your coach to select an available jersey number

8.  Gather All Paperwork (#2,#4, & #5) and Deliver to Coach

Copies of birth certificates are only required upon initial sign up.  They are held by the club as long as the player stays with the club.  Along with the fee all paperwork must be provided by the parent once a year.  

FAQs:  Frequently asked questions can be found in the Parent's Guide above.

Kids should be allowed to play. They learn the most from their own mistakes, so give them the space to make mistakes.

Johan Cruyff