Florida Elite Soccer Academy (formerly Jax Youth Soccer Club)

0.50 (2 reviews)
11950 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL, United States

JYSC’s Camps are designed to improve your child’s individual soccer skills, their ability to play within a team and their love for the game. Players are grouped by age, gender and skill level. Levels range from beginner to advanced. Coaching is geared towards improving individual technique/skills as well as a sense of a team within a group. Focus on fundamentals of the game in addition to physical fitness components such as: agility, coordination, speed, power, balance, cardio respiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance.

  • Concerned parent reviewed 3 years ago
  • last edited 2 years ago

Extremely disorganized club and will do and undo as they please, even if they have to lie to your face, as long as they can take your money, with a smile.
If you don’t mind dishing out money for this expensive “daycare/social club/clique”, where “technical training” consists of unsupervised, uncoached scrimmages, by all means sign up with them, but if you’re serious and looking to develop your children in the sport of soccer, then this is not the club for you.
Voice of experience here….good riddance!

Half a star is too high of a rating with all the money I wasted!

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Not for young children

I enrolled my 6 year old son in Florida Elite Soccer Academy’s Summer Camp Program for two weeks in July. The camp ran from 9 am to noon and cost $300.

We were told to return to pick up our children by noon. When I returned to pick up my child at 11:55 am, I observed all the children, whether accompanied by their parents or alone, being released by the coaches off the field and into the parking lot where many cars were parking, as I was. Fortunately, I saw my son before he wandered into traffic and was able to get his attention through my car window to remain where he was.

I emailed Florida Elite Soccer Academy because there is no phone number on their website. Children as young as 3 years old also attend this Summer Camp Program. No one replied to my email. Only after making a personal trip to their trailer office in the Chuck Rogers Park off San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin was I able to communicate with the Executive Director about Florida Elite Soccer Academy about the dangerous release of young children alone and unattended.

Later, the Executive Director confirmed that my email, though received and read, was ignored. He agreed to issue a refund. Nearly two months later, the credit has yet to be refunded. In the meantime, accepting their apology and giving Florida Elite Soccer Academy the benefit of a doubt, I enrolled my son in the Fall 2016 Soccer League and paid $110 in registration fees and $81 for the required uniform.

On the day of the first game, the Coach simply failed to show up. A parent stepped in and coached so the kids could at least play their first game. The referee refused to ref the game in the absence of the coach and an official roster.

The game was played with the coach of the other team simultaneously coaching his team and refereeing the game. Needless to say, it was a debacle, the substance of which was relayed to the President of Florida Elite Soccer Academy, Steve Mail.

Mr. Mail responded to me in a dismissive, condescending, and patronizing manner stating “These are all volunteer coaches. You should be happy there is someone who is willing to coach your son at all.” Mr. Mail also engaged in sophomoric, ad hominem attacks in an effort to denigrate me, that I am a woman and my profession. His message was this: “We are an all-volunteer organization. You are not entitled to anything and lucky to get what you did.”

Mr. Mail dismissed the fact that I had paid $541 for this “all volunteer” league thus far.

Despite Mr. Mail’s “Aw Shucks Mom & Pop” routine, the 2015 IRS Tax Return for Florida Elite Soccer Academy is required to make public as a 501(c)(3) “non profit” shows Florida Elite Soccer Academy now brings in $1.16 MILLION in annual income, primarily through program revenue…. that is, from people like me who, according to Mr. Mail, do not deserve a modicum of professionalism or respect.


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