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May, 2019


One of the things that spreads thicker than the August smoke in Sandpoint is the local gossip. Yes, I went there, so now it’s time to answer some of the gossip that I hear about the Next Level Academy!

But before we get into the answer portion of this article, I think it’s important that we remain authentic when it comes to delivering the information that you desire. 

You can find Next Level Academy on all social media platforms! Click on the links below: 

Next Level on Facebook
Next Level on Twitter
Next Level on Instagram

Now let’s get to the TRUTH!

Next Level Academy IS NOT a third football league in Sandpoint. This is important to know and it’s important for us to help you understand how NLA came into existence. 

Next Level Academy has partnered with the YMCA to allow us to use their services. This is the very reason why we are NOT considered a third football league. This mutual partnership has given the YMCA an opportunity to continue football through their facilities and it has given our program the opportunity to guarantee options that the SAFL (Sandpoint Affordable Football League) does not have:

  • 12 month youth sports academy that gives all athletes the opportunity to practice their skills for 12 months.
  • 8 game scheduling, including playoffs - all games on Saturday. With 4 guaranteed home games in Sandpoint.
  • Practice and game day fields
  • WIAA referees and field monitors at every game

Guaranteed scheduling, authentic football games and certified WIAA refs is what helped us to solidify our partnership with the Y and deliver a NEXT LEVEL football experience.

As a parent, you should expect MORE and you’ll get MORE. 
While it’s nice to have jerseys that kids can take home and along with a few practices and games, we’ve decided that we will be an academy that over delivers.

You know that old saying: Under promise, over deliver? Next Level’s mantra is completely different. We over promise and over deliver. 

We want our young athletes to have the overall experience that every youth athlete deserves. Each young athlete gets:

  • A chance to shine. Each athlete will be NLA athlete of the day/week/month along with showcasing their highlights.
  • A chance to be part of the pregame and post game interviews and weekly shows.
  • A chance to show how they create success OFF the field. This includes any accolades received in school, in other sports, at home, in the community, etc.
  • High level coaching. We aren’t just hiring parents who have played or know the game. We’re looking for coaches who will grow our program by coaching for the sole purpose to advance our athletes physically, mentally and emotionally. 
  • Structured programs that put athletes and coaches in the right spots to achieve the highest level of success.
  • Highest rated safety equipment. New helmets (Riddell SpeedFlex), shoulder pads and equipment that will be quality tested by the Y every two years. Sandpoint check-in, check-out process with ALL EQUIPMENT. 
  • Certified WIAA officials and field monitors to keep the patrons and participants safe ON the field. 
  • Working with SHS head coach Ryan Knowles to bring SHS concepts and techniques to NLA. 

We over deliver for the parents as well. One of the most frustrating things for me as a parent of the SAFL was the poor communication when it came to game day, practice and community events. 

Parents should expect a NEXT LEVEL experience in the following areas:

  • The newest information to be communicated to parents through the Team App for Next Level Academy. If we think we’re going to put on an event for a specific day(s), you will hear about it through the team app long before it hits social media. Parents are busy and have many events to attend. We don’t play around with letting our parents know when events will happen.
  • Complete details on every event. No surprises. 
  • Information posted on multiple social media platforms everyday. Even if you should miss it through the team app, we’re on all social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and Periscope.
  • Daily articles posted on website to keep you constantly updated. 

We take extreme pride in our product. Branding is essential when it comes to standing out and not blending in with other programs. We have a professional branding and social media strategy that helps our parents understand what Next Level Academy provides to our young athletes. 

We want our parents in the surrounding areas to know about us before they trust us with their young athletes. It’s essential for parents to know all the information up front and to know what kind of experience their kids will have when they come to Next Level Academy.

We are unlike anything in Sandpoint, Idaho USA. We are new but like any start up, it takes time to grow. We believe there’s LOTS of untapped potential in Sandpoint. We’ve spoken to many young athletes from grade school to high school that aren’t staying in Sandpoint because there isn’t enough programs that provide 12 month programs like we do. 

There’s a huge need for this. If you build it, they will come. We’ve built it, they’re coming. Will you? Are you ready to take your young athlete to the NEXT LEVEL? 




Next Level Academy
217 Cedar St., #143
Sandpoint, Idaho 83864

Phone: 208-304-4333
Email: [email protected]
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