Developmental Program - A Stepping Stone to Jr Division
What is Developmental and How Does it Work?
The Developmental Program was designed to challenge and better prepare those players ages 7 to 8 years old for the next level of soccer. In effect we are tiering this group to train together and play against other Clubs with the focus on developing players for the older age groups. Our basic philosophy is that focusing on individual player development with fundamental ball skills, realistic and fair game time and developing players in all areas of the field should be the overriding factors at this age.
The Developmental approach places the emphasis on the player and their individual development and not that of the team. The main focus is technical development without the pressure of short-term, result oriented games.
What We Want To Do
We want to develop a pool of players for the 7U group rather than teams at each age group.
At the 8U age, we will start to tier the pool of players into more of a team focus. However, all players in the pool are still being developed.
The end goal will be to ensure that as we move towards 11v11 we have
a big enough talent pool to create at least one team in each age division.
To ensure the Developmental process works from week to week the
Coaching Directors will meet with the Coaches and Trainers to pick the teams for the following weekend based on the teams we will be
The Developmental Program is intended to enhance development by providing professional coaching to young soccer players who have already showed signs of being ready for a higher level of play. The program is geared towards the individual player’s skill and technique. Team results are secondary at this young age and will not be a priority.
Developmental group goals are to help the young individual player learn and refine the basic techniques of the game and then adding and introducing advanced skills when the players show they are ready.
Training the players as a pool eradicates from the very start any issues on who is playing on the A or B team, Premier or Elite, etc. This approach helps to foster and grow a wider group of players and recognizes players can develop at different rates over a season. This also allows for early and late developers in an environment that focuses on player development as the goal. Training includes:
Individual ball oriented, technical training including dribbling, running with the ball, feints, escaping from defenders and ball striking.
The development of teaching roles/shape and not positions.
Teaching small groups to keep possession of the ball with the use of individual skill as well as passing and movement.
The introduction of passing and receiving with both feet leading to increase in speed of play.
The main objective of Developmental is to provide a program that develops talented young players in an environment where the focus is NOT on results of the team but instead on results of the player.