Competitive - Program Overview


Basic Stage – U10 to U12 years old

  • During this stage, the structure, but not the content of the training sessions will be similar to that of older players.  The main component of the training session will be technical.  The development of technique and basic tactical understanding is crucial during this stage.  A child’s ability to problem solve increases significantly during this stage, thus allowing the coach to implement basic and dynamic tactical scenarios during training sessions.  Coaches should be cautious about implementing too much physical demand on their players during this stage due to players being pre-pubescent.
     
  • During this stage players are grouped into a pool or individual teams.  In the pool system, a pool is composed of 16-30 players who train together, but compete as two/three teams within league play, thus allowing flexibility for player development and more games for the players.  While all players must be rostered on one team or the other, within the pool, most players will float between the two/three teams that their pool comprises.  Pools are typically staffed with two to three coaches who plan out the “floating” schedule prior to the season, with periodic opportunities to float for additional games as the schedule allows. 
     
  • Generally speaking, BNSC does not create Premier teams during this stage unless a collective group of players have proven they are technically, tactically, physically, and psychologically competent enough to compete in an environment where the demands of the game are higher.  At the discretion of the DOC, a team may be given the opportunity to form as a Premier team in order to continue their development at the proper rate.
     


Intermediate Stage – U13 to U14 years old

  • During this stage a players’ ability to understand the game continues to develop.  However, many players are limited by their physical size and the significant changes, which arise with the onset of puberty.  Coaches should be cautious to avoid overtraining.  Training sessions should be focused on the technical and tactical demands of the game as opposed the physical demands.  Tactical training begins to take on a bigger role during this stage.
     
  • During this stage players are grouped into individual teams, Premier & Developmental (if numbers permit).  Teams are composed of 13-22 players and are guaranteed one Team Coach.  Assistant coaches are dependent upon availability.  It is the responsibility of the Premier Team Head Coach and the Developmental Team Head Coach to collaborate with each other to ensure that all players are being developed properly. 

    Whenever possible, the Premier Team and Developmental team should train together or next to each other to ensure that all players are getting exposure to the Premier Team Head Coach.  Players from the Developmental team should be considered for inclusion in the Premier Team throughout the course of the season based upon an evaluation from the Team Coaches and the DOC.  

     

Advanced Stage – U15 to U18 years old

  • During this stage players have completed most of their physical and mental development.  All components of training can be combined and organized with the purpose of developing the highest potential of the player.  Physically, the player is ready to develop technique at high speed and this speed helps the player to react faster to tactical situations.  This stage is crucial for combining all the components of soccer in order to increase the players’ soccer knowledge.
     
  • During this stage players are grouped into individual teams, Premier & Developmental (if numbers permit).  Teams are composed of 13-22 players and are guaranteed one Team Coach.  Assistant coaches are dependent upon availability.  It is the responsibility of the Premier Team Head Coach and the Developmental Team Head Coach to collaborate with each other to ensure that all players are being developed properly.  Whenever possible, the Premier Team and Developmental team should train together or next to each other to ensure that all players are getting exposure to the Premier Team Head Coach.  Players from the Developmental team should be considered for inclusion in the Premier Team throughout the course of the season based upon an evaluation from the Team Coaches and the DOC.