Commonwealth SC’s approach to age group development

IMG_8167From an age group development perspective, looking at kids across an age group, having a consistent soccer training and development philosophy, and thinking about things other than a single team is very foreign to Central Kentucky soccer in most cases, but we believe our approach is the best way to grow better soccer players, coaches and staff.

How it works
  • We will have an age group director for every age group and a trainer assigned for each extra team in the age group.  The vernacular is changing, the core experience should be similar, but there will be large opportunities for growth in our kids and the club.
  • Top teams will be coached by the age group director and lower teams will be coached by the trainer, under the supervision of the age group director. Both teams will train on the same field, not necessarily together, but near each other where possible.  Top level teams may have higher level training needs than blue teams, but both teams may warm up the same way or do the same conditioning — as an example — then split up for their team training.
  • The age group director will be in regular communication with the trainer to understand how the lower/higher teams are progressing and may even attend and/or coach blue games from time to time. If blue team players are progressing quickly, they may be asked to train/play with the top team.  Likewise if top team players are struggling, they may be asked to play with the lower team while they rebuild confidence, work on skills and need more game minutes to do so.

This approach demonstrates our commitment to building a more competitive environment at CSC and the belief that club-wide growth begins with evaluating players as an age group…not just as a single team.

 

We are one club.

 

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