ABOUT BRSC ACADEMY

BRSC Academy is for the players and parents who are looking for a structured environment focused around player development. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5 - 9. All sessions are conducted by professional Academy Coaches who follow the Academy Pathway and Curriculum.

BRSC Academy creates an emotionally healthy and physically challenging atmosphere embodied by favorable sportsmanship and athletic activity.

We believe that each of our players is unique, and we set individual goals and objectives for each of them. We demand commitment, hard work, integrity, and personal responsibility. Through the development of skills, principles of play, and teamwork, we intend to experience the joy of learning and working together.

In the BRSC Academy program, we measure achievement not in terms of win/loss record, but through individual growth and personal bests. Character development is our most important goal.

The cost of the BRSC Academy is $350/season, with three practices per week. BRSC winter Academy is $250/season for two practices per session. Players who register for the full year receive a $50 discount.  Academy players train in an all-black kit, which is available at Third Coast Soccer on Perkins. All players will wear the all-black, Academy uniform for training and competitions. Due to the frequency of training, we strongly advise you to purchase more than one jersey. BRSC Academy is available at the Burbank Soccer Complex and Independence Park campuses.

For additional information, please contact the Academy Director, Andy Smothermon or the Academy Administrator, Angie Mitchell or contact the office at 225.924.2157.

ACADEMY SEASON TIMELINE

Burbank and Independence Park campuses

Fall 2019 Timeline:
Week 1 - August 19 - 22
Week 2 - August 26 - 29
Week 3 - September 2 - 5
Week 4 - September 9 - 12
Week 5 - September 16 - 19
Week 6 - September 23 - 26
Week 7 - September 30 - October 3
Week 8 - October 7 - 10
Week 9 - October 14 - 17
Week 10 - October 21 - 24
Week 11 - October 28 - 30

Winter 2019-20 Timeline:
(Burbank Campus Only)
Week 1 - December 2 - 5
Week 2 - December 9 - 12
Week 3 - December 16 - 19
Week 4 - January 6 - 9
Week 5 - January 13 - 16
Week 6 - January 20 - 23
Week 7 - January 27 - 30

Spring 2020 Timeline:
Week 1 - February 10 - 13
Week 2 - February 17 - 20
Week 3 - March 2 - 5
Week 4 - March 9 - 12
Week 5 - March 16 - 19
Week 6 - March 23 - 26
Week 7 - March 30 - April 2
Week 8 - April 6 - 9
Week 9 - April 13 - 16
Week 10 - April 20 - 23
Week 11 - April 27 - 30

BRSC ACADEMY TRAINING FORMAT

Players are loosely divided by birth year for training day allocation.  Within each age group, the players will be divided into training "pools" based on numerous factors. Our coaches adhere to a strict coaching paradigm created so that every child, regardless of ability, is facing an appropriate level of challenge. Each season's training format will begin with 3 weeks of training in technical stations, followed by 3 weeks of a whole-part-whole method, 4 weeks of Academy Session, and 2 weeks of “let them play” SSG’s.

All Intra-Squad Games (ISG) are small-sided games and are played on Wednesday's 5:15-6:30 pm. Small-sided games allow our staff the ability to manipulate the number of players, size of the field, and conditions/restrictions of the games in order to highlight the Principles of Play that we want to focus on at that time.

BRSC Academy

Play Days/Festival (U9 - 2010 birth year) are a collaborative effort with nearby soccer clubs in order to bring local Academy type programs together for competition. We use these play days as a stepping stone for the U10 program. Festivals are informal tournament play. All games will be round-robin play with no playoffs.

"THE ACADEMY PROGRAM WORKS. IF YOUR CHILD LOVES TO PLAY AS MUCH AS MY CHILDREN DO, THEY WILL BENEFIT FROM THE TRAINING FROM PROFESSIONAL BRSC COACHES. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!"

-BRSC Academy Parent

BRSC ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT APPROACH

The scope of our development will be to educate and challenge our athletes within the five pillars of the game: Technical, Tactical (Principles of Play), Physical, Psychological, and Social. We have designed a Player Pathway, which is organized specifically for each age group and gender.

This pathway will help our professional coaching staff implement our curriculum. Our goal is to develop technically gifted athletes who will use creativity and improvisation to guide their way through the beautiful game.

There will be three main areas of our coaching paradigm.

1. Technique - We craft creative repetitive exercises that cultivate technical proficiency.
2. Kinesthetic Awareness - breaking down complex mechanical movements of the human body in a multidirectional plane to ensure injury prevention and maximize physical potential.
3. Information Overload - utilize exercises that develop quick and accurate decision making in highly pressurized situations.

Upon completion of the BRSC Academy, players are prepared to advance to the rigors of the BRSC Competitive program.