ABOUT BRSC ACADEMY
BRSC Academy is for the players and parents who are looking for a structured environment focused on player development. The program is open to boys and girls ages 5 - 12 (U5 - U13) at the Burbank Campus. Boys and girls ages 8 - 15 can attend the Academy program at Lovett Rd Park in Central or Flanacher Road Park in Zachary. BRSC conducts each session with 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. If you have questions about BRSC Academy, view our FAQ section or email Andy Smothermon. To see how BRSC Academy compares to other programs, visit our Program Comparison page.
The cost of the BRSC Academy is $350/per season, with three practices per week. BRSC winter and summer Academy is $250/season for two practices per session. Burbank and Zachary 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 practice, we strongly advise you to purchase more than one jersey. BRSC Academy is available at the Burbank Soccer Complex, Zachary at Flanacher Rd. Park and in Central at Lovett Rd, Park.
Tues.- Thurs. 5:15 - 6:30 pm
OLOL Fields at Burbank Soccer Park #23
Ages 4 -13
Thurs. and Fri. 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Lovett Rd. Park
Ages 8 - 15
Tues. and Fri. 5:30 - 7:00 pm
Flanacher Rd. Park #4
Ages 8 - 15
ACADEMY SEASON TIMELINE
Spring Burbank 2023 Timeline:
Week 1- January 31-February 2
Week 2- February 7-9
Week 3- February 14-16
Week 4- February 23 (Off Mardi Gras Day- Feb. 21)
Week 5- February 28- March 2
Week 6- March 7-9
Week 7- March 14-16
Week 8- March 21-23
Week 9- March 28-30
Week 10- April 4-6
Spring Zachary & Central 2023 Timeline:
Zachary: February 28th Start Date
Central: March 2nd Start Date
- Black Academy kit for training days and games day (can be purchased at Third Coast Soccer Store)
- Soccer ball
- Water bottle
- Shin guards
- Sunscreen or bug spray (if needed)
BRSC ACADEMY TRAINING FORMAT
Players are loosely divided by birth year for training day allocation. Within each age group, BRSC coaches divide players 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 three weeks of training in technical stations, followed by three weeks of a whole-part-whole method, four weeks of Academy Session, and two weeks of "let them play" SSG's.
All Intra-Squad Games (ISG) are small-sided games. The date and times of ISGs vary by campus.
- Burbank Academy: Wednesdays from 5:15 to 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 to highlight the Principles of Play that we want to focus on at that time.
Play Days/Festivals (U9 - 2011 birth year) are a collaborative effort with nearby soccer clubs 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 with round-robin play and no playoffs.
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 ready to advance to the rigors of the BRSC Competitive program.
Soccer's Academy program is unlike anything you may experience in other youth spots. It's understandable to have questions. Here are a few of the common questions we receive about the BRSC Academy. Click the questions below to view a drop down with the answer. Contact Academy Director Andy Smothermon with any questions you do not see listed below.