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Are there opportunities for development while my child plays rec soccer?

For many players, the joy of playing soccer with their friends and classmates is enough. However, there are lots of players who are looking for more – learning new skills, tactical instruction, assistance with proper technique, or a structured environment that is challenging. Depending on the age of the player, there are several different opportunities for parents and players to join in addition to their recreational teams.

BRSC Academy
The Academy program is for parents and players who are looking for more frequent training opportunities in an environment that are focused on player development. The Academy Program is available at the Burbank (ages 5-12), Central (ages 8-15), and Zachary campuses (ages 8-15).
Players train under the direction of BRSC Staff coaches to learn the five pillars of the game: Technical, Tactical (Principles of Play), Physical, Psychological, and Social. Players are loosely placed into player pools based on age and skill level to create a challenging environment for each player.

BRSC Jr. Competitive
The BRSC U10/U11 Junior Competitive Program introduces players to the competitive program. Players train twice a week under the direction of professional, certified staff coaches. Training sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday evenings with limited local travel for games on the weekends.

BRSC Rec Plus
The Rec Plus program allows players to train with the BRSC Academy Program or the BRSC Junior Competitive Program at the Burbank Campus. This program allows players to attend their choice of one or two training sessions. It’s perfect for players with busy schedules or who wish to pick up an extra training session. Players in the Rec Plus program do not participate in games.

For players in middle school and above, BRSC offers seasonal programs such as the BRSC High School Training Program and Partners in Development.

Most of all, we recommend that all players find time to get touches on the ball outside of structured training sessions. These opportunities allow players to freely explore their creativity and focus on skills that most interest them. For younger players, we encourage parents to actively participate in free play and always offer positive feedback and positive reinforcement. Focus more on ball manipulation instead of kicking a ball into a net. The book “Soccer Starts at Home” by Tom Byer is a must-read for any soccer parent.

BRSC Academy – Spring Season

Registration for the Spring Academy season for the Burbank, Central, and Zachary Campuses is now open!

The BRSC Academy program is a way for players to receive high-level coaching free from the stress of playing to win. We want players to improve technically and use creativity and improvisation to guide their way through the game. This helps build the foundation of confident, creative players who are prepared to advance into a competitive atmosphere upon completion of the program.

The BRSC Academy Program is open to U6 to U14 boys and girls  (2017-2009 birth years).

BRSC’s Zachary and Central Academy programs are open to boys and girls nine to thirteen years old. Registration for these programs is coming soon.

The cost is $350/player for an 11-week season. Players train three days a week at Burbank (with playdates for select age groups) and twice a week at the Central and Zachary Campuses.

To learn more about the Academy Program, view our open house video.

Spring Academy Schedule

BURBANK: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday | 5:15 – 6:30 pm | Burbank Fields #23 & 24

CENTRAL: Thursday and Friday | 5:00 – 6:30 pm | Lovett Rd. Park | March 2nd Start Date

ZACHARY: Tuesday and Thursday | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Flanacher Rd. Park #4 | February 28th Start Date


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

Player Kit: Academy players train in an all-black kit that can be purchased at Third Coast Soccer on Perkins. All players will wear the kit for training and competitions. It is advised that you purchase more than one jersey.

Please contact Academy Director Andy Smothermon with questions.





Benefits of BRSC Academy

Would you like for your child to be a more confident player? The purpose of the BRSC Academy program is to free players from the stress of playing to win. We want players to improve technically and use creativity and improvisation to guide their way through the game.

Touches on the ball are a critical component of player development. Our professional coaches build each session to help develop each child’s confidence with the ball. While teams work on overall team development, the Academy focuses specifically on the player and ways to improve his or her skills.

The cost is $350/player for an 11 week season. Players train three days a week with playdates for the older age groups.

The Burbank Program is open to boys and girls five to sixteen years old. BRSC’s new Zachary Academy program is open to boys and girls eight to fourteen years old. Register here for Burbank Academy and here for Zachary Academy.


Fall 2021 Timeline:

Week 1- August 31-Sept. 2
Week 2- September 7-9
Week 3- September 14-16
Week 4- September 21-23
Week 5- September 28-30
Week 6- October 5-7
Week 7- October 12-14
Week 8- October 19-21
Week 9- October 26-28
Week 10- November 2-4
Week 11- November 9-11

BRSC Academy Open House & Free Clinic

Academy Open House

Would you like to see more confidence and creativity in your child? Try the BRSC Academy program. Saturday, April 8th, from 3 – 4 p.m. at Burbank Field  #20, we will hold a FREE BRSC Academy Open House for boys and girls ages 5 to 9. Professional BRSC coaches will conduct a sample Academy session for parents and players to see the difference it can make in your child’s game. Staff will be available to explain the Academy Program and answer your questions. Feel free to invite your friends and classmates.

Please mark your status on our Facebook Event Page.

Helpful links about BRSC Academy

What is BRSC Academy

Benefits of BRSC Academy

BRSC Introduces Academy Program to Zachary

BRSC Academy in Zachary

Due to the growth of our Zachary campus and requests of the community, BRSC will introduce the Academy program to Flanacher Road Park for the Spring 2020 season.

BRSC Academy is for the players and parents who are looking for a structured training and game environment focused around player development.

Baton Rouge Soccer Club Executive Director Louie Smothermon is excited about the opportunity to implement a proven program for player development at a third BRSC campus. “We are incredibly pleased with the growth of our Zachary campus and feel the addition of the Academy program to Flanacher Road Park is the next logical step for the growth of soccer in Zachary.”

The Zachary program is open to boys and girls ages 9-13. BRSC conducts each session with professional Academy Coaches who follow the Academy Pathway and Curriculum.

The season will begin on February 3, 2020, and will consist of three sessions per week for ten weeks. Training will take place Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6 – 7:30 pm at Flanacher Road Park. Two days per week will focus on individual skill development and one day on small-sided games.

Players will need to purchase the Academy uniform from Third Coast Soccer. Due to the frequency of training, we advise parents to buy more than one jersey.

Parents interested in learning more about the Academy Program can visit the BRSC Academy Overview. Registration is currently open for all  Academy programming at Burbank, Independence, and Zachary through Blue Sombrero.