U10 JUNIOR COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

The BRSC U10 Junior Competitive Program introduces players to the competitive program. The purpose of the program focuses on player development, not team development. This low-stress approach allows players to explore the depths of their creativity without the stress of wins & loses. Players will participate in in-house play dates, festivals, tournaments, and in the Open Cup Tournament to finish the season. Players train twice a week and are loosely placed in pools to help maximize development.

The program focuses on a developmentally appropriate curriculum, which includes technique, technical speed, tactical application of technique, and principals of play. The fall season runs August through early November. The spring season starts in late January and concludes in April.

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WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT BRSC’S U10 JR. COMPETITIVE PROGRAM

"I give my full endorsement to the move towards a more developmental method of training for younger players and moving away from the competitive model, which is now in place in Louisiana. The ages of 8-12 are key years in the development of soccer players. When the child gets older, it is the technical ability combined with soccer IQ and fitness, which inevitably determines the game-winner. If a child has no background in technical development, they will not be able to contribute at the next level as they get older. I fully support and endorse this movement to bring a more technical developmental approach to youth soccer in Louisiana. It is essential if we want to see Louisiana produce better-prepared soccer players to play at the higher levels of the game in the future."

Kevin Sherry | Head Coach, Louisiana Tech Women's Soccer

"I support this player development model because it creates an effective environment to grow soccer players the right way. The goal for all young players should be to fall in love with the game and build core soccer fundamentals. This model provides players the opportunity to accomplish this goal. It also prepares them to reach their full potential without an overbearing concern on wins and losses. I think this approach is the best way to develop successful players at the club, college and professional level."

Patrick Mullins | Forward, New York City Football Club, MLS; 2-Time Hermann Trophy Award Winner

“The U10 program at BRSC was a wonderful experience for both of my children (Abby 10, Aidan 11). The individual player development curriculum taught my kids new skills while refining those they already possessed in an environment that helped grow their love of the game. The new cooperative match play weekends plan with Mandeville & Lafayette will eliminate inconvenient trips to North Louisiana without losing any quality of play opportunities. I continue to be ecstatic with the quality service our home town club provides and take pride in Aidan & Abby being part of the BRSC family.”

Brian Lee | Head Coach, LSU Women’s Soccer

U10 CLUB PARTNERSHIP

Three of the largest clubs in Louisiana have partnered to create a better developmental environment for the state’s Under-10 players. The Baton Rouge Soccer Club (BRSC), Cajun Soccer Club (CSC), and Mandeville Soccer Club (MSC) have committed to taking an individual-player-developmental focus as opposed to a results-based focus. These clubs will have their U-10 players train in pools instead of separate teams. These pools will then play in in-house play dates, play dates between the three clubs, and U10 Festivals organized by BRSC, CSC, and MSC. The U-10 teams will not compete in the Louisiana Competitive Soccer League (LCSL) but will receive the same level of coaching and a better developmental experience. By removing the need to win games, coaches and players can focus on developmentally appropriate training and decisions in games. These changes have come about from joint discussions and collaboration between the leadership of all three clubs.

Best practices and research on youth development shows that pool training can have significant benefits for players. This method allows for less pressure to win games and more freedom to allow children to develop soccer skills and knowledge appropriately. Many international clubs have used this framework for years, and it has seen them produce numerous high-level players.

Hosting in-house play dates, play dates between the three clubs, and U-10 Festivals will have many benefits for players and families alike. This will result in less travel and a more defined schedule at the beginning of the year. The goal is to create a fun environment with less burn-out and higher retention of players. This change will allow for an improved developmental environment focusing on the long-term growth of our players. The clubs will have the freedom to manipulate formats of play. This collaboration also the clubs to adjust the field size and numbers. It also provides flexibility to ensure players are training and playing at an appropriately challenging level.

Baton Rouge Soccer Club, Cajun Soccer Club, and Mandeville Soccer are excited for this next step in our quest to provide the very best in training and environments for our players and families.