WHAT IS THE PLAYER PATHWAY?
The Player Pathway is the hierarchy of programs established by BRSC to provide players with the opportunity to advance to the highest levels of play. Each step builds upon the previous one to assist players with skill development and tactical understanding as they transition to the next level of play. Players grow with every new challenge. Each progression along the player pathway will provide players with an increased level of competition, a higher level of coaching, increased exposure, and playing opportunities. Understandably, as each step gets more serious, the player's initiative for further refining their skills plays a critical role in their ability to excel and advance to the next stage.
STEPS OF THE PLAYER PATHWAY
AGES: 2 - 4
The BRSC Mudbugz “parent and me” style program offers a unique opportunity for children, ages 2 to 4 years old, to have fun, build motor skills, increase focus, and instill confidence all while becoming comfortable with a soccer ball at their feet. It is the perfect way for parents and children to spend quality time developing critical soccer skills in a fun environment, all while fostering a bond over the love of the sport!
AGES: PRE-K - 8th Grade (PRE-K - 8TH AT BURBANK; PRE-K - 2ND AT INDEPENDENCE, PRE-K - 4TH AT CENTRAL & ZACHARY)
The BRSC Recreational League is an introductory program that provides pre-k through 8th-grade boys and girls of all skill levels the ability to play in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. BRSC recreational leagues are volunteer-based programs that require volunteer coaches. Leaegues take place at Burbank Soccer Complex, Independence Park, Lovett Road Park in Central, and Flanacher Road Park in Zachary.
AGES: 5 - 16 at Burbank; 8 - 14 at Flanacher Rd. Park in Zachary
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 - 16 at the Burbank Campus. Boys and girls ages 8 - 14 can attend the Academy program at Flanacher Road Park in Zachary. BRSC conducts each session with professional Academy Coaches who follow the Academy Pathway and Curriculum.
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 & losses. 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.
BATON ROUGE SOCCER CLUB COMPETITIVE
The Competitive leagues are for those players who want to play and train at a more competitive level. There are up to four levels of Competition, Division 1, Division 2, Division 3, and Division 4. BRSC coaches place players according to skill level during the BRSC Player Placement Process. The goal is to put kids in an environment where they compete with and against similar levels of play. Training is run by well-qualified, licensed, and highly trained coaches whose goal is to provide the best soccer environment possible. These teams will play in a statewide league and compete for state championships at various levels.
LATDP Elite is an affiliate program of the Houston Dynamo Academy that provides high-level players (U13 – U19) in Louisiana with the chance to train with and play against the best players and teams in the country under the direction of highly qualified coaches. The boys' program competes in MLS NEXT and the girls play in the Girls Academy (GA). The program is comprised of elite players from around the state from hub locations in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and New Orleans. LATDP Elite provides players with a greater prospect of identification with colleges and MLS Academy programs.
COLLEGE & BEYOND
To assist our players to continue their playing careers upon completion of their competitive careers, BRSC offers college prep resources to help families navigate the recruiting process. High-school-aged players are encouraged to review the recruiting timeline, draft letters and resumes, and steps for success to be better prepared and know what to expect.
Additionally, BRSC offers our oldest competitive players and players participating in collegiate soccer to play for our semi-pro men's and women's teams. The BRSC Capitals (men) and BRSC United (women) both compete in the Gulf Coast Premier League (GCPL). Tryouts for both teams are announced in late spring via each team's program page and social media.
Finding the right program for you or your child can be challenging. We have program options available for children as young as three up to adult leagues. Consult this helpful guide to see which BRSC program is the best fit for you and your child.