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YDP CHALLENGERS

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

CHALLENGERS

FALL/ SPRING 2018 - 2019

U9/U10 - Birth Year 2009 & 2010

Fall - August through November

Spring - February through April

Licensed Pro Coaching, 2 Practices and 2 Games Weekly

Choice of Practice Campus

1 or 2 Tournaments

7v7 or 9v9 Game Format, at least 50% Playing Time for Every Player

 

Mission statement

To promote successful children and their families through their involvement in a comprehensive soccer program focused on player development, sportsmanship, family support, and personal discipline.

 

Program Overview

The Youth Development Program at Louisiana Fire Juniors aims to prepare players at 8 - 10 years of age for taking the next step into competitive soccer in a positive, educational, and fun soccer experience.

The program emphasizes the importance of technical development to the growth of the youth player by providing two training sessions per week with our professional coaching staff and weekend games as the opportunity to explore newly learned or refined technical skills without the pressure and concern of wins and losses.

We strive to keep the program competitive by forming equally balanced teams that ensure a positive team experience for players of varying skill ranges as they enter the program.

Louisiana Fire Soccer Club offers YDP at all 4 main campuses: Audubon Park, City Park, Lafreniere Park, and Westbank.

 

Coaching

For the 2018 - 19 season, the YDP will be returning many of its coaches. The group has a vast amount of playing and coaching experience, which include former high school and college players. The majority of our coaches also coach high school soccer throughout the city of New Orleans and its neighboring parishes. Coaches are qualified through either the National Soccer Coaching Associational of America (NSCAA) or the United State Soccer Federation (USSF). Some will also have international coaching licenses or badges. The Club conducts coaching education sessions throughout the year.

 

Training and Games

YDP teams will train twice a week with their assigned coach.

City Park – Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Lafreniere/ Lasalle Park  – Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Audubon – Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Westbank - Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

*****Practice times are subject to change depending on coach availability and daylight savings****

All YDP teams will play in the Louisiana Fire YDP Metro League.  Teams will also compete in the Louisiana Fire tournaments and most teams usually travel to one out of town tournament per season.

 

Game Format

Games will be 7v7 (including goalkeepers) in accordance with USYSA and LSA guidelines. All games will consist of two 25-minutes halves. Each game will have a qualified referee provided by the club.

 

Playing Time Rules

It is club policy for all players to play at least 50% of each game. Players will also play in multiple positions throughout the YDP season.

 

Tournaments

Throughout the season, YDP teams are encouraged to participate in one OR two tournaments per fall or spring season. At least one of those season’s tournaments must be a Louisiana Fire Tournament and the second tournament within two hours from New Orleans.  

 

Program fees cover?

Required fees cover the rental, maintenance, and lighting of the fields, expenses associated with obtaining referees, insurance coverage, and professional coaching. They also cover preseason camp, winter clinics, and player evaluations.

 

What equipment do players need?

All players must wear soccer cleats and shin guards to all practices and games. A soccer ball is required for all practices. A good supply of water is definitely recommended to keep the player hydrated during all practices and games.

Players are REQUIRED to wear the practice uniform (grey Fire T-shirt, navy shorts, and navy socks) to all training sessions.

Game Uniforms (White jersey, red jersey, red shorts, red socks) are REQUIRED for all weekend games.

ALL UNIFORM pieces are exclusively available from:

THIRD COAST SOCCER

www.thirdcoastsoccer.net

2311 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Metairie, La 70002

(504) 838-1590

 

What Size soccer ball does YDP require?

Size 4 soccer ball

 

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

CHALLENGERS

FALL/ SPRING 2018 - 2019

U9/U10 - Birth Year 2009 & 2010

 

Youth Development Program is divided into boys and girls’ divisions.

 

Age Group

U9/ U10

Boys and Girls

Birth Year 2009 & 2010

YDP Registration

(April 17th - August 3rd)

 

$575.00

Preseason Camp

2 Days of Preseason Camp

before each season

Practice

Twice a week

Games

2 Game per weekend

with referee provided by the club

Game Day

Friday night OR Saturday

Game Format

7v7 (including a goalkeeper)

Tournaments

1 Tournament per season

Coach

Professional Coach

Seasons

Fall & Spring

Challenge Weeks

2 Per Season