The Fever United Futbol Club views our Player Development Program as an investment in the future. As a youth club we need to monitor the behavior of our coaches and educate the parents to ensure that our players are protected from a trophy hunting mentality, burnout, and a misplaced emphasis on winning at a younger age.
The Club feels that the success of our program is measured by the number of players we produce for our select and showcase teams from U-13 through U-18. This is definitely a long term perspective, in stark contrast to how success is measured here by other youth clubs. The Fever United Futbol Club is more concerned with producing quality players at the U-5 to U-12 age groups than winning games. Theoretically, the Win/Loss results in U-5 to U-12 games should not be important to the overall success of this program.
Teams within the Fever United Club will play the following formats:
The philosophy of our program is to let the players make their own decisions in the game, and use the intervals for any instruction. Head coaches will refrain from coaching the player on the ball and limit coaching from the sidelines for off-the-ball positioning or team shape and even that is done sparingly. The weekly training sessions are repetition based to develop technique, but using activities that replicate game conditions. The goal is to breed good habits by taking care of the little details via repetitions and corrections. The corrections must be positive with coaches careful not to embarrass the players in front of their teammates. By the time players reach the age of 12, they should be technically proficient, so that advanced tactical training can be accomplished from U-13 to U-18. However, work on technique is never neglected, even at the Select level of competition. Parents are kept informed via verbal/written progress reports and periodic communications from the Head Coach, but they are not allowed to get involved in the training. Parents are prohibited from coaching from the sidelines during the games or training sessions. During training, parents are not allowed on the field. In the summer of 2016-2017, the club will be asking all parents to sign a Code of Conduct which outlines what the club expects from them as members of this club during the upcoming 2016 – 2017 Season.