Player Development Initiatives

SELECT | ELITE | PREMIER | SHOWCASE

"Don't Practice until you get it right, Practice until you can't get it wrong"

Our Player Development Initiatives (PDI) evaluates players based on the four (4) major components of the game (Technical, Tactical, Mental & Physical), along with USSF (United States Soccer Federation) and USC (United Soccer Coaches) player development standards and created a development program with clear benchmarks based on a player's age and ability.  

This is a unique way of helping developing youth soccer players.  Our PDI Program has four (4) badge levels or grade levels:  PDI Badge levels are Select, Elite, Premier Showcase.  Each badge level means a player has achieved a "grade level" in their development.  Players get to wear their PDI badge on their game jerseys and practice jerseys, etc.  BFC coaching staff also uses badge levels to help determine player placement / team assignments each year. 

The program is simple, players who put in the work to improve their technical, tactical, mental and physical skills/ability will progress to a higher level team quicker than a player who does not.  This program provides a clear road map to success and rewards, motivates, and identifies areas a players needs to improve.  

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • Clear benchmarks
  • No more soccer politics in the player placement / team assignment process - players who earn a higher badge are eligible for promotion to a higher team.  
  • 1 on 1 meetings with coaching staff / DOC
  • Player Report Cards
  • Player Development Journal
  • Video Analysis
  • iSoccer App
  • College Member Center
  • Provides a clear roadmap to success
    • Helps build confidence in players  
    • Helps motivate players to work on their development  
    • Teach a player how to create and achieve their SMART goals
    • Allows a player to set their own development path and goals.
    • Positive peer pressure
    • Makes it easier for parents, players and coaching staff to identify where players need to improve.

PDI Badge Level Definitions

All BFC Players are issued a BFC PLAYER DEVELOPMENT JOURNAL to help track their personal progress, set goals, communicate with their coach and to learn the expectations of each stage of development.  

Our PDI program accounts for gender in regards to technical and physical assessments and takes account age to keep PDI Badge Levels appropriate for all age groups. 

BEGINNING & INTERMEDIATE STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
In order for a player to earn their first two (2) PDI Badges they must excel in the technical development, this done through the iSoccer app with Skills Challenges.  Players use this app to track progress, set goals, and communicate with their coach.  PDI Assessment Days are designed to verify scores.  

ADVANCED & FINAL STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT
Before a player can be evaluated for an advance badge, they must be technically capable.  Players should be able to maintain and test at the correct technical skill level based on their age and gender.  Advanced badges focus more on video analysis of Tactical Development Principles (General, Attacking and Defending).  The Final Stages will include college preparation step necessary to for the college recruitment process.  

Team Assignments

Competitive Boys & Girls: 2019-2020

SELECT | ELITE LEVEL:  Players at this level will be working towards their Select/Elite Badges
11U & 12U Boys & Girls:  Minimum of two (2) teams per age group and gender.  One (1) will be at least an Elite Team (or higher) and the other will be a developmental team.  

Roster Size: 14-16 players 

ELITE | PREMIER LEVEL:  Players at this level should be working towards their Premier Badge
13U-15U Boys & Girls:  Minimum of two (2) teams per age group and gender.  One (1) will be at least an Elite Team and the other will be a developmental team.  Only players who have earned an Elite badge or higher are qualified to be placed on the Elite team prior to tryouts. 
*All Players at this age should be working towards their Premier Badge. 

Roster Size: 16-18 players | Max Roster: 18 players | Except: 15U Max Roster Size: 22 players

PREMIER | SHOWCASE LEVEL:  Players at this level should be working towards their Showcase Badge
16U-19U High School Boys & Girls:  two (2) teams per age group and gender.  One (1) will be a Premier Team and the other will be an Elite team.  Only players who have earned an Premier badge or higher are qualified to be placed on the Premier team prior to tryouts. 
*All players at this age group should be working towards their Showcase Badge. 

Roster Size: 16-18 players | Max Roster:  22 players