Buffalos FC Academy Director(s)

Director of Coaching
Chris Sage
chris.sage@buffalosfc.org

Boys Academy Director
Hans Hassell
hans.hassell@buffalosfc.org

Let them Play

Let Them Play
"Kids should be allowed to play. They learn the most from their own mistakes, 
so give them the space to make mistakes."  - Johan Cruyff

Buffalos FC Player Development Academy Program

Boys & Girls: U7/U8 (4v4)| U9/U10 (7v7)

This program is an introductory club level training program. Great for the young athlete who is looking for a more focused training session and wants to commitment more time to their personal development.  Teams will play in the local League against other Clubs/Academy Programs in San Antonio. Academy players train twice per week, and will have limited travel for games.  Tournament play will be optional. 

7U/8U ACADEMY PROGRAM - BOYS, GIRLS, & COED (4V4)
Seasonal Year 2019-2020:  *6U = 2014 | 7U = 2013 | *8U = 2012
Seasonal Year 2020-2021:  *6U = 2015 | 7U = 2014 | *8U = 2013

9U/10U ACADEMY PROGRAM - BOYS, GIRLS & COED (7V7)
Seasonal Year 2019-2020:  *U8 = 2012 | U9 = 2011 | U10 = 2010
Seasonal Year 2020-2021:  *U8 = 2013 | U9 = 2012 | *U10 = 2011

Flexible Training Schedule

Academy players will be assigned a training schedule, typically Mon-Wed or Tue-Thur.  All Academy players are allowed to train any day of the week.  If a player misses a training session, they can train on a different day, players wants to train extra, not a problem - all academy players train as much as they like!!!

BFC Academy program is as flexible as possible for our players and parents. 

How Do I Register?

BFC Academy program is OPEN ENROLLMENT, which means any player who registers will be placed on a team.  We have (2) two Academy ID Camps these are held prior to each season, the Academy ID Camp gives coaching staff a chance to meet new players & evaluate their skill level.  This also give players and parents a chance to meet our staff, and see if they like our program before they commit to joining Buffalos FC.  

All players should Register for the BFC ID Academy Camp (not required).

Two (2) Way to Register for the BFC Academy Program   

  • OPTION 1:  Register for Academy ID Camp - ITS FREE - Allows players to come check us out - before your pay the registration fees, and allows coaching staff to evaluate player skill level.  
    • After you attend the Academy ID Camp - you will get a player offer to join our progam and team assignment.  Player interested in playing on a higher level team should attend the Academy ID Camp.  
  • OPTION 2: Simply Register & Pay - REGISTER NOW - Select Program Registration - register and pay, BFC coaching staff we will place you on a team.

Program Fees

Early Bird Registration Window:  May 14 - May 24 - SAVE $25 - BEST VALUE
General Registration Window:  May 25 - June 7

ACADEMY ID CAMP

Not Required to Join our BFC Academy Program

ALL players wishing to join the Buffalos FC Academy Program will be placed on a team, the purpose of the Academy ID Camp is to evaluate player skill levels and place them on the appropriate team.   Academy ID Camps will be held in the Fall and Spring each year.

Academy ID Camp Training Schedule

What if I missed the Academy ID Camp Dates?

Don't worry - just register anyway and when we get your registration you will be contacted by our DOC.  He will invite you out to join our teams during their training sessions.  If you decided to join Buffalos FC, depending on where we are at in the season, he can pro-rate the player fee amount.  BFC can accept new players anytime during the year - there are no restrictions at this age level.  

Academy Season Information

Academy Training Schedule
Fall Season: Aug - Dec
Spring Season:  Feb - May

League Game Schedules
Fall Season: 
 Aug/Sep - Nov/Dec
Spring Season:  Feb/Mar - Apr/May

League standings are not kept at this age level. Players can play in (2) two games per day, and games can be schedule for Saturday and/or Sunday.

At this age we want players to play in as many games as they can.  The average number of games per season per player should be between 10-16 games (not including tournaments or academy festival events).  This will vary based on a player's availability.  

Game Reschedules / Make-Up / Schedule Changes:  There are times when the games schedules will change, for various reasons, weather, ref conflicts, field conditions, etc.  We do our best to provide as much notice as possible to our parents, but there are times when we may be notified of a potential game change with short notice.

Seasonal Year Summary *Subject to change
Fall Preseason: Aug 12 - Aug 23, 2019
Fall Season:  Aug 26 - Dec 6, 2019
Thanksgiving Break:  Nov 25 - Dec 1
Winter Break: Dec 9, 2019 - Jan 24, 2020 (6 weeks)
   Optional Winter Indoor:  Dec-Feb
Spring Preseason:  Jan 27, 2020 - Jan 30, 2020 
Spring Season:  Feb 3 - May 9, 2020
Spring Break:  Mar 16 - May 19, 2020
Tryouts:  May 11 - June 7, 2020
Summer Break:  June-July (8 weeks)

Festivals & Tournaments

Fall Festival | Spring Festival
Festivals are like a round robin tournament.  There is no out-of-pocket expense to participate in these events.  Festivals are held on a Saturday and typically there is one in the Fall and one in the Spring.  Academy parents are asked if they want to participate, and if yes, they will play in the games assigned by the festival event coordinator.  The festivals are just another way to play in some extra games.  Standings are not kept for festival events.  

Tournaments
Tournaments are optional, and are an out-of-pocket expense.  Tournaments are typically held at the beginning and the end of each season.  Tournaments selected to play in are local with minimal travel.  Travel request at this age group is rare, but not out of the question - we work with our parents and do what they want to do. Tournaments will typically have a tournament champion and runner-up.  This is the one time during the seasonal year this age group plays games and standings are kept. 

Check Tournament Information for more details

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Upcoming Academy ID Camps