Academy

Chris Sage
Director of Coaching

chris.sage@buffalosfc.org
(210) 273-2219 (Please Text Me)

Kelly Smith
BFC Administrator

kelly.smith@buffalosfc.org
(210) 279-0016 (Mobile)

Academy Program

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

U7/U8 ACADEMY PROGRAM - Boys, Girls, & Coed (4v4)

2018-2019: Players Born in *2013, 2012, & *2011

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 AAYSA Academy League against other (Clubs) Academy Teams in San Antonio. This age group will have limited travel (San Antonio Metro Area) and they will train twice a week.  Tournament play will be optional, and teams will be able to participate in AAYSA Festival Events. 

USYS Age Rule (2018-2019):  *U6 = 2013 | U7 = 2012 | *U8 = 2011
USYS Age Rule (2019-2020):  *U6 = 2014 | U7 = 2013 | *U8 = 2012

*U6, U7 & *U8:  This age group is "small-sided" games (4v4)
*U6 players can get started early
*To futher develop players who are advanced for their age U8 player(s) are eligible to play up to U9/U10 (7v7)

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 can train as much as they like!!!

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

Registration / Academy ID Camp

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.  

NOTICE TO ALL ACADEMY PLAYERS
- YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND ACADEMY ID CAMP DATE OR TRYOUTS IN ORDER TO REGISTER AS AN ACADEMY PLAYER

HOW TO REGISTER AS A BUFFALOS FC PLAYER

  • STEP 1REGISTER FOR ACADEMY ID CAMP (TRYOUTS) - this will let us know that you are intersted in joining our program.  This will also help us provide a communication group to remind, inform, and update parents/player if there are any changes to your schedule.
    • ACADEMY ID CAMP OR TRYOUT REGISTRATION IS FREE - Allows players to come check us out before your pay the registration fees, and allows coaching staff to evaluate player skill levels. 
  • STEP 2: PLAYER REGISTRATION (PROGRAM FEES)
    • ACADEMY TEAMS - OPEN REGISTRATION - players can register and pay during the open registration window and BFC coaching staff we will place you on a team, with like skill sets, age and gender. 
      • When you register for tryouts we will ask you your perferred skill level.  

 

ACADEMY ID CAMP

PLAYERS ATTENDING OUR ACADEMY ID CAMP MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO ATTENDING

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.

JUNE 2020 -  ACADEMY ID CAMP SCHEDULE - FINAL - 6/6/2020
AUG 2020  -  ACADEMY ID CAMP SCHEDULE -
PENDING (Check Back 7/15/2020)
DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE FOR DETAILS

Academy ID Camp Training Schedule

AGE GROUP BIRTH YEARS:
Academy 7v7:  2011-2012 (2013*)
Academy 4v4:  2013-2015 (2016*)

LAST CALL OPEN TRAINING SESSIONS (ACADEMY ID CAMP)
Monday - Thursday
Aug 10-13: Details will be updated by July 15, 2020

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 participate in a few Open Training Session(s).  If you decided to join Buffalos FC, depending on where we are at in the season, We can pro-rate the player fee amount (if applicable).

BFC can accept new players anytime during the year, as long as we have an open roster spot.
- 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: Academy - Aug 12 - Aug 23, 2019
Fall Preseason: Micro Academy - Aug 19 - 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)

TRAINING, LEAGUE PLAY & TOURNAMENTS

Training (Flexible Training Schedule)
Academy players will be assigned a training schedule, typically Mon-Wed or Tue-Thur.  All Academy players are allowed to train anyday of the week.  If a player misses a training session, they can train on a different day.  If a players wants to train extra, not a problem - all academy players can train as much as they like!  BFC Academy program is designed to be as flexible as possible for our members.

OFFICIAL TRAINING SCHEDULE MAY VARY BASED COACH AVAILABILITY & LEVEL OF PLAY

  • Academy 7v7 Boys - Monday & Wednesday
  • Academy 7v7 Girls - Tuesday & Thursday
  • Academy 4v4 Boys & Girls - Tuesday & Wednesday

League Play
League games are held on a Saturday(s) and Sunday(s); games will be home and away with limited travel in the San Antonio Metro Area.  Standings are not kept for league play.  

Players are able to play on multiple teams and play in a maximum of (2) two games per day.  We register our players in multiple leagues and schedule friendlies during the season to maximize the number of games for our players; a typical season game count for an Academy 7v7 player is between 10-20 games per season.  Parents can accept or decline game invites to be flexible with personal schedules or sibling conflicts.   

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.