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
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)
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.
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
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)
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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
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 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 (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
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 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.