U8-U10 AHFC Developmental

U8-U10 Tryouts for Fall and Spring 2017/18 

Tryouts for the upcoming 2017/18 season have now passed. If you are looking to be involved in The AHFC Academy for the Fall 2017 season we still have some spots on rosters available and can help you with that process.  

Tryout information for 2017/18 season.

If you would like to tryout still please email the following staff:

BOYS u8-u10 - Axel DeBuyl  - adebuyl@albionhurricanes.org
GIRLS u8-u10 - Steve Firth - sfirth@albionhurricanes.org
Overall Boys and Girls - Steve Firth - sfirth@albionhurricanes.org

and provide the following information:

Players name
Players DOB
Location you are looking for


MISSION 

The AHFC Developmental program will create an atmosphere and environment in training where players can become more comfortable on the ball, learn new techniques and skills and express themselves. An environment where players are encouraged to be creative problem solvers who challenge themselves without fear of derision or ridicule.

5-7 years – Love the game
8-9 years – Enjoy the game
10-11 years - Learn the game

COACHING PHILOSOPHY

The interaction between the coach and player during practice and games is fundamental to the coaching process. Coaches will use a mix of guidance, teaching, questioning and demonstrating to help players develop the understanding of the game.

The education of players can be broken down into 4 aspects of the game:

  • Technical – The ability to want the ball, receive the ball and deal with the ball effectively
  • Tactical – The ability to not follow the ball, support the play and communicate for the ball, starting to understand positioning and defensive and attacking principals related to them.
  • Mental / Decision Making – The ability to make decisions of when to keep or share the ball at the right time and how to problem solve for themselves.
  • Psychosocial:  Respect, Self confidence, Commitment, Emotional control and Concentration

THE AHFC ACADEMY CURRICULUM
The Curriculum for The AHFC Academy players consists of a block training schedule in which one technical and tactical aspect of the game is taught every 4 weeks.

Aspects include:

  • Individual skill development – Me and my ball, control and dribbling
  • Ball sharing – Me and others, when to pass and dribble
  • Receiving and Turning – Dealing with the ball and changing direction
  • Shooting – when and how to score goals
  • 1v1 Defending and Attacking – how, where, when and why

Players are judged and challenged on their ability in these areas with problem solving “chaos” games in practices.  There are also developmentally appropriate games on the weekends where the coaches employ guided discovery style techniques to encourage self thought, decision making and self expression.

PRACTICE
Practices take place twice a week with a professional coach, each session being 90 minutes in length.

THE AHFC ACADEMY SOCCER PROGRAM vs RECREATIONAL SOCCER PROGRAM (JHSL)
The AHFC Academy program is designed as the next level for a player who is ready to progress from recreational soccer to a more progressive training and playing program.  The AHFC Academay is  a center of training excellence where players are trained twice weekly by professional licensed full time staff members.
Players are grouped by ability level and their progress monitored through bi-annual technical evaluations. Games are played against other club teams and their progress is monitored by professional coaches. This program is a great introduction to competitive soccer and one which developmentally will give them the tools they need to take to U11 competitive soccer.

HOW DO I SIGN UP
Evaluations for The AHFC Academy program take place in May and December for the Fall and Spring seasons. For more information on joining the program mid season please contact sfirth@albionhurricanes.org


FAQs
Q: When do practices take place?
A: There are two (2) practices a week that take place on Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays 5-6:30 p.mm at our Central (Spring Branch/Memorial), Katy, Cy-Fair or New Territory campuses.

Q: When do games take place on the weekend?
A: Games are on Sunday afternoons between 12pm and 5pm. The locations for games are at numerous sites in the West and North areas of Houston.

Q: How do I find schedules for the games?
A: Schedules will be posted on the PDF website, www.pdfhouston.com

Q: Who do I contact for more information?
A: The office is open from 10am – 2pm Tuesday thru Thursday, 713-939-7473, or email Steve Firth at sfirth@albionhurricanes.org.

 

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