FSL FOOTIES TRAINING PROGRAM

Updated 1/28/2018

WHAT IS FSL FOOTIES?

Footies began in 2015 with the aim of enhancing the FSL experience for the soccer community.  Footies is a development program that provides a more advanced training environment for FSL players who seek to develop individual skills at a more accelerated rate than the traditional recreational model offers. FSL Footies train under the guidance of professional coaches once a week throughout the entire recreational season.

The Footies program also provides parent education by effectively communicating the strategies and curricular choices made by coaches who are trained to elicit guided discovery with each and every player.  

HOW DOES FOOTIES WORK?

Players born in 2010 or 2011 that sign up for a regular FSL recreational soccer team have the option of adding additional Footies training for the season. They will be placed on a designated FSL team, evaluated by licensed coaches at the beginning of the season, receive additional practice with a professional coach once a week. 

Footies coaches advise volunteer coaches with the shared goals of:  1) fostering FUN and 2) introducing and reinforcing early learning focused on individual skills and fundamentals of the game.

It is highly recommended that players who register for Footies have completed one full season of FSL soccer.

Specific practice nights are scheduled after the season begins in order to coordinate times that best accommodate all families but Footies training traditionally takes place on Monday or Thursday nights from 5:30-6:15. Attendance at all practices is not mandatory, but recommended so that your child will receive the greatest benefit from the program.

All 2010 (U8) and 2011 (U7) players have the option of paying an additional $60 fee for the Footies training package:

· Footies is open to all U7  and U8 players on a first-come, first-serve basis.

· There are 25 slots open for boys and girls in each age group.

· All Footies players will train together once a week with licensed coaches and once a week with their volunteer coaches.

· Footies players will be assigned to their respective FSL teams and participate in league games where they will be coached by their volunteer coach.

· Two times per season, Footies players will participate in a jamboree where they will play alongside each other against teams from a neighboring organization.  At the end of the FSL season Footies will have the option to participate in 1 competitive tournament if interest is high enough


WHO WILL COACH MY CHILD?
Professional coaches and current collegiate players will coach FSL Footies.  Parents of Footies will be asked to volunteer as assistants. Additionally,  FSC Development Director Josh Montgomery will be present at sessions to help educate parents about each week’s training.

Ali LeBlanc, Girls Lead Coach: Ali is a former standout for the University of Alabama women’s soccer team and was a highly successful club and ODP player in Florida.  Ali currently holds a USSF “E” license. She has been promoted to Head Girls Coach for Bayside Academy. Ali is currently on our Fairhope Academy coaching staff.  Her goals are to grow the girl's program within the club.

Former Footies Fall 2017 Volunteer Coaches: Amy Paulson, Matt Miller, Daniel Bishop, Lee Lawson, Michelle Kane, Steven Sprayberry, Miles Johnson, Hayes Knapp, Tom Gulledge 

WHAT WILL MY CHILD BE LEARNING?
Ultimately our charge is to provide FSL soccer players an opportunity to be part of a high quality developmental program led by licensed, professional coaches as well as FSL volunteer coaches. Aimed at players that possess a strong passion for the game, FSL Footies is a soccer development program that follows US Soccer’s age-appropriate soccer curriculum to enhance technical ability and basic tactical awareness.

The FSL Footies Developmental program will provide a fun and challenging environment that will enhance each player’s confidence, technique, and instincts to accelerate an understanding of the game and better prepare them for more competitive environments in the future.

HOW CAN I HELP/BE INVOLVED?
Parent education will be a priority.  Practice sessions will be open to the parents and the structure of sessions will be explained via email and/or informal meetings by either the lead coaches, the Director of Coaching, or the FSC Development Director.
We welcome all parents into the program, regardless of your experience with or knowledge of the game!  We will hold parent-coaching clinics and provide lots of resources to help you design practices, assist your players, and have a successful, fun, stress-free season. Any parent who is interested in serving as a volunteer assistant (coach, assistant coach, team coordinator) should communicate that desire during the registration process – we would love to have you!