For u9-u14 ages all training sessions will take place under the guidance of an Development Group Director. This means that every team within an Development Group will train at the same time and at the same location as other teams within that Development Group. If the u11 Development Group has 4 teams then all four teams would train at the same time at Amend Park. The Development Group Director would be responsible for planning the session and helping staff coaches implement the session. There would be 4 coaches at each training session to make sure that there was a 1:1 coach to team ratio.
The benefits of this format are achieving consistency of coaching throughout the club. As the Development Group Director will be creating a season plan in accordance with the Club curriculum and implementing sessions based on his/her season plan players will be taught specific themes during specific ages. This will allow players to develop their knowledge of the game and ability to execute technical aspects of the game more efficiently.
The number of Development Group Directors will correlate to the number of teams in each Development Group and during this first year of implementation we will plan to have a 9/10 , 11/12 , 13/14, u18 Development Group Director for each gender.
All teams within an Development Group will train together. Thus for any given session there would appropriate numbers to run small sided games, large sided games, and scrimmages at the discretion of the Development Group Director and in conjunction with the Club Developed Curriculum. The implementation of sessions will vary from Director to Director but will incorporate season planning concepts such as Tactical Periodization and intensive attacking and defending cycles.
A Development Group Director may choose to have all players work with their teams during the training session or to mix teams so as to provide different opportunities for the development of players. The Development Group Director will work to see every player from every team within an Development Group train weekly.
The purpose of running training sessions in this format centers upon player development. Players respond differently to individual coaches and by allowing players to work with every coach within a Development Group he/she will learn the same concepts presented with different voices. This set-up also provides enhanced club unity and the opportunity for players to develop and progress from a developmentally lower team to a developmentally higher team over the course of a season or even several seasons. This fluidity will be encouraged by all coaches and will ensure that players have the opportunity to play in groups that are developmentally appropriate for them during the course of the season. Directors may determine that having a player train with a different team for a session, a week or even two weeks will aid their development. This process will look different for each Development Group.
|Key Qualities of a Magic City Player|
|Skill on the Ball||The highest level Magic City players are expected to exhibit a high level of skill on the ball. Players should be comfortable with both feet and be able to execute a wide range of skills effectively in game situations.|
|Awareness||Every Magic City player is expected to show a strong degree of awareness on the field. Each player should be constantly scanning the field to know the positions of teammates and opponents.|
|Decision Making||Magic City players are expected to show a high level of decision making. Soccer is a fast paced game and each moment on the ball presents a wide range of options. It is imperative for players to make the right decision based on their location on the field, teammate’s location, opponent’s location, and game scenario.|
|Effort||Magic City embraces the idea that it takes a long time “10,000” hours to develop high level athletic/decision making skills, we believe that it is imperative for our players to engage in the game on their own and work hard in every training session and game.|
|Sportsmanship||Magic City players are expected to display sportsmanship through every interaction as a representative of our Club and Billings. We want players to compete hard and strive for success and be able to do so in a positive and sporting manner.|
|Coachability||Magic City players should exhibit respect toward every coach and eagerly ask questions to further their knowledge of the game. Players should be ready to implement tactics and seek to understand how those tactics relate to competing in the game.|
|Fun||Magic City players must enjoy playing the game, otherwise there is no point. A game is by definition to be fun and we believe that Soccer is the greatest game there is.|
Fees have been consolidated. In the past a team Finance person would collect fees in addition to registration for tournaments and so forth. We are discontinuing this practice in an effort to function more efficiently and promote consistency.
Town Hall Meetings:
Wednesday October 18, 7pm First Interstate Bank.
Thursday October 19, 7pm Senior High Auditorium
Tuesday October 24, 6:30pm First Interstate Bank
We have changed the format so that it is no longer age specific. Please come to the meeting that works best for you
Initial Payment: $250 12-19’s
Monthly Payments of: $150
Initial Payment: $150 9’s-11’s
Monthly Payments of: $100
We are all very excited to get the season underway with our first competitive tournament this weekend in Bozeman. I will be out there all day Saturday, so if you see me please stop by, introduce yourself and say hi.
Prior to the season and the start of players competing I want to reiterate a few items:
The focus of all youth club should be on Development and Magic City Soccer Club is no exception. We want to teach our players the game, we want to teach them the various skills and tactics that will make them more successful in specific moments of the game. We can control teaching how to play out of pressure and recognizing when to switch the point of attack. We cannot control how good, how organized, how lucky the opponent is, which means that we cannot control the result of the competition, and will therefore place very little emphasis on the result until our players are 16 years or older. Below are some things that you can look for which will display development and are easier for us to control.
Things to look for:
Things to say to your player:
I am looking forward to this weekend and seeing our kids out on the field competing, laughing and having fun. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to get to know all of you better.
Magic City is proud to Announce a soccer program designed to serve children in the South side of Billings. Soccer is Magic begins at Newman Elementary on September 13 and runs through October 21.
Soccer is Magic Program
Magic City would like to partner with Newman School to provide an after-school soccer program. The purpose of this program would be to introduce children K-5 to the beautiful game of soccer and the requisite skills of teamwork, social bonding, and communication. Soccer provides a great platform to enhance children’s self esteem and leadership skills. The safe, and fun environment provided by Magic City coaches will be a catalyst for growth in these skills and be a launching point for the development of a greater sense of community between private clubs and public schools.
Location: Newman Elementary School
Dates: September 12- October17
SWAG: Free magic city t-shirt
Implementation: 2 coaches per development group k-1, 2-3, 4-5. Introduce an individual activity then help the kids organize themselves into teams. Manage the game play environment and introduce rules according to the developmental needs of the players.
Cost: In order to get investiture from coaches a rate of $25 per session is necessary which works out to $900 for coaching costs during the 6 week program assuming a participation rate of 60 students. As we would like for every player to receive a ball there would need to be an additional $600 contributed for a ball at a rate of $10 each.
Program Coaching Staff
Lead Coaches: Kyle Bakas, Michelle Beare, Joe Frank,
Staff Coaches: Chasen, Jace, Mario
All Magic Coaches are certified and background checked. A curriculum will be provided with the primary focus being to get kids playing the game.