U7-U10 Academy Program
Pearland United Soccer Club is proud to offer a skills-oriented, tiered developmental soccer program for its U7-U10 players. This program brings a data-driven approach to soccer training. It is created and administered by the Pearland United training staff and follows US Soccer Federation & South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) recommended training regimens. For general questions and information about the program, please contact Brandon Lavergne, our Academy Director at email@example.com.
Within this age group the ability level from player to player is extraordinarily diverse. One player can dominate an entire game while another player never touches the ball. Pearland United is committed to taking a data-driven approach to solving this problem and leveling the playing field for each player.
Here's how it works: At the start of the season each player participates in a club-wide soccer skills and athleticism test. Data from that test is consolidated and analyzed across the entire program. The results of the tier testing, along with observational data from the training staff, are used to form peer groups (or tiers) of players at similar developmental levels. U7 and U8 players will be combined to form U8 teams. U9 and U10 players are generally broken up separately, but combined teams are sometimes formed to accommodate certain situations. Teams are not coed. These balanced teams, once formed within each tier, will then play games with other matched teams in same tier from the partnering clubs.
We aim to make every game competitive across the entire program and to place your child on a team where he or she has a chance to succeed. As the season progresses the results of each game are analyzed and both player and team adjustments may be made when the data and/or common sense dictate.
Another key goal of our program is to ensure that your child is learning what they should be learning, individual skill development (i.e. dribbling & general ball mastery). A child's experience is largely influenced by their coach and the material the coach chooses to teach. The luck of the draw can end in discontent or a fantastically rewarding season. In most leagues it's a coin toss. We want to take luck out of the equation. A U8 and U10 curricula has been designed to be used by every team at every training session. Our professional staff will guide all training sessions and provide support, mentoring and quality control for the volunteer coaches. Our goal is to make sure every child enrolled in this program gets the most advanced soccer training available while maintaining a fun environment for all. The program also offers training for our dedicated volunteer soccer coaches.
Important Note: Our Academy program is a recreational soccer program that is focused on the development of each player, not wins and losses. As such, all aspects of the program from training to team formation and game play (positions, etc.) are geared toward improving individual player skills to prepare them for higher levels of play at the U11 and up levels. Although we will look to wins and losses as a data point in determining the strength and weakness of our program against our peers, wins and losses are primarily used to decide whether a team will need to be moved up or down to a higher or lower skill set tier (to make sure teams are playing evenly skilled teams). As another primary objective, we also want each child to HAVE FUN playing soccer and finish the season with a positive experience from beginning to end.
Practice Schedule: Unless otherwise communicated, all Academy sessions will be held at Hickory Slough Sportsplex using the following practice schedule:
- Monday: 6:00pm - 7:10pm
- Wednesday: 7:10pm - 8:20pm
- Monday: 7:10pm - 8:20pm
- Wednesday: 6:00pm - 7:10pm
Program Cost: Cost for this program varies from season to season (see the registration links on the Pearland United homepage for current costs) and includes complete uniform kit with 2 jerseys, shorts, socks, and practice tee; 2 one hour and ten minute training sessions a week; and all club, field, and insurance fees.
BAYSA Gaming League
Your U7-U10 child will play regular season games in the Bay Area Youth Soccer Association (BAYSA) gaming league. BAYSA is a member of the South Texas Youth Soccer Association (STYSA) and through STYSA is an affiliate of United States Youth Soccer (USYS), the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), and Federation International de Futbol Association (FIFA). STYSA is comprised of 30 Member Associations, including BAYSA, involving a large volunteer base of coaches and program administrators. BAYSA oversees both a Fall and Spring season for member clubs that form teams in developmental (D4), recreational (D3) and competitive divisions (D2, S2 and D1). BAYSA provides unbiased game scheduling, a discipline and protest committee to assure fair play in accordance with the rules, oversee scorekeeping to assure correct documentation of the games' outcomes, and arrange for the game referees.
Additional information about game play in BAYSA:
- The season consists of 8-10 games played against "at-level" teams from other BAYSA clubs including: Pearland United, Galveston County, Manvel, Alvin, South Belt, Quest (Deer Park), East Lake Houston, Space City FC, Soccer Centro, and North Channel.
- U7/U8 Rules of Play
- 4v4, single field
- No goal keepers, but can play as a defender (no hands)
- No offside rule
- Coaches or Parents will ref the games
- U9/U10 Rules of Play
- 6v6 only (no negotiated variations) with goal keepers
- Referees provided by BAYSA
- Offside rule applies
- End of season playoffs
Please check out the BAYSA website for more information.