Each year, MVSC aims to improve the soccer offerings we provide to our diverse community of young soccer players. The primary objective of Development Program Leagues ("DPL") is to provide a fun, engaging, developmental soccer experience to a group of young soccer players who are appropriate for and express interest in our Developmental Model. Our program is intended to inspire a love for the game, and to help our players pick up skills and habits that will enable them to have greater success and enjoyment playing the game for years to come.
Any 1st-6th grade player can register for our DPL. There are no tryouts for this program. However, only players who are prespared to focus, to listen, to follow coaching instruction, and to apply 100% effort toward all exercises and activities are appropriate for the DPL.
Key elements of our DPL Model:
1. Coaching and Curriculum: Professionally coached weekday training sessions (2 per week), incorporating an age- and ability-appropriate curriculum. Key focuses in training will be technical mastery, individual and small-group tactical awareness, movement education, and lots of small-sided games. Our curriculum will include an element of free play. However, given our curriculum's strong emphasis on technical mastery, this program is not a good fit for the young player who wants to spend most of his or her practice time scrimmaging or playing in games.
2. Volume: Long-term player development requires commitment and repetition. Our DPL program offers two sessions per week of professionally coached soccer training, in addition to the weekend games where players can apply the skills and insight they pick up at practices.
3. Developmentally appropriate Games: Small-sided games played on weekends, with all teams playing games in Mill Valley.
4. Abiility-appropriate practice and game environment: Age- and developmentally-appropriate teams for practices and weekend games.
Each DPL will consist of at least four teams, and will be formed according to school grade. We may utilize one to two grade bands to form individual DPLs. There will be separate DPLs for girls and boys. Each DPL will be made up of individual teams that will train twice per week. A Staff of MVSC Professional Coaches will run all training sessions.
By way of example, we may have one 1st/2nd grade Boys League, one 3rd/4th grade Boys League, and one 5th/6th grade Boys League, depending upon the number of players.
Weekday Training Program:
Our two weekday trainings will emphasize technical mastery, movement education (coordination, agility, running mechanics, footwork, etc.), and tactical decision-making. There will be a strong emphasis on individual player development. For all 5 v 5 DPLs, roster size will be 7 or 8 players, and two teams will practice together at the same time with one professional trainer. For 6 v 6 DPLs, roster size will be approximately 9 players. For 7 v 7 DPLs, roster size will be approximately 10 players. In younger age groups, two teams will typically practice together with one professional trainer. For 9 v 9 and 10 v 10 DPLs, roster size will be approximately 12-14 players, and each team will practice with one professional trainer.
We will have set teams for all weekend games. Each team will play against other teams in their DPL.
Volunteer Parent Coaches will run games on the weekends, with a Professional Coach overseeing and facilitating the game days, to ensure that the games are played in the proper format, and to assist the volunteer coaches and players in applying concepts covered in training to the game arena. A group of pre-identified Parent Volunteer Coaches will be identified at the time of registration. Parent Coaches will be asked to attend at least one of the two weekly practices
Team training will begin the last week of August (two trainings per week). Teams will have one game per weekend beginning in early September, with the season finishing by early November.
The fee will cover a 10-week season, with two professionally coached training sessions per week, approximately eight weekend games, plus a season ending, one day Jamboree tournament. Cost does not include uniforms, shin guards or cleats, which must be purchased separately.
In presenting this offering, MVSC’s primary goal is to provide a highly motivating, enhanced developmental playing experience for all participants. For more questions about this, please contact MVSC's Director of Coaching and Player Development, Rick Fullerton.