Player development is a process that occurs over a long period of time; weeks, months, and years. This process needs the correct compliment of training and games. Competition pushes along development, and for that reason this league will build its schedule of games around achieving good competitive games.
Development within YPDS is performance driven, not results driven. Winning is NOT an emphasis of any of our leagues, nor should be the emphasis of any of the participating teams. The league rules are in place to help coaches and clubs with the long term development and education of players through the game.
Competition is challenging and fun. Competition allows us to measure the development of players. The information below provides insight in to aspects of the league that when combined together serve as a pedestal and catalyst for player development. These topics include leage concept, structure, play, and scheduling.
Youth Player Development Series has developed a series of playing formats that vary from age group to age group. These playing formats allow clubs to field teams using a strong number of players on the field that translates well to the 11v11 game. New rules will influence players and coaches to place an emphasis on the development of the player and game, versus the result of the game.
Please refer to the RULES OF PLAY for more information.
COMPETITIVE AGE DIVISIONS
Creating competitive matches starts with aligning appropriate teams as best as possible. YPDS will provide 2 levels of play for all age groups, the Navy Division & the Red Division.
YPDS will provide a positive training to match ratio conducive for player development. The league structure will provide participating clubs and its teams with one league that begins in September and concludes in March. League play will be followed by the YPDS Academy Cup.
Keeping this in mind, YPDS will schedule games every other weekend (as best as the calendar allows). This will avoid overplaying games over a short period of time and allows us to continue our mission throughout the course of the soccer season. Click here for a list of 2015/2016 YPDS League Play Dates.
TRAVEL - SMART SCHEDULE
We are mindful that in order to get competitive games teams will need to travel.
YPDS looks to eliminate extensive travel for all coaches, players and parents by creating a SMART Schedule. This SMART Schedule will reduce the number of long driving distances teams have in any given season, while still achieving high a level of play.
YPDS will create a schedule that best permits teams from any one club within the U8-U10 age groups and divisions to travel and play matches at the same location/venue. Players will be allowed to move between age group teams with the purpose of achieving the benefits of the "Academy" concept. Clubs will keep competition appropriate when making personnel decisions.