Approach to Development

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OVERVIEW
The New York Red Bulls Training Programs follow a researched and proven approach to player development. The following information introduces our philosophy, player development rationale, and the methods that are used to deliver our curriculum.
 
MISSION STATEMENT
To offer unparalleled support and education to the youth soccer community.
 
 
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY
Create a FUN and CHALLENGING environment where players have the opportunity to LEARN.

PLAYER DEVELOPMENT RATIONALE
The New York Red Bulls Academy operates a building block approach to player development. Players follow an initial path heavily focused on technique and skill development, and as competency increases tactical elements are introduced. Within each building block an extensive curriculum is designed to focus on the necessary skill set. Proficiency within each block is important to ensure that the player has acquired the required skills to support their development at the next stage of the curriculum. Each building block is tied closely together. As a player progresses through the system they will continue to work on elements of preceding stages to ensure they are consistently and simultaneously challenged on both fundamental and advanced levels. The following diagram illustrates the New York Red Bulls Building Blocks of Player Development.
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BUILDING BLOCKS OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
The table below provides (1) Building Block Phases (2) Building Block Age Span and (3) a description of each phase. Click HERE to see in depth Training Topics for each Building Block Phase.
 
BUILDING BLOCK PHASE
AGE
DESCRIPTION - WHAT, WHY, AND HOW
MOTOR SKILL DEVELOPMENT
4 and Above
What: Fun based soccer activities
Why: Aid in the development of basic motor skills and inspire players to love and grow in the game
How: Short, fast paced games that relate to a player's understanding of the game
TECHNIQUE AND SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
7 and Above
What: Technical based soccer activities
Why: Prior formation of motor skills enables introductions of soccer specific techniques
How: Activities that maximize soccer ball contact and repetition
INDIVIDUAL TACTICS
9 and Above
What: Activities that focus on 1v1 attacking and defending situations
Why: Prior formation of technical development enables introduction of individual tactics forming the foundation to build group and team tactics
How: Introductions of fully opposed activities that develop decision making skills
GROUP TACTICS
11 and Above
What: Focuses on groups of players working together in attacking and defending situations
Why: Introduced so that players are comfortable in dealing with "outnumbered" game situations
How: a range of numbers up (ie: 2 v 1), numbers down (ie: 2 v 3), and balanced numbers activities are used to teach group concepts
TEAM TACTICS
13 and Above
What: Situations where multiple groups of players are working together to develop full team concepts
Why: Players transition to the 11v11 game, functioning within an adult framework and standards
How: Team tactics are typically taught using 7v7 to 11v11 scenarios that connect the three lines of team shape (defense, midfield, attack)

Note:  An experienced coach should be able to adjust training sessions based on the specific needs of each player and should not feel confined by the curriculum which acts as a starting point

COACHING METHODOLOGY - HOW TO TEACH
The New York Red Bulls Training Programs youth coaching staff focuses on three methods to deliver the building blocks of youth player development.
 
METHOD
DESCRIPTION
INSPIRATION
Players need to develop a motivation, desire, and passion to work hard during training sessions as well as during their own time away from structured sessions
 
Every player - coach interaction serves as an opportunity to develop a passion and love for the game
EXPERTISE
In order for a player's ability to improve, they require accurate and concise information, combined with specific and immediate individual feedback.
 
An adaptive coaching style is used to ensure that every player is developed during the training session; the objective is to create players who are skillful, proficient and independent thinkers.
REPETITION
An Repetition and deliberate practice is the key to learning. To master new skills players need to receive a high frequency of realistic situations that offer maximum contact with the soccer ball.
 
Players must be challenged to work at a higher intensity that replicates a game environment.
 
 
SESSION STRUCTURE
All New York Red Bulls training sessions follow a deliberate format; the following table provides an overview of how a typical session would be structured.
 
SECTION
% OF TIME
KEY POINTS
ARRIVAL
15 mins prior to starts
Inspect area to ensure a safe playing environment
 
Set up session in advance of player arrival
 
Players check in
WARMUP
20%
Main focus is to maximize contact with the ball
 
Dynamic activity to prepare mind and body for training session
MAIN ACTIVITY
50%
Focus on one main theme per session
 
Technical applications to skill mastery
 
High frequency of repetition and variety
 
Techniques introduced on a scale from low pressure to full pressure
CONDITIONED PLAY
10%
Small sided group play
 
Conditions added to reinforce the application of skill
 
Directional activities featuring an element of transition with numerous attacking and defending opportunities
MATCH
20%
Session ends with a competitive scrimmage
 
Reduced coach interaction to encourage specific learning through play
DEBRIEF
N/A
Review of daily topic and homework assignment
 
Players check out
 
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION
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