Durango Youth Soccer Association

Durango Youth Soccer Association has been dedicated to the sport of soccer since 1993. Your donation helps us give every child an opportunity to participate and to provide a safe, and healthy, learning environment with the goal of creating respectful leaders that positively influence others

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U13-19

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Description

Select Program
U13-U14 (6th-8th grade)
The Select Program has the following goals:
At U13-14 players have the option of trying out for a competitive team. The players are evaluated on their technical skill, tactical understanding, athleticism, attitude, and commitment level. The Select program is for players with above average skills and strong drive to develop their soccer abilities. Professional coaches are placed with each team to advance individual and team development through practices, games, and tournaments. Select teams practice two days a week, participate in the Duke City Soccer League (Bernalillo, N.M.), and attend 2-3 tournaments per a season.
U15 - U18
(9th - 12th grade)
The U15-U18 Program has the following goals:
At U15-U18 teams are structured as participation allows. Professional coaches are placed with each team to advance individual and team development through practices, games, and tournaments. In the Fall, the U15-U18 girls teams practice two days a week, participate in a league, and attend 2-3 tournaments. In the Spring, at the conclusion of their high school season, the girls will practice 2 days a week and attend 1-2 tournaments. For the Fall the U15-U18 boys, at the conclusion of their high school season, will practice 2 days a week and attend 1-2 tournaments. In the Spring the boys will practice 2 days a week, participate in a league, and attend 2-3 tournaments.

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Evidence of Program's Success

RRDSC Player Standards
Modern youth soccer focuses on building the Five Pillars of the Game:

1) Technical Development- These are the skills used to play the game, the "fundamentals". This includes things like dribbling, passing, shooting, receiving, tackling, juggling, heading, etc.

2) Tactical Development-Tactics for youth focuses largely on decision making. We need to understand the progression of tactics and develop the players in the proper sequence so that players are comfortable solving easier problems (1v1, 2v1) before they move on to solve more complex ones (4v4, 6v6)

3) Psychological Development-This relates to whether the player is having fun playing soccer and other aspects such as confidence and self-esteem, interaction amongst parents, coaches, teammates and opponents, level of motivation, and commitment.

4) Physical Development-Fitness for youth soccer players can be largely achieved by just letting them play soccer. Throughout all age groups, coordination, balance, and agility are key components to integrate into practice sessions. Older age groups begin incorporating speed, conditioning, and strength training into training.

5) Lifestyle-How a player treats their body in preparation to train and compete. This would include what you eat and drink, how much sleep/rest you are getting, the proper treatment AND recovery of injuries, etc. This particular pillar is one that is the most frequently forgotten.

The objective for coaches during training sessions is to teach fundamental game skills in order to prepare players for competition. Games demonstrate each players' and the whole teams' understanding/ability of the Four Pillars and will allow coaches to observe what each player and the team needs to work on at the subsequent practices.

At the end of each developmental season (U9 Fall and U9 Spring, U10 Fall and U10 Spring etc) players will be evaluated upon age appropriate technical skills, tactical understandings/applications, physical abilities, and mental preparedness during training and competition.

9U-12U Club Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Children (4-12 years)
Parents
Single Parents

Description

This program provides players with an opportunity to focus on technical and tactical development in a professional and fun training environment. The players' social, physical, and cognitive development is the priority each season, NOT match results. Teams practice two days a week, have league game(s) on Saturdays and occasional Sundays, and attend 1-2 tournaments per a season.
These teams are NOT structured by ability. The players are registered and placed on teams based on age, grade and with some consideration of the players' school enrollment. Professional coaches are placed with each team to provide an enjoyable learning environment through practices, games, and tournaments. The U9-U10 teams participate in the Four Corners Youth Soccer League and U11-U14 participate in the Mountain Region League.

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Evidence of Program's Success

DYSA was founded in 1993. The club continues to be progressive keeping up with the current soccer climate. Along with our traditional soccer programs we offer extra opportunities for the players to train. Along with this we have a club wide service community initiative called the "Go Out And Lead" program. Each team is required to do a service project every season. Along with this we do multiple club wide projects. This supports our club mission statement of:
Creating respectful leaders that positively influence others through the sport of soccer.
Durango Youth Soccer Association has been dedicated to the sport of soccer since 1993. The purpose of DYSA is to teach and promote the game of soccer, and guide all players through a journey of self-development. By working together to foster skill advancement and tactical understanding in a supportive environment, we mentor players to become individuals that have a positive influence on others. We firmly believe that our players' learning experiences in the game will equip them for success in life. The pillars of this foundation are rooted in the following key areas of development:
Character
Commitment
Work Ethic
Selflessness
Leadership
The evidence of success is that overall we have a good retention rate, our players have fun, develop as soccer players but most importantly develop as people. The kids go on to play soccer in high school, and sometimes in college at both the varsity and club level. DYSA members leave the club with a skill set to be effective and thoughtful adults and community members.

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