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Early Development Program

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Early Development Program (EDP)

Mission Statement:

We strive for player development in an environment that fosters individual confidence and success.

Welcome to the Early Development Program (EDP) for Amherst Soccer Club!

We are excited you will be joining us and look forward to lots of fun on the soccer field.

Background
In the Spring of 2006, ASC combined our academy and EDP programs. The combined program is designed to give young players the opportunity to work with like-skilled players and focuses on skill development and maximum touches on the ball during training and game settings.  The program's format is consistent with the US National Youth Development Program as well as many soccer passionate countries.
We strongly believe that it is important to help youngsters learn the skills of the game of soccer starting at a young age. National statistics demonstrate that before we start coaching youngsters, we should teach them the skills and then coach them tactically, building on these skills. We firmly believe this will develop a better and more confident soccer player. National statistics overwhelmingly show that if we do not develop the players technically at a young age they will eventually give up. Many youngsters are strong athletically and physically; however, if they do not learn the skills, these attributes are eventually overshadowed—we have observed this particularly at the ages of 12 through 14.  Thus our EDP is structured to be FUN and teach basic skills, while also offering the opportunities for young players to put these skills to use. 

Format
We will have three weekly practices with a jamboree on Saturday mornings, and travel teams for U10 players (boys and girls). Three days of training are offered so that sessions can be shorter (which is better at this age) and so that kids who have conflicts have varied nights to choose from.  Kids do not need to be there all 3 nights but are encouraged to be there as much as they want to, and can handle.  Each night will have a theme and the stations will reinforce the theme.  The advantage of this format is that we put a strong focus on the individual player's technical development with exposure to multiple coaches in a dynamic format that keeps the players energized and engaged. (We will try our best to keep the M,W,F practice format and are awaiting the field schedule from the town.) The weekend jamboree-style tournament allows players to compete in small-sided games. We also will have a boys and a girls U10 team in the Granite State league (GSYSL) that will travel to other towns.  Primarily this will be U10 players, but younger players may get invited to join this group. We have not registered a U9 team in GSYSL because we believe that 4v4 is a far better developmental tool at the younger ages.  Thus we seek clubs with similar philosophies and will give the kids a “travel” experience by inviting other clubs to participate while keeping their “touches on the ball” high.


Parents' Role
We believe that a parent's role is not as a coach but as a support staff.  Your job is to get your player to practices and games in the proper attire and with the proper equipment.  Players need to wear shin guards and cleats and bring a ball to every practice and game.  Water bottles, sweats and smiles are important too.  Please support your players with positive encouragement and leave the coaching to the coaches.  At this age too many directions can confuse and frustrate.  You will notice even as coaches we are often quiet allowing the children to learn from the situational experience.

Questions/Contacts
Thanks for sharing your children with us.  If you have questions please direct them first to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  The EDP Director is Josh Taylor. We will introduce the coaches at the parents' meeting. The Director of Coaching for ASC, Marc Hubbard will also be working with your kids periodically.  We look forward to a great season.

 

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Upcoming Events:

04/14 - Spring 2014 Training starts.  (click here for schedule) 

04/11 - Need order forms for NHSA Revs game on 06-08014.  (click here for form)

04/14 - Spring Season Begins for EDP

04/26 - Games begin for U10-U19 (click here for NHSA game schedules)

05/06 -  Spring Season for Tots begins

05/23 - Coaches check-in for Memorial Day Classic

05/24-05/26 Memorial Day Classic

06/14-15 - U15-U19 Nordic Cup Tournament


 22nd Annual Memorial Day Classic Soccer Tournament:

Please go to our Tournament page for 2014 MDC information. 

 


EDP and Tots Program Signup:  

 Now accepting registrations for our winter & spring EDP and Tots programs.  No tryouts required.  Go to signup page to register. 


 2014 Spring EDP Information:

Click Here for 2014 Spring schedule 

Click Here for more information on EDP program


Summer Camp 2014

 Summer Camp will be held the week of August 11th - 15th.  Open to the public.  Camp is included in your fall dues for those playing fall soccer with the club.


Spring 2014 NHSL Match Schedules:

 Please check every week as changes do occur.  Schedules can be found HERE once they have been posted by NHSL. 


 Uniforms:
Click here for uniform and optional gear list and order form. Uniform inquirery's contact Alison at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
  

 

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AMHERST SOCCER CLUB

P.O. BOX 853

AMHERST, NH 03031

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