Montgomery Travelers Soccer Club
Youth Development Program
Our Youth Development Program is for boys and girls ages 5 – 9 (U6 through U10), regardless of skill level or experience. It follows US Soccer’s Best Practice Guidelines for the development of young players. It is designed to improve their ability to learn and enjoy the game of soccer.
The program's curriculum emphasizes development over winning, small sided games as a teaching environment and player time on the ball to help them improve their skills and confidence. Combining these three elements with appropriate levels of knowledgeable and qualified coaching are key success factors for a player's development. The format also offers the player the opportunity to apply their learning in games without being “overcoached.“
Each season, a few games may be scheduled with other clubs to expose the older players to external competition. Travel for competition is optional but definitely encouraged. Players who do not wish to travel will receive the same training and will have local competitions on travel days if a sufficient number of players remain local.
The program requires a commitment by season. A player can choose to play both fall and spring or to play only in the fall or only in the spring. Parents should understand, however, if their child wants to tryout and be selected for a U10 travel team (which is a fall and spring commitment), they are encouraged to allow their child to participate in both fall and spring YDP seasons each year, at least starting at the age of U-8. This will afford them the best opportunity to maximize their learning, gain more confidence and avoid falling behind the development level of their peers.
For additional information, see Program Details and Frequently Asked Questions on this web site or contact Bruce Guest, Director of Coaching at Guehouse@aol.com or 908 904-9428.