Far Post offers play opportunities for players aged 6-19. Up until age 8, we offer clinics aimed at building vital soccer skills and a love for the game that allow players to opt in/out as they choose. From 8-19, we offer competitive play opportunities for those looking to hone their skills and play for a love of the game. It is our belief that we must provide a pathway for players with differing levels of commitment to the game through common shared goals. We get that some players will play multiple sports throughout the year, while others will devote themselves solely to soccer. We create a schedule that accommodates both types of players, while giving those that are the most committed ample opportunities to play and develop.
In designing our curriculum we look at both the demands of the game and the pathway of the player. What skills must our players have to be successful at a given age? Does their pathway lead them through high school and into college? Can soccer remain a part of their life no matter their aspiration at the next level?
We look at the ends, then design the means to specifically get our players to where they need to be.
We design our curriculum based on the United State Soccer Federation's (USSF) Player Development Initiatives, which places individual player development ahead of the accomplishments of the team. This has always been our philosophy at Far Post, so we have plenty of experience in this realm.
Although winning is fun and overall it can be a measure of progress, the result of any one game cannot truly measure development or even success. Developing successful players capable of playing at the highest possible level is--and always has been--our priority. We are unique in Vermont in this sense.
The USSF's decision to move from Class Year to Birth Year was made for the sake of development and also an attempt to remove the Relative Age Effect. RAE is the confusion of athletic dominance for skill, with a national focus now on creating better-skilled players. Here is what the USSF has outlined.
We never lose sight of what our players need and what is truly important.
Age groups for 2016/17 Season: