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Why? : • Both programs are designed to serve our respective youth soccer communities • The youth soccer landscape has changed drastically and we have seen a proliferation of premier programs • Both of our membership bases have spoken and identified a gap in our programming • In response, Darien and New Canaan are collaborating to create a program that will allow our players the opportunity to experience premier level competition with the affordability, convenience and flexibility of playing locally • Most importantly, New Canaan FC and Darien SA will continue to offer their full range of traditional programs including multiple travel teams at each age group.
Mission: • Provide the opportunity for our players to experience premier level programming combined with the affordability, flexibility and convenience of playing locally • Foster a spirit of friendly rivalry that’s lost in todays premier landscape • Promote community collaboration as a pathway to further advance both High School programs • Friendship and fun!
Structure: • 50/50 joint venture between Darien SA and New Canaan FC • Initially U 15 boys and girls with other age groups in the 2008 -2005 birth year potentially added based on demand • Long-term goal to offer boys and girls from U 12 -U 15
Strengths: • Affordable • • Not trying to make a profit Not covering overhead like buildings Appropriately sized rosters to ensure playing time Still paying highest quality coaches above market • Flexible • • One size doesn’t always fit all Programming can be tweaked (ie tournament weekends, indoor) Control field scheduling so can optimize to reduce conflicts Not catering to multi-sport athlete, but minimizing disruption • Local • High level premier at the local level • Practices and home games at Middlesex, DHS, Saxe, NCHS • Reduced commuting, not spending hours on 95
Program Overview: • Fall • 2 team practices and 1 technical practice a week • 1 League Game (CCSL or EDP) • Labor/Columbus Day Tournament • Winter • 1 practice a week (Bobby Valentines /So. No Field House) • Possible winter league (So. No or Armonk), additional tournaments • Spring • 2 -3 practices a week • 1 League game • Memorial Day Tournament • Other Benefits • Player evaluations and feedback • Weekly game reports and practice curriculum • HS Coach access • Additional costs • Kit $100 -$300 depending on gear beyond uniforms
Coaches: • Reviewing resumes and conducting interviews • Paying top of market salaries to attract the best coaches • Candidates selected based on: • • Highest quality coaching experience Demonstrated excellence with age group Fun positive environment Rivals United is the priority commitment • Ties to High School programs via coaching
League Overview: National Regional State County DA ECNL NPL EDP NYCSL CJSA Town Travel
Program Price - $2, 300: Fall Winter Spring Other Price Rivals United 3 practices and 1 game a week, Cup, Columbus Day Tournament 1 Practice Winter league play? Tournament play? 2 -3 Practices, 1 Game, Spring Tournament entry High School Coach access $2, 300 Club A 3 practices and 1 game a week, 1 strength and conditioning, two tournaments 2 practices a week Strength and conditioning, Winter League, one tournament 3 practices and 1 game a week, strength and conditioning, two spring tournaments $3, 450 plus membership dues Club B 3 practices and 1 game a week, Columbus Day Tournament 1 Practice Winter league play 2 -3 Practices, 1 Game, Spring Tournament entry $3, 270 Club C 3 practices and 1 game a week, 2 tournaments 1 Practice, Winter tournament, Crossfit training 3 Practices, 1 Game, Spring Tournament entry, State Cup $3, 500
Process: • Registration open now (DSA and New Canaan FC websites) • Registration #s will determine tryout age groups • Tryout dates/teams announced • Coaches selected • Tryouts held late April/Early May • Teams selected and formed • Schedule put in place
Contacts: • Krista Tully – [email protected] com • Mike Moore – mtmoore [email protected] com • Stacy Branca – [email protected] com • Anne Holmes – agholmes [email protected] com • Suzanne Stafford – [email protected] com