PCSC is a nonprofit that inspires young athletes to develop competitive level soccer skills in a supportive and rewarding community environment that emphasizes enjoyment, respect and sportsmanship to foster their physical, mental and social growth.
The Park City Soccer Club follows the U.S. Soccer Federation coaching curriculum developed by US Soccer Youth Technical Director Claudio Reyna. This age-appropriate roadmap to player development has four key components that are emphasized:
DEVELOPMENT OVER WINNING
"Our players are naturally competitive," Reyna said. "We don't need to ramp that up anymore. The whistle blows, our kids want to win. That's one of our strengths and we're proud of it. But if we're manipulating and thinking winning-over-development, we're making a huge mistake. We're short-cutting the development of players. Our aim is to produce skillful, creative, confident players."
"Make every session a quality session, come prepared, don't waste time," Reyna said. "Keep players focused and active. … If you have 12 one-hour sessions in a month, and you waste 10 minutes each session, you can waste two sessions in a month."
"Providing players with too much too soon leads to confusion and hurts development," Reyna said. "We don't need coaches teaching 8-year-olds zonal defending or an offside trap, just like we don't teach a second-grader calculus. Kids learn rapidly, but at different stages in their lives."
"If we make it fun, we're going to inspire them. Soccer is a great, fun game," said Reyna. "Let's make sure we create an environment so that our players want to come back to our training sessions and be part of the fun."