The Huntsville Soccer Club is proud to offer programs for players of all levels and abilities.
Player development and retention are primary goals for HSC. To facilitate these goals, our Club continues to work towards aligning with Long Term Player Development (LTPD) to better service our membership at the youngest levels. LTPD is about putting players first and offering age-appropriate opportunities for kids to enjoy the game of soccer. Making the game fun is key in teaching and coaching, so that players will continue in the game and even coach or referee when they get older.
Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is mandated by the Canadian Soccer Association out of a directive from Canadian Sport for Life. Although new to Ontario (and Canada), LTPD is not a new concept to the best soccer nations. Spain, England, Germany, USA, South Africa and most professional clubs around the world have already successfully implemented a similar philosophy of player development. The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) have spent years studying children, speaking with the best soccer players while developing and implementing LTPD.
In Ontario, we are working toward an approach where players U12 and younger will practice and train much more than they play in “games”, with field sizes and training methods geared to specific development stages. HSC has been gradually adopting LTPD philosophies, and will continue to implement changes in accordance with LTPD to help all of our players reach higher levels of development, confidence and success!!
Children need a modified game that fits their age and stage of learning and too often it’s the children that are modified to meet the requirements of a game. All available research and observations show that children have more fun and learn more playing a game with smaller teams and modified rules. Children can actually play rather than struggle to understand a game created for adults. We want children to be confident in their skills and set them up for success!