Buffalos FC Academy Director(s)

Director of Coaching
Chris Sage
chris.sage@buffalosfc.org

Boys Academy Director
David McDonald
david.mcdonald@buffalosfc.org

Girls Academy Director
Carla Keegan
carla.keegan@buffalosfc.org

Let them Play

Let Them Play
"Kids should be allowed to play. They learn the most from their own mistakes, 
so give them the space to make mistakes."  - Johan Cruyff

U9/U10 ACADEMY PROGRAM - Boys, Girls & Coed (7v7)

2018-2019: Players Born in *2011, 2010, & 2009

This program is an introductory club level training program. Great for the young athlete who is looking for a more focused training session and wants to commitment more time to their personal development.  Teams will play in the local AAYSA Academy League against other (Clubs) Academy Teams in San Antonio. This age group will have limited travel (San Antonio Metro Area) and they will train twice a week.  Tournament play will be optional, and teams will be able to participate in AAYSA Festival Events. 

USYS Age Rule (2018-2019):  *U8 = 2011 | U9 = 2010 | U10 = 2009
USYS Age Rule (2019-2020):  *U8 = 2012 | U9 = 2011 | U10 = 2010

*U8, U9 & U10:  This age group is "small-sided" games (7v7)
*To futher develop players who are advanced for their age U8 player(s) are eligible to play up

Club Player Pass:
Academy 7v7 players also get opportunities during the seasonal year to play at the 9v9 (U11) level. 
This is to further a player's individual development and reward players during the seasonal year.  

Flexible Training Schedule

Academy age groups will be assigned a training schedule.  Typically Mon-Wed or Tue-Thur.  Players are allowed to train any day of the week.  If a player misses a training session, they can train on a different day, players wants to train extra, not a problem - train as much as they like, traffic coming home from work, make-up the training session, if you want.  We try to be as flexible as possible for our players and parents. 

How Do I Register?

BFC Academy program is OPEN REGISTRATION, which means any player who registers will be placed on a team.  We have (2) two Academy ID Camps these are held prior to each season, the Academy ID Camp gives coaching staff a chance to meet new players & evaluate their skill level.  This also give players and parents a chance to meet our staff, and see if they like our program before they commit to joining Buffalos FC.  

All players need to Register for the BFC ID Academy Camp, whether attending the camp or not, after we receive your registration we will send you a player invite to join Buffalos FC, so you can set up billing/payments, etc.  

ACADEMY ID CAMP

Not Required to Join our BFC Academy Program

ALL players wishing to join the Buffalos FC Academy Program will be placed on a team, the purpose of the Academy ID Camp is to evaluate player skill levels and place them on the appropriate team.   Academy ID Camps will be held in the Fall and Spring each year.

Academy ID Camp for Spring 2019
Jan 28, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019
   - 4v4:  Jan 28 & 30 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
   - 7v7:  Jan 29 & Jan 31 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Academy ID Camp for Fall 2019 & Spring 2020
May 20, 2019 - June 5, 2019
   - 4v4:  TBD (Please Check Back)
   - 7v7:  TBD (Please Check Back)

What if I missed the Academy ID Camp Dates?

Don't worry - just register anyway and when we get your registration you will be contacted by our DOC.  He will invite you out to join our teams during their training sessions.  If you decided to join Buffalos FC, depending on where we are at in the season, he can pro-rate the player fee amount.  BFC can accept new players anytime during the year - there are no restrictions at this age level.  

Academy Season Information

All Academy is POOL PLAY, which means we play Boys/Girls and Coed games.  League standings are not kept at this age level. 

How this Works:  After games schedules have been produced, parents are able to view ALL potential games.  Parents then update their availability for the games they are able to attend, then Academy Directors / Coaching Staff assign the rosters for each game.  This is to make it more flexible on households and lets families have a little more control on their personal schedule. 

Players can play in (2) two games per day, and games can be schedule for Saturday and/or Sunday.

At this age we want players to play in as many games as they can.  The average number of games per season per player should be between 10-16 games (not including tournaments or academy festival events).  This will vary based on a player's availability.  
Example:  eight (8) week season = 16 games

Game Reschedules / Make-Up / Schedule Changes:  There are times when the games schedules will change, for various reasons, weather, ref conflicts, field conditions, etc.  We do our best to provide as much notice as possible to our parents, but there are times when we may be notified of a potential game change with short notice.

Academy ID Camp
Academy ID Camp (Spring 2019): 
Jan 28, 2019 - Jan 31, 2019
Academy ID Camp (2019-2020):  May 20, 2019 - June 5, 2019

Academy Training Schedule
Fall Season 2018: Aug 2018 - Dec 2018
Spring Season 2019:  Jan 28, 2019 - May 16, 2019

League Game Schedules
Fall Season 2018: 
 Sep 8, 2018 - Nov 10, 2018
Spring Season 2019:  Feb 9, 2019 - Apr 13, 2019

Festivals & Tournaments
Festival Dates:  
Spring Festival:  Mar 2, 2019
Tournament Dates:  Aug 2018, Nov & Dec 2018, Feb 2019, May 2019

Festivals & Tournaments

Fall Festival | Spring Festival
Festivals are like a round robin tournament.  There is no out-of-pocket expense to participate in these events.  Festivals are held on a Saturday and there is one (1) in the Fall and one (1) in the Spring.  Academy parents are asked if they want to participate, and if yes, they will play in the games assigned by the festival event coordinator.  The festivals are just another way to play in some extra games.  Standings are not kept for festival events.  

Tournaments
Tournaments are player registration events, and will be an out-of-pocket expense.  Tournaments are typically held at the beginning and the end of each season.  Tournaments selected to play in are local with minimal travel.  Travel request at this age group is rare, but not out of the question - we work with our parents and do what they want to do. Tournaments will typically have a tournament champion and runner-up.  This is the one time during the seasonal year this age group plays games and standings are kept. 

Check Tournament Information for more details