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
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 League against other Clubs/Academy Programs in San Antonio. Academy players train twice per week, and will have limited travel for games. Tournament play will be optional.
7U/8U ACADEMY PROGRAM - BOYS, GIRLS, & COED (4V4)
Seasonal Year 2019-2020: *6U = 2014 | 7U = 2013 | *8U = 2012
Seasonal Year 2020-2021: *6U = 2015 | 7U = 2014 | *8U = 2013
9U/10U ACADEMY PROGRAM - BOYS, GIRLS & COED (7V7)
Seasonal Year 2019-2020: *U8 = 2012 | U9 = 2011 | U10 = 2010
Seasonal Year 2020-2021: *U8 = 2013 | U9 = 2012 | *U10 = 2011
Academy players will be assigned a training schedule, typically Mon-Wed or Tue-Thur. All Academy 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 - all academy players train as much as they like!!!
BFC Academy program is as flexible as possible for our players and parents.
BFC Academy program is OPEN ENROLLMENT, 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 should Register for the BFC ID Academy Camp (not required).
Two (2) Way to Register for the 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.
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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 Training Schedule
Fall Season: Aug - Dec
Spring Season: Feb - May
League Game Schedules
Fall Season: Aug/Sep - Nov/Dec
Spring Season: Feb/Mar - Apr/May
League standings are not kept at this age level. 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.
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.
Seasonal Year Summary *Subject to change
Fall Preseason: Academy - Aug 12 - Aug 23, 2019
Fall Preseason: Micro Academy - Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2019
Fall Season: Aug 26 - Dec 6, 2019
Thanksgiving Break: Nov 25 - Dec 1
Winter Break: Dec 9, 2019 - Jan 24, 2020 (6 weeks)
Optional Winter Indoor: Dec-Feb
Spring Preseason: Jan 27, 2020 - Jan 30, 2020
Spring Season: Feb 3 - May 9, 2020
Spring Break: Mar 16 - May 19, 2020
Tryouts: May 11 - June 7, 2020
Summer Break: June-July (8 weeks)
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 typically there is one in the Fall and one 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 are optional, and are 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