How Do We Develop Players?
OR, MORE IMPORTANTLY, HOW WILL WE DEVELOP YOUR CHILD? WE BELIEVE THIS IS A PRETTY BIG QUESTION, THAT RARELY IS ANSWERED. YOU MAY BE TOLD ABOUT A COACH'S RESUME, OR THE IMPORTANCE OF CERTAIN LEAGUES BUT DOES THE CLUB HAVE A LONG TERM PLAN FOR THE PLAYERS WITHIN ITS CARE?
GPS IS A CLUB. WE BELIEVE THAT CARRIES SOME IMPORTANCE. A CLUB MEANS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH SHARED VALUES AND TRAITS. A CLUB HAS AN IDENTITY. A CLUB STICKS TOGETHER. A CLUB IS ON THE SAME PAGE.
WE DO NOT BELIEVE TEAM A SHOULD BE UNRECOGNIZABLE TO TEAM B. WE DO NOT BELIEVE A PLAYER SHOULD HAVE TO RELEARN THE GAME FROM YEAR TO YEAR. WE DO NOT BELIEVE COACHES SHOULD COACH THE SAME TEAM FROM CRADLE TO GRAVE.
WE FEEL THAT YOUTH SOCCER SHOULD BE ABOUT SOMETHING MORE THAN GAINING RESULTS SO YOU CAN WIN THE ANNUAL RECRUITING WAR.
THIS IS HOW WE STRUCTURE OUR TRAINING ENVIRONMENT. THERE ARE MANY OTHER WAYS AND WE DO NOT CLAIM TO HAVE A FULL PROOF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY AS A CLUB. BUT, WE DO CLAIM TO HAVE ONE...
A Style of Play. Start with the End in Mind.
Systems of Play. Progressive Formations to Complement Style.
Developing Player Plan. A Layered Age-Appropriate Curriculum.
The GPS Developing Player Plan (DPP) is a comprehensive curriculum that provides players with age-specific provision, preparing them to be successful. This lays the foundation for them to progress in their journey towards maximizing their potential.
We believe the player grows with the game ensuring an holistic approach to player development relative to their growth. We use a periodization model with key topics worked on throughout the season at appropriate touch points and ensuring we are not merely reacting to the weekend's performance.
The DPP Covers:
- Progression of key game concepts
- Developing technical proficiency and consistency
- Ensuring the player athlete is catered for
- Assist with supporting the players in development of a growth mindset