Dear KBSC Community,
Since mid-March, our world as we know it has changed indefinitely. We have survived the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has changed everyone’s lifestyle in our community. We must remain very vigilant and take every safety precaution to mitigate the spread and protect KB by adopting all of the safety guidelines into our daily routines (social distancing, face covers, frequent hand washing, and keeping a positive attitude.
As our new season begins on August 3rd, we face many challenges ahead to restore soccer to the level we expect. However, we will continue to follow the leading authorities, from the CDC, USYS, FYSA, US Club, and other, in order to carefully transition to normal practices and competition play. We ask for your patience and together we will get there. Going forward every year, we will start on the first Monday of August so our Competitive teams can have a full month of pre-season training prior to the start of tournaments and league play that starts in late August/early September. We know many families take holiday in August, but our club now is playing among the elite teams in the State and we have to stay on pace with these programs that start as early as mid-July.
With the uncertainty of the upcoming start of the school year, KBSC is here to provide an outlet for the children to exercise and enjoy soccer as a positive distraction in their lives. This season marks a new chapter in the club’s evolution. We have created a new management team to address the growing daily demands of our club. We promoted Jimmy Asprilla (Technical Director) and Claudio Nocco (Director of Coaching). We welcome them in their new roles and we have high expectations this season in Competitive play. Pichi Acosta will continue to lead all of our intramural/recreational programs, including the new and improved JR Academy program. Ruben Betancor will assist Pichi to develop specific training methods for our Intramural (Pre-academy) and JR Academy programs. The club will adapt to a new coaching methodology that will pay off in many ways, starting from age 3 to 18. There will be a new identity in how we train and develop into intelligent, technically superior players.
If you are on a Competitive team, we underwent changes without fully implementing tryouts due to COVID-19. We notified most of you in early June whether you made a team, along with your coach assignment. It is important that you respond your commitment, despite the uncertainty of the fall seasons. We need to know who plans to play so we hold your spot. We recommend you start making your payments. If we do not have a season, we will suspend payments.
The Elite Competitive Boys teams have been accepted into the Sunshine Conference and FSPL and our club (Boys and Girls) was selected into the prestigious Florida Club League. This year, we will expand to nine (9) girls teams with a strong focus on building our program quickly to the highest levels. All girls’ teams will practice three times per week. To accommodate the girl’s growth, we eliminated boys’ teams from our Competitive program. We will strengthen our Premier Blue and Premier White teams, creating balance and perform quarterly evaluations to move players into the appropriate levels based on their performance. We are proud that almost all of our coaches are returning this season and we have upgraded our coaching staff with a new emphasis on coaching development to ensure they are up to date with the latest training methods and licenses.
Competitive teams will be evaluated quarterly throughout the season based on natural talent, intelligence, skill, maturity, teamwork, attitude, respect and personal character. Players development will dictate how they move up or down in their age group during the season. Decisions to move players are made on a case-by-case basis. There may be occasions when a player will be invited to guest play or move permanently to fill a need or an opening on a team. Also, players develop differently and certain situations will dictate how the coaches manage their rosters. Our coaching staff and directors will work constantly to evaluate team progress and select the appropriate league and tournament levels to achieve the best developmental results.
Teams will not be chosen because…
- They are best friends.
- They attend the same school.
- The parents get along and want to keep the group together.
We know that some decisions may not be in accordance with parents’ or players’ opinions, but we ask you to kindly respect the process. If a parent would like to discuss their player’s selection on a particular team, they should make an appointment to speak directly with the coach or the Technical Director.
Development is the #1 priority for our club. We will put extra focus on the girl’s development in Recreation and Competitive Travel, making sure that our coordinators work on the fundamentals and schedule a special time to allow them to have more touch with the ball. Our boys have tremendous depth across all age groups. We will promote a style of play that stresses possession football, technical skills, and high-pressure defense for all programs.
We have high expectations this season for all of our programs. As our club competes at the highest levels at State Cup and regional/national tournaments, we are now considered among the top teams in Florida. With that comes a huge responsibility. It is important to conduct ourselves at practices and games at the highest standard. That’s why we are going to emphasize RESPECT and DISCIPLINE this season. We must adhere to the principals of good conduct. All players and parents must manage their emotions and respect their teammates, opponents, referees, other parents during the season. We will not tolerate disrespect and poor behavior. Our staff will review all red cards issued this year and impose harsh discipline on anyone who does not conduct themselves properly. Repeat offenders will be asked to leave the club.
We want to wish everyone in the KB community a healthy and fantastic season. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at your earliest convenience.
Pichi Acosta, Director of Coaching
Intramural/JR Academy & PeeWee Programs
Technical Director, All Programs
Claudio Nocco, Director of Coaching