Dear KBSC Community,
Since mid-March, our world as we know it has changed indefinitely. We have survived the initial wave of COVID-19 pandemic, but we must remain very vigilant and take every safety precaution to mitigate the spread and protect the population that is most vulnerable to this virus. We will adopt safety guidelines suggested by the leading authorities, from the CDC, USYS, FYSA and others.
We hope to start our season on Monday, August 24, 2020, as the new school year begins. KBSC, like the KB community, has undergone new changes. 2020 marks a serious change with the addition of Jimmy Asprilla (Technical Director) and Claudio Nocco (Director of Coaching). We welcome them in their new roles and we have high expectations next season in Competitive play. Pichi Acosta will continue to lead all of our intramural/recreational programs: PeeWee, Intramural/Pre-Academy, and JR Academy. The club will adapt to a new coaching methodology that we believe will pay off in many ways.
If you are on a Competitive Travel team and participated in the tryouts, you should have been notified in early June whether you made a team, along with your coach assignment. It is important that you respond and reserve your spots by making your deposit payment. Due to the number of players trying out for our teams, if you do not submit your deposit payment by June 15th, you may lose your spot on a team and will be removed from the roster. If you delay making your payment, you are at risk of losing your spot and being demoted to another team. Please contact your coach regarding your status. If we cannot host pre-season tryouts, we will wait until the last weeks of August to coordinate formal tryout sessions before announcing our final teams.
The Elite Competitive teams are expected to report on August 3rd to prepare for the early season schedule and the Disney Shootout Qualifier. All other teams and programs will start the week of August 24th. Please contact your coach to confirm the starting date for your team. This year, we will expand to nine (10) girls teams with a strong focus on building our program to the level of our boys. All girls’ teams will practice three times per week. To accommodate the girl’s growth, we will eliminate the United teams from our Competitive program. We will strengthen our Premier Blue and Premier White teams. It will be more competitive and those players who are not selected will be referred to the JR Academy program. JR Academy will follow our Competitive program and we will schedule periodic 5 v 5 tournaments and friendlies with other local clubs to give them to play games.
Competitive teams are evaluated throughout the season based on natural talent, skill, maturity, teamwork, attitude and respect for others. 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.
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 Director of Coaching after practice.
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 and technical skills for all programs. Development will zero in on the following areas:
- Technical ability
- Tactical ability
- Mental Strength
- Fitness Level
- Commitment (from players and parents)
We have outstanding licensed coaches who continue to challenge themselves to be great teachers and mentors. If you play on Competitive Travel, we will repeat the keyword — Commitment. Each player is expected to commit to the 9 month season. 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.
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 South 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 the FYSA Code of 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.
JC Gonzalez, Director of Coaching Pichi Acosta, Director of Coaching
Competitive Travel & JR Academy Recreation and Pee Wee