Our club is a youthful organization that is focused on player development to the premier, college, professional, and beyond. We focus on competing in tournaments all over the US we believe that exposure is key. Our teams have competed in CT, MA, PA, NJ, CA, HI, FL, MN, MD and so much more… Pride, Passion, and Professionalism are at the foundation of our program. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the individual player and team. Our players not only learn from our coaching staff, but also they learn from each other regularly. The Bridgeport Family experience is like no other we are a small organization. That focuses on your child’s development mentally as well as physically. As an organization we strive to know each player as a soccer player as well as on a personal level.
The foundation of our success is our coaches. Our coaches’ educational experiences range from professional, collegiate, high school, and youth development. In addition to this they have various playing experiences from the college, professional, international levels and beyond. Our coaches come from several different continents. They are mentors, educators, players, and models to our players, but they are also consistent students of the game as well. They are all licensed and are required to continue their professional development to the highest level possible.
All Bridgeport training sessions combine of player development to create the most effective use of our training time.
Technical: the skills and techniques required for soccer. Including use of both feet and mastering fundamentals.
Tactical: The decision making and problems solving aspects of soccer.
Physical: The endurance, agililty, speed, coordination, power and balance needed for soccer.
Mental: The discipline, leadership, pride and trust essential for match conditions. Mental toughness.
These also nurture a love for the game and build character. Our club cares about the development of all of our teams and our curriculum is specifically designed to develop our players above and beyond! Our older players work closely with professionals that aid in the college selection and recruitment process. The Bridgeport experience provides more than a club to our players and we continue to develop scholar athletes dedicated toward success through a disciplined football program.
THE PLAYER'S BILL OF RIGHTS
Through TEAM PLAY we will: 1. Have FUN in both practice and games 2. Create a positive experience even when losing 3. Foster self worth 4. Show team spirit and foster a sense of belonging 5. Provide equal playing time for each child 6. Show respect to all participants 7. Promote sportsmanship 8. Teach the game and joy of soccer
THE PARENT'S COMMITMENT
Make sure your child attends both practices and games. Attendance and timeliness teach responsibility and foster team spirit
Provide the necessary equipment so your child may play safely
Get involved. Volunteer to assist the coach when and where you can
Read "The Rules of Soccer - Simplified" more than once
Understand each child's athletic ability is different and will be different as they grow
Try not to compare
Let your coach discuss calls with the referees
Attempt to relieve the pressure of competition ... not to increase it
Applaud good plays by BOTH teams
Accept the results of the game. Encourage your child to be gracious in victory and turn defeat into victory by working towards improvement
Follow the rules of the field
Exemplify good behavior
A coach can be many things to different people. A coach is a teacher, a mentor, and a role model. Sometimes a friend and confidant. Most of all, a coach must be positive. The traits of a positive coach are:
Puts players first. A positive coach wants to win but understands that he/she is first and foremost an educator with the development of his/her players as his/her top priority. He/She understands that children go through developmental stages and uses age-appropriate coaching strategies. The coach values the long-term welfare of the players more than looking good as a coach. The coach avoids the trap of thinking the game is about him/her rather than for players. Where winning is in conflict with the long-term benefit of the children, a positive coach has an unwavering commitment to what is best for the athletes.
Develops character as well as skills. A positive coach uses the crucible of competition as a virtual classroom. The coach seizes upon victory and defeat as teachable moments - opportunities to build on his/her athletes' self-confidence and positive character traits such as determination, courage, empathy and commitment. The coach wants to win, but even more, wants to transmit lessons that will carry over into the rest of the athletes "lives". The coach is loyal to players and reluctant to "give up" on them, especially "at-risk" athletes who have the most to gain from participating in sports.
Coaches for mastery. A positive coach coaches for mastery rather than victory, which the coach sees as a by-product of the pursuit of excellence. The coach focuses on effort rather than outcome, learning rather than comparison to others and recognizes that mistakes are an important and inevitable part of learning and encourages an environment in which players are willing to risk making a mistake. The coach is committed to becoming the best coach possible and continually seeks to improve his/her own effectiveness.
Refuses to motivate through fear, intimidation, or shame. A positive coach establishes order and discipline in a positive manner. Many coaches are positive when things are going well and the team is winning. A positive coach works to remain positive even through losing streaks. A coach recognizes that it is often when things go wrong that a coach can have the most positive impact and teach the most important lessons. Regardless of the adversity, the coach refuses to demean oneself or the players by resorting to fear, intimidation or shame. The coach always treats athletes with respect regardless of how well they perform.
Creates a partnership with players. A positive coach resists an authoritarian role in which players are conditioned to please the coach. The coach involves the team members in determining team rules. The coach recognizes that communication is the lifeblood of effective relationships and works hard to establish clear and effective two-way communication with the players. The coach seeks to win the cooperation of the players through encouragement and treats them as partners working together to achieve mutual goals.
Honors the game. A positive coach feels an obligation to the sport being coached. The coach loves the sport and shares that love and enjoyment with the players. The coach feels privileged to be able to take part in the sport. The coach respects the opponent, recognizing that a worthy opponent will push the coach and team to do their best. The coach understands the important role that officials play and strives to show them respect even when he/she disagrees with their decisions. She/he values the rich tradition of the sport and works to honor the spirit as well as the letter of its rules. A positive coach demonstrates personal integrity and would rather lose than win by dishonoring the game.