Director's Development Program (DDP) Overview

Mission Statement

The Director's Development Program (DDP) replaces the legacy travel programs at U7 and U8 with a player-centered development program. By creating a nurturing, educational soccer environment and removing as many barriers to development as possible, DDP facilitates learning and expedites player growth.

Come out to Arcola (field #1) on Sunday, April 28th at 11am to join the intramural training with our professional trainers and learn more about the DDP program. 


Full program details for each age group, including program fees, can be found here.

Program Objectives

  • Encourage creative freedom in training and in games
  • Reduce fear of failure by placing more emphasis on individual player development and eliminating the pressure of winning games
  • Reduce or eliminate labeling players at a young age by creating player pools instead of assigning them to "A," "B," and "C" teams with the goal of developing a larger pool of talented players at each age group
  • Create free player movement within age groups to ensure the top players can play up and be challenged
  • Provide appropriate training to game ratio
  • Maintain an appropriate travel to playing time ratio

DDP Program Information and Fees

Our Director's Development Program includes registration for the fall and spring intramural leagues, as well as year-round training with our professional trainers and participation in approximately 6 festivals. Festivals are multi-game events that take place with teams from other local soccer clubs. Although festivals will be competitive, the emphasis will be on development of soccer skills and game understanding, NOT on winning. Kids love these events and always have a lot of fun partipating in them.

Below is a comparison of our DDP and intramural program. For an additional $135 over the cost of fall and spring intramurals, DDP allows your child to receive year-round training and participate in several festivals. 

Registration fees for the 2019-20 season are as follows and may be paid in three installments.

DDP Program Full Year DDP Fall/Spring Intramural
Registration Fee $ 400 $ 150/$115 =$265
Summer / Fall
Professional Training
2x per week
Begins in June None
ADVANCE Festivals 4 None
Intramural Soccer Fall League
Intramural Uniform
DDP Uniform NA
Winter
Professional Training
Winter Academy (weekly)
Optional $150
Spring
Intramural Soccer Spring League
Professional Training
Spring Academy (weekly)
Optional $100
ADVANCE Festivals 2 None

 

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