THE ALL NEW

JUNIOR PREMIER

"Football has to be FUN for kids or it doesn't make sense"

- Johan Cruyff

The time has come to do something different. US Youth Soccer is without a doubt the most expensive and time-consuming youth soccer system in the world. Yet, nearly a half-century after the soccer boom in this country, our quality doesn't come close to approaching the world's best.

What we are doing now is not working, and even worse, everybody knows it. So, with this in mind, HSC is starting a new pilot project at the Junior Premier level for U9 Boys and Girls only.

The goal is to get back to focusing on the basics of small sided games, local play, and most importantly, having fun again.

We will do this by creating a system that prioritizes participation over competition, with the objective to take away the pressure on young athletes to win games or rack up impressive numbers, and instead have a greater presence of the elements of free play.

The pilot HSC Junior Program will be free of charge. We are removing the cost of participation from this equation in order to place our focus on the young athlete.

It is well known that income inequality is hurting youth sports, and perhaps in this year more than any other. Covid-19 has turned our economy upside down, and with this in mind, we are creating an accessible program for our youngest group of players.

OVERVIEW

Our philosophy is to develop confident and intelligent soccer players through a unique style of coaching. This model is a player-centered approach to coaching, where the player comes first. All aspects of the game: technical, physical, tactical and game intelligence are developed in an integrated manner for greater transfer and result.

"We emphasize development over winning at all costs"

Players will be required to be born in 2012.

TEAMS

2012 BOYS TEAM 1 - Up to 10 Players

2012 BOYS TEAM 2 - Up to 10 Players

2012 GIRLS TEAM 1 - Up to 10 Players

2012 GIRLS TEAM 2 - Up to 10 Players

There will be an additional Waiting List created for each of the 4 teams.

HSC is dedicated to finding a home for your player. If our Coaching Staff believe that the Junior Program is not a good fit for your player, we will provide an appropriate pathway through our other Programs.

COACHING STAFF

Mason Aguirre - USSF "D" License Holder

Jose Andrade - USSF "D" License Holder

Sebastian Tavera - USSF "D" License Holder

Luis Guevara - USSF "D" License Holder

PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Oscar Monteblanco - Director of Coaching

Michael Wall - Assistant Director of Coaching

JUNIOR PROGRAM CALENDAR

The Junior Program is broken up into 4 "Quarters". Each "Quarter" will represent an opportunity for the players to continue their development with our Coaching Staff for the season. At the beginning of each Quarter, we will run a Trial Day, where we open the opportunity for other players to step into the pathway.

A contract between player (parent) and club will be required in order to participate. The contract will stipulate expectation, a level of commitment and good conduct in order to be accepted. Contract could be terminated at any time, if the player or Coaching Staff decide that it is no longer a good fit for the player.

QUARTER 1

August - October

Players will train twice weekly, and have scheduled friendlies against other partner clubs. Game days and times may vary, but a calendar will be provided.

Full Development plans will be provided at the end of each Quarter.

QUARTER 2

November & January

Players will train once a week, and have scheduled friendlies against other partner clubs indoors. Game days and times may vary, but a calendar will be provided.

There will be no training or games in December. Full Development plans will be provided at the end of each Quarter.

QUARTER 3

February & March

Players will train once a week indoors, and have scheduled friendlies against other partner clubs. Game days and times may vary, but a calendar will be provided.

Full Development plans will be provided at the end of each Quarter.

QUARTER 4

April & May

Players will train twice weekly outside.

Full Development plans will be provided at the end of each Quarter.

HILLSBORO SOCCER CLUB PHILOSOPHY

We believe in developing the player throughout the club. From kinder through to High School, we believe that every team should be recognizable to another within our club. Players should join the pathway at Kinder level, continue that growth through Junior Premier, Junior Premier II and finish with our Premier programs.

This model creates continuity within the club, which allows each player to learn the language, coaching style and most importantly - how to play within our club parameters. No player should ever have to "relearn" their play when moving from one team to another.

We build our club and coaching philosophy with development at the very foundation of what we do on a daily basis.

Below are the four pillars of what each player will be encouraged to master throughout their soccer career with us at Hillsboro Soccer Club.

01. BUILD FROM THE BACK

Learn to encourage play to begin with the goalkeeper. We want every player to be comfortable on the ball, maximizing touches and encouraging individual growth within the system of play.

02. POSSESSION WITH A PURPOSE

Every player is involved at every moment of play. We encourage movement of the ball within the team, being patient as you shift the opposition, waiting for gaps to appear. When they do, the player must be able to pick the right pass.

03. ALWAYS PLAY WITH ATTACK ON YOUR MIND

We want our players to create as many goal scoring opportunities as possible. This will result in more creativity in the final third, encouraging all players to express themselves and be unpredictable.

04. THE FIRST DEFENDER IS THE FIRST ATTACKER

A high press will allow the team to win the ball back as high up the pitch as possible. Therefore, we encourage every player to learn to defend, and attack.

PROGRAM FEES? HIDDEN FEES?

The Junior Program has been designed to run on no fees. We are requiring that our Players purchase a Player Card, which registers your player with us, and ensures that the player remains insured while playing.

UNIFORMS

We want our players to feel attached to the club, to our coaches & to their team mates. This is why we are asking that our players purchase the Training Kit only from our partners at Tursis. You can see this information below.

THATS IT? REALLY?

Yes! We know that there are so many players out there that are desperate to play for a team, and finances are what is prohibiting them doing so. This program is for you. We are doing something entirely different and we can not wait to begin.

READY TO SIGN UP

TRIAL DAYS

Trial Days will be offered at the beginning of every quarter. Allowing new players to potentially join the Juniors Program. HSC will always endeavor to find a program that appropriately fits your player.

For the first Quarter, Trials will be held at the Evergreen Christian Center on July 25th, 2020 at 11am - 12:30pm.

What's after our Junior Program?

Click here to find out what is next on our Player Pathway