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SLYSA offers more diverse competition for our teams
“Participating in SLYSA was driven by a number of factors. For our U13 and older teams, it offers more diverse competition which will help their development. It is also good for the overall community to have a strong regional league.”
Steve Ole Olson of SoccerSTL.net talked with several members of the SLSG Coaching staff recently for SLYSA to learn more about their Player Development model and SLYSA’s role in their efforts. There is an audio interview you can find below with Pat Barry, Steve Pecher and Scott McDoniel. He also talked to Kevin Kalish and Dale Schilly separately. He’s pulled their responses together in the story below.
Club Name: St. Louis Scott Gallagher SC
Geographic Area served: Metro
Age Groups served: 5-18
Tell me about your Club
Our mission is to build the best club in the country. A club that positively impacts the development of our players on and off the field and positively impacts our community.
How is the Club approaching player development?
Through our curriculum, developed over many years now with continued investment by the ECNL and Academy staff. We focus on providing the foundation our players need to develop over their career with SLSG and in the game.
How do you measure the development?
We look at their technical progress, the ability to compete against appropriate levels and their upward mobility as they move through our system.
What role does competition have?
Appropriate competition is critical to the development process. The key is maintaining a proper balance. As a Club we want a winning mentality across all ages but the focus early is on process and playing with the right style. When players and coaches cut corners, it cuts development short which will limit the long-term success.
What role does SLYSA play in achieving your Club goals?
Participating in SLYSA was driven by a number of factors. For our U13 and older teams, it offers more diverse competition which will help their development. It is also good for the overall community to have a strong regional league. If we’ve done our job properly, we’ll be prepared to compete and help the Club succeed regionally as well. SLYSA is benefitting from strong leadership and good direction. That’s led to better facilities and better opportunity for all of us.
What other organizations is the Club involved with?
Our teams have the opportunity to play in the National Premier League (US Club Soccer) and for our premier teams, the Academy (boys) and ECNL (girls) are our most competitive teams.
What role do the other organizations play in achieving Club goals?
Let’s focus on the Academy. The US Soccer Development Academy plays an integral role in our Club overall. The US National team offers direct guidance and direction and the methodologies used there filter down to all of our teams, both boys and girls.
As Tony Lepore noted at a recent Academy event, there is no other league in the world like the USSDA. The key difference is the direct connection and guidance tying the National team to every Club in the Academy. You don’t find that anywhere else in the world.
The Academy offers Regionalized competition that progresses to the National playoffs that SLSG has been represented at the past two years. For our coaches, its access to the national staff. The last Showcase event included Jurgen Klinsmann as well as Tab Ramos and Richie Williams. We are also evaluated on a quarterly basis along with every other club. There are two 4 star clubs in the country at the moment, FC Dallas and New York Red Bulls. SLSG Missouri finished with 3.5 stars and we are pushing to take that higher.
A final note on the Academy, competition and winning. The U13-U14 Academy program began this year and the top team in the country will be rewarded with a trip to the 2014 Manchester United Premier Cup World Finals. That top team will NOT be chosen based upon a win-loss record. From the press release announcing the opportunity
“Our U.S. Soccer Technical Advisors will make a holistic evaluation to determine the top club based on Academy criteria and ratings we have compiled,” said U.S. Soccer Development Academy Director of Scouting Tony Lepore. “We think this is a great way to reward a competitive Academy club that is playing the game the right way.”