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Developmental Season & Practice Info
Spring 2023 season will run from March 20th - May 13th.
BENSC Developmental Level is an in-house program where players focus on getting lots of touches on the soccer ball at each practice. BENSC utilizes US Soccer's Play-Practice-Play philosophy in the skills development of our young players. The goal of our Development Level play is to improve each players foot skills.The purpose of this format is to ensure that all players in our developmental age range are getting hundreds of touches on the soccer ball each week.
Developmental 5U-7U players, will have two 4v4 Festivals where all players will play against other BENSC kids in their age ranges. We will also have many scrimmages built into the bi-weekly practice sessions.
Our developmental division assignments are determined by player's birth year (age), as all kids who are born in the same year will play together. We have seven divisions:
The 2016 Boys & Girls - 7U Divisions (boys & girls are separate)
The 2017 Boys & Girls - 6U Divisions (boys & girls are separate)
The 2018 Boys & Girls - 5U Divisions (boys & girls are separate)
The 2019 Boys & Girls - 4U Division (coed)
Nebraska Youth Soccer League (NYSL) now has a competitive season for 8U players. All players will play 5v5 games against other metro teams. Practices will still be held at the BENSC Complex. Please click on the button below or the 8U tab on the Competition page for more info.
Please contact the BENSC Board of Directors: firstname.lastname@example.org
Developmental Assistant Director of Coaching Wally Wright: email@example.com
Fall 2022 & Spring 2023
Fall 2022 Developmental season will start the week of August 22nd and end on October 22nd, weather permitting.
Spring 2023 Developmental season will start the week of March 20th and end on May 13th, weather permitting.
There will be 2 practice sessions each week for our 5U-7U players; one hour on a weeknight, and an additional hour on Saturday mornings.
4U players will play once per week on Wednesday nights only (no Saturday practices or Festivals).
Spring 2023 TENTATIVE Schedule:
Monday: 2016 7U Boys & Girls - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Tuesday: *Complex will be in use by all 8U teams*
Wednesday: 2018 5U & 2019 4U Boys & Girls - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Thursday: 2017 6U Boys & Girls - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
Friday: Optional 8U training
2016 7U Boys & Girls - 9:00 am - 10:00 am
2017 6U Boys & Girls - 10:15 am - 11:15 am
2018 5U Boys & Girls - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
*Practices will be at coaches discretion for the weekend of April 8th, due to the Easter holiday.
**There will be NO Developmental practices the weekend of April 14-16. BENSC is hosting the Spring KickOff Cup and all fields will be in use.
All players will be assigned to a coach and team when registration has closed. TeamSnap (TS) is an app used for communication by BENSC. All communication and schedules will be sent through this app. Please download the app and you will be placed on a team when registration has closed. Please allow time for team formation at the end of registration.
Only one parent (the primary parent who completed registration will be added to the TS account when the player is rostered to a team. That parent/primary account holder, can add as many additional family members to their account as they wish. Please reference this article for instructions:
Unfortunately the Nebraska weather is not always “soccer friendly”. We realize that some parents will be frustrated when we cancel practices, and some others will be frustrated when we don’t cancel. As a group of volunteer board members & volunteer coaches – we do our best to make the right call, but recognize that we can’t always make everyone happy.
The BENSC board of directors have created weather parameters to ensure our players are safe and are having fun on the field. Moving forward we will not hold practices or festivals for DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUE ONLY when the following conditions apply at the start of practice / festival times:
Wind Chill is below 30 degrees
Heat Index is above 95 degrees
There is lightning within 5 miles of the soccer complex
Developmental League WILL have practices / festivals during the following times:
Recently rained, but the fields are deemed to be in good shape (your kids will get muddy)!
Current light rain, but no storms in the area
Holiday weekends are at the coaches discretion (Easter, Labor Day, Spring Break)
In addition - weather decisions will typically not be made until about an hour or so before the start of a session because Nebraska weather changes quickly and we always want to play when possible. Weather decisions will be communicated out via TeamSnap.
Competitive teams (8U & older) & Winter/Summer Academy sessions will still be at coaches discretion and do not fall into these parameters. As always – parents have the final decision on if to send their child to play on any given day. No child will be penalized for missing a practice or festival due to weather.
If you have any questions on this policy, please feel free to email the BENSC board at firstname.lastname@example.org