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Fall 2020 Season Information

Our Fall 2020 developmental season will run from mid August - October, depending on weather and Covid-19 restrictions.

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 age 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 2014 Boys & Girls - 7U Divisions (boys & girls are separate)
  • The 2015 Boys & Girls - 6U Divisions (boys & girls are separate)
  • The 2016 Boys & Girls - 5U Divisions (boys & girls are separate)
  • The 2017 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 link below or the 8U tab on the Competition page for more info.

https://www.benningtonsoccer.org/page/show/547510-8u-division

 

Questions?
Please contact the BENSC Board of Directors: info@benningtonsoccer.org 

Alex Saunders, Developmental Assistant Director of Coaching:  techdirector@benningtonsoccer.org 


Fall 2020 Practice Schedule:

Fall 2020 Developmental season will start on August 17th and end October 17th.

We will have 2 practice sessions each week for our 2014 - 2016 / 5U-7U players; one hour on a weeknight, and an additional hour on Saturday mornings. 

2017/ 4U players will play once per week on Wednesday nights only (no Saturday practices or festivals). 

Fall 2020 Schedule:

Monday: 2014 7U Boys & Girls - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Tuesday: *Complex will be in use by all 8U teams*

Wednesday: 2016 5U & 2017 4U Boys & Girls - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Thursday: 2015 6U Boys & Girls - 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Friday: Optional 8U training

Saturday Mornings:

2014 7U Boys & Girls - 9:00 am - 10:00 am

2015 6U Boys & Girls - 10:15 am - 11:15 am

2016 5U Boys & Girls - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Fall 2020 Practice Field Assignments / Maps


4U & 5U Practice Field Map



6U Practice Field Map



7U Practice Field Map



Saturday Practice Field Map


Festival Info:

Anticipated Fall 2020 4v4 Festival Dates:

Festival 1: September 19th

Festival 2: October 17th

 


Fall 2020 Master Festival Schedule



5U Fall 2020 Festival Schedule



6U Fall 2020 Festival Schedule



7U Fall 2020 Festival Schedule


TeamSnap Info:

All players will be assigned to a coach and team when registration has closed.  TeamSnap 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 receive an invitation to join your child's team AFTER registration has closed.  Please allow time for teams to be formed. 


DEVELOPMENTAL WEATHER POLICY

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 lightening 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 Team Snap.  Due to limited space at the soccer complex, we cannot always guarantee that a practice will be able to be made up – but we will do our best to extend the season by a week or two if the weather & sunlight allows. 

Competitive teams (U9 & 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 info@benningtonsoccer.com

 

Coaches Needed

Please consider volunteering to become a BENSC coach.   All coaches children will receive a 50% discount on registration fees to play in Bennington Soccer Club.



Developmental Age Group Dri Fit Shirts



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DEVELOPMENTAL AGE GROUPS UNIFORMS

  • Solid Colored Dri-fit Shirt based on team assignment - will be provided for you and handed out at first practice
  • Each team will be assigned a different colored shirt, and players should wear their shirts to each practice & festival.

    Also, please bring to each practice:

  • Shin Guards worn under soccer socks
  • Soccer Cleats (no baseball cleats allowed) or Athletic Shoes
  • Size 3 Ball
  • water bottle