LUFC's primary mission is to focus on the development of our players first as opposed to the win record of the team and temporary results. Our player development philosophy is a player-centered approach. The implications of this distinction are profound, as an educational institution LUFC is structured and managed differently than those organizations designed primarily to compete to win at all cost.
Our educational organization measures itself in terms of the quality of its processes, as opposed to the purely competitive organization that focuses on the quantity of its outcomes. Coaching education and parent education is critical to the success of LUFC’s player development program.
LUFC’s educational program has a published and progressive curriculum for players, parents and coaches. This curriculum has multiple layers of complexity, starting with an overview of the learning outcomes expected for each age group, each year, and provides a set of specific progressive lesson plans, standard training schedules, and standard competitions that will be employed to implement this curriculum. LUFC’s player development curriculum provides guidance regarding those topics that will not be taught, and sets parameters regarding competitive formats or venues that will not be permitted at each stage of the curriculum.
The curriculum provides clear answers in the following areas:
• How teams will be formed
• How practice sessions will be organized
• When to group players by ability?
• Which leagues to participate?
• The number of tournaments our players are expected and permitted to play in per season
• The expected and permitted number of formal practices and games per season
• When position specialization should begin
The focus on education over win records is especially acute at the youngest age levels (ages 6-12) and this focus should remain the dominant perspective at the intermediate levels of ages 13-18.
The NSCAA has 5 developmet stages, and in conjunction with these stages has developed a five stage Competency Matrix that will be employed by LUFC to aide the club, coaches and parents in their understanding as to when a player is expected to be introduced to a concept/skill and when they should demonstrate competency of that concept/skill.