Sporting Brookside Soccer Club implemented a tiered-team model beginning in the 2015-2016 season. The Club’s objective is to place players in the best situation to be successful, as well as challenging them along the way. We want players to build a strong foundation and cohesiveness as they progress through age groups.
While we intend to form winning teams, Sporting Brookside’s greater commitment is in the development and training of our players. Sporting Brookside’s stance is for players to be assigned to teams based on their actual age group. Physiological changes do occur rapidly in certain age groups and we want our players to develop properly, both physically and mentally.
Sporting Brookside works with the Heartland Soccer Association to position our teams in a challenging division. The goal is not “winning”, per se, but the development of our players. A team who dominates every team in their division is not properly challenged in game situations and skills.
• Coaches are tiered assigned by age/gender, i.e. Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, etc.
• The Tier 1 coach receives the first pick of players during tryouts to fill out the best team possible for their age group and assigned division. Players are selected on their skill level, their potential and with the team’s synergy in mind. The Tier 2 coaches will then complete their teams, and so on. All coaches within each age group are involved in this process.
• Coaches may provide some opportunities throughout the season for players to guest play on higher-tiered teams as these players show faster development.