Dear KBSC Community,
Welcome to the start of a great 2023-24 season. Our club has evolved considerably over the last few years to become one of the top clubs in South Florida, playing at the highest levels, while giving every player the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. Our Competitive Team program will continue under the leadership of Jimmy Asprilla (Technical Director) and Raul Escoin (Director of Coaching). This year each one will focus on specific age groups so we can focus on their development. In addition, the JR Academy program will be led by our Competitive coaches and follow our training model to better prepare these players that wish to transition into the Competitive program. Pichi Acosta will continue to lead all of our intramural/recreational programs, including the Pre-Academy and PeeWee programs. Jorge Mazo will assist as Head Coach of the Recreational programs. The club has developed age-specific development methodology for ages 3 to 18. The focus will be on developing technical superior players and incorporating a more demanding physical fitness regimen.
If you are on a Competitive team, we will face challenges as we continue to have limited field space. But the number of teams stays flat at 36.
This season, the Elite and Blue Competitive Boys teams in the U12+ age groups have earned the right to play in the Sunshine Conference Academy League, Sunshine Conference Club League, or the FSPL league. Our White Boys’ teams and our Girls’ teams will play in the EDP league. We will push our players with high-intensity practice sessions and design practices each week to address the progressive development of our players at all skill levels. We are proud of the quality of our coaches and strive to find continuous improvement to make our club stronger.
We will perform a minimum of two player evaluations during the season and assess talent, intelligence, skill, maturity, teamwork, attitude, respect, and personal character. A Player’s development will dictate how they move up or down in their age group during the season. The roster is not set in stone, it will remain fluid and the decisions to move players will be made on a case-by-case basis. There may be occasions when a player will be invited to guest play or move permanently to fill a need or an opening on a team. As we evaluate our players, the composition of the roster may change as some players develop faster than others and earn the opportunity to move up from White to Blue or Blue to Elite teams. Our coaching staff and directors will evaluate team progress and select the appropriate league, cup and tournament levels to achieve the best developmental results.
Teams will not be chosen because…
- They are best friends.
- They attend the same school.
- The parents get along and want to keep the group together.
We know that some decisions may not be in accordance with parents’ or players’ opinions, but we ask you to kindly respect the process. If a parent would like to discuss their player’s selection on a particular team, they should make an appointment to speak directly with the coach or our Directors.
Development is the #1 priority for our club. We will put extra focus on the girl’s development in Recreation and Competitive Travel, making sure that our coaches work on the fundamentals and allow them to have more touches with the ball. Our boys have tremendous depth across all age groups. We will promote a style of play that focuses on technical dominance, possession football, and high-pressure defense for all programs.
Each year we have high expectations for all of our programs. As our club competes at the highest levels at State Cup and regional/national tournaments, we will do our best to provide support and expertise to achieve a higher level of play. It is important that players conduct themselves at practices and games at the highest standard. That’s why we are going to emphasize RESPECT and DISCIPLINE this season. We must adhere to the principles of good conduct, even when we are challenged by other undisciplined players and coaches that try to provoke bad behavior. All players and parents must manage their emotions and respect their teammates, opponents, referees, and other parents during the season. We will not tolerate disrespect and poor behavior. Our staff will review all red cards issued this year and self-impose harsh discipline on anyone who does not conduct themselves properly. Repeat offenders may be asked to leave the club.
We want to wish everyone in the KB community a healthy and fantastic season. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at your earliest convenience.
Pichi Acosta, Director of Coaching
Intramural (Pre-Academy) & PeeWee Programs
Technical Director, All Programs
Director of Coaching, Competitive Teams: U13 – U19 (Boys & Girls)
Director of Coaching
Competitive Teams: U8 – U12 (Boys & Girls)