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The Classics Eagles U8-10 Youth Development Academy is based in the Olentangy community.

Director of Coaching:  Braden Bell   |    Click
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The Youth Development Academy of U8, U9 and U10 age groups is a youth soccer program designed to nurture a fun, competitive and learning based environment. This program aims to build a passion for the game of soccer and to help guide youth players by introducing, as well as building on the core essentials that every soccer player needs in order to compete at a high level. In order to do so, the focus should be on the individual’s ability to control the soccer ball. In order to compete at a high level, especially as they get older, a player must be comfortable and competent with the ball at their feet. 


“There is no magic formula or short cut to successful development. Coaching at youth levels is all about working with players to improve performance, not about recruiting players to build teams to win championships. Soccer is a player’s game and players should be considered first when political, administrative and coaching decisions are made.”- Bobby Howe, U.S. Soccer, former director of coaching, professional and National Team.

Main YDA Philosophies -

  • Focus on the individual’s improvement over team results
  • Create environment allows for creativity and learning through success as well as failure
  • Encouragement of risk taking as it enhances players to try techniques that are new
  • Academy based training, where players can interact with others within their age group
  • Allows for a better “club” understanding as all the players are working towards same goal
  • Competitive atmosphere to encourage players to make each other better
  • Provides challenges in play by having players adjust to different skill sets of other players, rather than becoming familiar or “comfortable” with same players.
  • Coaches move between groups to help players understand different techniques as well as learn what it means to be coached
  • Creates an environment where players learn from multiple coaches so that they can be provided immediate feedback and support to improve their ability
  • Allows players to be able to make adjustments, during the training and games so that they are better prepared for the next Academy of the club
  • Allows for better understanding of expectations and learning how to adjust how they play based on what the game allows for
  • Game days are a chance for players to enjoy the game and to take those chances and risks to better understand what it means to focus on the individual on the ball as opposed to if “we won or not”.
  • Ohio Player Development Platform (league) environment designed to nurture the player’s love of the game and to focus on a player’s development of skills over wins and losses.
  • OPDP allows players to focus on certain technical and tactical aspects. This allows players to know what their expectations are at each game.



The focus of soccer programs at a young age should be on unhurried and diverse play in an environment that promotes positive developmental settings. The coach’s responsibility here is to provide soccer activities that challenge youth players to advance to the next level of learning while keeping them motivated in an environment that promotes important citizenship qualities.


The long-term goal of select player development is to have players who can move up to the next level of play, which could include the club team, US Youth Soccer ODP, the youth national team or the collegiate level. Some may even have the multifaceted talents to become a professional player. Unfortunately very few clubs measure their success based on the number of players who are capable of moving up in the game after years of well-planned and properly executed training.


Remember that fulfilling player potential takes time. The coach must train players to understand and master the progressively difficult game of soccer. The success in the growth of select players is not only measured in the victories gained but the number of players moving up to a higher level of play. The game within the child progresses through continuous development of creativity and mastery of the ball.


That pathway for development demands the players be allowed to learn by trial and error, experiment with new skills, experience a variety of game demands, demand high standards from themselves, make their own decisions during a match and play with exuberance. The American player should have a ‘feel’ for the game, be comfortable on the ball, athletic and enjoy the game.

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