If all we do is kick the ball when we get to it using a predetermined system of play, the game can be very simple or mundane.
If players just boot the ball forward to the offense hoping to win it back to get a shot off, then the game is direct and simple.
But if players of all ages went to the ball with the requirement to use technical perfection, to play with a creative purpose, and to use foot skills that generate space to create new opportunities, all while playing a possessive game, what a beautiful game it will be!
Our players are never allowed to just “kick it” or “play safe.” They are required to use technique and/or mechanics (Technically Perfect) to control, distribute and shoot, and use foot skills to take on opponents, take chances, and be creative. Instead of promoting a "system of play" (meaning if the ball goes one way, it should be sent in pre-determined directions), we promote creativity that allows and encourages our players to create the play.
The end result of our players being more technically proficient and tactically creative is that it levels the playing field of individual player's natural speed, strength, size or athleticism.
We have high expectations for our players which are measured not by the scoreboard but more by their ability to use great technique/mechanics, commitment to using foot skills, competitive spirit and work ethic. The willingness to TRY is rewarded more than the result. These expectations are set to each individual, as they are all different and as a team secondly. Players can’t control what their team does, only what they do and hopefully their actions can have a positive influence on their teammates.
If you are considering whether to join our club or not, the tryout question is simple. Are you looking to become a better player or looking to be on a better team? If the answer is to be on a better team, then you aren’t a good fit for us or us for you. If you want to be a better player, win or lose, then you should be a Joga Bonito club team player.
Our training program evolves from age bracket to age bracket and depends on group ability over the years. The ability to do things near-technically perfect allows us to move on to new things.
We offer training three days a week throughout most of the year, realizing that you will not make all of the sessions throughout the year. There will be small breaks throughout the year during holidays and summer break when the training schedule will be modified. Sessions will be 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the age bracket.
We don’t expect you to run your life in accordance with our schedule, but you must realize that there is a commitment to competitive sports. If you have to miss a team practice because of other commitments/sports/activities, then come to a different team's practice. We just want you to be consistent with practices.
If your attendance is affecting your development we will discuss it with you and come to a resolution regarding it.
We play outdoor games through IWSL or NISL, depending on what is best for the players' and/or team’s development.
We play indoor where the competition will be most appropriate for the individuals and teams, taking into consideration the weather, time of year and coaching conflicts.
We will strive to select tournaments before the season starts. The cost of tournament fees will be incorporated into your annual fees. If you cannot make an event that was pre-selected for the team, there will not be any refunds.
Most teams U10 and above will play 1 event per season depending on if the events are a good value financially and developmentally.
Travel is kept to a minimum as much as possible; we would rather have you spend your money on playing time than on extraneous expenses.
Because of our style of soccer and competitiveness we are often asked to play additional events are added, they are always done so from a voluntary standpoint. Those that volunteer to play, will pay for the event; those that don’t volunteer, will not pay.