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Beginning in Fall 2017, Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska will begin offering a Competitive branch to its Soccer program, simply known as BGC Legends, for the following age groups during the 2017-2018 soccer year:

U9 – Boys & Girls born between January 1-December 31, 2009

U10 – Boys & Girls born between January 1-December 31, 2008

U11 – Boys & Girls born between January 1-December 31, 2007

U12 – Boys & Girls born between January 1-December 31, 2006

What’s different about BGC Legends and Competitive Soccer versus Recreational Soccer?

To be clear, though competition is naturally inherent in any type of athletics endeavor, the generally accepted differences between Recreational and Competitive Soccer, many of which are outlines below:

Competitive Recreational
Professionally licensed, paid coaching staff Volunteer coaches
Greater frequency and purposeful training opportunities Minimal practice schedule
Competitive games versus Alaska Youth Soccer affiliated clubs Games within the BGC program
Travel to games, both in-state and out-of-state No travel
Invitation only after Competitive Evaluations (Tryouts) Any player can join
Higher level of Commitment Minimum level of commitment

In summary, BGC Legends teams are composed of players who not only have natural athletic ability, but are committed to training to acquire the necessary skills to be successful on the pitch and are committed to traveling distances appropriate for age division and level of development. 

To participate on a BGC Legends team, eligible players will be invited after Competitive Evaluations (Tryouts) in August 2017. (Players not selected for a BGC Legends team will be advised on an appropriate alternative suitable for his/her level of development at that time).

BGC Legends teams will compete in Alaska Youth Soccer sanctioned leagues and events throughout the year.

Please Note: Players invited to join a BGC Legends team will have an allowance of three unexcused absences over the duration of a three-month period. Unexcused absences include social functions. Excused absences include family emergencies, church related functions, school academic functions, school sports and family vacations. Any absence beyond three unexcused and the player may forfeit his/her place in the BGC Legends program.

Please e-mail if you have any questions regarding BGC Legends.

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Published by Soccer America's Youth Soccer Insider on April 6, 2016.


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