First Pillar Skill Development Program

(Offered this spring for players born in 2008, 2009, 2010, or 2011)

There are 4 pillars of player development in soccer.  The first of the four pillars is technical skill development or commonly referred to "skill" or "skill with the ball".  The other 3 pillars are tactical development, psychological/psycho-social development and finally the physical development of players.  The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has identified the importance of early exposure to proper soccer skill techniques (the first pillar) as vital to the growth and potential success of young players.  We also feel that possessing the proper technical skills will not only prepare the players for the next level but, will, more importantly, increase their enjoyment of the game./o:p>

That’s why we designed the First Pillar Skill Development Program (known in the fall as the “Future Stars Program”) as a technical skill building program for players born in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Players will have exposure to development in the other 3 pillars of player development but technical skill development will be the main focus. The program is intended to introduce the players to a training experience consistent with ABYSA’s / HFC’s next level of play (HFC Academy, HFC Challenge, and HFC Classic) while helping teach them the techniques necessary for greater enjoyment of the game.   This is our 13th year offering the program and the feedback from families has always been extremely positive. /o:p>

Each member of the First Pillar Skill Development Program staff has played professional or collegiate soccer and is qualified to teach developmentally appropriate soccer material to ABYSA and HCSA youth soccer players.  The program is intended to be an additional day of practice for players participating in the ABYSA or HCSA Recreation Programs.  Players will go to their recreation team practice one day of the week and then come to “First Pillar” for a second practice.

Program sessions are held on Tuesday or Thursday beginning in March and running through the beginning of May. 

Buncombe County Program – Held at the Buncombe County Sports Park or commonly called BCSP   58 Apac Cir, Asheville, NC 28806

Sessions run from 5:00 pm-6:20 pm at BCSP field #3.   The fee for the 7-session program is $88 per player.  Registration is open to all players born in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  

Tuesdays    -5:00-6:20-Sept 19, 26;  October 3, 10, 17, 24 ; Nov 7  (Nov 14 as make up if needed)-Off on Oct 31st for Halloween.
Thursdays  -5:00-6:20
Sept 21, 28;  October 5, 12, 19, 26 ; Nov 2  (Nov 9 as make up if needed)

****Recreation team coaches will be calling you in late August with practice day and time for your recreation team’s practice. If there is a conflict and you need us to change your registration to a different day, then email and I’ll make the switch for you. ****/o:p>

Registration Deadline is Sept 14, 2017./o:p>

Henderson County Program – Held at the Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center or commonly called the AAC  708 South Grove Street. Hendersonville, NC 28792

Sessions run from 4:45 pm-6:00 pm at the AAC.  The fee for the 7-session program is $78 per player.  Program is offered during the Fall and Spring.  Registration is open to all players born in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  /o:p>

Wednesday 4:45-6:00- Sept 20,27; Oct 4,11,18, 25; Nov 1, (Nov 8 as make up if needed)

Registration Deadline is Sept 19, 2017 for the Hendersonville Program at the AAC

For questions, please contact the program director at