New Club, New Programs

For those returning to our program, you are likely familiar with Game Fit Soccer, which was Classic SC’s Soccer Performance Program for the past three years.  With our new club name comes other exciting news and programs, including the revamped, multifaceted, FC Arizona Soccer Performance Program (FC AZ – SPP).  The FC AZ – SPP is three pronged and we have, 1) hired Coach Kyle Porter as our new FC Arizona Director of Soccer Performance, 2) partnered with the Center for Athletic Performance & Physical Therapy, and 3) licensed Mastering Human Performance, which is an online, soccer specific, training application.  Coach Kyle and the CAPPT organization bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our club as soccer performance specialists.  We as a club have made a massive investment in bringing in this trifecta of world class soccer performance resources, setting a strong foundation for us to hit the ground running in the 2019 – 2020 season.  In terms of soccer performance professionals and organizations, Coach Kyle, the CAPPT organization, and the MHP application are second to none, and we as a club can confidently say that we truly have a holistic approach to player development, involving every facet of the game (technical, tactical, mental, physical, and social).  We are confident that our program will offer something that no other club in the Valley will be able to provide.

Soccer Performance Program Explained

To start, we want our membership to know that Coach Kyle and Ryan Purtell have been working tirelessly, developing a top-class program for FC Arizona that is very impressive and has tremendous value with excellent bang for your buck!  The program is mirrored with that of the US Soccer model for player development, which is heavily based on individualized physiological, psychological, and social development and maturation.  In essence, the program takes a player from U-9 up through U-19, and, if a player has the opportunity, the collegiate and/or professional (NPSL, UPSL, WPSL and beyond) level.  Along the road of player development, there are many factors to consider as this window of time takes a player from childhood through adolescence into teen hood and, potentially, up through young adulthood (college) and adulthood (college/professional).

Because no two players are exactly alike, no two players should be trained in the exact same way, which is why we use an individualized approach for each player.  Each player’s program uses facts, not opinions, to facilitate development using an appropriate periodization model to optimize athletic performance, minimize risk of injury, and optimize the experience of each FC Arizona player.  This isn’t just about soccer, this is also about helping your children become more responsible human beings and adopting healthy lifestyle habits, NOW, that will positively influence their relationship with physical, mental, and social health and well-being for years to come.  Another addition to the Soccer Performance Program is the licensing of a new training application, Mastering Human Performance (MHP), which was specifically created for the purposes of soccer performance training.

The combination of hiring Coach Kyle, partnering with CAPPT, and adopting the Mastering Human Performance (MHP) application was specifically designed to maximize motor learning, teaching, fixing, and improving movement patterns used in the game of soccer through in-person sessions and sessions without a coach.  MHP is an integral piece of the FC AZ – SPP as it will house the entire program for each individual athlete, allowing them to track their performance day in and day out and measure their progress over the course of the season.

Each player will have three performance sessions a week, with one in person, one on their own, and one recovery session.  The in-person session will be used to teach players proper technique and work under greater amounts of intensity with proper supervision.  This simple model allows each player to see demonstrations, practice movement skills, receive coach feedback and cues to improve movement quality, and then practice the movement skills on their own in the second session.

The second session will include similar movement patterns to the in-person session, allowing the player to practice what was recently taught to them without coaches’ feedback.  The more opportunity a player has to practice a movement pattern, the faster they will adopt it as part of their motor program and continue to improve that motor program by improving fundamental motor skills.  Training without a coach gives the player an opportunity to take ownership of their program, increasing their accountability and intrinsic motivation by focusing on learning, improvement, and enjoyment of movement and physical activity.  The player is forced to make decisions and come up with solutions to movement problems they come across without any input as they are on their own.  MHP serves as a log of performance for each session and competition throughout the year.  This information will allow players to self-reflect on their habits (training, nutrition, sleep, mindset, etc.) and their individual performance, and make adjustments based on their individual needs and goals. The player and their coach will have an opportunity to collaborate at a higher level, building a stronger relationship with one another by creating and accomplishing goals together.

The third session will be a recovery session targeting common issues brought on by the demands of the game. If the player does not have a game on the weekend they will receive a high-density circuit targeting the energy systems used during a soccer game to either maintain or improve their soccer-specific conditioning.  The second half of that session will be recovery based with specific corrective exercise strategies to address any issues being experienced by the player throughout the season.

Coach Kyle Porter, MS, CSCS, XPS

Coach Kyle has been coaching both soccer and soccer performance in the valley since 2013 and in that time he has coached with many soccer clubs and organizations in the Phoenix area, including Ahwatukee Foothills Soccer Club (‘13 - 16’), Phoenix Premier FC (‘16 - ‘20), Sporting AZ FC UPSL 1st Team (‘18 - ‘19), SC Del Sol Girl’s Developmental Academy (‘19 - ‘20), Arizona Olympic Development Program (‘17 - ‘20), FC Arizona NPSL Senior Team (‘16, ‘20), Team USA 6v6 (6v6 World Cup Portugal ‘18 and Crete ‘19). Additionally, Coach Kyle managed his own soccer performance company, coaching over 100+ athletes who have received a collegiate athletic scholarship, currently play a collegiate or professional sport, or have played a collegiate and/or professional sport. He is also the current Vice President of Athletic Performance with the Center for Athletic Performance & Physical Therapy.

Kyle has his Masters of Sciences in Kinesiology (dual tract in Corrective Exercise & Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Sport Psychology) and has multiple licenses in the field of performance and soccer, including NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), EXOS Performance Specialist (XPS), Registered Yoga Teacher (200-hour level), and USSF D License.

Coach Kyle grew up in a soccer family from Las Cruces, New Mexico, and went to high school in Albuquerque, NM. Between Kyle and his siblings they have 19 New Mexico State Championships and Kyle won 5 New Mexico State Championships (2 high school, 3 club), Region IV finalist, and Region IV ODP Selection. He played at Trinity University where he was a 2-year captain, winning four SCAC Championships, and playing in three NCAA Sweet Sixteens and one Elite Eight. Coach Kyle was selected as 1st Team All-SCAC three times and the All-Southwest Region 2nd Team once. His collegiate record was 73 – 6 – 8.

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The Center for Athletic Performance & Physical Therapy

The Center for Athletic Performance & Physical Therapy is a state of the art performance training center and physical therapy clinic located in the Chandler Ice Den.  CAPPT has been in operations since 2003 and has a long-standing history of working with top soccer players and teams in the United States.  CAPPT has been heavily involved in the game since it opened; working with US Soccer Youth National Teams, Phoenix Rising (USL), Ottawa Fury (USL), DC United (MLS), Columbus Crew (MLS), New England Revolution (MLS), Real Salt Lake US Developmental Academy (Casa Grande, AZ), SC del Sol US Developmental Academy, Barcelona FC US Developmental Academy (Casa Grande, AZ), Phoenix Premier FC, FC Arizona (NPSL), Ottawa Fury (USL), and more.  Graham Gould is the managing physical therapist and ownership partner of the Chandler location, who we will primarily be working with.  

Graham received his bachelor’s in Biology from St. Joseph’s College. He went on to complete his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Northern Arizona University in 2006. Graham has experience working in renowned rehabilitation and training facilities (EXOS and The Fischer Institute) that provide him the opportunity to treat a variety of professional athletes across many major sports, and the general population while learning from leaders in the physical therapy profession. He completed his Sports Specialist Certification training from EIM. Currently he works as a clinic director for the Center For Athletic Performance and Physical Therapy. He served as the team physical therapist for the Real Salt Lake Academy system for three years where he oversaw treatment and rehab for the youth players and staff. He has consulted with numerous youth clubs, high schools, colleges, and professional teams. He has a special interest in the treatment of sports injuries, various orthopedic conditions, and post-surgical rehab.

His emphasis on treatment is a combination of manual treatment combined with corrective exercises and progressive loading through functional movement patterns. Graham specializes in sports medicine, orthopedics, dry needling, as well as joint and soft tissue mobilization. Graham’s patients receive the most up-to-date evidence-based treatment, while also being tailored to fit the needs of each individual patient. He strongly emphasizes the importance of the patients’ understanding of the basic anatomy, rationale of treatment, and goals of therapy to help reach long-lasting results.

Graham brings elite expertise in injury diagnosis, management, and when needed rehabilitation treatment. He is also highly connected with the top surgeons in Phoenix, which will expedite the treatment and healing process if any FC Arizona player experiences an injury.  This is evident with how many pictures of soccer players and signed jerseys of patients and athletes hung in the CAPPT facility.  When it comes to working with soccer players, Graham and his staff of physical therapists are second to none and we are very excited to have the support of CAPPT. 

 


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Field Sessions

The in-person sessions will be higher intensity sessions with field training sessions working on high intensity movement skills with fundamental progressions proven to teach players correct technique with a strong foundation of fundamental movement patterns.  Once proper technique can be maintained with minimal error – plyometrics will be introduced to field sessions to begin resistance training.  Movement skill training will always end with 95% or greater efforts progressing from closed-skills (no decisions made) to open-skills (player has to make a decision).  Putting players in realistic playing situations (specificity principle) while under stress (95% physical effort or greater) will maximize the transfer of movement skills to their sport performance.  This is also why we want to have a greater presence of soccer performance because activity specificity and consistency of specific situations and movement patterns are used in those similar situations where the player can also make decisions and have positive or negative responses to those decisions.  So, when they have a positive response to a decision they made because they accomplished the goal of the exercise by making that decision, they will more likely make that decision when put in a game situation (i.e., transfer to sport).

MHP

MHP will be an integral part of each player’s individual performance program.  The difference between a good soccer player and a great soccer player is what they do with the 22 hours of the day they are not playing the game, including additional performance training catered to their needs.  MHP helps each player navigate the time they are off the field to maximize their efforts and optimize their individual player development to accomplish their goals.  Some of these features include: mindset, goal-setting, recovery, sleep, nutrition, hydration, academic schedule, self-reflection, mindfulness, etc.  MHP uses a specific screening protocol to measure the physiological, psychological, and social competencies of each player to build an individual player profile (IDP) to use as a tangible baseline measurement track progression (or) regression of each player.  Based on the progression or regression of each player, the coaching staff can make adjustments as needed to facilitate optimal development of each player.  This information is also valuable for being identified as it will include performance testing.  For example, if a player has a 35-inch vertical jump or runs the 40 in under 4.6 seconds that will jump off the page for any coach that is recruiting your child.

U9-U14

 

1 Field Session/week during season (Ryan Purtell, Shannon Cole, Dave Rogers w/ programming created with Kyle Porter August – April (35 Sessions)


MHP Application (3 sessions/week during June – July, 2 sessions/week August – April)


2 Team Training Sessions

U15-U19

 

1 Gym Session/week during season (Kyle Porter – CAPPT – 20 sessions total)


MHP Application (3 sessions/week during June – May – in person sessions will still be on App so kids can track results)


2 Team Sessions

Collegiate    Players

Winter Camp: December


Summer Camp: May – July

Professional Players

1 Field Session/week during season (Kyle Porter)


1 Gym Session/week during season (Kyle Porter – CAPPT)


MHP Application (3 sessions/week throughout the year)


2-4 Team Training Sessions

Pricing Per Hour

These hourly prices reflect the average cost per hour for all training fees including registration and academy fees, from August 1st to May 31st.