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Summer Developmental League

Summer Developmental League Overview

The summer developmental league is a four week league with practices and games taking place on Friday nights, over an approximate two hour block. Coaches are all former high school coaches, and current and former college and high school players.

The first hour is spent practicing, with each week a different point of emphasis. After a short break, the second hour consists of a 48 minute game.

Due to the structure of the league, space will be very limited, as opposed to our regular Spring or Fall season. With each team taking up two hours of time on a field, there will only be room for a very limited amount of players, so make sure to register early.

Fee: $119
Dates: July 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd
Location: OC Great Park
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Registration "Summer Developmental League" is not currently available.


Summer League 2019 Details

The 2019 Summer League begins Friday, July 12th. Below are details about the league:

Location: Orange County Great Park
Dates: July 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd
Times: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (July 12th will run a little longer as we will need some extra time that first day to break the players into teams. We are requesting that players check-in at 5:00 pm, so we can hand out shirts that day as well.)
What to Bring: Players should come dressed in athletic gear (Shorts, cleats, etc.), and bring a mouthpiece and water bottle. Shirts will be handed out the first day of the league upon check-in.

Teams will be coached by high school and college players, and coaches. The league sets the practice plan for all teams, so every player is being instructed on the same skills and fundamentals.

This league is recommended for younger players, and players new to football.

The main goal of our summer league is to teach proper fundamentals and knowledge of the game. Players are also on a set rotation, so all players play equally, and coaches are focused on fair distribution of the football. Although scores are kept for each game, there are no standings.

The first day of the league coaches will be evaluating players within their drills. After that time the coaches will get together and divide the players into teams. Unfortunately, to keep things as balanced as possible we do not take friend requests during the summer league, though we do keep siblings together. All players will warm up together, and teams will be in close proximity through most of the practice, so even though friends are not on the same team they will be in the same vicinity.

One thing players and parents may notice is we don't use our traditional grade level divisions, there is Copper, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The purpose of this breakdown is to allow us to move players into a division that they may find more competitively challenging. For example, if we have a 2nd grader who has played in the league for several years and is clearly better than the rest of the players in the division we may move them up a division, so they can challenge themselves. Again, our goal here is to develop players, and we believe a player can't truly grow unless significantly challenged.

The Registration "Summer Developmental League" is not currently available.


Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do the players receive uniforms?
Players will receive a dri-fit style jersey, which they will wear at practice and games. It will not be the NFL logo style jersey used during our Fall/Spring seasons.

2. Who are the coaches?
Coaches are current and former high school coaches, along with current and former high school and college players.

3. How are teams selected?
After the first practice portion in week one, there will be a short break in which teams are divided up. There are no friend requests in the Summer League, though we will place siblings together if they are in the same division. All teams will be practicing on the same field, so though friends may not be on the same team they will be in the same general area, as well as playing each other in games.

4. Are there playoffs?
No, each team will play a game each week, but there will be no playoffs. The format is round-robin style.

5. What does developmental mean?
The goal of the summer league is to develop proper fundamentals and knowledge of the game. For all of a coach's great schemes and strategies, if a player does not have the proper fundamentals to execute those plays then a great play call is meaningless. Each week there will be a specific emphasis in practice. For example, one week the emphasis will be on proper route running and pass catching, and the next week will be defensive coverage skills, etc. All of our coaches will be working on the exact same thing each week, so regardless of team and coach they will be getting the same instruction.

Additionally, with more emphasis placed on development, and less on winning, coaches have been instructed to not only play everyone equal time, but to also make sure that each player receives relatively equal opportunity to touch the football.

Instruction will vary at each age level however, so older division kids will be getting more detailed technique, while younger division kids will receive more basic instruction.

6. What day and time are games?
Games are on Friday nights, and will run from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.

7. Where will games take place?
Orange County Great Park.