Spring 2022 PDP will begin Friday, April 1st and run through Friday, May 27th
Fridays – 6:00-7:15 PM at Maria Gatta Park in Oceanport (skill session)
Sundays – 5:00 – 6:15PM at Maria Gatta Park in Oceanport (small sided game session)
2014 &2015 Tryouts for the Fall/Spring 2022/23 seasons will be May 13th & 15th in lieu of PDP
***(if interested please register separately for tryouts)***
** There will be NO sessions on the following Dates **
April 15th, 17th, 22nd and May 8th
The PDP program is designed to promote fun and skill within the game of soccer. The program takes place two nights a week, with each session designed to elevate each child’s skill level and enthusiasm for the game!
Session 1: Skill Development
The players will rotate through a number of stations working on various soccer skills (including dribbling, shooting, passing, offensive/defensive skills, etc.). Individual skills are emphasized during these sessions, with as much “my ball and me” (player working with their own individual soccer ball) time as possible! This will allow the students to develop their own skills, while performing different tasks at a number of different stations.
Sessions 2: Game Day
During this session the players will be divided into teams (usually 4-5 player per team) according to their age and will scrimmage throughout the session. Each individual game will last approximately 10 minutes. The game will stay continuous, with coaches working to keep the soccer ball in the field of play at all times. This type of game play will hopefully foster an enjoyment of playing soccer freely!
Ken Santos – Director of Player Development
Ryan Pina – Field Director
Ken Santos has been dedicated to soccer his entire life. Ken’s high school soccer career took place at Christian Brothers Academy. Ken continued his soccer career at Villanova University (where he is inducted into their Athletic Hall of Fame – 2011) and upon graduating he played soccer professionally in the United States and Portugal. After his professional soccer career Ken started teaching the game with coaching stints at: Monmouth University (Assistant Men’s coach) and Red Bank Catholic High School (Girls Varsity head coach). Ken also taught 5th grade at Markham Place Middle School (Little Silver) for 10 years.
Ryan Pina is a Health/PE teacher at Markham Place Middle School (Little Silver) for 9 years. Ryan has coached Markham’s middle school boys soccer team for 6 years (Ryan is also the girls basketball coach and the boys baseball coach at the school). Ryan is certified through the American Red Cross for CPR/AED/First Aid and is also a certified instructor for the corresponding certifications.
Ken and Ryan are looking forward to to assisting your son/daughter this year in developing their personal soccer skills/techniques and the love for the game! The children will be working with coaches during the sessions who are currently teachers/coaches at various districts (who are former players of Ken’s) or current Monmouth University soccer players. Individual bios for the coaches can be provided upon request.
There will be two PDP sessions per week for the Spring. Friday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm 5:00-6:30, both at Maria Gatta Park in Oceanport.
In response to COVID-19 the development program is following all guidelines set forth by the state as well, as our governing body, New Jersey Youth Soccer. We will continue to adhere and adjust to all set guidelines to ensure the safety of our players, coaches and parents.