BWP Flights of Programming

The growth and development of players is supportedby the Club’s technical staff, which is comprised of professional staff coaches, who are former professional players; National Staff members; collegiate coaches; and nationally-licensed youth coaches. The Black Watch Premier technical staff provides the necessary environment for players to be tested, pushed, assessed, trained, and retested over and over again in a variety of environments.

Since the club’s inception in 1997, it has developed programming for youth of both genders, ages 5-23 years old. This programming is fluid and ever-changing, allowing the Club to meet the demands of the modern game of football. Through on-going professional development and daily experience in the soccer landscape, the entirety of the technical staff is constantly evaluating Club practices to best enhance the overall training as well as match environments.


Driving all of these efforts is a commitment to the Black Watch Premier core principles:, Competence, Courage, Character.

Technical Programming



Brief Program Philosophical Description:

Technical ProgrammingThe Grassroots Program provides our youngest players with the opportunity to get involved with our Club and staff in an educational and enthusiastic environment. The primary goal of this program is to foster the enjoyment of soccer. Within the program we offer three different age groups: Birth Years 2011-2012, 2009-2010, and 2007-2008. The Grassroots Program has been very well-received by the community and has become one of the Club’s more popular programs.

• Educate & inspire, Fun Games

• Technique, technique, technique

• Recognizing potential for substantial daily improvement


Training Expectations: 1 training per week 

Match Play: Local matches to experiment and grow

Coaching Responsibility: Please see below 


Brief Program Philosophical Description:

The Local Flight focuses on improving and increasing technical skills. Training is twice per week and includes Futsal to enhance technique and speed of play. The programming will teach players to be more specific and clear on the field, to deal with the ball in a variety of situations, and to want and enjoy the ball. The training-to-match ratio is 2:1.


Training Expectations: 2 trainings per week 

Match Play: Play locally in an 8v8 and will compete in four to six tournaments throughout the 9 month season.

Coaching Responsibility: Please see below 


Brief Program Philosophical Description:

The Regional Flight (U13 & U14) is a bridge from the development flight to the more advanced National flight. The programming places increased technical, physical and tactical demands on the players, through competitive state and regional match play. Also features Futsal as part of its programming. The training-to-match ratio is 3:1.


Training Expectations: 2-3 trainings per week 

Match Play: League play in the EDP and various USYS state and regional leagues plus Super Y league, for a total of six to eight regional tournaments throughout the 9-month season.

Coaching Responsibility: Please see below


Brief Program Philosophical Description:

Our National Flight is designed for players who aspire to play at the next level, which is, in most cases, collegiate soccer. To best prepare our players to reach their goals, this flight has a training-to-match ratio of 3:1, which we modeled on what the US Soccer Academy demands and expects of its member clubs. Most if not all of our athletes engage in strength & conditioning training outside the 3-session weekly training regime.


Training Expectations: Training for this flight is three times per week over the course of a 9-month season.

Match Play: Six to eight regional and national-level tournaments throughout the 9-month season.

Coaching Responsibility: Please see below 


In addition to preparing players on the field we take great pride in preparing our players to become leaders off the field. Throughout the winter months we host our annual Leadership Academy which is designed to further develop our players leadership skills. Local business professionals, athletes and mentors are featured at our sessions as guest speakers; sharing their experiences and creating a dialogue with our players on what makes a good leader. We also provide reading materials for players to review prior to each session and engage in conversation as a group. This Academy is included in the cost of tuition. 

As our players prepare for college, we host our annual College Symposium. In this seminar, we highlight what players should expect as they prepare for college and provide tips on the applying process. This session is included in their cost of the annual tuition. 


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2018/19 BWP Albany Technical Assignments


2000/01s: Steve Freeman & Joe Machado

2001s: Jeremiah Kneeland

2002s: Keith Simons

2003s: Trevor Gorman

2004s: Jeremiah Kneeland

2005s: Steve Freeman

BOYS (Continued)

2006s: Brian Spina & Steve Freeman

2007s: Michael Boland

2008s: Joe Machado & Rob Scholz

2009s: Jake Boland

2010s:  Jordan Flores

2011/12s: Joe Sorriento


2000/01s:  Garrett Cobb

2002/03s:  Trey Jasenski

2004/05/06s:  Lisa Cotter

2008/09s:  Matt Cunningham