Genesis Football - New Recreational Program

Genesis Football - New Recreational Program


What is Genesis Football?

The BASC Genesis Football program is a Juniors program intended to meet the needs of the Recreational Soccer Player, U7 through U10, who desires more focused and formal training with peers of similar skills and abilities.  Genesis is not a replacement for the BASC Closed Recreational League or the Recreational Select league, it is a supplemental, Recreational program intended to enhance the player experience and provide a more well-rounded education.

What is the purpose of Genesis Football?

To provide Recreational players the opportunity to train and play with others with similar skills and abilities without the limitations of traditional Recreational Team formation rules.

To provide Recreational players the opportunity to train with experienced and accredited coaches.

To give young players the tools to succeed in soccer, to think for themselves, and be creative on the pitch.

To provide Recreational players the opportunity to play games outside of their traditional closed or Rec Open leagues.

To provide a more complete view of the youth soccer landscape to aid in future choices.

To educate parents about the Beautiful Game so that they can help foster a love for soccer in their child and promote exemplary sideline behavior.

To help develop BASC coaches and encourage them to increase their knowledge and ability to train at higher levels.

Genesis is a supplementary program – participation in BASC Closed or Open Rec leagues is mandatory and will represent the Genesis Player’s primary team

How is Genesis Different than traditional Recreational Soccer?

  • Teams – Genesis has no formal “teams” and there is no League to play in.  Players are trained in a pool or “festival” type environment where all players train together.  Games consist of scrimmages at the end of each training session, friendly matches with other Genesis or Closed League teams, and other entities in the Tulsa area
  • Playing time – Genesis soccer coaches are not required to adhere to the traditional 50% playing time rule in the same way that Recreational coaches are.  Each player receives playing time, and the coach will do his/her best to reach 50% for all players based on factors such as attendance and performance
  • Training locations – Genesis training will be held at Indian Springs in most cases
  • Game locations – Genesis friendly matches could be held at Indian Springs or at the opponent’s home complex

Genesis Overall Philosophy

Genesis’ goal is greater than winning games.  We want to train the young players in a manner which facilitates their future success in soccer – at any level.  Lessons about sportsmanship, respect for the game, respect for officials, honesty, perseverance, integrity, and a desire to compete are tantamount to lessons about skills and tactics. 

This includes practical applications such as building out of the back -- learning to play out of the back in challenging situations, not just when it’s easy to do so, is critical.  We will focus on development and not winning games.  Genesis will focus on training to train and developing the individual player.  Development of the individual includes allowing the player to be creative, use their imaginations, and be confident in their abilities. 

Skill Priorities

Ball handling – learning to control the movement of the ball with all surfaces of both the left and right foot

Tactics -- The players will be introduced to the basic strategies of attack and defense

Mobility – utilization of space on the pitch when in possession of the ball and interchanging positions as well as when on defense.  Throw ins, goal kicks, and corner kicks placement.

Focus on passing and receiving technique relevant to specific match situations

Turning with the ball – 1v1 moves to allow the player to retain possession

Development of the ability to finish (shoot on the goal)

Communication – Grow and develop leadership and communication skills.  Learning the correct terms for the game


A one-time registration fee of $75 would be required.  This fee would be used to purchase the uniforms unique to the program, to pay for field rental, referees, and training material.  There are no coaching fees or other monthly fees involved.

The Licensed coaches volunteer their time

Integration with Recreational Programs

Genesis players will not be permitted to miss training or a game with their primary BASC League team in order to attend a Genesis function.  Genesis is a secondary commitment


Genesis coaches will strive for consistency regarding curricula while still allowing for each individual coach to express their individual creativity in designing formal sessions.  In most cases curricula will be standardized for each individual age group.


Genesis coaches are passionate about the development of young players and are Nationally Licensed by USSF or USCAA.  Genesis coaches are experienced in working with and developing young players as well as coaching at the high school and other levels.  All Genesis coaches are exclusively BASC coaches, members of BASC, and in most cases, have children playing in our Club.  They are also volunteer coaches who also train BASC Closed League and OSA Open/Rec Select League teams.

* Genesis coaches are required to hold USSF “E” or USYS “Y” Licenses or the equivalent USCAA credentials. Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis and are at the discretion of the Genesis Director

How Do I know if Genesis is Right for My Child?

Here are some characteristics of a child that may be a good fit for Genesis.  This list is not exhaustive   and is comprised of highly subjective criteria.  It is not necessary for your child to possess all of these qualities, but if they demonstrate most of them they may be suited for this program.  Children grow and develop at their own rate – if your child does not yet possess the traits necessary for them to be successful at this higher level then don’t force it on them. 

  • They tend to dominate play on their existing Recreational team
  • They are passionate about soccer
  • They spend time with the ball at home, on their own, outside of practices
  • They are more coordinated, agile, and stronger than most of their teammates
  • They are faster than most of their teammates
  • They already have a good handle on the ball
  • They possess a more aggressive demeanor on the pitch than their peers

Questions to ask yourself

  • Does my child want this or is it what I want?
  • Am I willing to adjust my expectations from Recreational soccer to a more advanced experience?
  • Am I willing to change my sideline behavior if necessary?

When will training be?

Genesis festival training will held weekly or bi-monthly, depending on the number of players in each age group

Where will training be?

Genesis festival training will be held at Indian Springs Sports Complex

Genesis Football Program FAQ

Genesis Football Cost:  $75 which includes the kit (uniform)

Questions?  Contact Jason Dobbins, Genesis Football Director:

Register your Genesis Player now to begin playing the beautiful game starting August 19th!