Santa Barbara Soccer Club’s Players Academy Clinics are the perfect environment for players of all levels to develop age and developmentally appropriate soccer skills. 
Open to boys and girls, born from birth years 2018 to 2012, the clinics are designed to provide younger recreational players with the “Club” experience. Curriculum based, lead by our club level coaches, organized, and managed – Players Academy provides an educational introduction to the forging ground that encompasses the mental, physical, technical, and tactical aspects of the game of soccer.
Winter Session’s Final Clinic Dates:
Monday Group= 3/20 
Tuesday Group= 3/21
Wednesday Group= 3/15
Thursday Group= 3/16

AgesPre-K to 4th grade Boys and Girls (2018-2012)

Level. Beginner to Intermediate, recreational (pre-club) players

Location. Girsh Park Turf Field & Grass (7050 Phelps Road, Goleta, CA 93117) 

Brian Hessinger

Originally from New Jersey
USSF Licensed Coach
Collegiate Player
Coaching Experience with Monmouth Youth Soccer
15+ Year of Coaching Experience
2012, 2013 & 2014 Blue Boys


  • The clinics run Mondays- Wednesdays 
  • Registration open NOW through March 24, 2023. 
  • Choose from one or two days per week 

Spring Dates:

  • Spring session begins week of April 3rd and ends week of June 5th 
  • Rain/Weather Make-Up Week: June 12th
  • Monday-Wednesday: Choose 1 or 2 days
  • One (1-hour) practice between 3:30-5:30p.m.
    • Mondays-Wednesdays
      • Younger group= 3:30-4:30pm
      • Older group= 4:30-5:30pm.
  • Specific age groups and session times will be determined and sent out before clinic start date.
  • 2018 to 2012 Birth Years


  • Training time slots may be adjusted.
  • All registrants will be guaranteed the day(s) you register
  • We will assign your session time slot no later than one week prior to clinic start date. Assignments are given to ensure the best training environment for your child. We will keep in mind siblings and buddy requests.

Choose one or two days per week. All fees due must be paid in full online and do not include 3% credit card service charge fee. All NEW players must purchase a program uniform ($25) to be worn to all clinic sessions.


  • Rates do not include a one time purchase of a training uniform (includes jersey, shorts & socks) of $25.
  • Participants must wear a Santa Barbara SC issued uniform. Any 2022-23 Season issued uniform is sufficient and can be used for all future 2022-23 clinics. 
  • The below rates are the total due for the 10-week program:
    • $175 for one days per week
    • $300 for two days per week

Refund Policy or Cancellations:

  • If you must cancel, please do so as early as possible.
  • All payments are non-refundable unless Santa Barbara SC cancels the clinic

Clinic. Teaches players to develop an appetite for self improvement while teaching individual character traits and values. The characteristics integrated into our curriculum can be broken down into four main areas for analysis: Psychomotor, Cognitive, Psychosocial and Cognitive Development.

Staff. Our professional licensed coaches strive for excellence at all times by planning, organizing and administering a comprehensive age appropriate development plan.

Typical Clinic Session. The program includes any of the below four pillars each week: Warm-Up, Session Topic, Character Development and Games.

Goals. Offer all motivated and talented youth players the opportunity to learn and develop both soccer and life skills in partnership with the highest quality professional coaches. Provide an opportunity for players to develop the necessary technique that is essential to the long-term growth and development of their game. We will organize, teach and discipline players to better understand the importance of a training regimen while creating com-fort with the ball. Players will be provided with a small-sided game environment that accentuates development and overall game understanding.

Sample 10-weeks.

Week 1:    Orientation day, foundation & skill builders
Week 2:    Dribbling
Week 3:    Passing & Receiving
Week 4:    Moves (1v1 Attacking)
Week 5:    Players Choice Day & Small Sided Games
Week 6:    Turns (1v1 Defending)
Week 7:    Shooting & Finishing
Week 8:    Attacking (Small Group)
Week 9:    Defending (Small Group)
Week 10:  Players Choice Day & Small Sided Games
  • What to bring. Do not bring a ball. Wear proper soccer flats, sneakers, cleats, wear shin guards and bring a water bottle. Wear your Santa Barbara SC issued practice uniform

  • What to wear? Any SBSC issued jersey from ’22-’23 seasons are approved. (Example: Rec League uniforms or Players Academy training kits)
  • Check in & out. Please arrive at class 15 minutes prior to the start of each session and pick-up promptly at completion

  • Required practice kit. Every child must wear Santa Barbara SC issue practice gear to each practice. Please select a size at registration.

  • Refund policy or cancellations. All payments are non-refundable unless Santa Barbara SC cancels the Clinics. 

Choose one or two days per week. All fees due must be paid in full online and do not include 3% credit card service charge fee. All NEW players must purchase a program uniform ($25) to be worn to all camp sessions.

NOTE: If you register past the deadline, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a uniform if you order one. 

Click Here to Register

Contact the Director of Recreational Programs at


What do I bring with me?

  • Proper soccer shoes, sneakers, cleats
  • Shin guards
  • Water bottle
  • Note: Do not bring a ball

How do I check in?

  • First week only: Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to clinic start time to check-in, receive a name tag, collect your uniform (must be purchased separately), and meet your coach. 

What should I wear to clinic?

  • A Santa Barbara SC issued uniform is required for clinics. (Any 2022-2023 SBSC issued kit is valid.) Must be purchased separately if needed (not included in clinic price.) Uniforms will be distributed on first day of clinic at check-in. CLICK HERE and select “Training Uniform Package” to add this to your cart. 

Can I request to be in the same session as my friend?

  • Simply fill in the friend request section on the registration form with the names of players you’d like to be grouped with.
  • If the friends are the same birth year (or very close in age) this is typically not a problem. 
  • We cannot guarantee all requests but always try our best to accommodate. 

What time will my clinic session be?

  • Your athlete will be assigned a clinic time no later than 1 week prior to clinic start date. Groupings and session times are dependent on the age of the athletes that register so we cannot provide more specific session times until after registration is closed. 

Am I guaranteed the day(s) I register for?

  • Yes. Simply mark the specific day(s) on the form that you plan to attend. In the event that your athlete’s age group does not receive enough interest for the day you select, you will be eligible to receive a full refund. 

Who coaches the practices?  

  • Clinics are lead by our club level coaches. You can learn more about our Clinic Director, Brian Hessinger, above.

Do you offer a sibling discount?

  • Yes, $10 off each additional child will be automatically applied at checkout. 

Are the Friday night games included in this program?

  • No, if you’d like to join the recreation league for a game experience, you will need to register for the league separately. CLICK HERE to learn more.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

  • All payments are non-refundable unless Santa Barbara SC cancels the clinics.