|U5 to U10|
The Club provides team play and skills development for our youth players. Staff coaches support all of our programs. |
KickStart program is for boys and girls aged four years old. The season
runs indoors on Saturdays or outdoors mid-week from September to late
February/early March with a winter break. One parent or caregiver for
each player is required at all sessions. Parents can request to have
their three-year-old child join in. If the parent or staff coach feels
that the child is too young, a pro-rated refund will be given.
U6-U7 First KixThe
First Kix program provides skill development and small-sided games with
minimal rules. The season runs from September to late February/early
March with a winter break. There are two sessions per week – a Saturday
session outdoors on a grass field (weather permitting) and a mid-week
practice in a local gym. A staff coach provides guidance to the coaches
and players during the Saturday sessions.
U8, we continue with Small Sided Soccer as recommended by BC Soccer. The
focus is on player development in a non-competitive environment. Games
are usually 4-a-side (including goalkeeper).
All games are
scheduled for Saturday morning through to the early afternoon and each
team practices once a week between games. All games are on the North
Shore against other Club teams and teams from West Vancouver.
The U8 age group also receives Futsal indoor soccer sessions
Club requests coaches to not place any emphasis on the result of the
game and instead focus on player development. The Club only tracks
results to monitor parity amongst the teams so that schedules can be
re-configured when there is a lack of parity.
When playing the
two-field format, U8 coaches are instructed to switch players between
the two fields as required to keep a competitive balance amongst the
teams and players.
The Club encourages the competing coaches to
place their stronger 2 or 3 players on the same field to achieve a
competitive balance in both games, so that the same 2 or 3 players do
not dominate the game or score all the goals. This format will allow the
other players to develop at their own pace without the pressure of a
dominant player taking the ball away immediately. Players that fall
between these two levels can experience time in both settings thus
allowing them to be challenged in some instances and to achieve greater
success in other games.
U9/U10 Two Streams Description The
North Shore Youth Soccer Association offers two separate pods for Clubs
to enter their U9 and U10 teams, House Select Pod and House Development
Pod. This will allow its member clubs to place like ability players
together at U9 and U10. The games are 6-a-side (including a goalkeeper)
for U9 and 7-a-side (including a goalkeeper) for U10.
goal is to avoid having 1 or 2 players dominate in both game and
practices, leaving other players to rarely touch the ball or make any
substantial contribution to the game. Placing these players in another
division, allows for the remaining players to get more involved, take on
more leadership roles and acquire more interest. Further, it allows for
more touches and time on the ball for these players, which will enhance
By grouping players with similar ability,
coaches are able to deliver activities at a pace that meet their
players’ needs. In this way, instruction is differentiated, meeting
players at their level with the goal of moving them along the continuum
of Long Term Player Development.
The issue of unbalanced teams is
one that many Clubs have to deal with. There are teams of players that
go through a season with very little success, leaving players, parents
and coaches discouraged. This can lead to problems of player and coach
retention. Having teams of players with similar abilities is designed to
alleviate these issues.
The goal of ability-based teams is to
allow all players to play at their skill and confidence level. We want
all players to be challenged, to build their skills and to enjoy their
playing experiences. We believe that providing children with the
opportunity to play with and against those of similar ability will
enhance both player and coach development.
When forming U9 and
U10 teams for each season, the Club will identify approximately the top 15% of their players to play on multiple teams in the House Select Pod.
The majority of the players will play on multiple teams in the House
Teams are formed through assessment of the Club
staff coaches through the current Under 8 and Under 9 season and then
teams will be formed with all efforts to balance all teams within each
the House Select and the House Development Pods. Friendship requests
will also be taken into consideration within each pod, especially for
the House Development Pod where we will have the majority of the
players. Team coaches will also be asked to offer some input. Finally,
there will be a re-evaluation period in late spring and at the beginning
of the U9 and U10 season in the fall to move players that have been
placed in the wrong pod relative to their ability, have changed
significantly over the summer and need to be moved, or are new to the
Club and need to be placed appropriately. The Club Technical Director
will oversee all evaluation initiatives.
Questions? See the U9 and U10 Q & A.