Players

General Info

Registration for the 2014-2015 season opens April 1 2014

Active Start

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(U4-U6 Co-Ed)  

Active Start

Soccer contributes to the well-being of children by engaging them in the sport while teaching them basic movements. At this introductory level, the objective is to get moving and to keep active.

  • Physical – Provide the environment for learning proper fundamental movement skills such as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.
  • Technical – The player and the ball: Running with the ball, dribbling, controlling, kicking and shooting.
  • Tactical – None.
  • Mental – Fun, fascination, and passion for play.
  • Game Structure:
  • No competitive games – adult and child play together informally.

Recommended training times:

30 to 45 minutes. Generally on one weekend day of the week..

Season Length:

4 to 16 weeks Winter/Spring/Summer, outdoor.

U7-U8 Co-Ed

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At this stage, individual player development is paramount. Coaches and teachers should create a stimulating learning environment where the atmosphere is “Freedom and Fun.”

  • Physical – Develop the ABCs of movement: agility, balance, co-ordination and speed, as well as running, jumping, twisting, kicking, throwing and catching.

  • Technical – Movement exercises/games designed to promote a feel for the ball: gaining ball control in receiving passes, dribbling, passing less than 25m, kicking the ball forward, and shooting on goal.

  • Tactical – Small children are egocentric – playing the ball is the most important objective. However, they now need to be introduced to co-operation between players. They gain understanding of the game through playing situations.

  • Mental – Basic awareness of environment to build game intelligence and decision making.

Recommended training times: 30 to 45 minutes. Normally on one weekend day of the week.

Season Length: 12 to 20 weeks Winter/Spring/Summer, outdoor.

Recommendations:

No league standings – jamboree format – emphasis is on FUN.

Players and game formats are organized to support the basic playing experiences.

All players play equal time and try all team positions, including goal keeping.

Equal time should be allotted to practice and games.

Jamboree

The objective of the program is to provide young players and their parents with a "pressure free" introduction to the beautiful and simple game of soccer. At this age, players should be exposed to soccer by playing simple, fun activities and games that require little to no practice, and a minimal time commitment.

A jamboree means that teams are formed on a weekly basis depending on how many players attend a given session. Each player may be required to have a parent working with them on the field. A coach will lead each session. The coach will introduce the game/activity that will focus on a specific skill. Each player/parent will then practice the activity. Each Jamboree session will have 2 - 3 activities and will end with a 20 minute game.

U9-U18 Boys & Girls

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U9 – U12 MINI SOCCER

House League soccer is tiered for players at U9 - U12:  the teams are split into two tiers for gameplay, with the idea that players are placed in the tier which best suits their ability and confidence level. All tiering decisions are made on feedback from the previous season's coach, and the technical team of coaches assess all players in this group in the first few games to ensure that everyone is in an appropriate team.  U9 and U10 players play together, and U11 and U12 players play together on Super 8 fields.  The mixing of ages helps to ensure sufficient numbers of teams in each tier, and encourages development.

The emphasis at these ages is still on fun soccer, but games become more structured and closer to the rules of FIFA soccer as played by the professionals. Field sizes grow as players get older, and by the end of their U12 year, our players should be ready to play 11 v 11 on a full sized field.

Games at this level have referees, and in the older group, assistant referees. Offside is introduced in U11/12, and games are 7 v 7 at U9/10 and 8 v 8 at U11/12

U13 – U18 DIVISIONAL SOCCER

Divisional soccer is open to all players who turn 13 in the current calendar year and above, up to a maximum of 18 years old. Divisional play is for all registered players,with the exception of players chosen for Select teams.

Divisional play is 11 v 11 on full sized fields, played to the official FIFA/IFAB Laws of the Game, with the exception of the law on substitutions– in youth soccer, unlimited substitutions are permitted.

Within Divisional Soccer, age groups may be combined, depending on player numbers. Normally, SCYSA runs U13/14 and U15-18 divisions.

Scores are recorded, and teams play for a League Championship; points are awarded according to FIFA regulations to determine Champions for each league.

FAQ

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How old do my kids need to be to play soccer?
SCYSA has teams for players 3 to 17 years old (Active Start to U18), and they are welcome to start at any age within that range.

What equipment is required?
The only equipment your child needs to play soccer is a pair of soccer shoes with cleats (for outdoor fields) and shin guards. Getting a soccer ball for practicing at home is also a good idea.

Do I need to buy a uniform?
No. The club supplies uniforms, consisting of a jersey, shorts and socks. At the end of the season, return the jersey and keep the shorts and socks.

How do I join the Club?
To join a club, you will need to register your child(children) with the soccer association and pay the annual registration fee(s). You can register online at http://scysa.ca/reg, or go to REGISTER. Registration opens once a year on April 1 for the fall session of that year. One account per family is needed. Each child can then be registered under that account.

When does the season start?
The season starts in late August and runs through to the middle of March, with a winter break from early December to late January. 

How do I register?
Registration must be done online. Registration is from April 1 to May 31. Early-bird rates apply throughout April. Late registration continues to September 15 with a late registration surcharge. To ensure that your child is placed on a team, we encourage all interested players to register early in the spring.

How much does it cost?
The full soccer season costs are different for mini and divisional players as well per season. For a lists of the registration fees, go to REGISTER when registration opens.

What do the "U's" mean?
The "U" stands for "under" and is always followed by a specific age. For example, "U11" means the player is 10 years old at the start of the season. This system is used because the calendar year of a child's birth determines the age group in which he plays.

Active Start includes players from U4-U6. Boys and girls will be in one group, with a parent participating for each player.

Age categories for the Fall 2014/2015 teams are as follows:

Age GroupBirth Year
House Co-ed
     U7 Co-ed1 Jan 2009 - 31 Dec 2009  
     U8 Co-ed1 Jan 2008 - 31 Dec 2008  
     U18 Co-ed1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 2000  
House Girls
     U10 Girls1 Jan 2006 - 31 Dec 2007  
     U12 Girls1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2005  
     U15 Girls1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2003  
House Boys
     U10 Boys1 Jan 2006 - 31 Dec 2007  
     U12 Boys1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2005  
     U15 Boys1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2003  
Rep Girls
     U11 Rep Girls1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2005  
     U12 Rep Girls1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2004  
     U13 Rep Girls1 Jan 2003 - 31 Dec 2003  
     U14 Rep Girls1 Jan 2002 - 31 Dec 2002  
     U15 Rep Girls1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2001  
     U16 Rep Girls1 Jan 2000 - 31 Dec 2000  
     U17 Rep Girls1 Jan 1999 - 31 Dec 1999  
     U18 Rep Girls1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 1998  
Rep Boys
     U11 Rep Boys1 Jan 2005 - 31 Dec 2005  
     U12 Rep Boys1 Jan 2004 - 31 Dec 2004  
     U13 Rep Boys1 Jan 2003 - 31 Dec 2003  
     U14 Rep Boys1 Jan 2002 - 31 Dec 2002  
     U15 Rep Boys1 Jan 2001 - 31 Dec 2001  
     U16 Rep Boys1 Jan 2000 - 31 Dec 2000  
     U17 Rep Boys1 Jan 1999 - 31 Dec 1999  
     U18 Rep Boys1 Jan 1998 - 31 Dec 1998  

 

How are the teams created?
Children are first sorted into the appropriate division by age and gender. We then attempt to sort the names into teams according to school area and home address and any special considerations in the application form. There is also a player evaluation process based on the previous year's play which helps to balance teams with respect to skill.

The coordinator for the division figures out the teams and may call upon the registrar, coaches, and others who know the children to help with this process.

Parents have told us that they want their youngest children (U13 and under) playing with their friends nearest home as possible, and we try to achieve this. Older children tend to be placed on teams that have a wide “catchment area”.

A very important consideration when creating teams is that teams within an age group are relatively equal in strength. We try to achieve parity to ensure better competition which leads to the game being more fun for players, coaches, and parents.

Children, perhaps even more than adults, by nature want to feel accomplished and to develop their skills. When they can see their efforts lead to good results they feel better about themselves and are encouraged to try more. We do our best to create teams to ensure that this will happen, and thus particularly above U9, players may find themselves playing with new friends against whom they may have competed in the past.

How many players are on a team?
The Active Starts play in a small grass field. No teams are created.

The U7s and U8s play 6-a-side Mini Soccer on fields within the community.

The U9s and U10s play 7-a-side Mini Soccer.

The U11s and U12s play "Super-8s" 8-a-side, on a smaller soccer fields.

How big is the time commitment?
It depends on the age and competitive level of the team. Soccer games are scheduled on the weekends, usually Saturdays with the younger kids playing for up to 50 minutes, and the divisional kids playing for up to 90 minutes. Most teams practice once on a weekday evening, some teams practice twice, and the youngest age groups might not practice at all. Gold level divisional teams (U11 to U18) require a commitment to two practices a week, plus weekend games, and tournaments.

Who coaches youth soccer?
The vast majority of coaches and assistant coaches are volunteers and parents of one of the kids on their team. They all share enthusiasm for community sport, and have varying levels of experience with soccer.

How do I find what team I'm in?
Player information can be found on the Update Player Info page. You will have to log in to view your child's profile. If you've forgotten your login or password, get that information emailed to you.

How do I get my team schedule?
Game Schedule has a table with all the team schedules when they are posted. If you do not see a schedule up at this time, it probably means it hasn't been posted yet. Please come back closer to the first day of the season.

Does the Club offer soccer training programs?
Yes, the Club has a full-time Technical Director whose job is to help develop the Club's players through the Academy and summer soccer camps. Go to Academy/Camps for more information

I don't know anything about coaching soccer. Are there volunteer positions I can help with?
Of course! All parents are encouraged to help out the club by either coaching, or assisting with the numerous other tasks that come with organizing a soccer season for 600+ players. A few of the positions include:

  • Team managers -- to distribute information, and coordinate practice, snacks, and uniforms for each team.
  • Writers to add content to the Club website.
  • Numerous volunteers are always need to help set up the opening and closing season tournaments.
More volunteer information can be found on the Volunteering page.

If your question has not been answered here, please use the contact form.

Player Code of Conduct

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In negotiating the world of youth soccer, it is helpful to the players, the coach and the parents/guardians to understand what is expected of them. A player code of conduct helps establish the rules.

  • Arrive on time. Players should arrive, at a minimum, 10 minutes before practice and 30 minutes before games. Tardiness or absence without notification or good cause may result in reduced playing time.

  • Dress appropriately. The proper equipment should be worn, along with sufficient clothing in cold weather. A water bottle should also be brought, no matter what the weather.

  • Have a good meal. Players should make sure they are properly fed and hydrated for both practices and games.
  • Leave jewelry at home. Players may not wear any kind of jewelry except for a Medic Alert bracelet which should be fastened to the wrist with padded material. Sports holders are available for these.

  • Check glasses and mouth guards. Sports glasses or contacts are recommended for those who require glasses. Mouth guards are used according to the advice of a dentist or orthodontist.

  • Tie back your hair. Long hair should not be loose. In general, hair should not be in the face.

  • Show respect. Players must respect coaches and officials and exhibit good sportsmanship to all others involved in the game.

  • Offer to help. Younger players should expect that parents/guardians will assist them in following the code of conduct. Verbalize your intention to help.

  • Be responsible for yourself. Older players should fill their own water bottles, carry their own bags, and be dressed and ready to go on time.

  • Parents, start them early. Help players to follow the code without your help, right from the start.

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