2 April 2015 at 18:33 #696
There is no specific “right time” to become Competitive. There are many factors that play into the transition and sometimes players can develop quicker than teams. Considerations should include: Development (technical/mental), Commitment (practices, tournaments, games), Playing time (more development on Rec, sit bench on Comp), Cost, etc.
30 January 2017 at 19:07 #55188
We just posted a link to a guidance article we wrote as the tryout window closes in the City. Many of you will be offered spots from various clubs if you went to multiple tryouts.
Some personal comments added below to support the article posted earlier:
When considering the objectives of the team and coach:
Personal opinion. Anything below 6th grade should be focused on development, and not winning. It should be about making mistakes and learning from those mistakes and being a confident individual with the ball at their feet.
What happens if you are playing more than one sport? What if the coach says you make the ‘A’ team, but only if you play Soccer and no other sports?
Article against this – I agree with this and wholly support multisport athletes.
Article that proposes when specialization should occur
When considering an offer that you could have received and the club info you could receive:
Many clubs will outline all of this for you, but I would ask for examples or for people who have had players move, whether down or up. The general issue is that the ‘B’ player wants to move up, of course, but the ‘A’ player never wants to move down.
A well organized club with very good communication should have:
. ‘A’ and ‘B’ and even ‘C’ teams practicing together, or at least on the same field, same time (where possible)
. Cross-rostering, especially in spring (typically classed as developmental season) so that players can play on both teams.
. Regular player development feedback so you know exactly what is going on.
. Outcomes or goals for the season for both team and players. I would favor a club that provides information on the player playing in the best environment at that moment and not that making an ‘A’ team means you are there and secure for the season.
Opinion on the level and age group that your child plays, in relation to coaching license and education: Note that all coaches in SFYS are required to have an ‘F’ license. Not all clubs or leagues require this.
Your child plays 7v7.
Preferred licensing – USSF D or C license. NSCAA 7v7 or National Diploma.
Your child plays 9v9.
Preferred licensing – USSF C license. NSCAA 9v9 or National / Advanced Diploma.
You child plays 11v11.
Preferred licensing – USSF B or A license. NSCAA 11v11 or Premier Diploma.
The preferred, especially with the NSCAA equivalents will depend on the level of play. Bronze level play will be fine with the NSCAA 11v11, but gold and above should at least have the Premier Diploma. You can also check when the license was awarded. An A license from 1980 is very different to an A license from 2017!
If the coach doesn’t at least have this, or the organization does not require it, I would have a lot of questions as to why an unqualified individual is coaching. It could be for good reason, but what is better than education?
Often, former professionals will take on a coaching role and they can provide excellent insight into the steps it takes to being a professional, but they cannot always fulfill the role when working with younger players or developing players because their background is within the professional game and is personal to them.
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