Rep Team Evaluation Information
Thank you to all players that participated in this year's Rep Team Evaluations. Our evaluations have concluded and rosters are currently being finalized.
Evaluations moved to SSAP #6. SSAP #4 Evaluation Field Location (closed by the City) - SSAP #4 is located at the South Surrey Athletic Park, 2200 148th St. Surrey. This field is located on the south side of 20th Avenue, south of the traffic roundabout, west of the softball pitches, on the lower evaluation, encircled by the running oval. This is a GRASS Field.
Postponement of Evaluations due to Field Closures- please check the CFC Website, under "Rep Team Evaluations" as all field closures will be posted by 3:00 pm on a week day evaluation date and the night before on a weekend. In addition, all registered players will receive emails advising them of the revised evaluation dates. ALL Evaluation dates posted are subject to change.
Age Levels for the 2013-2014 Fall/Winter Season are as follows:
U10 - players born 2004
U11 - players born 2003
U12 - players born 2002
U13 - players born 2001
U14 - players born 2000
U15 - players born 1999
U16 - players born 1998
U17 - players born 1997
U18 - players born 1996
Check In - On each evaluation date, please arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the evaluation time to check-in at the Registration desk and receive your pinnie. The registration desk will be located at the evaluation field.
The evaluation, selection and placement process is comprised of a combination of past season assessments by the player's team coaching staff and the post-season evaluation sessions which normally incorporate 2 or 3 evaluation sessions which are observed by an evaluation team comprised of the select team coaches and the CFC Technical Staff
Player performance in training and games between September and April is the most significant evaluation period.
This period is the main opportunity for players to showcase their abilities and earn selection to the team for the following season. The post-season evaluations will provide a final opportunity for coaching staff to consider players for selection as they are being evaluated against other players who may be new to the Club or new to the divisional level.
For players new to the Club or to the divisional level, the post-season evaluation sessions represent the primary opportunity for evaluation of a player's suitability for selection and placement on a select team based on the coaching staff's assessment of the player's ability in comparison with their knowledge of the other players currently within the club.
Players will have no restrictions on development opportunities due to their year of birth. In staying with our philosophy of doing "what is best for the player", the Club will consider the player`s ability rather than their birth date.
Any player who believes that they have the ability to play at a higher level shall be provided the opportunity to go through a season long evaluation process to determine this. If successful during the evaluation period, the Club Technical Staff will have the final say on whether playing up is in the best interests of the player after considering all factors. In short, if a player is good enough, they will be considered old enough with respect to playing up. There will be no ``holding back`` an individual player`s opportunity to play at the next level because of their age.
Role of the Club
It is the responsibility of the Club to ensure a fair, transparent and honest process with respect to final player selections. As such, the Club Technical Staff will provide oversight of the process. This consists of:
1. Monitoring players over the season
2. Ongoing communicating with team coaching staff
3. Observation of post season evaluation sessions
4. Providing input where necessary.
5. Facilitating post evaluation selection meetings.
6. Ensuring that evaluators are thorough, fair and honest in their final selections.
7. Challenging evaluators and denying selections if necessary.
8. Checking and signing off on final roster selections.
While we may not all agree on the final selections, it is important to know that the Club goes to great lengths to ensure that the process is fair, transparent, and honest. We believe a thorough 6-7 month evaluation coupled with strong leadership and oversight from our Club Technical Staff allows the final selections to be as accurate as possible.
Coastal Football Club is committed to providing an evaluation process that considers the best interests of players.
In order for players to best showcase their abilities, it is beneficial for them to be placed in an environment that is challenging, but more importantly, allows a sufficient level of success. We have made some changes to the tryout process to ensure a fairer and clearer process.
This year players at each tryout will be tiered into groups that consider their best interests with regards to showcasing their ability. For instance, players finishing the season with Metro status will be grouped together, as will Gold (Div 1), Silver (Div 2), Bronze/House (Div 3 and 4), Selects, Development, and Prospects. With the tiering of skills in place, the opportunity for players striving to move to the next level will increase as they are less likely to be dominated by players from a higher level. Subsequently, the identification of top performing players within their own group will become significantly clearer for evaluators.
Evaluators are utilized who are knowledgeable of the age group being evaluated. However, we have asked the (selected) Rep coaches for these teams to be on the field, observing the process and the players, given their knowledge of players and their involvement in the selection process.
Third-party professional staff may also be involved to structure and oversee the Club’s rep team evaluations. Each qualified Evaluator and coach will have a list of players, by pinnie number and color only (no names), and a list of criteria they will be evaluating against. They will observe the players as they participate in agility based warm ups, technique based drills, small-sided/full-sided games, and will attempt to watch every participant and track their performance. This is a very intensive task, and we assure you that all Evaluators take this very seriously. A Club player’s performance during the past season (and especially in the second-half) will be significantly taken into account
After the remaining Evaluations and prior to the completion of the final evaluation, the Evaluators will be asked to identify, based on their observations, the players they feel should be included in the final Selection Pool. Except for significant extenuating circumstances, player selections will be made by the team coach, from the Selection Pool, in consultation with the Club’s Technical Staff. Typically, 20 – 22 players make up the Selection Pool for each team.
Where players are assessed as being very close overall, it is the Club’s objective to ensure that any “tie-breaker” goes to those players residing within the Club’s catchment area or those returning to the Club.
Team Selection and Placement
Players are evaluated on the basis of a number of athleticism and soccer-related skills and abilities by independent evaluators from outside of the age group, appointed rep coaches and the Club Technical Staff, who are chosen by the Club for their experience and training. These evaluators may also include professional staff from third party service providers. In general, players are selected based on their athletic ability, attitude, aptitude for the game, and if they are a returning player, their overall performance during the previous season. Typically 2 evaluation sessions will be held for each rep group. At the coach and technical staff’s determination, the 3rd and/or 4th (if deemed necessary) evaluation session(s) may be conducted on a “closed” or invitational basis. That is, these evaluation sessions will be invitation only.
NOTE: Rep team selection does not unequivocally guarantee a player a place on a rep team roster for the entire season. That is, a player is expected to consistently continue to develop and maintain their performance (relative to other team members) and commitment to the team as the season unfolds. Should this not occur, a Rep team coach, in consultation with the Club’s Technical Staff and player’s parents will have the option of moving a “non-performing” player to the next division level down. The Rep team coach may then fill the vacancy created by “calling up” an eligible player from the next division level down. This call-up right will also be applicable should a higher-level rep team sustain extended player injuries which reduce their roster to a non-competitive number.
Subsequent to conclusion of the second or final evaluation, the Rep team coach (in consultation with the Club’s Technical Staff) will be asked to finalize the team roster, and email notices will be prepared for each player advising them that they have made the team, or if they have not been selected at this time. Consequently, it is imperative that accurate email contact addresses are supplied when registering for your evaluation session.
Players will be expected to give their confirmation on a timely basis, typically within 72 hours. Team selections will not be held open to allow for “[other] evaluation shopping”. Accepting players are expected to complete their on-line registration with the Club on a timely basis as well.
Additionally, where the Rep coach is continuing on from last season, those unsuccessful and who played on the prior season’s team will also be contacted by the team coach.
Note: the Selection Pool will be dissolved upon the conclusion of the team selection process. Should a selected player be unable to subsequently join or maintain their place on the Rep team, the Rep team coaches and the Club Technical Staff will initiate a review and assessment process to determine which player will be contacted as a replacement.
As we all know, the notification process is not always a pleasant experience for every player. We hope the above process will serve to minimize this, as well as ensure a fair and transparent evaluation process for all players.
REP TEAM INFORMATION
Purpose of Rep or Select Teams
The purpose of a Rep or Select Team (Rep) is to provide an opportunity for qualified players to compete at a higher level of competition with players of similar abilities. For returning players, the identification of these players is done through a (past) season-ending assessment by the player’s team Head Coach and / or an independent evaluation process incorporating 2 or 3 evaluation sessions observed by independent evaluators and the rep team coaches.
Objectives of the Rep Team Program
- To provide high quality, competitive Rep team programs which will further the development of players and coaches towards as high a skill and proficiency level as they can achieve
- Encourage excellence and sportsmanship among Rep team players and coaches, and
- To enhance each player’s enjoyment of the game of soccer.
To play at any Rep level will involve a greater commitment of time, travel and additional costs by the player, with the greatest commitments being required at the higher Rep level(s) in each age group.
During the season, parents and players can expect that Rep practices will be held at least twice a week with a possible additional functional or fitness-focused session, and one game per week. It is also highly recommended that players participate in a core conditioning or related skills session once a week, in addition to practices.
While CFC does not discourage players to participate in other sports and pursuits, playing at a the Rep level suggests that players will make the appropriate commitment needed for the benefit of their development as well that of their Rep team colleagues. Be aware that the commitment and expectations will differ from division to division and you should check with the team’s Rep coach involved at your daughter’s age and level to be clear as to their expectations. All rep team coaches are expected to hold pre-season and periodic player and team meetings to ensure that such expectations, as well as the coaches’ plans and player assessments, are clearly communicated.
Rep team players will pay an additional rep fee annually for the Club’s Player Development Program. These fees are posted on the Club’s website and are needed to offset specialized training and facilities made available to Rep teams. Acceptance of a Rep team selection means the player (and their parents) has agreed to this fee. Rep fees must be paid in order for player registration for the upcoming Fall/Winter Season to be complete.
Each rep team is responsible for their own fundraising efforts to defray players’ rep fees, the costs associated with tournaments, extra player development training and Team Wear. However, all Team Fundraising must be for the benefit of the whole team. The Club will not allow any player-specific fundraising of any kind that does not go to the team fund. Also, fundraising efforts should be correlated with spending plans so that there is a “zero” team account balance at the end of the season, in accordance with the Clubs Policies and Procedures.
While the league soccer season typically runs from September to March, successful Cup play can extend a season into April, with Provincial Cup finals being held as late as July. In such instances, Cup play coaches will probably conduct training throughout the spring and early summer. Tournaments and team-building activities are often the focus of these sessions. It is understood that players need rest time and families will have vacations. However, during the month of August, players can be expected to participate in team training activities and pre-season training camps the coaches and their staff may have planned in preparation for the start of the coming season.
Coaches and Coach Appointment Process
Coaches will be asked to submit an application before any coaches can be appointed. Once all the applications have been submitted there may be further coach evaluation required before an appointment can be made. This could be in the form of an interview or on field evaluation. This may apply when:
- Two or more strong candidates are applying for the same position
- No coach has applied for a position therefore CFC will need to seek out a suitable candidate
- The candidate or candidates that applied are not suitable for the position
- Candidate is from outside of CFC
Head Coach Appointments will be based on the following criteria:
- Coaching/Playing experience
- Coaching qualifications
- CFC Club staff evaluations
- Positive history with CFC (SSC and PASC)
Coaches will be appointed before the first evaluation sessions wherever possible.