U9 - Players born January 1st, 2011 - December 31st, 2012
Players born 2011 & 2012 must play in this age group unless exceptional circumstances determined by the Technical Staff.
Philosophy - "The Beginning of Us"
This is the "golden age of learning" when children become less self-centered and are more able to reflect on their actions and learn from their mistakes. This provides an optimal window for further development of individual skills.
The focus at this stage is on learning by doing, enhancing ball mastery, and learning the basic techniques and principles of play in a fun and challenging environment.
Competition is a central element in a player's development, however, a competitive environment should not be a result-oriented environment. The differences must be made clear. A competitive environment at the youth level encourages decisions from player and coach alike that focus on performance rather than outcome (favoring ball skill and inventiveness as the means to find success within the rules and spirit of the game). The result is just one indicator of performance and at this age, not the most important one.
Volunteer coaches are appointed for the season, and are supported on a regular basis by the SPDSA Technical Department. Head coaches will receive a $100 credit towards their child's registration, upon submission of required team information, a valid Criminal Record Check and equipment returned to the SPDSA by the specified deadlines. Only one head coach per team is eligible for the credit.
NEW AS OF 2019/2020 INDOOR - All head coaches and assistant coaches are required to complete the MANDATORY online Respect in Sports training. If you have one from another sport and was completed within the last 5 years, there is no need to redo the training. Please contact our office for the link to complete the RIS training and once complete, please email a PDF copy of your RIS Certificate to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org There is NO CHARGE for our members and fees are covered by the SPDSA.
In-service coaching workshops will be held before and during the season.
The best qualities of a coach for this stage of player are
Only registered team officials and players are allowed on the field, benching area, change rooms or in the hallways. Parents not volunteering, will be able to enjoy the games from the stands only. All team officials from U9 to U19 are required to have an SPDSA ID Card. Cards are valid for a minimum of 3 years and are the responsibility of the card holder. A $20 fee will be charged for replacement of lost cards. Coaches/Managers without a card will not be allowed on the field or benching area during games. Please ensure you contact the SPDSA office, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm about ID Cards. There is no grace period for ID cards.
All Players from U9 to U19 are required to have an SPDSA ID Card. Cards are valid for a minimum of 3 years and are the responsibility of the card holder. A $20 fee will be charged for replacement of lost cards. Players without a card will not be allowed on the field or benching area during games and cannot participate in the games. Please ensure you contact the SPDSA office, Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm about ID Cards. There is no grace period for ID cards.
Practices will be provided based on the availability of facilities.
Each practice should address individual ball mastery as well as individual and small group decisions, when attacking and defending. Age and stage appropriate session plans will be provided electronically throughout the season to all coaches. Assistance at some practices and games during the season is available through the SPDSA technical department upon request of the coach.
1 - 60 minute practice per week (pending available facilities)
1 - 55 minute game per week at Millennium Place or Fort Saskatchewan. 6v6 (5v5 plus goalkeepers)
The SPDSA is committed to providing a fair and equally balanced recreational league for all participants. Each year we get an increasing number of requests for player placements due to various reasons. This has put an enormous number of tasks on our volunteers and staff. Some of these requests put an imbalance in teams and some lopsided scores in games, which does not help anyone. The Community League is for development, fun and of course competition, but to have fun and have games we need teams, and if players experience unpleasant conditions they do not want to come back.
To achieve balanced teams, we have implemented the following team formation guidelines
The community program does not entail the same level of commitment as our Phoenix program; however, players that sign-up are expected to participate in most of games and practices. Team rosters are sized to maximize playing time; as a result, non-attendance will have an impact on the whole team.
Season length 15 weeks
U9 Boys - Starts October 18th (Friday, Thursday/Sunday Alternate) (no games on Nov 8, 10, Dec 22 - Jan 3, Feb 14, Feb 16) Ends February 23rd
U9 Girls - October 20 (Wednesday, Thursday/Sunday Alternate) (no games on Nov 10, Dec 22 - Jan 3, Feb 16) Ends Feb 20th
Some Games may take place in Ft. Saskatchewan
1 - 60 minute Practice - Saturdays
Days of Play
U9 Boys - Primary Friday, Thursday Alternate
U9 Girls - Primary Wednesday, Thursday Alternate
*Some games may be played Sunday depending on number of teams in the league
Registration and Fees
Early Bird by August 31, 2019 - $320.00
Regular by September 18, 2019 - $345.00
*Late September 19, 2019 - $370.00
Fee includes uniform (jersey, shorts, socks). Players are require to have their own shin pads and indoor shoes.
*Please note that registrations received after September 18th, may have players put on a wait list, dependent on the program's availability.