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2016 Division A Coach/Player Selection Guidelines

In Divisional Soccer (U11, U12, U14, and U16),  teams are organized in tiers to provide a more balanced competitive/skill development environment.    The highest tier (currently called Division A, but being revised) is a more competitive level of soccer, designed to provide an opportunity for more skilled players to play a more competitive schedule within the house league framework.  It is still a house league program, with games on Saturday and one practice a week, with the possibility of a second if desired.  All team members can expect to play at least half of each game.   Tryouts will be held for the Division A teams in the fall, as outlined below.  All other players who register in the spring will be assigned to a team, and those teams will be assigned to tiers once final numbers are known.

Coach Selection Guidelines

Coaches interested in head coaching positions for U11, U12, U14, and U16  Division A  teams may apply for consideration on the Division  A  Coach  Application form (see info under the Policies and Procedures tab).   All current coaches will be notified by email, and info will be posted on our website.  We also encourage coaches who don’t have children playing at that level to consider applying.  From the applications submitted, a committee will shortlist and interview where necessary, and may spend time observing potential coaches in game/practice situations.  From that process, head coaches will be appointed for each team.  Assistant coaches will be appointed after the team selection in the fall by the head coach, on approval of the KYSA Board.

Timeline for Selection (all dates may be adjusted for specific age groups or circumstances)

          Aug. 15/15              –        Coach application forms considered to be submitted

          Aug. 16- Sept. 12    --       Shortlisting,  interviewing, and observation where required.

          Sept. 12                  –         Deadline for appointment of head coaches where possible.

The following criteria will be considered in selection of head coaches:

--coaching experience and certification—our Div  A coaches must have completed the appropriate BC Soccer level before the season begins

          --playing experience

          --coaching philosophy

          --communications with players, parents and referees

          --capability of their child playing at the Division A level

This information may be gathered from the application form, from personal interviews, and/or from observations of the coaches in game/practice situations.

Player Selection Guidelines

For the 2016 season, one team per age group will be selected.    Roster numbers for these teams will be as follows:     U11 and U12 --  14 players U14 – 16 --  18  players      

All current coaches in U10, U11, U12, U14 and U16 will be notified of the tryouts and asked to pass the information along to their players.  All players in those divisions will be notified by email of the tryout criteria and schedule.  Info will also be posted on the KYSA website.  Tryouts will begin in September.   Tryouts are open to all current KYSA players, plus any other players living within KYSA boundaries.  Players will be asked to register ahead of time to help us determine numbers and plan sessions.   A non-refundable tryout fee of $20 will be charged.  All players may participate in the first two tryouts, but depending on numbers, any subsequent tryouts may be by invitation only.  Players must attend at least one of the tryouts to be considered for these teams.  Tryouts will be run by an independent panel of coaches, including the team’s head coach.  At the conclusion of these tryouts,  the 2016 rosters of these teams will be selected, except two spots will be reserved for final decisions in the spring.    Candidates for those spots may be invited to tryouts as required.

The following criteria will be used in choosing players for this team:

--soccer skills

--physical fitness

--understanding of the game

--coachability

--attitude/work ethic

--positional preferences (eg goalkeepers)

--commitment to the program (ie limited interference from other activities)

A tryout schedule will be posted here as soon as finalized.

Posted on Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015

Play Better – KYSA pilot project

The Kelowna Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) announced today that during the 2015 outdoor season seven of its teams will be involved in a unique pilot project called Play Better. Play Better empowers coaches and parents to teach values such as empathy, community investment and personal growth, while helping children to play better – whatever their sport.

 

Change the reward. Change the game.

 

See how here & get involved.

 


 

Posted on Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

KYSA Partners with the Vancouver Whitecaps!


Whitecaps David Broadhurst to lead the delivery of technical services to the club

Kelowna Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) announced today an agreement with the Vancouver Whitecaps for 2015 to provide technical services to the club.  

 Whitecaps Okanagan Academy centre Head Coach David Broadhurst will lead a select staff including assistant coach Jason Thompson that will provide general technical direction for the club, and more specifically field sessions and coach development.  On the players side this will include attending training sessions and select games to reinforce development messages. On the coaches side there will be session support for volunteer coaches, on field coaching feedback and several coach development clinics.    

 “We are really pleased to be able to partner with the province’s professional club the Whitecaps, on our development program”, says KYSA president Andy Hyatt.  “We are looking forward to working together with David and the Whitecaps in building and enhancing our players’ and coaches’ experience as being part of KYSA”.  

 “This is a great opportunity to extend our Academy centre programming in the Okanagan to directly work with a progressive club like KYSA and support them through our Whitecaps development network”, notes David Broadhurst.   

 KYSA provides house league programs for girls and boys 5 - 18 and has over 950 members.  They are one of the five member clubs of Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association (COYSA).  Vancouver Whitecaps FC are part of MLS -Major League Soccer.  As part of the clubs development program it has an established a network of Academy centres across western Canada which provide prospects academy training as well as technical services for club.  David Broadhurst heads up the Okanagan Academy centre as Head Coach.  The Whitecaps are also partnered with TOFC the Thompson Okanagan Football Club which plays in the BCSPL.  David Broadhurst acts as a technical advisor for TOFC and Jason Thompson is the Technical Director.

For more information on KYSA please contact Andy Hyatt at  kysa.president@outlook.com or for more information on the Whitecaps in the Okanagan contact David Broadhurst at dbroadhurst@whitecapsfc.com

Posted on Sunday, Mar 22, 2015



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