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2015 Division A Coach/Player Selection Guidelines

In Divisional Soccer (U11, U12, U14, and U16),  two tiers of competition are organized.  Division  A 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.  Each local club (Kelowna, Mission, Rutland, Westside and Lake Country) will provide at least one Division A team at each age level, but may add more if numbers and talent allow.  Where more than one team is entered at an age level, the two teams will be drafted to be as equal as possible in age and ability.

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 (DivACoachApp)   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 of KYSA Board members and the Division A Director 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)

          Sept. 1/14               –        Coach application forms considered..

          Sept. 1 - 15             --       Shortlisting,  interviewing, and observation where required.

          Oct. 1                     –        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 2015 season,  at least one team per division will be selected.   Where numbers exist, the Board may consider adding a second team.   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 late 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 $15 will be charged.  All players may participate in the first tryout, but depending on numbers, 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 and the Division A Director.  At the conclusion of these tryouts,  the full 2015 rosters of these teams will be selected.    

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

--soccer skills

--physical fitness

--understanding of the game


--attitude/work ethic

--positional preferences (eg goalkeepers)

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

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 09, 2014

Tryouts for TOFC and Kelowna United Announced!

Each year at this time local youth soccer programs begin to gear up for more competitive programs for next season. There are basically three levels available to players born in 2004 or earlier.

Thompson-Okanagan Football Club has teams that play in a provincial premier soccer program, the top level of youth soccer in BC. Evaluations for their program are listed on their website for players born in 2002 - 1997.
The evaluations will be held at Beasley Park in Lake Country on the dates listed on the website. A $20 non refundable fee (cheque or cash) will need to be paid at the field prior to participating.
Evaluations are for the upcoming TOFC season which includes Fall 2014 and Winter/Spring 2015.
Interested players should fill out the registration form prior to attending the evaluations.

Kelowna United is the select club for players in the Central Okanagan area. They play against other teams in the Thompson-Okanagan region for the right to advance to provincial championships. Their website is Click here for the schedule of tryouts for 2015 KU teams.

For players who will remain in the house league program with KYSA, teams are tiered at the U11 age group, with Div A being a more competitive program, and Div B being more recreational. Div A teams require tryouts, which will be held this fall. A schedule will be posted over the summer, and tryouts will begin shortly after KU tryouts are completed. More information will be emailed to all parents once dates are confirmed.
Posted on Monday, Jun 09, 2014

Thanks to Kidsport/Canadian Tire Jumpstart

We would like to acknowledge the generous support of two community minded organizations.   Kidsport and Canadian Tire Jumpstart have paid the 2014 soccer registration fees of 32 of our players, to a total subsidy of $4510.   Without their help, these children would not have an opportunity to play this great game.   Please consider donating to Kidsport and Canadian Tire Jumpstart programs when opportunities arise.

Posted on Thursday, Jun 05, 2014

Girls U14 Eagles Win Slurpee Cup in Kamloops!

The Eagles went into the May Long Weekend on an upward trend as they have been playing well in league play.

Their first game against 100 Mile House was a lopsided affair as the Eagles took control from the start and rolled to a convincing 5-0 win.  An early morning game against a strong Terrace team proved to be a great challenge to the Eagles as it was scoreless until the 54 minute mark when the Eagles scored to take the lead and the win the game to raise their record to 2-0.

The afternoon game on the Sunday was again a great team effort as it went back and forth.  Eagles took the lead early but, were on their heels when Pitt Meadows scored to tie it up.  All tournament long the Eagles came out strong in the second half and it was no different against Pitt Meadows and they were able to score midway through the second half.

The Eagles last game was against a Quesnel team that had played in the morning and had a short bench.  The Eagles, as they did throughout the whole weekend,  played and demonstrated a great team defence and prevailed 2-0 to win their pool.

Great Work Girls!!!


Posted on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Coach Certification Clinics Now Available for 2014

BC Soccer, in cooperation with COYSA and KYSA,  have scheduled a series of coach certification courses that will qualify coaches to understand and teach the skills and strategies of the Canadian Soccer Association's Long Term Player Development program.  We expect that over the next couple of years all our coaches and assistants will take these clinics in order to further their development as youth soccer coaches.   All are free (or reimbursed fully upon completion).    The clinics are set up to take place before the opening of the 2014 season so coaches can fully take advantage of the information, and so that they are not trying to juggle games, practices and clinics during the season.

For information about the courses, and how to register, please go to the Coaches tab at the top of this page, and scroll down to Soccer Specific Coaching Courses.   Early registration will let us know if more sessions need to be set up to deal with demand.
Posted on Sunday, Dec 15, 2013