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2015 Practice Schedule Set

For the 2015 outdoor season, all age groups have been assigned a standard practice night and field, as outlined in the article below on our home page.   Here is the schedule for the 2015 season:

U6 Boys/Girls                        Wednesdays                Dr. Knox                5:00 - 6:00 pm

U7 Boys                                Tuesdays                    Lillooet                   5:00 - 6:00 pm
     Girls                                                                                               6:15 - 7:15 pm

U8 Boys                                Thursdays                   Lillooet                   5:00 - 6:00 pm
     Girls                                                                                               6:15 - 7:15 pm

U9 Boys                                Wednesdays                Dilworth                  5:00 - 6:00 pm
     Girls                                                                                                6:15 - 7:15 pm

U10 Boys                              Thursdays                   Dilworth                  5:00 - 6:00 pm
                                                                                                            6:15 - 7:15 pm
      Girls                                Tuesdays                    Dilworth                  5:00 - 6:00 pm
                                                                                                            6:15 - 7:15 pm

U11 Boys                                Tuesdays                 Martin                       5:00 - 6:00 pm
       Girls                                                                                               6:30 - 8:00 pm

U12 Boys (Div. A)                   Mondays                   Martin                        6:30 - 8:00 pm
               (Div. B)                                                                                   5:00 - 6:30 pm
       Girls (Div. A/B)                                                                                 6:30 - 8:00 pm

U14 Boys (Div. A)                 Wednesdays                Lillooet                     5:00 - 6:30 pm
                (Div. B)                                                  Martin                       5:00 - 6:30 pm
        Girls (Div. A)                                                   Lillooet                      6:30 - 8:00 pm
                (Div. B)                                                  Martin                        6:30 - 8:00 pm

U16 Boys (Div. A)                  Wednesdays                Lillooet                      5:00 - 6:30 pm
               (Div. B)                  Thursdays                  Martin                        5:00 - 6:30 pm
       Girls (Div. A)                  Wednesdays                Lillooet                      6:30 - 8:00 pm
               (Div. B)                  Thursdays                   Martin                       6:30 - 8:00 pm

 Some minor tweaking of this schedule may occur once registration is complete and the numbers of teams in age group is set.  Division A teams in U11 - 16 may opt for a second practice, which will be subject to availability of fields and times.                                        
Posted on Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Head Coach Certification

In an effort to provide the highest possible coaching to players in our province, BC Soccer has mandated that by the 2016 season, all head coaches must be certified at the level they are working by completing the coaching course designated for that level.  KYSA supports that mandate, and will be encouraging all our head coaches to get certified even before that 2016 deadline.   Listed below are the courses currently open for registration for head coaches and assistant coaches.  All registration costs for the courses will be covered.  As an additional incentive, our Board has agreed to provide a $100 rebate to their child's registration fees for all head coaches who are correctly certified at the level they will be working.

Coaching courses in our area have now been planned as outlined below and are on the BC Soccer site ready for registration at this link (host name is Kelowna United):

COYSA will reimburse the fee to our coaches upon completion of the course.

Soccer for life (U13 - U18)

Jan 24 and 31 and Feb 21 and 22     8:15 till 4 pm


Learn to train  (BU9 - U12)

Feb 7, 8 and Feb 28  March 1          8:15 to 4 pm

Fundamentals  (U7 - U9)

Jan 17, Feb 14 and March 7        8:15 to 4 pm

Active start  (U6)

March 8  8:15 to 4:30 pm


Posted on Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014

Team Assignment Procedures

In recent years it has become increasingly difficult to put together teams in Spring that are competitively balanced.  Some teams have managed to stay pretty much intact from season to season, while others are continually changing players and coaches.  Some teams seldom lose any games year after year, while others suffer through a series of seasons with victories few and far between.  Some teams have very few or even no new players in the spring, as all their previous team returns.  Others have over half their team made up of beginning players, who  haven’t had the opportunities to develop their skills and game strategies like the more stable teams have.

Our board has decided to implement a different system, more in line with indoor soccer, hockey, baseball, and other local minor sports, using the following guiding principles for team selection:

--part of what house league soccer is about is providing opportunities for players to make new friends and experience a variety of coaching styles over their years in soccer;

--coaches will be asked for input re the relative strengths of their team and players  at the end of each season, in preparation for team selection next season;

--within any age group, the main goal of player assignment will be to provide as much competitive balance as possible;

--school attendance will be spread among all teams, rather than teams being made up mostly by players from a particular school;

--players new to KYSA will be divided equally among all teams;

--players may be shifted to another team within the first couple of weeks where an obvious imbalance still exists.

Any changes to teams will be made by the Board, in consultation with coaches, but not at the request  of parents wishing a different team for their child.  We would appreciate parents’ support as we seek to achieve equity for all teams, but will respectfully offer a full fee refund if parents are dissatisfied with their child’s placement.

Posted on Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014

Standardized Practice Nights for Age Groups

For the 2015 season, the Board is proposing to schedule all teams in a particular age group  to practice at the same place at the same time each week.   Mission Youth Soccer has been doing this the last couple of years, and is very pleased with the benefits.  Here are some of the reasons why it is being considered:

--teams can be scheduled to practice on a field that is appropriate to their age group.  Goals will be the right size, field sizes will be correct, etc.

--support for coaches can be provided.  For example, a lead coach can coordinate the curriculum and practice plans for age groups, and monitor and support coaches in ensuring players get the appropriate learning outcomes for their level. 

--specialized sessions/clinics can be provided to all teams. For example, a goalkeeping clinic could be done for all team goalies as part of the regular practice for all teams.

--parents will be able to car pool neighbourhood kids or friends who may be on different teams, because they will all be practicing on the same field.

--where competitive balance is an issue, players can be moved to other teams without worrying about changing practice times and locations.

There are also some limitations to implementing this system.  Some players may have conflicts with the practice night chosen for their age group.   Coaches also may have other commitments on that night.    Rutland and Mission clubs will likely have openings available to take care of these conflicts.



Posted on Monday, Nov 03, 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