U8-U9

Under 8 & 9- Two Streams of Development

Many clubs place players on teams based on various school catchment areas or group kids with their friends.  While this might be beneficial in terms of organization, we must ask if this is the best way to develop our players as they enter the key development years of 8-12.

Most can relate to watching mini soccer and seeing that 3 or 4 players dominate in game situations, leaving other players to rarely touch the ball.  Placing these players in another division, would allow for the remaining players to get more involved, take on more leadership roles and acquire more interest.  Further, it allows for more touches on the ball, which supports skill development.

With a wide range of abilities in mixed groups, coaches can find it challenging to find activities that engage all players on the team.  This can lead to the content being too difficult for some and too simple for others.  By grouping players with similar ability, coaches will be able to deliver activities at a pace that will meet their players’ needs.  In this way, instruction is differentiated, meeting players at their level with the goal of moving them along the continuum of Long Term Player Development.

The issue of unbalanced teams is one that many clubs have to deal with.  There are teams of players that go through a season with very little success, leaving players, parents and coaches discouraged.  This can lead to problems of player and coach retention.  Having teams of players with similar abilities would help to alleviate these issues.

The goal of ability based teams is to allow all players to play at their skill and confidence level.  We want all players to be challenged, to build their skills and to enjoy their playing experiences.  We wish to provide coaches with technical support to ensure they are meeting the needs of their players.  We believe that providing children with the opportunity to play with and against those of similar ability will enhance both player and coach development.

Some Guiding Principles

  • Year-long evaluation of players with an opportunity for upward movement (no downward movement within a playing year).
  • Technical support for all coaches in the age group to evenly distribute coaching talent.
  • A transparent evaluation process.
  • A clear communication plan to parents and coaches not only in the beginning stages, but year-long.

Players also have the opportunity to join extra training through Poco Euro-Rite FC Player Academy.  See Extra Program Tab of this website.

 

Under 8 – Two Streams of Development FAQ

What is the purpose for having two streams of development in the Under 8 Division?

The goal of ability based teams it to allow all players to play at their skill and confidence level.  We want all players to be challenged, to build their skills and to enjoy their playing experiences.  We wish to provide coaches with technical support to ensure they are meeting the needs of their players. We believe that providing children with the opportunity to play with and against those of similar ability will enhance both player and coach development.

How are decisions made if players are placed on a team playing in the Tri-Cities Development League or Tri-Cities House League?

Teams are formed through evaluations of players during their Under 7 season.  This will be taken from observation by the technical staff coaches, the parent coaches and also through assessment of players through various Port Coquitlam Euro-Rite FC Camps and Academies.

Will teams be balanced in the Development Division and House Division of Under 8?

Teams will be formed with all efforts to balance all teams in the House and the Development Divisions. This will be done in collaboration with the Poco Euro-Rite FC Technical Director, Mini’s Program Director and Mini’s Technical Staff.

How do I register for the Tri-Cities U8 House League or the U8 Development League?

You cannot register for either League.  You register for the Under 8 age group and then you will be placed on teams through our team formation process.

When Does Registration Begin?

Please check out the main registration page to see actual dates.  Registration generally starts at the end of the previous season.

When will the Under 8 teams be formed?

We will start the team formation process of the Development teams first.  This will begin in early June.  We will proceed with the House teams after this, but will not have House rosters finalized until after our registration deadline.

Is there a different cost between the leagues?

No, it is the same cost for registration for both the House and Development League.

If I am a new player or new to the club, what team would I be placed on?

If you are a new player playing in our club, you will initially be placed on the House Team, unless otherwise assessed in a Port Coquitlam Euro-Rite FC club Academy or Camp.

How are coaches being assigned to the Under 8 Teams?

As players are registered, parents are asked to indicate if they are willing to volunteer as Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Managers.  We will look at all parents that have put their names forward as well as recommendations from the Technical Staff Team.

How many teams will there be in the House and Development Divisions?

Based on registration numbers in each club, we are looking on average to have 30% of the players placed in the Development Division and 70% in the House Division.  We will assess each season if additional Development teams will be added.

Does my son/daughter get to play with their friends?

In the House Division all efforts will be made to honour friend requests, keeping in mind that our first priority will be to make sure that all teams are balanced in terms of ability.  On the Development side there will be less emphasis on friend requests, with the priority being balanced teams.  Any players registering after the deadline of June 1st, will most likely not have any requests looked at.

Will my child have the same parent coach as Under 7?

Some may and some may not.  Due to the nature of the two tiers, teams will change and so might coaches.  Every effort will be made to maintain status quo with a commitment to balancing teams to ensure the best success for all.

If my child is placed in the House league, will they have the opportunity to move to the Development league?

Yes, there will be continued evaluation throughout the season. Initially, we will keep the Development League teams smaller to allow movement, if possible.

If my child is placed in the Development stream, will they be moved into the House stream in the same season?

No, there will be no movement from Development to House during the Under 8 season, unless requested by the family.  However, all players will be assessed through the Under 8 season and may or may not be placed on a Development team in Under 9 for the following season.

How many players play on the field at Under 8?

We will be playing 6-aside at Under 8.  This means 5 outfield players and a goalie.

Will we be interlocking with other clubs in our District?  

Yes, we will be interlocking with Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club and Port Moody Soccer Club for the Development and House League Divisions.

Will the House and Development teams have different uniforms?

At the Under 8 Division all the teams are assigned different colours so that when they play each other there aren’t conflicts.  Each team will also have pinnies, if conflicts between uniforms arise.

When does the Under 8 season start?

The Under 8 season normally begins in mid- September, but training will start prior to that.

How many times a week do the Under 8 teams train & play?

The Under 8 teams will train once per week and play a game once per week.  Training days will be determined in September.  Games are on Saturdays for boys and Sundays for girls.  Teams are not formed based on day of the week training requests.

What are the game times?

The home games times will vary.  Times will be scheduled between 9:00am to 3:00pm.  You will receive more information about this in late August/early September.

What kind of coach support is there in Under 8?

The Under 8 age group is supported by our Mini Program Director, our Technical Director and our Assistant Technical Director.  Additional support will be offered by our Mini’s Technical Staff. They will be supporting the coaches where needed and providing coach development sessions throughout the season. At this age group, the teams are fully run by the volunteer parent coaches. 

What extra technical academy opportunities are available for players in U8?

Players in both streams (Development and House) will have access to receive extra training through our Player Academy. More information on our Extra Programs Tab can be found Here.

Who do I contact with Questions about the Under 8 League?

All questions can be directed to:

Oliver Heald – PoCo Euro-Rite FC, Technical Director – technicaldirector@pocosoccer.com

 

Under 9 – Two Streams of Development FAQ

What is the purpose for having two streams of development in the Under 9 Division?

The goal of ability based teams it to allow all players to play at their skill and confidence level.  We want all players to be challenged, to build their skills and to enjoy their playing experiences.  We wish to provide coaches with technical support to ensure they are meeting the needs of their players. We believe that providing children with the opportunity to play with and against those of similar ability will enhance both player and coach development.

How are decisions made if players are placed on a Team playing in the Tri-Cities Development League or Tri-Cities House League?

Teams are formed through evaluations of players during the previous season, in their Under 8 season from their Head Coaches and Poco Euro-Rite FC’s Technical Staff.

Will teams be balanced in the Development Division and House Division of Under 9?

Teams will be formed with all efforts to balance all teams in the House and the Development Divisions. This will be done in collaboration with the Mini’s Coordinators and Technical Staff

How do I register for the Tri-Cities U9 House League or the U9 Development League?

You cannot register for either League.  You register for the Under 9 age group and then you will be placed on teams through our team formation process.

When Does Registration Begin?

Please check out the main registration page to see actual dates.  Registration generally starts at the end of the previous season.

Is there a different cost between the leagues?

No, it is the same cost for registration for both the House and Development League.

If I am a new player or new to the club, what team would I be placed on?

If you are a new player playing in our club, you will initially be placed on the House Team.  Unless otherwise assessed in a Poco Euro-Rite FC Club Academy or Camp.

How are coaches being assigned to the Under 9 Teams?

As players are registered, parents are asked to indicate if they are willing to volunteer as Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches, and Managers.  We will look at all parents that have put their names forward as well as recommendations from the Technical Staff Team.

How many teams will there be in the house and development divisions?

Based on registration numbers each club is looking on average to have 30% of the players placed in the Development Division and 70% in the House Division.  We will assess each season if additional Development teams will be added.

Does my son/daughter get to play with their friends?

In the House Division all efforts will be made to honour friend requests, keeping in mind that our first priority will be to make sure that all teams are balanced in terms of ability.  On the Development side there will be less emphasis on friend requests, with the priority being balanced teams.  Any players registering after the deadline of June 1st, will most likely not have any requests looked at.

Will my child have the same volunteer coach as in Under 8?

Some may and some may not.  Volunteer coaches change from year to year as some may not return to coaching.  In addition, there may be new coaches that put their names forward.  Teams may also be adjusted within the House Division and the Development Division to ensure that teams are balanced.  If an additional team is added in the Development Division there will be adjustments to all teams to accommodate this.

If my child was in the Development League last season, could he/she be moved to the House League this year?

Yes, that could be a possibility, based on the assessment of players from the previous season.  If a player will not be placed on an Under 9 Development Team and was on an Under 8 Development team, the families will be contacted prior to placement.

If my child is placed in the House league, do they have the opportunity to move to the Development League?

Yes, there will be continued evaluation throughout the season.

If my child is placed in the Development stream, will they be moved into the House stream in the same season?

No, there will be no movement from Development to House during the Under 9 Season, unless requested by the family.  All players will be assessed throughout the Under 9 Season and may or may not be placed onto a Development team in Under 10.

How many players play on the field at Under 9?

We will be playing 7-aside at Under 9.  This means 6 outfield players and a goalie.

Will we be interlocking with other clubs in our District?  

Yes, we will be interlocking with Coquitlam Metro Ford Soccer Club and Port Moody SC for the Development and House League Divisions.

Will the House and Development teams have different uniforms?

At Under 9 Division all the teams are assigned different colours so that when they play each other there aren’t conflicts.  Each team will also have pinnies, if conflicts between uniforms arise.

When does the Under 9 season start?

The Under 9 Season normally begins mid-September, but training will start prior to that.

How many times a week does the Under 9 teams train & play?

The Under 9 Teams will train once per week and play a game once per week.  Training days will be determined in September.   Games are on Saturdays for boys and Sundays for girls.  Teams are not formed based on day of the week training requests.

What are the game times?

The home games times will vary and they could be scheduled between 9:00am to 3:00pm.  You will receive more information on this in early September.

What kind of coach support is there in Under 9?

The Under 9 age group is supported by our Mini Program Director, our Technical Director and our Assistant Technical Director. They will be supporting the coaches where needed and providing coach development sessions throughout the season. At this age group, the teams are fully run by the volunteer parent coaches. 

What extra technical Academy opportunities are available for players in the House League?

Players in both streams (Development and House) will have access to receive extra training through our Player Academy. More information on our Extra Programs can be found Here.

 

Who do I contact with Questions about the Under 9 League?

All questions can be directed to:

Oliver Heald – PoCo Euro-Rite FC, Technical Director – technicaldirector@pocosoccer.com