Dear Parents and Players,
With the recent information provided by Soccer Quebec and the Quebec Government, we have updated our club’s plan for the Summer 2020 season.
All clubs within the Lac St-Louis (LSL) regional league will begin Phase One (1) on:
- U12 & Younger (2008 – 2013): Start the week of June 22, 2020.
- U13 & Older (2007 – 2002) Start the week of June 29, 2020 (subject to enough players to form teams).
|Phase 1 (P1)||✓||X|
|Phase 2 (P2)||✓||Within training group only (Intra-group)|
|Phase 3 (P3)||✓||Across age groups within club (Intra-club)|
|Phase 4 (P4)||✓||Competitive soccer (Inter-club)|
For complete details of each phase, please refer to the PLAN DE REPRISE
DES ACTIVITÉS DE SOCCER issued by Soccer Quebec on May 14, 2020.
Previously, we had not planned to reach P4 but Soccer Quebec anticipates a rapid transition to P4 and has tentatively set a start date of July 10th for full intercity games. Our season of twelve (12) to fourteen (14) games would continue to mid-October.
Kindly note that we have maintained our pre-COVID fees in order to create and deliver a quality development and competitive programs.
- U8 and younger: $275.00
- U9 and older: $350.00
If P4 does not begin by July 26th, we will continue with the development program outlined in P1 to P3 and provide a $100.00 refund of your registration fees.
We ask all players to commit to this season with the objective of playing at P4 and fully participate in the development program as they would normally treat regular practices.
We wish to submit the following teams this summer:
Enrollment and Payment
U12 and under (those born in 2008 – 2013):
- Enrollment and Registration will start at 19h00 on Monday, June 15
- Registration ends on June 18th at 12h00 (noon) or earlier if all spots are filled
U13 and older (those born in 2007-2002):
- Enrollment and Registration will start at 19h00 on Thursday, June 18
- Registration ends on June 20th at 12h00 (noon) or earlier if all spots are filled
Payment Link Here – Reserve a spot on the roster based on your child’s year of birth.
|Payment start||Registration Form||Training|
|U12 & Younger
(2008 – 2013)
|June 15||June 18||Week of June 22|
|U13 & Older
|June 18||June 26||Week of June 29|
In order to ensure the success of our launch, we ask our parents and players to review and commit to the following mandatory rules and procedures:
Players U12 and Younger:
- Parents must check-in players at each training session. Parents are required to answer the mandatory questions concerning their child’s health. If a child arrives without his/her parent to check-in, he/she will not be permitted to practise. There are no exceptions.
- Parents must remain within the field’s vicinity (but not in the enclosed space) for the duration of the training session. Due to emergency situations (i.e. thunderstorm, injury, etc.) or the need to use a washroom, players will be sent to their parents.
- Coaches, board members and administrators will assume responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of players during training sessions only. When the training session ends, players must immediately exit the field and return to their parents/guardians.
- Training sessions are limited to ten (10) players per group. Each player is required to bring his/her own ball (you may purchase a ball if needed) and a water bottle. Players may bring a small gym bag or tote on the field, to be left in a designated area.
Players U13 and Older:
- Players are permitted to answer questions concerning their own health.
- In the event of an emergency where players must leave the designated area, they will not be supervised by a coach, administrator, or board member.
- Training sessions are limited to fifteen (15) players per group. Each player is required to bring his/her own ball and a water bottle. Players may bring a small gym bag or tote on the field, to be left in a designated area.
Proper signage, hand washing/sanitizing stations, clean equipment and procedures will be implemented on site to ensure every player’s safety.
Zoom Meeting Q & A with Westmount Soccer Club:
- When: Jun 16, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
- Register in advance for this meeting Here
Thank you for your continued support of Westmount Soccer Club.
See you on the field,
Your WSC Team
- ARE GAMES CONFIRMED?
- No. Everything is subject to government and city approval.
- WILL THERE BE A TEAM FOR MY AGE GROUP?
- The teams will depend on how many players make registration payments before the deadline. The club may require combining teams if some don’t have enough players
For the complete list of FAQ’s please visit our website here.
Dear WSC Members,
Please refer to our FAQ below about the changes and updates to the Summer 2020 Season.
We will be adding to the FAQ throughout the summer if necessary.
If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHEN WILL GAMES START?
Subject to government approval, intercity games will start July 10. We may be able to play scrimmage games within our club in earlier phases.
WILL THERE BE TRYOUTS?
Not this year. First come, first served. Reserve your spot by completing the registration form and sending payment by the deadline.
CAN I PAY BY CHEQUE?
No. This season, we can only accept payments by credit card. If you are unable to make payment, email us.
CAN ALL AGES PLAY?
This year , the club is only permitted to accept players born 2013 or before
CAN I CHOOSE JUST TO TRAIN BUT NOT PLAY INTERCITY GAMES?
As long as the club has enough players to form an intercity team, we will form one and expect everyone to participate. Refer FAQ #21 for further details
WHEN DOES THE SEASON END?
The season will end mid-October.
WHEN WILL WE PLAY?
Until the end of August, we will play and practice midweek and weekends. After that, as we do not have lights on our fields, we will only be able to play and practice on home fields on the weekends. There may still be away games mid-week.
HOW OFTEN WILL WE PLAY?
Assuming games do proceed, we would have at least one game each week, and 1-2 practices (U8 1 practice). If games do not proceed, there would be around 16 training sessions (U8, 8-10 sessions). Once school starts in September, the club will have less field time and home activities could only be on weekends.
WILL WE RECEIVE UNIFORMS?
Due to the short notice, we will provide a more basic uniform than usual. This year the club faced a decline in sponsorship, which impacted our financial situation. Additionally, the club will not have time to print uniforms with current sponsorship logos.
WILL YOU SUPPLY A BALL?
No. We have found that players do not need a ball every year, but each player does need to bring one to practice. You can purchase one on our website.
CAN I WITHDRAW PART WAY THROUGH THE SEASON?
No. Teams only work if everyone is committed. We do not issue refunds once the program starts. If you change your mind after the program starts, you will not receive a refund.
WHY DOES THIS HAVE TO BE SO COMPLICATED?
Things have changed very quickly, and there are still some significant unknowns. The club is doing its best to adapt, but we do understand that this can be confusing.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IT IS SAFE TO PLAY GAMES?
The club follows the direction of the Government as agreed with Soccer Quebec. Every player will need to make their own decision.
OUR DREAMS CAME TRUE and Sid has created a second video!
Sid is continuing his sessions online for improving your ball control. For the structure of the sessions (water breaks, timing, etc.) please refer to his first amazing video here.
For moves #11 through to #20, please go to his new video
Some of you may wonder “what’s the point of doing this?” The answer is simple: Why not? Summer 2020 is a unique summer and COVID-19 cannot take away your passion for something you love; it’s not just about improving your ball control, it is about doing what you can to find that happy place: a green space with a soccer ball at your feet.
Tag us in your posts if you do the training sessions! And coaches, are you also keeping your skills fresh?
Your WSC Team
Are we lucky or what? Our absolutely amazing Technical Director, Sid, created a fantastic video on a 10 minute training session working on ball control. It incorporates everything from a warm-up to drills to dynamic stretching, to even providing some alternate solutions for our younger kids (i.e. using your hands to maximize touches on the ball with your feet).
All you need is a soccer ball, 4 cones (or anything that can act like one), and a small space inside or outside. Sid explains what needs to be done on the screen and has provided a wonderful soundtrack to keep the focus as well.
The only thing we are worried about is that at the end of the video, Sid may have broken his camera – is the camera OK Sid? If not, we will buy you a new one because we can’t wait for video #2 (no pressure)!
Thank You Sid for making this video and we hope everyone enjoys it!
As the first snowfall has reminded us, yet again, that we need to put on our winter tires before the deadline every year, it also leaves us reminiscing of warmer days and reliving our epic summer days. So, as you prepare to shovel your driveway, wait for the winter tires to be put onto your car, or cozy up on your living room couch with a hot cup of coffee, come on a Summer 2019 throwback with us.
Every season starts the same way, with the exciting return to the soccer field at soccer tryouts. Thanks to CIBC Wood Gundy’s Jim Wilson for sponsoring our tryout sessions. As players came and went with every session, coaches made decisions, parents waited patiently, board members worked tirelessly, and Sid (with the help of all of the coaches) put together our 2019 Westmount Soccer Club Teams.
As the final registrations rolled in and the teams were solidified, our board got to work on ordering our Summer gear (available for purchase here). A huge Thank You to Café Gentile, Bitumar, Poros Shipping, Standard, and Metro Canada Logistics for being our kit sponsors. Our uniform is our armour, our uniform is what our players wear with pride every day; Thank You for letting them rock their black, maroon, and white all summer long!
Since many of you were only parents to one or two kids, here is a list of all the WSC teams we had this past summer:
- U8 Developmental Team (Co-ed)
- U9 Westmount City (Boys)
- U9 Westmount United (Boys)
- U10 Westmount Club (Boys)
- U11 Westmount Club (Boys)
- U11 Westmount Club (Girls)
- U12 Div. 1 Westmount Club (Boys)
- U13 A Westmount Club (Girls)
- U14 A Westmount Club (Boys)
- U16 A Westmount Club (Boys)
- U17 AA Westmount Club (Boys)
- U24 A Westmount Club (Boys)
As much as we would love to indulge in every moment of every team, let’s talk about a few summer highlights:
Firstly, let’s recognize the commitment and effort that went into building our U8 Developmental team. Every club needs to have a focus on developing the skills of our youngest players to ensure their success on the field as an older player. Not only were they lucky enough to have Coach Sid as their full time coach, but they got guest coach appearances from Coach Reza, Miranda, Robert, Marwan, and so on. It is the commitment from the various coaches in putting in the effort and time to build the foundation needed in order to play fun, safe, and quality soccer.
Our season started off strong, with our U9 Boys winning their opener 3-2 on May 5th and our AA U17 Team winning their Mother’s Day game opener on May 12th 3-2 versus Dollard; we were starting off the season right. However, do not think we let our summer opener wins get to our headS, because the beginning of the season is bittersweet for coaches. If you are a coach with a team that is winning at the beginning, you need to work that much harder to convince your team that they still need to work on A LOT of different skills. If you are a coach with a team that is having a slower start to the season, you need to work that much harder to convince your team that the skill is there and they are able to harness it. A constant balance of skill and ego all summer long.
As our season began to pick up steam into June and July, the U11 Girls team celebrated their first win on July 8th on the Junior home field, while our U13 Girls team celebrated a 5-2 win vs. Dorval on the neighbouring Westmount main field. It was an epic night for Westmount Soccer Club’s female soccer teams, not one that will be soon forgotten. If you are interested in reading about those highlights, check out the article here.
Wins are not the only highlights of our summer, from our loses we also learned lessons and gained humility. A game lost is not a game poorly played, in fact, some of the best soccer is the one in which the outcome cannot be foretold. The nail bitters, the sit on the edge of your seat, the almost goals, the epic saves, the penalty shots, the hope, the journey, the disappointment…the rematch. Our U17 AA Boys team travelling to Gatineau to play in a match on July 7th only to lose 2-4, but were still standing tall and proud at the Cup Playoff game vs. Lasalle on September 14th – not letting a loss blur their vision, the end goal, the mountain top.
Throughout all of this, we were also raffling tickets to go see the Canadian sweetheart himself, Shawn Mendes, in concert on August 21. Thank You to our sponsors at Evenko for providing us with four of the best tickets in the house for our raffle winners; not only did this raffle spread awareness of our club and help raise funds for our teams, but it got the entire community involved in engaging with WSC. Hey Shawn, want to come watch one of our games next season?
Additionally, Thank You to Robert Johnson and Pharamaprix for sponsoring the club throughout the 2019 Summer season – without all of our sponsors, there is no soccer club, and that would just be devastating!
The end of a season brings with it the gut wrenching sadness of a team having spent every day together, and now having to go their separate ways. Each team member knowing that the next time they see one another it won’t be the same. It is the definition of bittersweet, of sweet departure, a beautiful tragedy, if you will. They will all be one year older, one year wiser, the team slightly different, but ready to move forward and make new Summer memories.
SPOILER: U13 AA Boys team is also playing Winter Soccer, being our first team ever to achieve this! Full Article and details to come in Winter Newsletter, stay tuned!
So, as you sit starring out the window at the first snowfall of our Fall season, hoping to unite on an organic, artificial, eco-friendly turf field (details here to SIGN OUR PETITION to press Westmount City Council for the implementation of our #WestmountFieldOfDreams), in late March, early April. Be reminded of the wonderful memories Summer 2019 brought and look forward to the exhilarating potential of Summer 2020.
Almost 100 WSC players, coaches, parents, sponsors and supporters attended the Westmount Council meeting November 4th to request an organic artificial turf field on the WAG. Players Leni Tisch, Jayden Perlman, Julian Hughes, Gabriel Ince-Cushman and Max Conrads eloquently addressed the council. Thanks to Paola Samuel for leading the initiative, and to all who attended.
Mayor Smith has asked the City Director General to explore the options ‘over the course of the winter’. The coverage in the Westmount Independent shows that we made great progress We need action!
As every WSC player, coach and parent knows, our home fields are among the worst in our league. Despite the best efforts of the City’s field maintenance crews, it is very difficult to keep the fields in playable condition. Our season starts late, the fields wear quickly due to heavy use and we do not have the correct size fields for some of our teams. Our adult U24 team has to play all games away from home.
In 2019, the junior fields were in very poor condition. Although they have been re-sodded in the fall, based on experience they will quickly deteriorate due to wear and tear. Our annual survey shows that fields are continually a source of major dissatisfaction, and our players and parents overwhelmingly support an organic artificial turf field.
Soccer is the largest participation sport in Canada and growing fast. An artificial turf field was explored by the City of Westmount in 2007, but the idea was abandoned as a result of the smell, health and heat concerns related to the recycled rubber infill.
Technology has moved on, and there are now a number of organic infill products available that address these issues. Although these organic products are a little more expensive than the recycled rubber infill, the total project budget would be as low as $1m: Modest compared to other projects under consideration by the City, but with huge impact to many users in our community. The City even has had an offer of funding for such an organic turf field on the table for several years from Selwyn House School. If the City chooses to access this funding, the project could be realised with no cost to our city and no impact on our taxes.
We have been in communication with the City on this subject over the last two years. Our most recent detailed letter to the Mayor and all of our Councillors received no response for a month. See the full letter here
We need your help!
Some great coverage of the new U8 Girls team in the Westmount Independent. Thanks to Coaches Robert, Miranda, Steve and Sid for their work with the girls this season.