Soccer Quebec Club Certification

Westmount Soccer Club is going through the Soccer Quebec certification process this season. All clubs are required to follow this process. Our Club has applied for a ‘regional’ license.

An article published last week in La Presse reviews the objectives of the program. It also explains the intent of the CDC (centres de développement de club), and some of the implementation challenges for the clubs.

https://www.lapresse.ca/sports/soccer/2021-07-21/la-revolution-du-soccer-mineur.php

Coaches Wanted!

If you have experience playing competitive soccer, join us as a coach. Whether you are a parent , student or soccer fan, we can offer training to coach one of our teams.

Please contact info@westmountsoccer.org

CDC Program Parents Meeting – April 27th

Thanks to those who attended the meeting with Sid Farah, our Technical Director and Erica Kim Lalonde, board member to learn more about the new CDC program. This was for parents of players on teams U12 and younger.

It is very important to visit the Soccer Quebec website to review theinformation about the CDC program as well as our own site to review the FAQsection .

For those unable to attend the meeting, the presentation can be viewed here

FAQ for 2021 Season

Please also consult our general FAQ page

  1. WHAT HEALTH MEASURES WILL BE FOLLOWED?:  We will follow carefully all measures mandated by The Quebec Government and Soccer Quebec. Current Covid rules (as of April 16) allow practices in groups of 8 keeping a 2m distance and wearing masks (mask rules are evolving and may not be required in some circumstances or for younger players). Form June 11 we will be able to practice as groups of up to 25. When games start will depend on when Montreal moves to the yellow zone. Handwashing, cleaning the ball and other protocols will also be in place.
  2. WHEN WILL THE SEASON START?:  For CDC age (U12 and under), orientation will start early May. Tryouts for older 11×11 teams will also start at this time, followed by training.
  3. WILL WE RECEIVE A FULL UNIFORM?: Yes. Uniforms are on order and will be issued before games start.
  4. WHEN WILL GAMES START? This will require changes to the current Government covid rules to allow competitive soccer to be played. We hope that this will be in June. In 2020, games started in July and the season ended in October.
  5. WILL THE SOCCER RULES BE CHANGED ONCE GAMES START?  In 2020, regular soccer rules were followed, with players encouraged to minimise contact.
  6. WHAT ABOUT THE CURFEW? If the curfew is in place, evening training will stop in good time to allow players and coaches to get home before curfew.
  7. IS IT TOO LATE TO JOIN A TEAM? All of our 11×11 Teams are now full Most of our CDC age teams are also full, but a couple of slots are still open. Contact us.
  8. WHAT IS THE CDC? All players U12 and under will part of our CDC program. This is a Soccer Quebec program for development of younger players, and games. There are not tryouts for this program. Places are first come first served. All parents of CDC players will be invited to a Zoom information session.
  9. WHERE WILL WE BE PLAYING?: Initially, all activities will be on the Junior Fields in Westmount Park.
  10. WHEN WE WILL PRACTICES BE?: Until June 24, we expect to only have access to our fields Friday evening, Saturday evening and Sundays. After that, we will also have access during the week as well. A schedule of games will be issued by your team manager on Teamlinkt once the season is ready to start.
  11. WHAT IS TEAMLINKT? This is the team management app that we will be using. It handles all communication between the coaches, managers and players. It is where players will find the schedule for practices and games, indicate their availability and find out which players are rostered on and off. Expect an invitation to join Teamlinkt soon.
  12. WHAT HAPPENED TO TEAMSTUFF? Unfortunately, the company is no longer in business.
  13. I ORDERED APPAREL (HOODIE/SHORTS/BALL/SOCKS), WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY ITEM? All items are currently on order and will be distributed upon receipt, expected mid-May timeframe.
  14. I WANT TO PLAY ON THE SAME TEAM AS MY FRIEND/CLASSMATE, CAN YOU PLACE US TOGETHER? This is an intercity competitive soccer program, selection of players and team formation is not based on friendship. You will make friends with your new teammates. Request for pairing players will not be considered.
  15. WHAT TEAMS WILL BE OFFERED IN 2021? Details are in the post on enrollment

If you don’t find the answer to your questions here, please contact info@westmountsoccer.org

WSC Sponsors: Thank You!

Words cannot express the appreciation we have for our sponsors! We have been incredibly lucky to have maintained the support of such wonderful members of our community throughout the past year. WSC Soccer is not possible without their generous contributions!

Thanks to our sponsors we are able to field 10+ teams and provide an opportunity for 250+ players each Summer to engage in the sport we all love.

From the players, parents, coaches, board members, and Westmount Soccer community; we Thank You for your continued support and we will make you proud this 2021 Season!

Special Thanks to our overall sponsor: Bitumar


Special Thanks to our Jersey Sponsors: Standpro, CIBC Jim Wilson, Metro Logistics & Korne Ortho


Special Thanks to our Web Sponsors: Meldrum & Bob Johnson!

Westmount Soccer Club New Logo!

It is with great honour that we unveil the new Westmount Soccer Club logo. Our new crest will make its debut Summer 2021 and we cannot wait for the season that comes with it.

We would like to thank all members of our Westmount Soccer community that participated in our Logo challenge. We had twenty (20) wonderful submissions, all of them were creative and great options to choose from; it made the final voting very difficult! However, only one could be chosen; drumroll please!

Congratulations to Emel! Emel’s family was highly involved in Westmount Soccer Club, her boys played with us, and her son Deniz played from 2018 – 2020 for the U11/U12/U13 teams. Emel was also a team manager for the U11 team and very involved in the Organization as an active parent volunteer. Emel’s family has relocated to Ankara, Turkey, for the next few years and will be greatly missed! We wish you all well and we cannot wait to see you and your wonderful family upon your return! Thank You again for your Logo submission and lasting impact on Westmount Soccer Club! Congratulations!

We would also like to thank our graphic designer for her efforts in bringing our logo to life! You can take a look at Jodie Hebert’s work online here!

And now, without further delay, we would like to present to you our new Westmount Soccer Club logo:

Sid Soccer: Session #2!

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

here!

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?

Stay Safe!

Your WSC Team

 

 

 

 

Sid Soccer: Improve your ball control!

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!

 

Sid juggling a soccer ball

2019 Season Recap | 2020 Westmount Field of Dreams

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.

2020 Registration is Open Here.