WSC: COVID-19 Response – UPDATED 27 March

UPDATED 27 March 2020

The Lac St Louis league has decided to postpone the start of the competitive season to June 1 2020.  The current Provincial plan is for schools to reopen in May.  We would hope to get the players on the fields as soon as we are allowed to, training and  doing tryouts ready for the start of the competitive season June 1.

The plan would be to continue the season into September.

We will post updates on the website

Original Message dated 14 March 2020

Dear Westmount Soccer Family, 

During this exceptional time, Soccer Quebec has temporarily suspended all activities until March 30th.

Our priority is to ensure the safety of our players, coaches and supporters.  As such, the U8 to U12 pre-season indoor camps (March 28th and April 5th) have been effectively cancelled while the U13 to U24 indoor tryouts are subject to postponement to a later date when outdoor facilities become available.

We remain optimistic and look forward to a great summer season so we will continue our on-line player registration. In the unfortunate event of a complete season cancellation by Soccer Quebec, fees which have already been paid will be applied to the 2021 season and considered as paid 100% in full, or alternatively refunded, subject to a 3% credit card transaction fee.

New updates will be posted to our website and social media accounts.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Best regards

Doug, Josée and your Board of Directors

www.westmountsoccer.org

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Summer 2020 Club Changes

Summer 2020: The Future of Soccer 

Subject: Important message to parents & players regarding club certification changes implemented by Soccer Canada. 

This year, soccer in Canada will see its biggest change in decades and that also means big changes at our club. Westmount Soccer Club, along with every other club in Canada is currently undergoing a club certification process . This process is meant to further establish each club and ensure consistency in opportunity, organization, and development of players and ultimately the sport itself. WSC is aiming to acquire a Regional Club License/Certification which currently supports both A level and AA level teams.

To sum up, this country is getting more serious about soccer, which is wonderful. For starters, Soccer Canada (SC) is raising the standards and accountability for clubs across the nation. In addition, SC is putting in place a new development system for our youngest kids (U8 – U12) aimed at building their love of the game and keep them playing for life.

More importantly: the changes and shifts in focus is mandatory for all soccer clubs across Canada. It will mean more work for our coaches, staff and volunteers as we step up to meet these new standards. It will also require enthusiasm and patience from players and parents as we try to adapt and get better as an organization.

Important Changes for U8 to U12 Teams (Male & Female): 

Tryouts (renamed: Preseason Training Camp): 

1. We no longer have tryouts to determine the roster of the team. Instead, we accept any player that processes their registration payment on a first-come, first service basis. Each team will have a maximum capacity (based on coaching availability). If a parent registers after the team is at maximum capacity, we will waitlist the player. 

    • For example: The U8 Development Team has 16 spots available, so regardless of skill level, we will accept all players who complete registration payment, up to a maximum of 16 players for this team (maximum capacity varies per team).  You will be notified by email when the opportunity to complete registration by making payment will open for your team to reserve the place.

2. Claiming a spot on the team is done on a First Come – First Serve basis. Upon registration, parents will receive an email outlining how to complete their registration and reserve their spot (usually upon payment of their registration). 

3. To ensure the players and parents maintain their commitment to the team, what would have originally been two tryout dates are now two Preseason Training Camp dates (March 29th and April 5th) to determine skill level which will help with creating the skill based teams throughout the season. Attendance to one or both preseason training camp days is mandatory to reserve your spot (ideally, players attend both practices). 

    • EXCEPTION: U8 Players will not have this “first practice/tryout” rule. 

4. Registration Fees: a slight increase to accommodate the club fees required for classification/licensing. 

    • Development Team(s) – U8 – $300.00 CAD. 
    • “A” Teams (U9/U10/U11/U12) $350.00 CAD. 

*Refer to Refund Policy Here 

Practices: 

5. Throughout the season players will have the opportunity to participate in two practices each week. Although highly encouraged, attending both is not mandatory, but it does provide players with increased opportunity to experience the ball at their feet! 

Games: 

6. Most games will be on the weekends and there will be no midweek games during the school year. 

U13 and Up (Male and Female): 

1. There are no major changes that we need to inform you of. The Training Camp/Early Evaluation (formerly “tryouts”) remain the same, with registration completed once a player has successfully been rostered to the team. 

2. To be considered as a player, you must attend one or both Training Camp/Early Evaluation dates. 

  • Registration Fees: All “A” Teams will be charged $350.00, all “AA” teams will be charged $400.00 CAD; this slight increase in registration fees is to accommodate the club certification requirements and fees required for accreditation. 

U13 and Up Tryout Dates: 

  • Saturday March 28th: U18 Team 
  • Sunday, March 29th: All Teams (Except U18 & Senior Team) 
  • Saturday, April 4th: Senior Team 
  • Sunday, April 5th: All Teams 

*Specific Times will be sent to you via email. 

 

WSC Summer 2020 Teams: 

FEMALE TEAMS  MALE TEAMS 
U8 DEVELOPMENT

YOB: 2012/2013 

YES  YES 
U9 A Team 

YOB: 2011

YES 
U10 A Team 

YOB: 2010

YES 

(2010/2011)

YES 

(There will be 2 groups)

U11 A Team 

YOB: 2009

YES 
U12 A Team 

YOB: 2008

YES 

(2008/2009)

YES
U13 A Team 

YOB: 2007

YES 
U14 A Team 

YOB: 2006

YES

(2006-2007)

YES
U16 AA Team 

YOB: 2004/2005

YES
U18 AA Team 

YOB: 2003/2002

YES 
Senior Team 

2001 and older 

YES 

 

We understand that some of you might be apprehensive about these developments. But we believe that they will ultimately make WSC better in the years ahead, increasing the quality of our club overall while attracting new players and bolstering the enjoyment they get from the game. Not to mention, if we want a club, it is mandatory to be a certified club. 

All that said, change is not always easy and we want to be as transparent as we can with you to ensure the transitions are as easy as they can be. Thus, please refer to our FAQ section below concerning the certification; we will be adding information as it comes.   

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Your Westmount Soccer Club board.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs) 

  • When was this club licensing program launched? 

 In July 2018, Soccer Canada launched its new Club Licensing Program. This program is designed to raise the standards of soccer development across the country. It asks all clubs to improve the way they’re organized with a view to make the game more fun, inclusive and structured for players so they continue to play well into their teens.

  • Which license is Westmount Soccer Club applying for? 

Clubs in Quebec are required to apply for 1 of 4 different types of licenses. Westmount Soccer Club is applying for a license as a Regional Club.

  • What is the BIGGEST change related to this new structure? 

The biggest change related to these license applications is how soccer will be structured for our youngest players. Each club has to set up a Club Development Centre (CDC) system for players up to U12 age groups. 

  • What is the Club Development Centre (CDC)? 

Each week our practices will mimic more of a development program, where players rotate through stations and gain knowledge from various educators (formerly coaches). 

  • When is this structure required to be in place? 

These systems, which are required to be in place by May 2020, are subject to annual evaluations by Soccer Quebec as well. 

  • Why did they remove tryouts for the U8 to U12 teams? 

If you missed it above, there are no tryouts and team selections. All children who complete a paid registration can participate and play. However, there may be limitations on the number of players accepted because of the availability of field time and coaching.

Rationale: Keep more kids playing soccer longer and building their love of the game. No player should be told they’re not good enough at this age. Research from the U.S. National Alliance for Youth Sports shows 70% of kids stop playing organized sports by the age of 13. The reasons they quit varies from fear or making mistakes to not receiving enough playing time (touches on the soccer ball is key to improving!)

  • The Club Development Centres, distributes coaches and staff among all the teams and players; is that a good thing?

Every club player deserves to have access to the same training and opportunities. How much and how a player wants to train will depend on their interest and not on their level of talent.

  • Are there permanent teams for the younger players? 

Where ane age group has more than one team, players will no longer be assigned to be part of a permanent team for the season. Rather, players will be divided into groups based on specific criteria, such as month of birth, physical size, or progress made in their skill development. These groups will be decided by the coaches and will change periodically. 

Rationale: Players will gain access to a wider variety of friends and coaches in both games and training. Allegiances players might have felt towards a specific team will be replaced over time with an even stronger association with the club.

  • How will practices be organized? 

Groups of different ages and abilities will train on the field together at the same time under the supervision of a senior coach. Practices will be organized using different stations that emphasize different skills.

Rationale: Using work stations in practices and swapping coaches in and out will increase the stimulation for children by exposing them to a wider variety of voices and experiences.

We will add questions/answers as they come! 

 

Further information: 

https://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-introduces-club-licensing-program–p161707

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYV6cukpU9k&feature=emb_logo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnVF0cqQ3KY

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

WSC Attended Council Meeting en Masse to Support Organic Artificial Turf Field

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!

Learn more about why we need an organic artificial turf field

Sign our petitition to show your support for organic artificial turf in 2020

We Need an Organic Artificial Turf Field

 

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.

Westmount Main Field October 2019 – one season after resodding

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!