WSC Summer 2021 Enrollment

Dear WSC Parents, Players, and Newcomers!

There is nothing like sunshine and the reappearance of green grass to remind us that summer soccer is around the corner!

Like other clubs in the Lac St-Louis region, we look forward to learning details about the upcoming season. Rest assured that our amazing group of volunteers is working hard to prepare for a great season. There is still time to lend a hand and help out the club – if interested, please reach out to info@westmountsoccer.org!

Our general enrollment period is OPEN and we welcome new and returning players born in the years indicated below to enroll: 

UNDER 12 AGE GROUP: Subject to Soccer Quebec CDC Rules (Details Here)

  • U8M for Males born in 2013 and 2014 – Waitlist only available
  • U9M for Males born in 2012 – Waitlist only available
  • U10M for Males born in 2011
  • U11M for Males born in 2010 – Waitlist only available
  • U12M for Males born in 2009 – Waitlist only available
  • Females born in 2012 and 2013
  • Females born in 2010 and 2011 – Waitlist only available

IMPORTANT: For these CDC age categories, enrollment does not guarantee a spot on the team. We have a limited number of players we can invite to orientation, therefore, enrollment for these age categories is on a first come, first served basis. If the appropriate program is unavailable at the time of orientation, affected players will receive a full refund. 

12 + AGE GROUP: Subject to Tryouts (full refund if player is not selected)

  • U13 F (Born in 2008 or 2009)
  • U15 F (Born in 2006 or 2007)
  • U14 M (Born in 2007 or 2008)
  • U17 M AA (Born in 2005 or 2004)
  • U21 M A (Born in 2003/2002/2001/2000)

We have a two-step Registration & Enrollment Process:

Step 1: Registration! New players must submit their registration form, found here! Once you do this, you can immediately go to Step 2.

Step 2: Enrollment! Reserve your spot on the team or the opportunity to tryout via payment, found here! The complete registration form and payment in full via credit card must be submitted at the time of enrollment. 

Reminder: Select the team based on the year your child was born!

Enrolment will close on March 31st, 2021 @ midnight; however, enrollment for CDC aged teams is on a first come, first serve basis. Therefore, if a team reaches capacity before the 31st, enrollment will not be possible and instead a waitlist will be created.

Oh and while online, browse our store and pick up a hoodie, a ball, extra socks or even a cozy blanket. Shop our merchandise here!

See you out on the field!

Your WSC Team

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

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!