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.  

 

 

 

 

 

Westmount History: She Shoots, She Scores.

Monday, July 8th, probably won’t go down in history for tU11 Call Ups! he events that unfolded on the Westmount Park fields between 6:30 and 8:30 PM; but, it will go down as a first for Westmount Soccer Club. Let’s start at the beginning…

The day started like any other Monday would for the coaches: wake up and check the weather. Let’s make sure we are prepared for Montreal’s emotional skies; luckily, Zeus was not scheduled for an appearance. Team Managers get the “go” from their coaches and begin sending the reminders for arrival: “Good Morning, remember to be at the field 30 minutes before kick-off to warm up” and “Please remember to check the snack schedule to know if you are in charge of half-time snacks today” and “Some parents need someone to pick up their daughters, can we get a volunteer carpool?” Without them, no one arrives on time or at all. Our players start the morning with a nutritious breakfast, pack their bags, and off to camp. Their only task during the 28-degree day? Hydrate. Parents start off checking the Team Stuff app to make sure the game is still a “go” and begin communicating with the Team Managers, all the while making that nutritious breakfast we spoke about and packing the bottles of water in their daughter’s bags to ensure they are ready for the evening game. Let the day begin.

6:00 PM: our under eleven (U11) team is arriving to the field. Their coach, dressed in black (always) is preparing the game sheet and logging into TSI Sports to get the player cards ready. 7 players are there on time out of the12 expected. Her heart begins to race; we need substitutes on this hot day. She calls her team in, gets them paired up and begins their warm-up routine: “Focus ladies, first to the ball, communicate, and mark up!” 5 more players trickle in by 6:10.

6:10 PM: The corner flags are in, the retreat line identified, and the parents have already started: “Focus ladies, let’s go Westmount!” Their hearts begin to race, but none as fast as the coach.

6:20 PM: a text from the under thirteen (U13) coach to the U11 coach: “We had one more player available to play tonight, we are starting with 11; you can send the call-ups before our first half ends at 7:30.” Relief. What you didn’t know is that our U13 girls team is scheduled to play at 7:00 PM on the main field, and they were going to be short-handed with 10 players. The coaches had decided to send one of the U11 girls before their first half was done to join the U13 team. Then another player was going to go before the U13 first half ended. Leaving the U11 team with one substitute for the last ten minutes of their game.

6:25 PM: “CAPTAINS” – Olivia goes to represent Westmount. We start with the ball and the sun is at our backs.

6:30 PM: The whistle blows. And so it begins.

At the same time, the U13 team is arriving to the main field, beginning their warm-up for 7:00 PM kick-off. The girls are having fun: “What did you do today?” “How was camp?” “Have we played this team?” “Coach can I go forward today?” It is all fun and games, but there has to be some give, the coaches start their warm-up: “Focus ladies, it is a hot one today and we are starting with no substitutes” – hearts are racing. At 6:55 PM Cheering is heard in the distance, someone scored in the U11 game, but who? Home or Away? Reality hits, “CAPTAINS!” And so it begins on the main field.

6:55 PM: The coaches are yelling, the parents are yelling, and the girls are playing: “First to the ball Westmount” – “Keep it up Emily!” – “Ladies, look at your positioning!” – “REF WATCH THE ELBOWS” – “Move to the right Lara” –  it is all over the map, the coaches are discussing how at half-time they need to remind the girls to play their positions, the transition from the small field to the big field for the girls this year has been tough for them and for the coaches, but they are always improving. The ball goes in the net…our net. The U11 girls are regrouping after that goal against them. From half they get into their positions again and begin: a solid give and go from Keri to Lorena, and Marley is in the mix, she gets the ball, she kicks it up; Lola is there. With speed and intensity, she runs toward the ball, passes their midfield, then their forward, it is her and the net and 1 minute left in the half.  The whistle blows: someone scored on the U13 field.

7:00 PM: It’s half time on the U11 field; and it is 1-1. In case you missed it, Lola scored. The coaches come together over the oranges and apples provided by Lara’s family: “Girls, our positioning needs to be prioritized for second half, when we yell “regroup” become aware of where you are on the field and adjust.” Smiles is all you find on their faces; they don’t care about the score. They are just playing their game and having fun while doing it – the coaches remember to reel their competitive nature back in, “Ladies, you are playing really well out there, great passing, and awesome hustle; keep it up.” Stefania and Lola are preparing to be taken off the field by 7:30 to go to the U13 team as a call up, nervous, but excited.

7:05 PM: The game is back on and one thing is clear: The U11 girls are hustling today: Caili up the wing, Keri cutting in, awesome give and go, Lola and Riley hustling, Stefania strong on defence, Emily & Lara are titans on the wings, Leni lets nothing go through and Olivia cannot be stopped. It happens so quickly: Our keeper Romy kicks the ball up, a winger takes it up, give, go, give, go, cross to the middle, Riley is there… “Coach!” – Stefania is calling her coaches: “don’t forget to sub me on time to go play in the U13 game!” – “Focus on the game you are in Stefania!” – her heart in the perfect place, between playing with her team and wanting to grow as a player and play with the older girls; they both laugh, “don’t worry Stefania, we will get you there on time.” Riley shoots, Riley Scores. The crowd goes wild.

7:25 PM: The visitor are in our end for ten minutes straight and our goal keeper, who recently came back from Europe is jet lagged, so it feels like midnight for her and has also played tennis for five hours today, but is playing the game of her life. They shoot, she saves. They shoot. She saves. She kicks, we run, we are tired, they shoot, she saves. She calms the game with every save, her players start to pick up the pace, their hearts more motivated with every save Romy makes. “REF SUB” – Stefania is taken off the field. “Great game Stefania, go to the U13 game, we will be over later to watch.”

7:30 PM: The whistle has blown five times over on the U13 field. The girls are tired on both teams, each team with only 11 players, but they are each holding their own, digging deep, making it a game. It’s 3-1 Westmount, Julia, Isobel and Natalia each with a goal. It’s a passing game today, not a running one; this is how soccer players adapt to the heat: strategy and positioning. It is working on both fields today.

They see Stefania approach the field: Relief. The coaches make their first substitute of the game. Stefania is back on the field, it is bigger and it is taller, but she is centre defence and that can’t matter to her. 5 minutes after, in the distance they hear “REF SUB – LOLA.” Relief. Another one is on the way.

7:37 PM: The whistle blows. U11 has won their first game of the season. The crowd goes wild. They run to their goalie, line up to shake hands, and then the real magic happens. Parents line up and the girls from both teams go to high-five their spectators, and as our visitors approach the bench, they hear a faint sound that gets louder and louder: “MRO, MRO, MRO, MRO” Our girls make a tunnel of sportsmanship and our visitors run through, make their own tunnel, and begin their chant: “WESTMOUNT, WESTMOUNT, WESTMOUNT” – and it is there where the magic is clear: no one cares about the score, they had fun, and both teams leave smiling.

It is all quick at this point: “Great work ladies, get your popsicles, and let’s go cheer on our U13 girls on the main field.”

7:40 PM: Stefania and Lola are both on the field, it is the second half and everyone is tired. Visitors take a shot on net, instinctively our players cover their chests: hand ball. Penalty kick visitors. She shoots, she scores. 3-2.

Then it becomes a blur, the ball is at half, Isobel to Eden, Eden to Angel, Julia kicks it up, one touch, two touch, Ella with the epic pass up the wing and then there is cheering. Lola scores. 2 goals. 2 separate games.

7:45 PM: Player down. She goes off the field. Spectators worry, players regroup, and coaches now have one substitute. “Ice, do we have ice?” Luckily, a first aid kit is found, ice pack procured, and it is confirmed: “her hand got stepped on, it is swollen, but no broken bones, she is okay!” Relief all around.

7:55 PM: She shoots, she scores again. Julia with her second goal of the game. 5-2 Westmount.

8:05 PM: “Has this ever happened before? Where both girls team win in one night, both home games?” Asks a parent. Never.

8:15 PM: The whistle blows.

July 8th, 2019: it won’t be remembered for long and it won’t get its own Wikipedia page, but on July 8th, parents cheered, players smiled, and our community came together; as far as we are concerned, that is a win, no matter the score.

 

U13 Girls Team