CMSA Regular Season Indoor 2017/2018



Regular season schedules are created once preseason and seeding round games have completed. This allows member-clubs the opportunity to move teams to a more appropriate tier based on their performance in the preseason. The results of regular season determine the final league placements and post-season competition placement.

U11 – U14 Regular Season
📅 schedules posted by Friday, November 24
⚽️ games commence Monday, November 27

U15 – U18 Regular Season
📅  schedules posted by Friday, December 1
⚽️ games commence Monday, December 4

Post Season

Post Season Play Teams & participating tiers Date
Inter-Cities U12 – U16 Tier V March 10 – 11, 2018
Futsal Final Four U11 – U13 Tier I March 5 – 8, 2018
ASA Provincials U11 – U18 Tier I – IV March 16 – 18, 2018

If your team is unable to participate in post-season competition, please complete the opt-out form no later than January 12, 2018.

For the full program calendar, CLICK HERE

The One Question All Coaches Should Ask Their Athletes



Coaches, imagine if there was a way to gain insight, understanding, and connection with your athletes by asking a simple question? There is. let me explain how.

A few years back, I coached a talented, yet underperforming sixteen-year-old girl I will call Maddy. She was incredibly inconsistent in her play and often looked very depressed. She was definitely lacking in confidence. Her friends told me she was unsure whether to continue playing or not. After trying multiple ways to help her play the way I believed she was capable of, I called her in for a meeting.

I spent the first 30 minutes of our time together offering my thoughts and suggestions, but as I rambled on and on I could tell she was simply tuning out. Here I was, the highly experienced coach, offering my years of wisdom, and she wasn’t listening.

“Maddy, if you don’t start taking my advice, I can’t really help you. I don’t know what else to say,” I shrugged.

“It’s all good stuff coach, but none of that stuff helps me with my problem,” she replied.

“Really?” I exclaimed. “Then perhaps you better tell me what the problem really is, because I clearly am not helping right now.” I waited for her answer.

‘It’s my Dad,” she said. “Whenever you play me on his side of the field, he is constantly telling me what to do, where to be, when to be there, and I can hear him and see him getting angrier and angrier with me. I think I play a lot better when I play on the side where the teams sit, and away from the parents. At least that way I can’t hear him.”

I thought about it for a second, and she was right. She did seem to play better on the team side of the field. I could honor this request, without affecting the team much. “I can help with that Maddy, no problem at all. Why didn’t you ever say something about that before? I can certainly help you with your position, and more importantly, I can go and speak to your Dad. Why did you wait until now to tell me?”

“Because you never asked,” she said stone faced.

My heart sank. She was right. All season long, I watched this girl struggle with her play and her confidence, and all I did was get upset and frustrated with her. I tried to solve the problem, without ever knowing the problem. All I had to do was ask one simple question, but I never did.

“What is one thing you wish your coaches knew that would help us coach you better?”

It is the question that changes everything. Not only for the athletes but for us coaches too.

Kyle Schwarz is a third-grade teacher at Doull Elementary School in Denver, CO. A few years back, she decided to start asking this question of her students in order to get to know them better, and the responses blew her away.  As she details in her great book What I Wish My Teacher Knew, and as written about in this great article, the answers to this question open up a whole new level of insight from teacher to student, enabling a deeper connection, and the ability to teach the child, not simply the subject. As some kids wrote to her:

“I wish my teacher knew that my dad works two jobs and I don’t see him much.”

“I wish my teacher knew that I don’t have pencils at home to do my homework.”

“I wish my teacher knew that my dad got deported when I was 3 and I haven’t seen him in 6 years.”

“I wish my teacher knew that my family and I live in a shelter.”

“I wish my teacher knew that I am smarter than she thinks I am.”

Kyle Schwarz has certainly tapped into something here, not just for teachers but for coaches. The more we know about the kids we coach, the better we can serve them as both athletes and as people. When I read her book last year, my first thought was of Maddy and her situation with her father. I thought “why don’t coaches ask this same question from their athletes?”

Recently on our Way of Champions Podcast, Dr. Wade Gilbert, Jerry Lynch and I discussed how this year I started asking the kids I coach to finish the following sentence. We have also been suggesting to coaches at our workshops to have their athletes finish the following sentence, in writing, to be collected by the coach:

“One thing I wish my coaches knew about me that would help them coach me better is…”

The insight this exercise has given me to the kids I currently work with is unbelievable. Coaches who have done this with their teams have shared some of the responses they have received as well. Collectively, to protect anonymity, some of the things we have learned from our athletes are:

“I don’t like to be first in line to demonstrate new things. I usually don’t understand how to do things until I see them once, and it is kind of embarrassing when you ask me to go first.”

“When I make a mistake I would much rather you pull me out and tell me what to fix than yell it out in front of everyone.”

“I get really nervous when I am not playing well and my dad is at the game because he gets really upset in the car on the way home.”

“I don’t like to shoot because my old coach used to yell at me whenever I missed a shot, so now I prefer to pass.”

“I am sorry we don’t stay at the team hotel but my dad says we need to camp to save money.”

“I would practice more at home like you ask me to but last time I went to the park some older kids stole my ball.”

Coaches, the more our kids know how much we care, the more they will care how much we know. When we connect, when we show them respect and encouragement, when we communicate well, and when we listen to what they have to say, we build trust and let them know we care. The best way I have found to be a better listener is to start by asking good questions. And the best thing I have ever asked my players is for them to complete the magic sentence:

“One thing I wish my coach knew about me that would help him/her coach me better is…”

Please try this with your teams, and share with me what you learn. Don’t make the same mistake I made years ago with Maddy, assuming she didn’t care or was simply unteachable. Ask her! I am confident that it will have the same impact on your coaching as it did with mine. Good luck.

Sport Calgary invites you to: LET THEM PLAY

source CMSA

Join a positive discussion on meeting the needs of young athletes

Join Sport Calgary on November 16, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for Just Let Them Play.

This event ($15/ticket) features former NBA player Bob Bigelow discussing issues of importance in minor sport. Also in attendance for a panel discussion will be former Olympians Cassie Campbell-Pascall, Duff Gibson, and Catriona Le May Doan.

How do we create safe league structures for kids? What’s the truth behind professional opportunities and how does it impact our kids? How can we let them play with creativity?

On November 16, join us at Bowness High School to hear expert insights into the issues facing our young athletes!


For more information, email [email protected] or call us at 403-387-7772

The event is hosted in partnership with Calgary West Soccer Club and Bowness High School.

Welcome to the Indoor 2017/2018 Soccer Season!

Source: CMSA

This season, more than 6000 games will be played by over 700 teams!

The Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) is the governing body of youth soccer and is here to support your club, provide opportunities for all players and share resources with our membership, volunteers and parents. To get you started this season, we have provided quick links to the following information:

We have many exciting initiatives upcoming including a partnership with the Vancouver Whitecaps South Academy, where CMSA will have the opportunity to work with the academy Head Coach, Ricky King, to provide coach resources and development opportunities. We look forward to sharing additional updates and news with you online at and in our monthly newsletter.

CMSA would like to wish your team the best of luck this indoor season and thank you for encouraging and supporting your players through the sport of soccer! We are eager to help celebrate your teams’ achievements and encourage you to share team photos with us on social media using the hashtag #calgarysoccer.

Thank you,

Calgary Minor Soccer Association
403-279-8686 | [email protected]

The “Power of Moments” in Youth Sports


The Magic Castle Hotel is one of the top three rated hotels in Los Angeles. Of its nearly 3000 reviews, 93% rate it very good or excellent, putting it above properties such as The Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton. Yet, as you flip through the photos online, you don’t see much that makes you think “I am staying there!” The pool is small, the furnishings are older, and the property isn’t even on the ocean. It charges high-end prices, but does not look like other properties in its category.

Yet year after year, people rate it as a top hotel in LA. Why?

According to the wonderful new book by brothers Chip and Dan Heath, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Moments have Extraordinary Impact, it is because the proprietors understand how to make a moment leave a lasting impression. Chip, a professor at Stanford, and Dan, a senior fellow at Duke, have written some fantastic books in the past, but this one is by far the best book I have read this year. As a coach, and as a father, I am acutely aware that every day I am leaving a lasting impact. I am making moments. Until reading this book, though, I simply did not realize how much control I had over when, where and how those moments happened. Now that I do, it has transformed my coaching.

According to the Heath brothers, when you go to the pool of The Magic Castle Hotel, you will see a big red phone on the wall. Pick it up, and a real, live person will answer “Hello, Popsicle Hotline.”

You place your order, and moments later a white-gloved server will appear poolside with your free popsicle, presented on a silver tray. They also deliver free snacks, DVDs and board games. They even do your laundry for free! In a nutshell, they deliver powerful, defining moments that people remember long after they’ve left the Magic Castle.

The Power of Moments explores why specific, brief experiences can stick with us, lift us, crush us, and alter us forever. It explains how these moments are dominated by four core elements: elevation, insight, pride, and connection. It explains which moments we are likely to remember, and which ones we forget. Why some birthdays matter, and why we tend to make resolutions on certain days. We innately seek meaning in moments and attach purpose to those that leave a mark on us.

Think about sports. How many moments does it create that are full of pride and positive emotion? How many difficult losses give an athlete great insight? And how do great teams create a connection so strong that 30 years later, you pick up right where you left off with your old teammates? Defining moments can change us forever. Sports is full of them, and every single coach has the ability to create these moments if he or she chooses to be intentional.

Coaches can change a life forever. Their influence is never neutral. And not always in positive ways. As I started writing this article, I got the following email from a friend:

“This weekend I witnessed a 9-year-old girl get to her breaking point and state that it isn’t fun and she doesn’t want to play soccer anymore. This has come after enduring a win at all cost mentality from the coaches as well as poor communication in the form of constant yelling and very little positive. On Sunday after missing a goal scoring chance, the coaches yelled and removed the player from the game. While crying she sprinted past the coaches without acknowledging them and jumped into her father’s arms. She begged her father to take her home!”

He continued:

“I know this because it is my daughter.”

A 9-year old girl playing in your average league, on your average day, leaves the field crying because of poorly trained adults, who call themselves coaches, that are consistently negative, constantly yelling, and remove a player from a game for making a mistake. In my book, that is a crime against a child.

She has been robbed of her opportunity to play sports. She has been cheated out of feeling the joy of being a youth athlete.

She has had her experience stolen from her by adults who, however well-intentioned, do not understand the power of moments. As Mike Wise of Sports Illustrated said at the Aspen Institute Project Play Summit 2017, “an untrained coach is a form of abuse”. These untrained adults have just created a moment that will stick with her forever.

Every athlete and former athlete I have ever met can recall a moment where a coach lifted them up or dragged them down. Every one of them can usually recall a moment where a parent stepped up at the exact right time and gave them belief, or said the wrong thing at the wrong time and destroyed their confidence and even love of a sport.

  • I will never forget the elation of winning a championship my senior year of high school, even though I missed the game with a broken leg.
  • I will never forget the dejection I felt, as I rehabbed that double leg fracture after six months in a cast, when a coach I respected called me a “pussy” for sitting out a drill because I was in pain.
  • I will never forget the pride I felt to get back on the field, over a year later, after rededicating myself to training by getting in the best shape of my life.
  • I will never forget how it felt to get a call from my college coach, congratulating me for my effort, and naming me team captain my senior year.

Sport has given me so many defining moments that have shaped my life, in both positive and negative ways. Whether I felt pride, connection, elevation, or insight, I can still picture every moment vividly, decades later. Those moments defined me and still guide me to this day.

It has made me realize the tremendous influence I have to create those moments for my athletes. When a new player joins your team, do you make her first day special, or just throw her into the mix? When a player makes a game-changing mistake, how do you handle it? Your reaction can change everything, not just in that game or that season, but for a lifetime

It makes me angry that other coaches either do not know this or do not care. We can no longer send coaches out woefully unprepared to realize their impact. We can no longer have young girls, running into dad’s arms, saying “take me home, I don’t want to play anymore” because some coach destroyed her love of the game.

I know that any coach who reads The Power of Moments will be forever changed. Let’s make this book a bestseller by getting the coaches in our lives a copy.

I just bought one for our whole staff.

You should too.

*UPDATED* CMSA Rules and Regulations – now posted


The UPDATED CMSA Rules and Regulations document (previously the CMSA Rules of Play)  has now been posted to the CMSA website (found on the Coaches, Managers and Admin Page). You can also download a copy HERE.

CMSA member-clubs, coaches and managers are encouraged to carefully read the updated document and note the following changes:

  • Section V – Play Up Rules (page 13)
  • Section XIX – Travel Outside of Alberta (page 32)

PHOTO ID CARDS – Indoor 2017/18



All CMSA players from U11 to U18 and all CMSA Team Officials for U9 to U18 teams require a valid CMSA Photo ID card. You must have a CMSA ID number to have a card printed, this number is generated by your club.

Players and team officials can obtain a CMSA photo ID card by visiting the CMSA office during regular office hours or by appointment during the dates listed below. The player/official must be present to receive their card as their photo will be taken.


  • New cards and replacement cards are $10.00
  • If your card has expired, there will be no cost for a new one if you bring in the expired card.

Extended hours for Photo ID Cards (by appointment only) are as follows:

Monday October 16 – Thursday October 19 4:00PM – 8:00PM CMSA Office
Saturday October 21 – Sunday October 22 10:00AM – 5:00PM Calgary West Soccer Centre
Monday October 23 – Thursday October 26 4:00PM – 8:00PM CMSA Office
Saturday October 28 – Sunday October 29 10:00AM – 5:00PM CMSA Office
Appointment bookings CLICK HERE


Players Team Officials
All CMSA players from U11 to U18 require a valid CMSA Photo ID card. A referee may ask that these cards be handed in to him/her at the start of a game. If a player cannot present their ID card, that player will not be  allowed to participate in the game. Player Photo ID cards are valid for 4 years from the date of issue. Upon expiry, a player must acquire a new card at the CMSA office. Any player found using more than one (1), player ID card shall be suspended from all soccer activity until a CMSA Discipline hearing is held. All CMSA Team Officials for U9 to U18 teams require a valid CMSA Photo ID. All team official Photo ID cards are valid for 3 years from the date of issue. Upon expiry, a team official must acquire a new card at the CMSA office. In the event that Team Officials for a specific team show up to a game without valid ID cards, they will be allowed to remain on the bench and the game will still be played, however, the referee will report the infraction on the CMSA game sheet for the purpose of review by the CMSA discipline committee. Teams are permitted to have one bench parent present at each game that does not require a photo ID card. The bench parent’s name must be listed on the game sheet.


All registered U10 players playing-up on a U12 team in a league game require a restricted movement pass, signed by one of their team officials or Club Board of Directors. This pass must be given to the team the player is playing-up with.  The pass, along with the game sheet is to be submitted to the Referee. Blank copies of the restricted movement pass can be downloaded from the CMSA website in the documents section.

IMPORTANT: You must register as a Player/Team Official with your local Soccer Club before coming down to the CMSA Office for an ID Card. If you have not yet been registered, CMSA will be unable to process your ID Card. Please see ‘How to Register my Child in Soccer’  for more information. 


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