Author: John Shiells

U6 – U8 teams: Register now for Minifest!

source:: http://cmsa.goalline.ca/news.php?news_id=1660462   ONE DAY ONLY: Saturday, June 2 at the Cedarbrae Community Centre About Minifest CMSA Minifest is a grassroots soccer festival for all U6, U7 and U8 teams. All teams are scheduled 1 game and are then invited to take part in additional activities with their family and teammates including bounce castles, trampolines,…
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Canadian Premier League is coming to Calgary in 2019

Source: https://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/calgary-canadian-premier-league-cpl-ian-allison/ The Canadian Premier League is coming to Calgary. The CPL will be one of eight to 10 teams that will compete in the league when it launches in 2019. Calgary team president Ian Allison joined Sportsnet 960 to discuss what to expect from the city’s new soccer, how he hopes this league will…
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In Youth Sports, there is no LTAD without STAE

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/youth-sports-no-ltad-without-stae/   “Imagine youth sports was a room. On one end of the room, there is a door where everyone enters. At the other end, there is another door where everyone leaves.” So began a long conversation I had with Peter Hugg, the Head of Football (soccer) for Football New South Wales in Australia,…
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ANNOUNCEMENT: OUTDOOR 2018 SEASON START DATE DELAY

To the CMSA Membership: CMSA has been monitoring the field situation as per the City of Calgary Athletic Park website communications: Due to extended cold temperatures and above normal snowfall this past winter, we anticipate delays in the opening dates for our Athletics Parks. This includes artificial turf fields, natural grass fields, diamonds, tracks and…
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Can Youth Sports be Both Fun and Competitive?

source: http://changingthegameproject.com/can-youth-sports-fun-competitive/ I got an email from a distraught parent the other day. She described a scene where the coach was screaming at the girls after a loss. She was beside herself at how the coach treated the girls. He was demeaning, he was loud and scary, and he had lost perspective on the age…
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PHOTO ID CARDS – Outdoor 2018

source: http://cmsa.goalline.ca/news.php?news_id=1647790 All CMSA players U11 to U19 and all CMSA team officials for U9 to U19 teams require a valid CMSA photo ID card Your CMSA ID card must be present at the start of each game so that the referee can identify the players/coaches on the field. Player cards are valid for 4…
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How to Make Coaching a True Profession

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/make-coaching-true-profession/   “It ain’t what you know that gets you in trouble. It’s what you know that just ain’t true.” – Mark Twain “What makes you a professional?” That was the question Dr. Richard Bailey, Head of Research at the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education, posed to myself and  250 PGA…
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Take out the finger savers

I see a lot of coaches letting there young goal keepers use “finger savers” in gloves lately.  While they do serve a purpose to protect fingers that are sprained from further injury they should not be used regularly.  Finger savers, especially on young keepers or keepers with small hands, prevent the player from spreading there…
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