Category: News for Coaches

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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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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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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When Will Youth Sports Actually Serve the Needs of Youth?

Source: http://changingthegameproject.com/youth-sports-serve-needs-of-youth/ In late February I was traveling and speaking in Sydney and Perth, Australia, working for a variety of sports organizations including the Football (Soccer) Federation of Australia, Football New South Wales, the Western Australia Department of Sports and Recreation, and the WA Aussie Rules Football Committee. While on site, I got to visit…
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Outdoor 2018 Tryouts

Below are the date and times for tryouts. SHIN PADS ARE REQUIRED! DO NOT wear outdoor cleats to these events PLEASE ARRIVE 20 min early so we can assign pinnies Thursday March 22th Higher Level 6 to 7 – U9 Boys, U9 Girls, U11 girls 7 to 8 – U11 Boys Skills 8 to 9…
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Changes to league structure

This coming season CMSA has made some changes to their age group structure. There will no longer be U12-18 it will be changed to U13-19 using odd age groupings. For Example, this means that the birth years 2006/2005 will be playing U13 which will be full field as was U14 and so on. For those…
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2018 Indoor Provincials – locations announced

March 16 – 18, 2018 Visit the Alberta Soccer Provincials website for all Indoor 2018 locations: https://albertasoccer.com/competitions/provincials/servus-youth/