2019-20 Age Group Information - Indoor
Under 5’s (U5) are for children born in 2015 or 2016. They play once a week on Sunday on mixed (boys and girls) teams. These games will involve 20-minute halves (focused on skill development in Academy style). U5 will play a 4 vs 4 game format on half of a school gym. This provides players more “touches” on the ball, enhances skill development and is more fun for the kids! Their area of play is only in Beaumont.
What is the Beaumont Soccer Association U5 Academy?
The BSA U5 Academy is a new, to Beaumont, approach for U5. It will be offered in both the fall and the spring. All players receive the same skills training; with each session ending in a scrimmage.
Why is "U5 Academy-style" training the way to go?
Academy style training is different because it is focused on player development first and foremost. The entire program is carefully designed by the technical director, to train the players on all of the fundamental skills of soccer, which are then reinforced through game-style scrimmages at the end of each training session.
How does U5 Academy Style training work?
Rather than dividing players into teams for the season, players are united to train together, improving camaraderie and cohesion throughout the age group. At each training session, players join a training group that they'll keep for that session - they'll train and play with this group. Then at the next practice, they'll get a new group to work with. This ensures that the players get to team up with all the other players throughout the season. It also allows us to move dominant players into their own groups giving shy players a good opportunity on the ball. The training groups will be working their way through about three stations per session.
Why is it better than "league play" format for the U5 (youngest) players?
This allows us to not only train the players on all the fundamentals of soccer, but also train and mentor these parent-coaches so they will be familiar with how to set up and run a high-quality training session should they elect to stay on as coaches in the future, as well as grow the leadership skills of our senior players.
Often the players of conventional recreational soccer programs, with their compressed season and a relatively large number of games, find themselves so busy playing the game; they never have time to learn the game. With academy style training, the sole focus is on learning the game, then applying those new skills through playing the game!
Under 7’s (U7) involves children born in 2013 or 2014. The teams are broken down by gender. All U7 games are played on Saturdays. These games usually in the morning and will involve two 25 min halves with a 5 minute halftime. The practice sessions will be 60-minutes focused on skill development both individual and team development. U7 play a 5 vs. 5 game format including the goalie on half of an indoor field. The U7 play in Edmonton at the EMSA Soccer Centres - City Wide. All U7 players receive a Timbits jersey to use for the season and keep at the end.
Under 9’s (U9) involves children born in 2011 or 2012. U9 Community players play once a week. All U9 games are on Saturdays. The games consist of two 25-minute halves. They play a 7 vs 7 game format. Teams are finished at the end of January. Their area of play is Edmonton at the EMSA Soccer Centres - City Wide.
What is a pre-club team?
Pre-club indicates a team that is about to make the jump to the more competitive club program offered through EMSA. For Beaumont Mill Woods Selects FC is our affiliated club. At least the core of these teams will have played and grown together for several seasons. The players on this team would be looking for more of challenge, but are unsure of making the full jump to club.
What is it not?
Pre-club is not a club team. The fundamentals of everybody plays still holds true here. Players do not get benched. There should be no win at all costs mentality; player development should remain the main focus.
What is required?
A coach who has had a season with a team and is keen to take the team to the Competitive stream. An evaluation of interested players that would like to make the commitment to pre-club,will be held by Beaumont Soccer Association prior to season team building, normally soon after registration closes.
BSA will arrange for an evaluation for players in that age and gender group. This will allow other players that were not on the team priviously the chance to show their skills for consideration to this team. At this evaluation, the technical director together with senior coaches will assess the players according to a skills matrix and help the coach of the pre-club team round out the team. This evaluation should take place in early September.
What is expected of a pre-club team?
The expectation would be for the players and parents on the team to show more commitment and to not miss any practices/games unexcused.
The team itself should play at Tier 4 to compete against the strongest community teams. The team should compete in at least two tournaments during the outdoor season and 3 tournaments during the indoor season. Of these tournaments at least one should be at the club level.
- What else should we know?
Pre-club teams are still able to participate in the technical sessions offered through the Beaumont Soccer Association. The team is free to hire its own technical trainer at their own cost. The technical trainer would still have to pass the Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Check and submit it to Beaumont Soccer Association. If this trainer is already working within EMSA we should be able to look up their CRC status. The name of the trainer and contact details will have to be provided to BSA.
If you would like a technical trainer and need some recommendations feel free to reach out to BSA. We will provide the names of trainers within the Mill Woods zone. Any fees would have to be discussed directly with them.
Under 11’s (U11) involves players born in 2009 or 2010. U11 Community players play once a week, both genders play on Saturdays. They play an 7 vs 7 game format. The games consist of two 25-minute halves. Their area of play is in Edmonton at the various EMSA Soccer Centres. The U11's are a participant group in City Finals.
Under 13’s (U13) involves players born in 2007 or 2008. U13 Community players play once a week on Saturdays and/or Sundays. They play an 6 vs 6 game format with two 25-minute halves. They will play against other City Wide teams. Their area of play is anywhere within the Conference boundary.
Under 15’s (U15) involves players born in 2005 or 2006. U15 Community players play once a week on Sundays. They play an 6 vs 6 game format with two 25-minute halves. They will play against other City Wide teams. Their area of play is anywhere within the Conference boundary.
Under 17’s (U17) involves players born in 2003 or 2004. U17 Community players play once a week on Sundays. They play an 6 vs 6 game format with two 25-minute halves. They will play against other City Wide teams. Their area of play is anywhere within the Conference boundary.
Under 19’s (U19) involves players born in 2001-2002. U19 Community players play once a week on Sundays. They play an 6 vs 6 game format with two 25-minute halves. They will play against other City Wide teams. Their area of play is anywhere within the Conference boundary.