On March 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm, United DFC will host a parent meeting at Woodlawn Library to offer details about placement decision-making that will occur in April 2018 in preparation for the upcoming summer soccer season. The session will include a presentation about the placement process and a question-and-answer session for participants.
Below you will find a quick summary of what will be presented by our Technical Staff. Please note that these details could change slightly as additional Technical Directors are hired, and there may be small adjustments depending on the number of registrations in each age group. Since registrations are still ongoing, we cannot yet confirm the number of teams in each group.
United DFC recognizes that this can be a stressful time for parents and players alike. Rest assured, however, that our new club’s philosophy is to create the best possible environment for all our soccer players, and all placement decisions will be made with this philosophy in mind. Please plan to attend the Parent Placement evening to obtain any additional information you require, and to ask any questions that come to mind. Time-sensitive questions can be sent to Director of Soccer Adam Miller at DoS@UDFC.ca.
Questions and Answers
1. What are the significant dates?
● March 20: Parent placement meeting Woodlawn Library (6:00 pm).
● April 11-23 (to be confirmed): Placement sessions. These dates may shift depending on HRM allocations of turf/grass. The placement session dates will be released on the udfc.ca website and social media as soon as they have been confirmed.
● April 26 (to be confirmed): All team lists will be announced within three days of completion of the placements. This means that our target is April 26, but the date may shift if HRM turf/grass allocations take longer than anticipated.
2. Who attends placements?
● Placements are for all players who plan to play in the prospects stream (u9, u10, u11 & u12) of the club, as well as all players who plan to play performance (u13a, u13aa, u15a, u15aa, u15aaa, u17a & u17aaa).
Exception: u8 prospects DO NOT need to attend placements. For this program, all registrants are automatically accepted.
● If you plan to play community (minis, u10c, u12c, u13b, u15b or 17b) you DO NOT need to attend placements. The goal will be to create teams based on the players’ communities and friend requests for these teams.
3. How many placement sessions will there be, per age, and how long will they be?
● The number of placement sessions will depend on the amount of turf/grass time allotted to the club by HRM. However, each age group can expect a minimum of two placement sessions, each being 90 minutes long.
● If there is sufficient time and turf/grass availability, some of the larger groups may have a third or even a fourth practice to make sure that all decisions are correct.
4. Who will be assessing the players?
● United DFC Technical Staff will be running the placement sessions and assessing the players. Coaches and volunteers will also be on site and will be advised of what to look for during the games. This will ensure no one is missed.
● All team decisions will be made by the Technical Staff using information from their own observations, as well as from coaches and volunteers at the placements.
5. What are the assessors looking for?
● This will be explained in detail at the placement meeting, but it will be in line with usual soccer and placement values.
6. What teams are being established through the placement process?
● This depends on the age and level of the group in question:
o u9, u10 & u11: There are no longer A or B teams. This means the placement sessions will be used to create balanced teams within each age group. Our current plan is to place players with other players of similar ability. This means that players will be on teams of similar ability. Therefore the ‘best’ player will not be on the same team as a weaker player.
All teams (previously A and B) will play in the same ‘league,’ but as separate teams. United DFC is striving to give the best opportunity for growth and enjoyment to all players, and this can only be done by playing at a competitive level.
There WILL be more than one team at each age group. We can have as many teams as we like at these ages. This means we can have 1 team or 10 if we have enough players!
o u12: At u12 there are two levels – our normal Prospects program and our SNS Prospects level. In our normal Prospects program, we can have as many teams as we like (this will depend on registration numbers). The teams will be balanced.
At u12 SNS Prospects, which is equivalent to the current u12a, we are currently limited to one team. This will be a selection of players who are able to compete at this level and still grow and enjoy themselves.
o u13a, u13aa, u15a, u15aa, u15aaa, u17a & u17aaa: At the ‘A’ levels, we are again allowed as many teams as we desire. This means we can have 4 or 5 teams, if we have the correct number of players and players of similar ability.
At ‘AA’ and ‘AAA’ we are restricted by SNS rules to just one team. Similar to u12 SNS Prospects above, only players who are able to play this level and still enjoy themselves and grow will be selected for these teams.