HDSA COACH MENTORING PROGRAMME
BETTER COACHES, BETTER PLAYERS
The Huronia District Soccer Association board has approved the
formation of a Coach Development Programme.
The initiative is designed to develop the skills of coaches
working at clubs within the district and to assist them in preparing for
Ontario Soccer Association courses up to provincial Pre-B and B Licences and
The CDP will be headed by Steve Payne, the HDSA Technical
Director, an approved instructor and Master Learning Facilitator for the OSA.
Payne holds the Union of European Football Associations
Pro-Licence, considered the highest award in the world, and has assessed
candidates taking the UEFA A Licence.
Coaches interested in participating in this new programme are
asked to email the Technical Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coaches taking part will attend at the HDSA Centre of Excellence
in Alliston on Saturdays.
The plan is for two groups of coaches to attend at the training
every other week.
Coaches will be guided in the principles, philosophy and
requirements of Long Term Player Development and the relevant coaching courses
and take part in practical sessions.
Coach development is the most crucial component of LTPD and the
leading priority for Mark Marshall, the Manager of Coach Development for the
The Huronia CDP programme will be free of charge for coaches.
The following are the FIFA 11 Grassroots Soccer rules for parents as presented at a four-day FIFA course in Vaughan.
1. Remember that children play for fun. Help your child to enjoy the game regardless of the result.
2. Support your child by attending games and practice sessions.
3. Never criticise your child for making mistakes and avoid over-analysing your child's performance after every game.
4. Applaud and encourage all players, including the opponents.
5. Remain outside the field of play.
6. Respect the match officials' decisions.
7. Never use abusive language or behaviour.
8. Allow the coaches to do their jobs and do not confuse the children by interfering. Respect that most coaches and administrators are volunteers giving so much of their time to your child.
9. Encourage your child to speak directly to the coach if he or she is having difficulties. Taking responsibility like this is a big part of becoming a mature person.
10. Be responsible - help your child get to practice sessions and games on time.
11. Enjoy watching your child play soccer.
CGSL and CSL 2014 league Structure and Team placements for U13 Divisions.
youtube link for Soccer Players, Parents and Coaches
HDSA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
HURONIA DISTRICT SOCCER PROGRAM 2013-14
Considerable confusion and misinformation has been circulating as to how players are going to be identified for future regional and provincial squads. Thankfully, Ontario Soccer Association President Ron Smale has cleared any falsehoods in a statement he made last week. The new Ontario Player Development League begins in 2014 with Under 13 girls/ boys and some people have been under the impression that players would not be scouted or identified for Regional or Provincial Programs unless they were playing in the OPDL, this is not true.
In his statement from last week Ron Smale said: “I want to ensure everyone that we are very mindful of areas that do not have OPDL representation and that player identification will in fact still occur outside the OPDL—especially over the upcoming two-year transition window. The District player program will undergo changes, but will remain very important in ensuring there is still a form of player ID at U12 (i.e. our talent identification days, camps and programs will continue).”
Large areas of Ontario are without OPDL representation and one of those regions is Huronia. As such, its District Program - the Centre of Excellence - is one of those “very important” pieces in the identification puzzle that Ron Smale is referring to.
Other District Programs are continuing in such areas as Toronto, Durham and South West Region and other Districts are examining their program plans for 2013/2014.
Toronto, Durham and SWRSA have all spoken with Huronia in order that they can support each other’s programs in 2014.
Here in Huronia, under 12, 11 and 10 District Program is underway. Details of all Huronia Programs have and will continue to be consistently provided to all Huronia Clubs. The Board of HDSA asks that all Clubs ensure that this information is passed directly to their coaches and that the coaches are required to pass that information to all of their players and parents.
As the President of the OSA notes, District Programs in areas like Huronia where there is no OPDL representation are very important for future player identification. In light of that, it is important that parents are aware of the OSA identification pathway for their children and how to get on it.
Huronia’s Technical Director has provided information about the failed Huronia OPDL bid by Lakeland F.C. for the thousands of players and their parents in all areas of the region and will continue to inform our soccer community of any similar event.
Such information includes the official news from the OSA that even with its changes, the Club, District, Regional, Provincial and National pyramid is still firmly in place.
To see the full statement by the OSA president go to:
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Centre of Excellence Program
For players born 2004, 2003 & 2002
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The Keep It Up challenge.
Steve Payne, our Technical Director, has issued a Keep It Up challenge for all players in Huronia.
In their own time, players should practice until they can do 10 keep-ups on the head; 25 keep-ups on the thighs and 25 keep-ups in sequence, left-right, on the feet.
The challenge is designed to improve the basic control techniques of all our players.
Club coaches can keep a list and tick them off when players demonstrate the completion of the challenge.
See interview with TD Steve Payne on Rogers about LTPD
Interview starts at the 6 minute 20 seconds mark.