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Team Formation

How do we form teams?  We have to consider 5 items:

Practice Times - we try hard to put your player onto a team where (s)he can make both practices, so it is important that you keep this up to date.  Practice times are set by the coach who is putting in long volunteer hours.  It is not always possible to find a team to fit your player’s schedule. In these instances, we usually have your player attend one practice with another team.  We understand how difficult it is for you to schedule more than one child conveniently -- we are parents too.

Team Size - We typically have a range of 4 players for a team size.  For example, U10 teams (which play 7v7) should be between 9 and 12 players.  Any more, and the players don’t get enough playing time.  Any fewer, and there aren’t enough substitutes, even perhaps, enough players for a game.  Unlike clubs, we guarantee playing time for all players.

School - We attempt to keep player on teams with players from the same school, both to keep them with their friends, and to make it convenient for practices.  

Balance Teams - We strive to balance the teams by player skills to the best of our knowledge.  We use past performance as graded by coaches, plus age and goals scored that we have recorded.

Sibling Requests - in a last pass, we attempt to honor sibling/friend requests.  We definitely want siblings on the same team -- this field is primarily for siblings who do not share the same last name.  The requirements above are difficult enough, so we can’t always honor such requests.

This is actually rather hard to do for everybody.  Children these days have rather full after school schedules.  Yet they want to be on a team with their friends, or at least at their school.   Remember, the coach on a team at a school picks the practice times.  Rarely can all the players at that school make those two practices -- this is the most common reason why your player got put onto a different team.  

The person making these decisions is the Division Commissioner (a volunteer), overseen by the Chief Commissioner.

In the rare occasion when we can’t form a complete team (either because there aren’t enough players for one more team, or no one has volunteered to coach), players are dropped, first by priority points (listed below) then, when the priority points are equal, by registration date (when you paid the fees).  Priority points are:

  • 4 points: volunteering to coach or ref

  • 2 points: volunteering to assistant coach

  • 2 points: regional volunteer

  • 1 point:   registering during early registration period