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U4 Program – Spring 2017 – ages 2 1/2 – 4 1/2
Wednesdays: 5:30-6:30pm
As of this season WHCA is excited to follow the Preferred Training Method appropriate for each age group in
accordance with Soccer Canada / Alberta Soccer Association’s Longer Term Player Development model.
(LTPD)
The model supports a focus on an individual’s player’s physical literacy and skills vs. focusing on overall team
development and/or competition at an early age.
For the U4 age group we will follow the general guidance of the Active Start Phase of the LTPD, this will
translate into a balanced focus on the following areas: (approximates)
General movement 25%
Coordination 25%
Soccer Technique 25%
Small sided Games 25%
Rather than focusing on training in a team setting the practise sessions will be organized in by means of
“Station Rotation” The way it works is simple;
 Primarily for logistical and team building your child will be put in a team of approximately 8 children,
wearing the same distinctive colors.
 Different teams will work together to work on skill Players will be formed into small groups.
 Each station focusing on a different skill. (depending on the overall group size the number of stations
may vary)
 Groups will travel from station to station.
 Approximately 40 minutes of the one hour program will be spent travelling station to station learning
general movement, coordination and soccer technique
 Groups will play a scrimmage at the end of each practice to cover the game aspect.
For more information on the Long Term Player Development approach, please see:
http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-pathway-ltpd–s16879
and http://albertasoccer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LTPDChecklist28Final29.pdf

Parents / Coaches:
Coaches are parents who are volunteering their time to help players learn soccer and have fun. Due to the
rotating nature of the skill development aspects, coaching the U4/U6 program is not an intimidating and
complex activity. We do rely on parent volunteers to step forwards and help out with the various stations, and
would like to encourage all parents to help and participate. (see the parent / coaches section as to how you can
educate yourself on the training method and how you can contribute and assist)
For the protection and safety of your children all of our soccer participants must be accompanied by a
responsible adult at ALL practices and games, this means that we cannot accept a drop and pick up approach.
Please be at the field 10-15 minute prior to the start of the session so that all the kids can start on time.
Equipment Details;
 Soccer cleats and shin guards are optional for U4.

U6 Program – Spring 2017 – ages ~4 1/2 – 6 1/2
Wednesdays: 6:30-7:30pm
As of this season WHCA is excited to follow the Preferred Training Method appropriate for each age group in
accordance with Soccer Canada / Alberta Soccer Association’s Longer Term Player Development model.
(LTPD)
The model supports a focus on individual’s player’s physical literacy and skills vs. focusing on overall team
development and/or competition at an early age.
For the U6 age group will follow the general guidelines of the Active Start Phase of the LTPD, this will translate
into a balanced focus on the following areas: (approximates)
General movement 20%
Coordination 20%
Soccer Technique 20%
Small sided Games 40%
Rather than focusing on training in a team setting the practise sessions will be organized in by means of
“Station Rotation” The way it works is simple;
 Primarily for logistical and team building your child will be put in a team of approximately 8 children,
wearing the same distinctive colors.
 Different teams will work together to work on skill Players will be formed into small groups.
 Each station focusing on a different skill. (depending on the overall group size the number of stations
may vary)
 Groups will travel from station to station.
 Approximately 40 minutes of the one hour program will be spent travelling station to station learning
general movement, coordination and soccer technique
 Groups will play a scrimmage at the end of each practice to cover the game aspect.
For more information on the Long Term Player Development approach, please see:
http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-pathway-ltpd–s16879
and http://albertasoccer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LTPDChecklist28Final29.pdf

Parent / Coaches:
Coaches are parents who are volunteering their time to help players learn soccer and have fun. Due to the
rotating nature of the skill development aspects, coaching the U4/U6 program is not an intimidating and
complex activity. We do rely on parent volunteers to step forwards and help out with the various stations, and
would like to encourage all parents to help and participate. (see the parent / coaches section as to how you can
educate yourself on the training method and how you can contribute and assist)
For the protection and safety of your children all of our soccer participants must be accompanied by a
responsible adult at ALL practices and games, this means that we cannot accept a drop and pick up approach.
Please be at the field 10-15 minute prior to the start of the session so that all the kids can start on time.
Equipment Details;
 Soccer cleats are optional
 Shin guards are recommended for U6

U8 Program – Spring 2017  –  ages 6 1/2 – 8 1/2
Thursdays Practise @ WHCA field: 6:30-7:30pm
Tuesday Games @ North West Inner City Community Fields: 6:30 -7:30
As of this season WHCA is excited to follow the Preferred Training Method appropriate for each age group in
accordance with Soccer Canada / Alberta Soccer Association’s Longer Term Player Development model.
(LTPD)
The model supports a focus on individual’s player’s physical literacy and skills vs. focusing on overall team
development and/or competition at an early age.
For the U8 age group this will translate into a balanced focus on the following areas: (approximates)
General movement 10%
Coordination 10%
Soccer Technique 40%
Small sided Games 40%
In the U8 age groups practise will be both in a team setting and different teams combined to focus on specific
skills, in this case the practise sessions will be organized in by means of “Station Rotation” The way it works is
simple;
 Your child will be put in a team of approximately 8 children,
 Different teams will work together to work on skill
 Players will be formed into small groups.
 Each station focusing on a different skill. (depending on the overall group size the number of stations
may vary)
 Groups will travel from station to station.
 Approximately 40 minutes of the one hour program will be spent travelling station to station learning
general movement, coordination and soccer technique
 Groups will play a scrimmage at the end of each practice to cover the game aspect.
 The team stays together for Thursday night games.
For more information on the Long Term Player Development approach, please see:
http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-pathway-ltpd–s16879
and http://albertasoccer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LTPDChecklist28Final29.pdf

Parent / Coaches:
Coaches are parents who are volunteering their time to help players learn soccer and have fun. Due to the
rotating nature of the skill development aspects, coaching the U8 program does not have to be intimidating and
a complex activity. We do rely on parent volunteers to step forwards and help out with the various stations, and
would like to encourage all parents to help and participate. (see the parent / coaches section as to how you can
educate yourself on the training method and how you can contribute and assist)
For the protection and safety of your children all of our soccer participants must be accompanied by a
responsible adult at ALL practices and games, this means that we cannot accept a drop and pick up approach.
Please be at the field 10-15 minute prior to the start of the session so that all the kids can start on time.
Equipment Details;
 Soccer cleats are highly recommended
 Shin guards are mandatory for U8.
 Shorts and long socks
 Jerseys will be provided by WHCA

U10 Program & U12- Spring 2017 – ages 8 1/2 – 10 1/2
Tuesdays / Thursday Practise @ WHCA field: U10 6:30-7:30pm U12 6:15 – 7:15pm
Tuesday / Thursday Games @ North West Inner City Community Fields: U10 6:30 -7:30 U12 6:15-7:15pm
As of this season WHCA is excited to follow the Preferred Training Method appropriate for each age group in
accordance with Soccer Canada / Alberta Soccer Association’s Longer Term Player Development model.
(LTPD)
The model supports a focus on individual’s player’s physical literacy and skills vs. focusing on overall team
development and/or competition at an early age.
For the U10 age group this will translate into the Learn to Train Phase of the LTPF with a balanced focus on
the following areas: (approximates)
General movement 10%
Coordination 10%
Soccer Technique 40%
Small sided Games 40%
In the U10 age groups practise will be both in a team setting and different teams combined to focus on specific
skills, in this case the practise sessions will be organized in by means of “Station Rotation” The way it works is
simple;
 Your child will be put in a team of approximately 10 children,
 Different teams will work together to work on skill
 Players will be formed into small groups.
 Each station focusing on a different skill. (depending on the overall group size the number of stations
may vary)
 Groups will travel from station to station.
 Approximately 40 minutes of the one hour program will be spent travelling station to station learning
general movement, coordination and soccer technique
 Groups will play a scrimmage at the end of each practice to cover the game aspect.
 The team stays together for Thursday night games.
For more information on the Long Term Player Development approach, please see:
http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-soccer-pathway-ltpd–s16879
and http://albertasoccer.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/LTPDChecklist28Final29.pdf

Parent / Coaches:
Coaches are parents who are volunteering their time to help players learn soccer and have fun. Due to the
rotating nature of the skill development aspects, coaching the U8 program does not have to be intimidating and
a complex activity. We do rely on parent volunteers to step forwards and help out with the various stations, and
would like to encourage all parents to help and participate. (see the parent / coaches section as to how you can
educate yourself on the training method and how you can contribute and assist)
For the protection and safety of your children all of our soccer participants must be accompanied by a
responsible adult at ALL practices and games, this means that we cannot accept a drop and pick up approach.
Please be at the field 10-15 minute prior to the start of the session so that all the kids can start on time.
Equipment Details;
 Soccer cleats mandatory
 Shin guards are mandatory for U10
 Shorts and long socks
 Jerseys will be provided by WHCA

Information for Parents and Coaches
Community soccer relies on community soccer parent / coaches.
A soccer parent / coach is somebody who helps our kids achieve their goals in a positive safe
environment, whether this is having fun, improve skills or learn new ones, be with friends and make
news, be active, feel good about themselves or all the above.
WHCA’s community soccer is built around the guidelines of the Long Term Player Development (LTPD)
model of Soccer Canada. Community soccer primarily operates within the first three phases of LTPD
Active Start, FUNdamentals, Learning to Train. (These first three phases are sometimes referred to as
‘grass roots’),
We believe that along with player development, coaching development is essential. We would like to
encourage as many soccer parents as possible to be actively involved in our soccer community, by either
taking a role as a formal co-coach or participating and assisting with the practise sessions.
By adapting the preferred training method associated with the relevant LTPD phase, we enable the use
of freely available coaching materials and guidelines and courses. As well, by adapting rotating skill
stations (station rotation) in our practises, we are implementing a low hurdle entry into coaching. In
addition to various advantages for player development, the skill station rotation has some key benefit
for parent coaches:
-There is collaboration and communication between coaches from the different teams (some have years
of experience coaching soccer or other sports and some will be brand new)
-Because we can focus on specific basic skills, it is easy for a parent who does not have significant soccer
background and experience to get involved and assist.
-As skills stations are being rotated parent coaches can progressively learn the teaching and
demonstrating of the skills.
During April, prior to the start of the season, we will host a number of information / practise sessions in
which parent coaches can familiarize themselves with the LTPD methodology.
In the meantime you can familiarize your self with the following formal coaching materials and courses
that are available.

Parent / Coach Resources:

1) Parent Guide to LTP
2) Coaches Tool kits for each of the three development phases LTPD Checklist
2.2) Active Start
2.3) FUNdamentals

Learning to Train:

http://www.canadasoccer.com/files/CanadaSoccerPathway_CoachsToolKit_LearnToTrain_20141106.pdf?_sp=38c3f812908d76bd.1490014267029

3) NCCP Free soccer coaching clinic (April-May)
4) Alberta Soccer Coaching Clinics
5) FREE NCCP online course. Coach Initiation in sport
6) Changing the game project. A great resource for all sports parents and coaches
7) Soccer Parenting resource

 

Referee Information

http://albertasoccer.com/referee/

Referee clinics: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080C4FAEAE2EA7FB6-referee

http://albertasoccer.com/referee-courses-now-underway/

https://www.refcentre.com/alberta/CourseByDate.aspx

Program Details

 

April 24 - June 24

ProgramsAgesDaysTimeCostLocationLeagueRegistration
U42 1/2 to 4 1/2 yearsWed5:30 - 6:30pm$70CA FieldsWHCAU4 Registration
U6+4 1/2 to 6 1/2 yearsWed6:30 - 7:30pm$70CA FieldsWHCAU6 Registration
U8+6 1/2 to 8 1/2 yearsTues & Thurs6:30 -7:30pm$90NW FieldsNWCSU8 Registration
U10+8 1/2 to 10 1/2 yearsTues & Thurs6:30 - 7:30pm$90NW FieldsNWCS U10 Registration
U12+10 1/2 to 12 1/2 yearsTues & Thurs6:15 - 7:15pm$90NW FieldsICCLU12 Registration

 

CA Fields – West Hillhurst Community Association (1940 6th Avenue NW)

NW Community Fields – The U8 & U10 age group play within a NW Community League.  There is some travelling to other communities in this league. Communities involved in this league include; Banff Trail, Brentwood, Briar Hill, Bridgeland, Hillhurst Sunnyside, Montgomery, Mount Pleasant, Parkdale, Rosedale, Triwood and University Heights.

ICCL Fields  – U12 Teams play in the “ICCL League” ICCL – Inner City Community League. Fields are located in the Inner City NW quadrant.

 

 

 

Volunteer Positions

PositionsDescriptionHours EstimatedSign Up
Co-coach15Volunteer SignUp
Team Coordinators3Volunteer SignUp
Division Coordinators10 Volunteer SignUp
Year-end Coordinators5Volunteer SignUp
Photo-Coordinator3Volunteer SignUp

Important Dates

Equipment Hand Out: TBA

Coaches Clinic: see notes above and stay tuned for info on WHCA hosted clinics

Wind up party:  there will be a season wrap up event near the end of June

 

 

Referees

For our U10 and U12 age groups we are looking for referees. Any person over the age of 14 can become a referee and get paid up to $20 per game.
Contact John Mains (programs@westhillhurst.com if you want to find out more about refereeing this season.