To All West Van FC Parents and Players,
The following will outline the process for player assessment for West Van FC for the upcoming Season. The format is based on recommendations from the British Columbia Soccer Association and Canada Soccer.
Over the past five seasons the annual assessment of West Van players who wished to be considered for Select teams has focused on evaluations submitted by the AGTC (Age Group Technical Coordinator) which is a WVFC Staff Coach that has been assigned to an age group. The AGTC attends practices and games throughout the season and submits two reports during the season on each team and player. As well, the team coaches are asked to submit two reports during the season on each player as further feedback. Players from U13 to U18 wishing to play at the highest level at WVFC (MSL) can attend tryouts for that level (MSL info below). This process has been successful and, for the most part, produced accurate results. A longer-range evaluation process helps to provide a more thorough assessment of a player's skills, abilities, attitude and potential.
As part of our assessments the Technical Staff work with the U10 and U11 players through our AGTC program, Staff Coaches at Academy sessions, Camps and Spring Programs and the End of Season Evaluation Session that we are offering in March (season's end) for all U11 and U12 players (the following seasons age groups) as an additional avenue to be scouted and assessed - all of this is to better appreciate the skills of these age groups. As previously mentioned scouting will occur at both practices and games and will take place for all age groups from U8 to U17 as part of our AGTC Program - this program is set up as a way to assess and evaluate the players while also providing the team coaches with a technical support system.
The second part of the player assessment process, the coach's written player evaluation, remains a key component of the overall assessment of each player. The coaches know their players very well, working with them weekly at practices and games. Recognizing its importance, we are now requesting two assessments for each player from all coaches, one at mid-season in late November and one at the end of the season in late February. In this way a player's progress can be better recorded and monitored more closely throughout the season. We value the coaches who work with our club teams very much and believe that including them in our player assessment procedure is essential.
Together the season-long scouting process and coaches' player evaluations will provide a more clear and accurate assessment of player development and potential for all the players. We will use this format to form next season's divisional teams from U11 to U18.
Before the teams are announced, players are given a time limit in which to accept their position on a select team. The registration fee is not refundable if a player is chosen for a West Van FC team, accepts that place and then opts not to play for that team.
WVFC Technical Department