Please read the Lakeland District Soccer Association Parent/Guardian Code of Conduct, the LDSA Coach Code of Conduct.
and have your players read the LDSA Player Code of Conduct.
Familiarize yourself with the LDSA's Rules and Regulations.
Vulnerable Sector Checks (formerly Criminal Record Check) EVERYONE WHO IS A VERMILION SOCCER ASSOCIATION COACH, ASSISTANT COACH, MANAGER OR ON THE BOARD MUST have a Vulnerable Sector Check completed. Please drop them off in the Secretary's file slot in the Shack or give them to a member of the Board NO LATER THAN MAY 10, 2017. This document is valid for 3 years with VSA. You must take a signed letter from the President or Vice President with you to the RCMP Station in order to get a Vulnerable Sector Check completed; if you do have a signed letter please contact the Secretary. RCMP only accept Vulnerable Sector Checks from Tuesday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:00pm. If your Vulnerable Sector Check is going to take longer than 2 weeks, please ASK the RCMP to provide you with an In-Progress letter to hand in until the check is complete.
Vulnerable Sector Checks are MANDATORY! If a coach, assistant coach or manager does not have a Vulnerable Sector Check completed they will be removed from the practice or game. If a team with at least one female player is being coached by a male, there must be an adult female on the bench at all times; this could be a manager, assistant coach or parent. The situation is reversed if the coach is a female and at least one player is male (i.e. a male manager, assistant coach or parent must be on the bench).
Normal practice times for outdoor soccer are as follows:
U4; 6:15-7:00pm on Monday evenings
U6-U10; 6:15-7:15pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings
U12-U18; 7:30-9:00pm on Monday and Wednesday evenings
Indoor soccer varies.
Directors of Youth & Mini Soccer and Technical Director for 2017
Our Mini (U6-U10) Director is Sarah Howe.
Our Youth (U12-U18) Director is Judy Smith.
Our Technical Director is Tom McAleer.
Our Mini Director will organize games for mini teams. Youth level games are organized by LDSA.
Registering Players and Teams for the Season
LDSA needs registration forms from each team so they can register all our teams with both LDSA and ASA: our Registrar will fill it out the ASA Player/Team Registration Form and have the managers proof it before submitting it to LDSA.
Coaches Clinics and Challenger Sports Technical Week
COACHES, PLEASE COME TO THE PRACTICES run by Challenger Sports during the week of April 30-May 5, 2017. You are still required to help supervise your team and will likely pick up some great tips yourself! Please note that these are meant to be additional practices and that you should still run your team's regular practices. We will also be offering a coaches clinic from Challenger Sports on April 30, 2017 (time and location TBA).
We have some agility nets and cone packages! They can be signed out for practices at the Shack.
Please note that the Canadian Soccer Association has developed a new Long Term Player Development Program, and with it a series of new Coaching Coarses.
Other coaching resources can be found here.
VSA Policy for Team Selection
Teams will be selected by a "Team Selection Committee" composed of the Executive and other members of the Board (namely the Youth Director, the Mini Director, the Technical Director, the Field Director and the Director of Officials when possible; other Board members may fill in as required).
At the Mini level, teams within each age category will be split equally according to: 1) birth year; 2) gender; and 3) coaches and managers can be on the same team as their child. In an effort to create equitable and balanced teams, skill level may be taken into consideration if it is known. Also, if numbers warrant there may be teams made of all one gender.
At the Youth Level, teams within each age category will be split according to: 1) gender; 2) skill level; and 3) coaches and managers can be on the same team as their child. Mixed teams will be at the discretion of the coach as this person is ultimately responsible for the safety and wellbeing of each player.
In cases where team viability depends on players moving up, please see "VSA Policy for Players Moving Up".
VSA Policy for Players Moving Up
Vermilion Soccer Association, as a Tier IV soccer association, believes that it is deleterious to player development and team spirit to move players unnecessarily and will not do so lightly.
1. All players will play in their appropriate age categories unless: 1) there is an excess of players in the lower age category; and 2) an insufficient number of players in the next higher one. What constitutes an "excess" or "insufficient" number of players will depend on:
a) LDSA/ASA and CSA guidelines which specify minimum and maximum team roster sizes for each age category:
b) what is determined by the "Team Selection Committee" to be an appropriate team size for the circumstances facing our club.
2. If, according to the above criteria, a player is to move up, they will be moved according to one or more of the following criteria, in no particular order: 1) seniority (number of years in soccer) 2) skill level; 3) second year players will be moved before first year players in the same age category; 4) the player must want to play up and the parent or guardian must support this decision; 5) the coaches involved must be consulted and in agreement.
Grant Opportunity (Coaches and Officials)
Alberta Sport accepts applications for The Above and Beyond Grant. This grant provides support of up to $2000 to coaches and officials to pursue educational or developmental opportunities. Specifically, the grant is intended for a coach or an official that is in a unique situation (apprenticing, geographically isolated, disadvantaged) and who is experiencing extraordinary circumstances.