Outdoor Registration is open

All interested Bearspaw FC players are welcome to register with CWSC for the Outdoor 2015 season. We have the programs and infrastructure to support a positive soccer experience for your players and teams.

We register teams in the CMSA U8 competitive program, and also have a number of technical support programs to develop the fundamental skills your players and teams need to enjoy their soccer experience. Please read on to view our newsletter with all program details.

We will also register U8 players and/or teams into the U10 competitive program. All 2007 U8 players interested in playing in U10 must register for player assessments at admin2@calgarywestsoccer.com (Patty). The Club will assess U8 players individually and contact parents after the assessments to place players within in U8 or U10.

Please click here to view the U8 Skills Program, and our Individual Player Training - Mini-Spring IPT and Spring IPT Programs.

We have just posted our OUTDOOR 2015 NEWSLETTER to provide you with the details of our soccer programs, our education philosophy, and exciting news about summer soccer camps.

Please download the Newsletter here.

We have also provided excerpts from the newsletter if you do not have time to read the entire newsletter. We hope that you can then be informed of Club's news that are of the most interest to you.

Executive Director Report - The Impact of Commercialization on the Calgary Soccer Culture

Technical Director Report

CWSC 2015 Outdoor Program overview

CWSC 2015 Technical Program overview

CWSC 2015 Player Evaluation Schedule REVISED FEB 26

CWSC HPSA Summer Camps

Please click here to review all registration details for the CMSA city wide competitive program for U8-U18.

Please click here to review all registration details for the Intercommunity Houselegue program for U10-U16/18

Please click here to review where to register for commununity Houseleague programs for U4, U6 and U8.

Please click here to start your registration

If you have any questions about our programs or need help with registration, please email Shannon Hunter at admin@calgarywestsoccer.com

We look forward to your membership.

CWSC

Outdoor Evaluation Schedule- REVISED FEB 26

Outdoor Evaluations are taking place between Saturday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Please email admin2@calgarywestsoccer.com if you are unable to participate

Please email admin2@calgarywestsoccer.com, to register for Goal Keeper evaluations. Please specify your age group in your email

*Please read the schedule carefully as some age groups and time slots have changed in order to accommodate the U10 city finals that are taking place the same weekend*

A few reminders:

  1. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to evaluation start time to check in  
  2. Deposit cheques are required to be handed in at check in if they have not been sent in prior to evaluations
  3. Please bring a water bottle and wear appropriate footwear

Outdoor 2015 Evaluation schedule

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Bearspaw Christian School/ Player Assessment

9:00 to 10:00 am U10 Girls

9:00 to 10:00 am U14 Girls/Boys - Goalies

10:00 to 12:00 pm U12 Boys

10:00 to 11:00 am U16/18 Girls/Boys - Goalies

12:00 to 1:30 pm U12 Girls

1:30 to 3:30 pm U10 Boys

3:30 to 5:00 pm U14 Girls

4:00 to 5:00 pm U10 Girls/Boys - Goalies

Reminder - GKs are asked to email Patty at admin2@calgarywestsoccer.com to identify themselves as goalies ahead of the evaluations.

 

Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Bearspaw Christian School/ Player Assessment

12:00 to 1:00 pm U16/18 Girls                    

12:00 to 1:00 pm U12 Girls/Boys - Goalies

1:00 to 2:00pm U16/18 Boys

2:00 to 04:00 pm U14 Boys  

GKs are asked to email Patty at admin2@calgarywestsoccer.com to identify themselves as goalies ahead of the evaluations.

 

Game Play Assessment - GKs will be evaluated in goal during game play

*Please note: after individual player assessments, players will be emailed to confirm what group they are to attend for the game play evaluations*

Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Bearspaw Christian School/Game Play

4:00 to 5:00 pm               U12 Girls Tier 1/2 West Gym

4:00 to 5:00 pm               U12 Boys Tier 1/2 East Gym

5:00 to 6:00 pm               U18 Girls West Gym

5:00 to 6:00 pm               U18 Boys East Gym

 

Monday, March 9, 2015 at Bearspaw Christian School/ Game play -GKs will be evaluated in goal during game play 

*Please note: after individual player assessments, players will be emailed to confirm what group they are to attend for the game play evaluations*

7:00 to 8:30 pm U14 Girls Tier 1/2 East Gym

8:30 to 10:30 pm U14 Boys Tier 1/2 East Gym

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Bearspaw Christian School/ Game play -GKs will be evaluated in goal during game play

*Please note: after individual player assessments, players will be emailed to confirm what group they are to attend for the game play evaluations*

6:00 to 7:00 pm               U10 Girls Tier A/B Large Gym

7:00 to 8:00 pm               U12 Girls Tier 3/4 Large Gym

8:00 to 9:30 pm               U14 Girls Tier 3/4 Large Gym

 

6:00 to 7:30 pm               U10 Boys Tier A/B Mross Gym (Main Building)

7:30 to 8:30 pm               U12 Boys Tier 3/4 Mross Gym (Main Building)

8:30 to 9:30 pm               U14 Boys Tier 3/4 Mross Gym (Main Building)

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Bearspaw Christian School/ Game play -GKs will be evaluated in goal during game play

 *Please note: after individual player assessments, players will be emailed to confirm what group they are to attend for the game play evaluations*

7:00 to 8:30 pm U16 Girls East Gym

8:30 to 10:30 pm U16 Boys East Gym

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at Ranchlands School/ Game play -GKs will be evaluated in goal during game play

 *Please note: after individual player assessments, players will be emailed to confirm what group they are to attend for the game play evaluations*

6:00 to 7:00 pm               U10 Girls Tier B/C

7:00 to 8:30 pm               U10 Boys Tier B/C

 

Outdoor 2015 Soccer Registration is now open

We have just posted our OUTDOOR 2015 NEWSLETTER to provide you with the details of our soccer programs, our education philosophy, and exciting news about summer soccer camps.

Please download the Newsletter here.

We have also provided excerpts from the newsletter if you do not have time to read the entire newsletter. We hope that you can then be informed of Club's news that are of the most interest to you.

Executive Director Report - The Impact of Commercialization on the Calgary Soccer Culture

Technical Director Report

CWSC 2015 Outdoor Program overview

CWSC 2015 Technical Program overview

CWSC 2015 Player Evaluation Schedule REVISED FEB 26

CWSC HPSA Summer Camps

 Please click here to review all registration details for the CMSA city wide competitive program for U8-U18.

Please click here to review all registration details for the Intercommunity Houselegue program for U10-U16/18

Please click here to review where to register for commununity Houseleague programs for U4, U6 and U8.

Please click here to start your registration

If you have any questions about our programs or need help with registration, please email Shannon Hunter at admin@calgarywestsoccer.com

We look forward to your membership.

CWSC

 

Spring IPT 2015

Spring is right around the corner, and registration for the Spring IPT program is open

Register now online in your member profile

 


Mini-Spring IPT 2015

Can't wait for IPT to start up again?  Register for our Mini-Spring IPT 2015 that is still being held

indoors.  See flyer for details.  Don't delay, registration is limited.

 

 

Summer Soccer Camps

High Performance Soccer Academy is pleased to host Dundee United FC, from Scotland, to conduct summer camps for CWSC members and non members during the summer.

  •  International Opportunities
  •  Elite Coaching Exposure—UEFA Accredited
  •  Proven Scouting Relationship
  •  Open to all club and non club members

HPSA will offer youth soccer players (Boys and Girls) the chance to train with UEFA B – licensed coaches representing Dundee United, The Scottish Football Association and Albany University in a two week soccer camp 13th July  and July 20 2015 at Ranchlands Fields.

Selected players from each age group (except U8) will be asked to come back on the Saturday for individual training .

HPSA believes it is vitally important our players are exposed to the elite side of soccer that Europe has to offer and the matching philosophies with our club will make a partnership with these clubs an excellent transition for players with an ambition to take their game to the next level. We are working hard to ensure international opportunities are present not just in Scotland but into Spain, Germany and University programs into the United States.

Dundee United are a professional soccer club who participate in the Scottish Premier League, having won the league last in 1983. Our Head Coach Christopher McKaig has a relationship with the club from past playing days and also coaching in his homeland. We  recognize a huge opportunity to offer our players the chance to fulfill any desire to pursue a career within Soccer overseas and training camps like this are a cost effective way for the kids to get this exposure. Those kids who are looking for elite training will also get this exposure if a career in soccer is not your ambition.

Our SFA (Scottish Football Association) is in charge of player development in the North East of Scotland for boys and girls, promoting the woman’s game in Scotland up to professional level. 

RegistrationDetails:

July 13-17 and July 18 for selected players from each age/gender group

U8 Boys and Girls

U10 Boys and Girls

U12 Boys and Girls


July 20-24 and July 25 for selected players from each age/gender group

U14 Boys and Girls

U16/18 Boys and Girls

 

Daily:

U8:  Monday-Friday 9 am-12 pm

U10-U18: Monday-Friday 9 am-4 pm and Sat 9 am -1 pm (for selected players)

 

Location:        

Ranchlands DQ fields  

Range Way and Ranchero Drive NW

 

Cost: 

U8 $150

U10-U18 $300

To register, please click here. Registration link will be open Wednesday February 18

Please also print and fill in the HPSA waiver form and bring it to the first day of camp. Players cannot participate in the camp without a waiver form completed.

Please also print and submit an allergy form, if applicable and please ensure that you highlight allergy/medical considerations when you register online.

 

Goalie Wars 2015

We would like to thank all the players who came out and attended the first ever CWSC Goalie Wars 2015! It was a tremendous success with 43 players competing.  Congratulations to the following winners:

Logan S, Kevin M, Ryder S, Sydney J, Abigail P, Jacob H, Kennedy C, and Motoki H 

 



 Proceeds will be used to support International Development Education programs. Please see the attached.

 

Academy Schedules now posted

Academy schedules are now posted for November 2014. Please go to our academy page.

Henry Haeusler talks about the HPSL and elite soccer models on CTV Primetime

http://www.albertaprimetime.com/Stories.aspx?pd=6653

CWSC's Position on the proposed Alberta High Performance Soccer League (AHPSL)

Calgary West Soccer Club, in discussion with a number of other mid-size clus in calgary, has submitted a position paper to CMSA on the proposed Alberta High Performance Soccer Lague (AHPSL). 

Henry Haeusler will be on CBC Radio, the Eye Opener on June 6th to discuss our position.

Henry has also been quoted in the article in the Metro News which can be viewed at:

http://metronews.ca/news/calgary/1055710/calgary-soccer-clubs-split-over-high-performance-league-for-kids/

Please read an excerpt of our position following and download the full document to read the details of our position. 

If you miss the radio inteview, you can find the interview later in the day, at http://www.cbc.ca/eyeopener/

Calgary West Soccer Club’s Position Paper on the Proposed Alberta High Performance Soccer League (AHPSL) Structure

Although we believe that the objectives and core principles of the proposed AHPSL can be beneficial to the soccer community in Calgary and Alberta, including a continuous pathway for players, coaches and referees, raising standards in competition, CWSC has 3 primary concerns about the proposed model, specifically:

  •      the investment of "HPSL franchises" in 3 clubs in the city  
  •      the age group framework which starts at U13
  •      the prohibitive cost   

We recognize the purported principles, objectives and benefits of the AHPSL as part of the Alberta Soccer Vision -TO CREATE "A CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR THE GAME, PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL PLAYERS TO REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL”. 

We agree that the stated vision of the AHPSL can benefit our players. However, we believe that the AHPSL, as currently proposed, will result in number of serious negative impacts on the soccer environment, and subsequent development of players in Calgary.

This is a summary of our position:

 - Just so that there is no misunderstanding, CWSC is not against the AHPSL. We feel that the AHPSL is a step in the right direction to support player developing to the highest national and international level.

- However, the current model of the HPSL that ASA is supporting, will not support the player development goal, in the way they purport.

-If we want to have greater success with our national team programs, then it is not just about adding another structure.

-The current understanding of ASA is that if we start earlier with select teams and high level competition, players will develop to a higher level. This is actually contrary to its own  CSA/ASA Long Term Player Development model.

- There is no guarantee that this model will produce players at the elite level. Where is the research which shows that successful soccer/football countries have similar models. My experience shows in fact it is opposite. Elite players are developed in normal domestic leagues which provide a suitable level of competition but where players play on unbalanced teams and get challenged more to develop their individual skills and understanding of the game.

- it is questionable that the HPSL will even provide the level of competition that domestic city leagues can provide. The ASA model proposes interlocking games against Saskatchewan teams. We are not certain that this will provide the quality of competition needed to produce elite players.

- ASA and CMSA ignore the need to create more competitive domestic city leagues and that we have to start there in order to provide a larger pool of players that can reach the desired level. In other words, we have to start first with our programs in the city and examine how our league structures impact on player development. CWSC feels that the current CMSA league structure provides numerous examples of how our players are not being developed to their potential. If we think that we can simply superimpose a top level league on top of a domestic league which already hinders player development, we will not achieve the results we want.

- In summary, if we think that we just put in place a structure/league to get better players, then we do not understand player development. Instead we have to change how we develop players. We need a modern philosophy of how to play the game, which includes the way to develop players. Right now we put too much importance in the early physical presence. We select players who can run through and win the ball, and the game unfairly, through physicality. Here we teach players to run through the players by using force. This is not a successful way to play soccer and Canada will never be able to compete against the best or even the middle teams in the world if we continue to think that this is the way we develop players.


- In general, our coaches, even the top level paid coaches in the city, do not have an idea of how to teach/educate the game the right way.  We sacrifice player development for early team success.


- And our officiating supports that style of play and we do not protect skilled, smaller players who can really try to play the game.


- The HPSL that ASA proposes will exacerbate all of these incorrect approaches to player development.

Our main concerns:


- ASA wants to start the League with U13, This is too early based on the LTPD model and international experience. There are issues not just with player development, but also the balance between academic, mental, physical and social factors for players of a young age.


- Prohibitive cost over the long term associated with travel/game schedule is shouldered by individual players/families and is not sustainable. It will also limit players without the financial resources from participating.


- Club Franchise model - which would facilitate the movement of  players at a very early age to move only to the franchise clubs. This would mean that the medium size clubs will lose their better players and they will not be able to sustain their programs financially and competitively. This will cannibalize the league and there will only be a city league of the 3 franchise clubs at the higher level, and arguably, at the lower levels as well, and at the earliest ages. If you really look at how competition supports player development, it is clear that a league of only super teams does not support the development of as large a pool of players as possible, which is critical to develop the elite teams at the age where it is appropriate, when winning and team success are important. There is also a question about what happens to the "late bloomers" who are bypassed at an early age by the select process.


- the coach education level proposed by the ASA AHPSL model, does not match the needs of player development to the top level. For coaches to be able to support elite player development, we need coaches that have a much higher level of certification. We need a professional culture developed in Canada for coaches which requires much higher education processes. If we think a coach which has no professional background, no university backed education certification, no refresher process to keep up with updated research/education pedagogy, can develop players to the top level, we are mistaken.

The main elements of a revised/appropriate HPSL that we are proposing includes:

- start at U16 and U17.
- the domestic league structure must be revised to support player development from the youngest ages
- create a fair environment that all clubs in the city can participate in player development and contribute players to the league. This includes the establishment of a neutral district coordinating body to provide technical leadership for the Calgary district.
- invest the costs of the league in members clubs, with an appropriate cost sharing arrangement with players, which does not prohibit participation of players and clubs which do not have the financial resources. And also attract provincial, federal and corporate sponsorship to get behind the development of Canadian soccer.