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2018-19 SELECT TEAM TRYOUT SCHEDULE

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WDMSC SELECT SOCCER PROGRAM

Our Select Program
The WDMSC select programs represents phase 3, 4, and 5 of our Long-Term Player Development Model. During this phase, players are placed on to developmentally appropriate teams that best suit their stage of development, abilities, aims, and desires – the selection process. The main objectives for each age group within our Select program are listed below. The West Des Moines Soccer Club is built on a very specific identity and culture. “The WDM Way” serves as a symbol to communicate the six core values that help shape the clubs overall identity and culture. These core values are what help to guide the behavior and expectation of all players, parents and coaches at the club.

Program Philosophy:
“Developing the player and their game understanding”

Developmental principles overview:
11U-13U
The focus of training is still on development; players’ natural desire to win on the field should be fostered by coaches, training is focused on player development, not on “winning”.
During this stage, players within our select program will be more identified as a “committed” player. This commitment should be reflected in the player being self motivated, being able to work toward individual and collective goals.
As player’s skills and game competencies develop, technical-tactical development becomes more emphasized.
There is an increased emphasis on refining technical skills which promote improvements in concentration, training habits and game understanding.
In the later stages of this phase, the objective now is to progressively develop physical qualities such as strength, power and anaerobic speed and endurance.
During this stage, players enter peak height velocity (PHV: the growth spurt associated with the onset of puberty); therefore coaches have to differentiate between early, normal, and late maturing payers.
Whilst a player could be 13 years old chronologically, they can be physically still be 11 (late mature) or 16 (early mature).
It is essential to regulate the training and numbers of games of the individual at this stage, balancing the demands put on players is essential as players are approached to play for club, school, State, and Regional ODP squads.

*Note: The focus of training is still on development: player’s natural desire to win on the field should be fostered by the coaches, but training should not be focused on preparing teams to win, but on developing the individual player technically and their tactical game awareness

Game format:
Players progress from 9 v 9 (12U) to 11v11 (13U). Player’s plays in a basic league schedule and league standings or results are recorded. All players are encouraged to explore playing in various positions to help with their overall game understanding and development. For select players, the season moves towards year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods, and appropriate training to competition ratios.

14U-19U
The focus of training is still on development; players’ natural desire to win on the field should be fostered by coaches, but training should not be focused on ‘winning’ but on developing player’s individual and collective performance.
The players within our select program are often more identified as a “committed” player. This commitment should be reflected in the player being self motivated and increased responsibility for their growth and development and training habits.

Coaching instruction continues to emphasis the importance of technical excellence, and developing a sound tactical base.
Advanced techniques are presented to those players who are capable, and the skills are presented within an environment with pressure and with positional specificity.

Near the end of this phase, tactical training focuses on developing tasks per unit (defense, midfield and forwards) and positional awareness through small-sided games.

There is an increased emphasis on refining technical skills and training loads, which promote improvements in concentration, training habits and game understanding.

In the later stages of this phase, the objective is to address the two critical periods of physical development namely the aerobic base and strength of players. It should be noted that both aerobic and strength trainability is dependent on maturation levels and not solely chronological age
Although lessened, coaches still have to differentiate between early, normal, and late maturing payers.

It is essential to regulate the training and numbers of games of the individual at this stage, balancing the demands put on players is essential as players are approached to play for club, school, State, and Regional ODP squads.

Game format:
Players play 11v11. Player’s plays in a basic league schedule and league standings or results are recorded. All players are encouraged to explore playing in various positions to help with their overall game understanding and development. For select players, the season moves towards year-round play that includes appropriate rest and recovery periods, and appropriate training to competition ratios.