Player Draft-Team Equalization
You will find a sample of the drills the players will be doing at http://www.lakeshoreyouthsoccer.com/Documents.asp?n=39195&org=lakeshoreyouthsoccer.com under drills/exercises
This is a tryout format, which is a similar system used by select travel soccer leagues. The main difference, however, is EVERY player makes a team. This format has proven to be a much better way to form and equalize teams vs. randomly picking teams, which LYSL use to do and other area recreation leagues continue to do. This also doubles as a first (and second) practice, which is another bonus.
• Currently used in U10 and U12 divisions.
• U10 will be two 75 minutes sessions over two days and U12 will be two 90 minute sessions over two days .
• 100% coach participation is not required, however, a quorum 75% is.
• On a volunteer basis, each division must have a coach that oversees the enter draft (basically is in charge of finalizing what coaches will use to evaluated the players).
• The league will provide the roster information, name/number tags for the players, and examples of evaluation exercises/drills as well as any equipment needed to run them.
• Because of the importance of a team having a qualified goalie, at this level of play, coaches will first ask players if they would like to concentrate (not pigeon hole) on this position.
• After warm-ups, players will participate in a series of drills - dribbling, shooting, passing, tackling, etc.; running - sprints, distance; and scrimmage.
• Coaches will rate players on a A (the highest) to D (beginners) scale. In the event coaches can't agree on, for example, whether the players is a B or a C then the player with automatically receive a split B/C rating.
• At a later time or date the coaches will equally draft the players, which in theory should produce equal teams. Equalization takes place because when a coach receives a "A" player the following coaches then each receive an "A" player as well. In the event there are not enough "A" players, for example, a coach(es) would receive a greater amount of "B" players and/or the coach(es) that received the "A's" may have to take for more"C or D's".
• In the spring, when teams remain the same as the fall, there is still a draft. All players must attend the tryout and are re-rated. Returning players remain on their respective teams and new players are drafted in—filled holes from players that did not re-register or forming a completely new teams—again equally.
• Players are ONLY excused from the draft when not available (vacations are very common during the summer months). Skipping the draft because so and so knows how good they are is not allowed. In the event a player is not available parents must provide a player soccer history, which will includes: number of years played, divisions played (U6, U8, etc.), skill level (A-excelling, B-above average, C-developing skills, or D-beginner), and a brief summary (ie. - great passer, needs to work on footwork, excels on defense...).
• Any additional input or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Please submit your ideas/comments to