Saskatoon United Soccer Club
Established April 1954

SUSC Team Selection Guide

The Saskatoon United Soccer Club Player Placement Committee will, in the interest of all members, create teams based on the following Guidelines:

Due to the creation of Premier, Division 2, Division 3 and Division 4 level designations this document will refer to levels as Top, Second, Third and Fourth Levels in order to facilitate such changes.

There is a higher level of commitment and expectations for the players, coaches and parents on the higher level teams. Top Level teams are contacted first regarding their team selection first to allow the opportunity for a call back tryout or to be notified of the higher commitment level and additional expectations.

Teams are not pre-selected, players will maintain their color pinnie and number for the entire tryout based on their previous scores (scoring done by the technical director in the last season) and the new players to SUSC who have no previous scores will have a separate color pinnie to make them easier to identify. The process is in place to ensure no player is missed.

Top Level

There will be one team selected for each age/gender group where possible for the top performance level to be chosen from the top candidates, until SYS develops a policy which will ensure that all zones will enter teams according to a formula based on registration numbers. Top Level tryouts are open to all registrants within that age/gender group and will precede the subsequent level tryouts.

Top Level Coaches may be chosen prior to the final selection from the Coaches Candidate Pool by the Coach Selection Committee, following interviews where necessary. This is to allow the coach to submit a preferred roster of top level players to be considered in the final selection process.

The selection of top level players will not be influenced by age but upon the results of tiering sessions, past Coaching Evaluations, TD Evaluations, Coach Preferred Roster and Player Placement Committee selections. The final selection of a team roster will be made by the Player Placement Committee, Technical Director and the Top Level Coach.

The goal for all Top Level teams will be to create the most competitive team possible for each season.

Second Level

Second Level teams will be determined by the quantity and quality of the remaining players in each age/gender grouping by preseason tiering sessions. Second Level tryouts are open to all registrants except those chosen for Top Level call backs.

The goal for all Second Level teams will be create teams of equal potential in an attempt to give all players the best opportunity for success in each season.

Player placement will be determined from the Second Level tiering results and team selection criteria will focus on the creation of teams according to:

  • Tiering Evaluation Scores/ previous Coach and TD Evaluations.
  • Previous Team Experience (to keep core players together).
  • Registration requests.
  • Third Level

    Third Level teams will be determined by the number of registrants requesting to play at this level or whose abilities were evaluated to be best placed at this level. Players choosing to play at this level do not need to attend tiering evaluations.

    The goal for all Third Level teams will focus on skill development, fitness, recreation and learning the game.

    Player placement will be determined from the Second Level tiering results and team selection criteria will focus on the creation of teams according to:

  • Tiering Evaluation Scores/ previous Coach and TD Evaluations.
  • Previous Team Experience (to keep core players together).
  • Registration requests to play at this level or have not attended tiering evaluations.
  • Fourth Level (when applicable)

    Fourth Level teams will be determined by the number of registrants requesting to play at this level. Players at this level will not attend tiering evaluations and will be place on teams.

    The goal for Fourth Level teams will focus on fitness, recreation and enjoyment of playing the game.

    Goalkeepers

    Goalkeepers are required to attend separate evaluations focusing on specific goalkeeper skills. Keepers will also be evaluated in game situations during regular age group tryouts for their chosen level. All keepers are encouraged to also participate as “out players” but this remains at the player’s discretion. Any marks derived for a player trying out as a keeper and/or as an out player will be kept separate and the two sets of marks will be used independently of each other to establish the players ability to play within separate positions – out player or keeper. Never shall an average of both position scores be use to place a player. Tiering Scores, Coach Roster and Technical Director recommendations will used to reach final placement level for each prospective keeper.

    The Player Selection Committee

    The Player Selection Committee will consist of the Technical Coordinator, Technical Director, Registrar and the Technical Assistant for each age group and will determine teams according to the above Guidelines.

    Conflict of Interest Guidelines

    Conflict of Interest Guidelines will apply when individuals evaluating, selecting coaches or placing players. Conflict of interest is defined as parents and coaches who could be perceived as influencing the decision making process. In their role as age group liaison, Technical Assistants are excused from these guidelines but must always include Technical Coordinator and Technical Director in player placement and team creation.

    Huw Morris

    Technical Director
    Saskatoon United Soccer Club

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