IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE U10 TEAMS
Dear Parents of U10 Players:
We will be making a few changes this year with how the U10 Divisions will be run (especially at the beginning of the season) so I felt it was time to give you some of the details.
This year we will not be building the U10 teams in advance of the season. We have found that there are a lot of physical and mental changes that happen to a player as they move from U8 to U10. Often times we cannot begin to guess how a player may have changed. Some are growing, and some are going to camps and clinics that improve their game. Trying to build teams that are fair and balanced, with ratings that are 9 months old, just wasn't working!
SOOOO..... We are going to have all of the players in each division show up to training on the same days for the first couple of weeks and then run a set of scrimmages on opening day. This will allow the coaches time to actually see the players as they are now, not 9 months ago. All the coaches will evaluate all the players and we will try to have better information to work with. At the same time, the coaches will be getting some much needed mentoring and training on how to run their own training sessions once they get their teams.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR PLAYERS ARE AT EACH OF THE FIRST 4 TRAININGS AND THE OPENING DAY SCRIMMAGE!! THIS NEEDS TO BE A PRIORITY IF THIS IS GOING TO WORK.
At the first practice session, your child will be assigned a color and number that will be theirs for the whole evaluation period so that the coaches can identify them...However they cannot keep them! They must turn them in at the end of training each day and pick them up again at their next training session. Please tell them to remember their number and color.
U10 BOYS: You will be training on 8/29, 8/31, 9/3, & 9/5 from 5:30 - 7pm at the Santa Ynez Elementary School U10 Fields. On Opening Day, Saturday 9/8, you will be scrimmaging at one of the following times based on which group your child is in: 9am, 10am, 11am Be open to being at the fields at any of those times and plan on a short warm up ahead of your game.
U10 GIRLS: You will be training on 8/28, 8/30, 9/4, 9/6 from 5:30-7pm at the Santa Ynez Elementary School U10 Fields. On Opening Day, Saturday 9/8, you will be scrimmaging at one of the following times based on which group your child is in: 11am, 12pm, 1pm. Be open to being at the fields at any of those times and plan on a short warm up ahead of your game
Once the scrimmages are over, all of the coaches will go and build 10 balanced teams... Not knowing who will be getting each team. Once the teams are built, each coach will draw a team number out of a bag. That will be the coaches team... the only exception will be that their own child will be moved to their team and be traded for a child of equal value on the team they drew. The coaches will then be given their rosters and will contact their players. You will not know who's team your child is on until that moment, so please do not try to get your child on any particular team.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer them.
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