About Evaluations: The idea behind evaluations or tryouts is that players are best served by being placed on teams with players of a similar ability. The Canadian Soccer Association and BC Soccer, our governing bodies, mandate that we begin selection of teams at the U11 level for boys and the U10 level for girls, for developmental reasons. All evaluations are open to every child participating in each specific age group and all are given a fair evaluation and opportunity to play at the level they desire.
At SDU, we have a year-round evaluation process for our players which includes on-field assessments at both our Monday Night Academy and during team training sessions, as well as game days on the weekend.
All evaluations are open to every child participating in each specific age group and all are given a fair evaluation and opportunity to play at the level they desire.
Player evaluations and selections can often raise anxiety in players, coaches, and parents. In an attempt to minimize negative feelings or questions around the evaluation process, it is very important that everyone fully understands the process itself.
The Evaluation Schedule can change at any given time due to weather conditions, loss of field space to the city or school district, or because of an emergency. If any of these situations arise, the club will do its best to notify everyone potentially affected through an email. It is your responsibility to keep up to date by reviewing this website often, and keeping your email address current. All evaluations are set and run as early as possible.
Some may be delayed because of Metro or BCPL tryouts which must run beforehand. Generally we will work from the younger age groups (U10-11) through to the oldest. Evaluation dates are to be determined by the club and the technical director – factors such as access to fields and estimated number of players expected are considered.
SDU Club Evaluation Process & Philosophy
Evaluations are only a small part of the overall assessment run by the club. All aspects of the players’ participation within the past year are reviewed when making a final decision and selection. Factors taken into consideration are observations from Monday Night Academy, observations made by on-field support (age specific Head Coaches, Head of Player Development and Head of Grassroots Development) throughout the season at training sessions/games, and feedback from the head volunteer coach and other coaches within the age group. Club technical staff will carry out the evaluations.
Players will be assessed based on the following criteria in order of importance:
3- Small Group Tactics
House level players may show some or most of the characteristics listed above, but still may not meet Rep level criteria. Players develop continuously. For example, a player may show very good passing ability in an unopposed training drill, but in a competitive environment they may not understand when to pass to a teammate’s feet, or into space. For players new to SDU, the end of season evaluation is the only chance for the evaluation of a player and their subsequent placement. If a player enters the club mid-season, it will be at the sole discretion of the SDU Technical Staff to decide whether that player is a rep level player in respect to the other kids currently playing at a rep level within the age group. Also, as stated, the evaluation process is ongoing. A player not selected for one of the SDU Select Teams may be given the opportunity to train or play for one of the select teams during the following season based on their development in one of the five areas listed above.
Evaluation Roles & Responsibilities
Parents should read this document closely and discuss it with any of their children who will be attending evaluations. If a child does not want to participate in the evaluations, they may opt out and not attend.
Players not attending do not have to send notice of this. All players who are registered with SDU and who are not selected for a Rep team will be placed on a House Team in August as the season approaches It is the parent’s job to ensure the players arrive on time. Out of respect for the volunteer coaches, players, and evaluators, the club asks that all parents stay to the perimeter of the field while evaluations are going on. Please do not shout out instructions to your child during the evaluations.
Players are expected to come to the evaluations self-motivated and ready to play. Each player should take the responsibility of preparing their equipment before arriving at evaluations (boots, shinguards, water, appropriate clothing). At the session, players should be positive and excited to be there. Players may be asked to play a number of different positions and may spend time waiting on the sidelines for their chance to play. Evaluators will offer encouragement but no instruction.
The role of the Technical Director is to oversee the evaluation process to ensure the selections are honest and fair. The Technical Director and Head of Player Development will monitor evaluation sessions and provide input to evaluators as well as facilitate discussions before finalizing selections.
Each evaluation session will be run by SDU Technical Staff and follow this structure:
10 Minutes Warm-up/Technique work
Small Sided Games (ideally 8v8)*
* Number of players per team may vary, but ideal number is an 8 v 8 as it is the same structure the kids will play during their season.
10-15 Minutes Warm-up/Technique work
Remainder of Session Full-Sided Games (ideally 11 v 11)
Notification & Registration For South Delta United Soccer Club
Evaluation results will be posted to the club website within 7 days of the completion of the evaluations. Players that have been selected will be notified by email or phone call, at the discretion of the volunteer Head Coach(es). It is also at the discretion of those Head Coaches as to whether they will call individual players or all of the players not selected. The club will not allow technical staff to be called at home. Please use the below email address for questions like – why did my child not make the team? what are they missing? what should they work on for next year? Any abuse of technical staff or volunteer coaches will not be tolerated by the SDU.
Once players are notified through email, phone call, or posting on the club website that they have been selected for a team they must respond within 24 hours if they are accepting the position otherwise risk losing their spot. All players selected to the team must be willing to give a full commitment to the team they are selected for. The commitment level and time will be 2 training sessions per week and 1 game on the weekend. Boys will play Saturdays. Girls will play Sundays. All players selected to the team must be willing to give a full commitment to the team that they are selected for.
SDU Playing up Policy
As a general rule SDU players will play within their own age group. Taking into account the players’ physical and social development, exceptions may be considered. The club recognizes that, although rare, some talented players may exist that are physically and psychologically ready to be considered for the next age level within the club’s competitive team structure. It will be at the discretion of the Technical Director and Head of Player Development as to whether a player will be permitted to move into the older age group. The decision will be made based on the players’ performance throughout the previous season at practice and during games.
About South Delta Utd
South Delta United Soccer Club’s primary focus is to provide a total, well-rounded and positive soccer experience for the player, coach, referee, and parent. All SDU programming is put together with the CSA's Long Term Player Development Plan in mind.