Senior Division Philosophy

One of the philosophies of the Senior Division can be summed up by saying that our goal is to have coaches refrain from coaching from the sideline, but for quite different reasons from those presented for the Junior Division. In the Senior Division we wish to encourage on-field analysis of opponents’ strengths and weaknesses and for players to make adjustments themselves. Emphasis should be on teaching, creativity, analysis of play, mobility off the ball, and various strategies to use for differing situations. This is a difficult concept to implement but if we seek it as a goal, the overall result will be quite positive for the players in that it should create better soccer players who enjoy the game more. Coaches should not ignore basic skills during practices since it is certain that some players will enter the Senior Division lacking skill development in some areas. It is suggested that the coach use players to instruct basic skills to those deficient in them and that captains be utilized to run the calisthenics and warm-up exercises.

Senior Division Draft ­ The rules and regulations for player assignment are set up to assure an equitable distribution of players for each league. These rules are covered under Article XI ­ Section 10 of the By-laws, but we have expanded on the Senior Division draft below because it is not a simple procedure.

It has been found through experience that the most equitable means of distributing players to the Senior Division is through the use of a Draft. The draft is conducted in late July after the close of registration each year and operates on a rotational basis determined by the final league standings of the prior season. The last place team gets first pick, second to the last gets second pick and so on. Other rules apply to the draft for the express purpose of avoiding unfair selection of players. The only reason allowed for pre-assignment of players is that the father assuming a head coach position or the player has a brother on an existing Senior Division team. For assistant coach positions, the fundamental rule is that the father must follow the assignment of the player. Coaches may not pre-select assistant coaches. However, in the event that such a situation occurs it must be with the consent of all coaches in the Division as stated in the By-laws.

The evaluation forms for previous year juniors are collected, duplicated, and forwarded to each Senior Division coach by early Summer for use in the player draft. The rating forms are also accompanied by a list of registered players. The Senior Division Supervisor of the players from the previous year who have registered alerts each team’s coach in late June. This gives the coach a chance to remind unregistered players that they must register prior to the draft if they intend to play. Players not registered by the time of the draft are not guaranteed a spot in the league. However, preference will be given to a child’s previous team in the event of late registration so as to avoid the issue of using late registration as a means of switching teams.

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