From a lot of feedback over the last few years and highlighted by this year’s snowy winter SYSA has gone with a two season approach for the 2017/18 season.
The first part from Sept – Nov/Dec 2017 will be very similar to it has always been. Various age divisions and “league” games every Sat morning.
The biggest change from previous years is that we will have set practice days and times were we will have either the SYSA Head Coach or another paid coach running the practices with the volunteer coaches assisting. The training sessions for the week will be sent out to coaches prior to the actual session so they can be well prepared to assist.
This will help with both player and coach development and help foster a SYSA model of playing and coaching. We will be looking for feedback from coaches through the sessions on areas that they would like to see player development in.
The second season is something new that we are going to try based again on member feedback and also success that we saw this March and from other clubs.
There will be no set teams and instead there will be a Jamboree format for each of the age groups U6-U12. Meaning that players of an age group will show up and split into warm up drills and then split into small sided games. This will focus on lots of touches on the ball and fun!
U13+ house league for both seasons will participate in a coed league that will play on Friday evenings and have a training session during the week.
We are hoping this new format will help with player and coach development and provide an opportunity to not play in winter conditions. As it is the first year for SYSA running this we will be looking for feedback throughout the year.