Kamloops Youth Soccer Association’s 170 small-sided teams will resume play on Labour Day, Sept. 5, and will play through the month of September, culminating in the Chopped Leaf-sponsored fall season Wind–Up Jamboree on the Sept. 24-25 weekend.
KYSA’s U5 to U12 boys and girls teams played in the association’s spring/summer leagues from mid-April through to the end of June. The teams in these age groups traditionally take July and August off and regroup in late August to get ready for the fall season.
It has become customary that B.C. Soccer member associations do not keep scores in small-sided soccer (less than 11 vs. 11 on the field) or play for silverware. The KYSA’s parent body decreed several years ago that these divisions would be considered non-competitive, stressing player development over winning medals and trophies.
"While the matches can still be spirited and intensive, not keeping score has helped eliminate win-at-all-cost attitudes and the pressures that coaches and players can succumb to,” said KYSA executive director, Keith Liddiard. "A good example is encouraging coaches to give equal playing time to all their squad rather than playing the better players much of the time.
“Furthermore, with the absence of scorekeeping and standings, it is felt that coaches will refrain from badgering or criticizing referees –– many of whom are young teenagers who are learning their role in the game. In the past, many young referees have left the game at too early an age because of abuse from coaches and inappropriate adult behaviour."
"Inroads are being made toward negating much of the concern that was apparent in the younger divisions in years past," Liddiard added. "Combined with a drive to get all parent-volunteer coaches qualified at a level that matches the age group they are coaching, mini-soccer has become a much better vehicle for the development of players and aspiring referees!”