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Q: How are players selected for placement?
A: All SPSC players in the Player Placement Process (PPP) are measured on four soccer skills criteria: technical, tactical, physical and psychological. Technical is essentially “foot skills” and personal ball control. Tactical is essentially on- and off-ball decision making. Physical is essentially speed, quickness, size and athleticism. Psychology is harder to define but is roughly positive attitude, “coachability” and effort. Our volunteer and professional coaches will also measure “improvement rate” and “commitment level.”
Q: What about goalkeepers?
A: During the final placement meeting, the technical, tactical, physical and psychological attributes of keeper candidates is discussed. Remember, however, that the modern game requires keepers to use their feet to receive and deliver passes; not just the aspects of angle play and shot stopping are considered.
Q: What role should parents have throughout the Player Placement Process?
A: Make sure your son or daughter knows that no matter the results of the Player Placement Process you think the world of them. Rather than make the Player Placement Process super stressful for your child by overemphasizing the importance of being on the “top” team make it a positive learning experience.
Q: Our coach told us he put together an “Assessment Sheet” of all his players to help in the team placement process. May I see this sheet?
A: The Coach’s Confidential Assessment Sheet (CCAS) is confidential – including ratings, rankings and discussions that evaluate players in relation to each other. This is done so our coaches can contribute ideas and thoughts without the worry of offending anyone. We don’t want our players unnecessarily stressed out, which is why the sheet remains confidential to the Player Placement Committee. That said, since your son or daughter’s coach did fill out a CCAS, he or she should have a solid framework in which to offer your child a personalized postseason assessment.
Q: My daughter did not make the top team and she’s devastated. What does this mean?
A: Much can change from U11 to high school and college soccer. With few exceptions, most U12 teams are not comprised of the same U11 players. Also, teams expand from the 9v9 at U12 to the 11v11 in U13. The best chance for your son or daughter to join the top team is to work hard to improve. All that said, player and personal development does not only happen on our top teams.
Q: How are teams placed within MAYSA and WYSA?
A: Teams are placed in MAYSA or WYSA depending on which placement is most beneficial to the player development of the majority of players on the team.
Q: There are so many “premier” clubs around Dane County. Why should my son or daughter play with Sun Prairie Soccer Club?
A: There are many great clubs in Dane County. We feel strongly that we’re one of them. We have not won any State Cups, but we’ve had teams play in the highest levels of Wisconsin Youth Soccer Association. More importantly, we’ve been an enormously positive influence in the lives of thousands of children. Our focus on appropriately incorporating the developmental stages of children and young adults means that we are dedicated to serve the best interests of our players.
Q: But somebody told me my son had to play with “such-and-such” (some other) club in order to be a great soccer player…
A: The main ingredients to your son or daughter’s soccer development are her coach, peers, competition and, most importantly, her love of the game. The quality of our professional coaches rival those in the big clubs and our teams play at the highest levels in MAYSA and, at times, WYSA. We also strive to make soccer fun; our understanding that a happy, healthy and motivated player will not only improve as a player but will carry a positive attitude through life.
Q: Somebody approached me and told me to have my son or daughter tryout with another club. What should I do?
A: The founders, the administrators, the coaches and the members of SPSC soccer want your child to be in the best situation possible for his or her growth as a soccer player and a human being. That’s why we work so hard to offer this wonderful sport to our community. If you feel your son or daughter is best served – emotionally or athletically – playing with another club, we completely understand and wish you and your child all the best. Always.
Q: My son is a winner. I want to see him win. Do you promote winning?
A: Yes! We really want your player to have the tools necessary to help his high school and college teams win. However, until U14, our desire to win is heavily constrained by our greater desire to develop players - every player on every team. Most top clubs in Dane County agree. SPSC never measures "success" at the team level by game wins or losses. Success is measured at the player level according to nationally-recognized player performance criteria and, perhaps even more significantly, according to the number of players who continue enjoy playing soccer year after year.