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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 downplayed by our greater desire to develop players - every player on every team. Most top clubs in Dane County agree. Sun Prairie Soccer Club 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.
Q: How are players selected for teams?
A: All SPSC players 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 more difficult 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: We evaluate the technical, tactical, physical and psychological attributes of keeper candidates. 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: My son currently plays U9 and is an incredibly advanced soccer player for his age. I feel he would be better off jumping to Competitive U11 soccer. How can I register him for the new Player Placement Process and get him playing U11?
A: In order to maximize development, SPSC promotes individual players above their current age cohort (or to another gender group) by invitation, only. In order to receive an invitation, our Director of Coaching or one of our profession coaches must identify your son or daughter as a player who would benefit from promotion. If your son or daughter accepts the invitation, he or she would participate and be considered at Tryouts with the older cohort or other gender group. If your son is currently playing U9 and participating in a U9/U10 weekly professional academy, feel free to ask our professional coach after practice about what he feels is best for your son's or daughter’s development.
Q: What role should parents have throughout team formation?
A: Make sure your son or daughter knows that you think the world of them no matter the results. Rather than overemphasizing the importance of being on the “top” team - make it a positive learning experience.
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 playing 9v9 at U12 to 11v11 at 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 think 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, administrators, coaches and members of SPSC 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.