Programs & Benefits | EMSA South West

Programs & Benefits

  • We offer both indoor and outdoor minor soccer programs for all skill levels, including Premier/Club competition.
  • Each year specific years of birth are assigned to each age level from U5 to U19.
  • Our goal is to provide a program for each age level, each indoor & outdoor season.
  • The safety of our players in important to us!
  • At least one Coach or Assistant Coach of every team has been certified.
  • All Coaches, Assistant Coaches & Team Managers have passed a vulnerable sector check.
  • Our program is run by hundreds of volunteers who work hard to ensure your child has an enjoyable experience, on & off the field.
  • We foster program change through constructive feedback from our parents, players & team officials.
  • Be part of a team!
  • Active kids = Happy kids!

 

The main objective of Mini Soccer (U5, U7, U9) is to be enjoyable so that children can have fun!  It introduces children to the sport & helps them understand the rules & play in a team setting.  Children get the opportunity to develop a good sporting interest that lasts for life.  They will receive quality coaching & learn new skills while being encouraged to play fair.

What it is: 

  • A place where Basic Soccer skills are developed.
  • A place where fair play and honor are instilled.
  • A place to have fun and form new friendships.
  • A place to develop good sportsmanship.
  • A place to develop teamwork.
  • A place where all children are accepted regardless of ability, gender, or cultural background.
  • A place where they will enjoy soccer in a PRESSURE FREE environment.

 

What it is not: 

  • A place to form rep-like teams.
  • A place to bring imports.
  • A place where scoring is kept (statistics are noted for seeding purposes only and scores are not publicly displayed).
  • A place where discouragement takes place due to a player not participating in the games or practices because they are not good enough.
  • A place where coaches are paid or gain financially from coaching.
  • A place where winning is the only goal.

 

Players’ Code

  • Play the game for the game’s sake.
  • Be generous when you win.
  • Be gracious when you lose.
  • Be fair always, no matter what the cost.
  • Obey the Laws of the Game.
  • Work for the good of the team.
  • Accept the decisions of the Officials with good grace.
  • Believe in the honesty of your opponents.
  • Conduct yourself with honour and dignity.
  • Honestly and wholeheartedly applaud the efforts of you teammates and opponents.

Coaches’ Code

  • Soccer is a game for happiness.
  • The laws of soccer should be regarded as mutual agreements, the spirit or letter of which no one should try to avoid or break.
  • Visiting teams and spectators are honored guests.
  • No advantages except those of superior skill should be sought.
  • Official and opponents should be treated and regarded as honest in intention.
  • Official decisions should be accepted without looking angry no matter how unfair they may seem.
  • Winning is desirable, but winning at any cost defeats the purpose of the game.
  • Losing can be a triumph when the team has given its best.
  • The ideal is the greatest good to the greatest number.
  • In soccer, as in life, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Parents’ Code

  • Children have more need for example than criticisms.
  • Make athletic participation for your child and other a positive experience.
  • Attempt to relieve pressure of competition, not increase it. A child is easily affected by outside influences.
  • Be kind to your child’s coach and officials. The coach is a volunteer giving personal time and money to provide a recreational activity for your child. The coach is providing a valuable community service, often without regard other than the personal satisfaction of having served their community.
  • The opponents are necessary friends. Without them your child could not participate meaningfully.
  • Applaud good plays by your team and by members of the opposing team.