PMSC Youth Player Evaluations & Team Placement
PMSC uses a multi-faceted assessment process to determine the placement of players on teams. The process allows our technical staff to measure the skill/ability level of players using a varying number of assessment indicators; so that club officials can properly place players at their appropriate skill (division) level with players of like ability, and at a level where they are emotionally ready. We use these measurements to also balance teams playing in the same division. We assess players over the entire season through our technical training sessions, Academy programs, evaluation sessions (for U11-U18 players), coach assessments, and player placement camps. The process is run by our Technical staff, with oversight from our Director of Player Development, and with input from PMSC selected coaches.
PORT MOODY SOCCER CLUB INVITES ALL RETURNING AND NEW PLAYERS TO ATTEND OUR EVALUATION AND TEAM PLACEMENT SESSIONS.
All high performance teams train with our professional staff coaches, including our Technical Director Johnny Sulentic, and Olympians and Team Canada players Brittany Baxter (Timko) and Melissa Tancredi. Click HERE for more information on our staff coaches.
We do not charge a fee for player evaluations. PMSC holds our U11-U18 evaluation sessions for the Fall/Winter season from mid February through April – schedules are posted in February. In addition, player placement camps for Recreational (house) teams, and players new to the Port Moody Soccer Club are held each February (for Spring season) and June (for Fall/Winter season). If you are looking for a player evaluation outside of these times, please contact the Director of Player Development. Select links below for more information on evaluations (including schedules) for each division. For try-out information to play on an adult team, contact our Adult Division Rep).
PLEASE NOTE - All evaluations for the 2018-19 Fall Season are complete.
Assessment Information per Division
- U4 - U7 Player Assessments & Team Placement Information
Kick Start Division: U4 - U7 Player Assessments & Team Placement
Players in the U4/U5 Kick Start Academy program do not play on teams and thus placement camps do not apply. Parents simply register for session times that suit their family’s schedule. An end of season player assessment is done by the technical staff who lead this program to help determine the best options for each player as they progress to stage 2 of the Kick Start program.
For our U6 & U7 Kick Start program there are no player placement camps for the Spring or Fall/Winter seasons. As Kick Start teams practice at local schools, players are (generally) placed on teams based on the neighbourhood selected when they registered. Coaches are asked to complete 2-3 player assessments through the Fall/Winter season which we also use to help form balanced teams in the following season, plus we also consider assessments for player who participated in the U4/U5 Academy program. There may be multiple teams formed from each neighbourhood, so parents should not assume that if they register in a particular neighbourhood that they will be on the same team with a particular individual from the same neighbourhood. Special requests to play with a friend will be accommodated if possible; however, requests for a particular coach or for groups of friends to play together cannot. Please indicate any special requests in the Special Notes section when registering.
- U8 - U10 Player Assessments & Team Placement Information
Minis Division: U8 - U10 Player Assessments & Team Placement
All U8-U10 players are assessed through the Fall/Winter season by both coaches and our technical staff. Each 4-6 weeks, teams attend a technical training session led by our staff coaches in lieu of their coach-led practice – a forum for the assessment of players, and an excellent training opportunity for both players and coaches! In addition, all U8-U10 players (including NEW players to PMSC) are encouraged to attend a player placement camp on the dates shown below. Placement camps help us to balance teams for the coming season and identify players who may wish to participate in our PMSC High Performance program (see below).
2018-2019 Fall/Winter U10 High Performance Soccer: Thursday, March 8 @ Trasolini Turf Field
- 6:00-7:00pm – U10 (born 2009) Boys & Girls (check in at 5:30pm)
2018-2019 Fall/Winter Recreational Level Soccer: Tuesday, June 19 @ Trasolini Field
- 6:00-7:00pm – U9 (born 2011) & U9 (born 2010) Boys and Girls (check in at 5:30pm)
- 7:15-8:15pm – U10 (born 2009), U11 (born 2008) & U12 (born 2007) Boys and Girls (check in at 6:45pm)
Note: there is no advance registration for these sessions, players can simply show up at the designated check in time. Also, player evaluation schedules may change without warning, please continue to check this webpage for updates.
For Spring season, the intention is to keep U8-U10 teams similar to the Fall/Winter season; however, as there are three (3) tier levels of play to choose from, the player placement camp will help the technical staff determine the appropriate tier of play for teams, as well as, assess any players wishing to play at the Spring soccer Tier 1 or Tier 2 levels.
For the Fall/Winter season, all U8 & U9 players (born 2011 & 2010) will be placed on mixed/balanced teams based on their coach and technical staff assessment results analyzed through the previous Fall/Winter and spring seasons, together with observations at our player placement camp. Consideration is also made to build teams from players within a similar neighbourhood – at the end of the day we find kids just want to have fun playing soccer with friends! Special requests to play with a friend will be accommodated if possible; however, requests for a particular coach or for groups of friends to play together cannot. Please indicate any special requests in the Special Notes section when registering. U8 & U9 players who are identified (through the same evaluation method in forming teams) to have above average soccer skills will be invited to participate in the PMSC High Performance program. Click HERE for more information.
The U10 (born 2009) age group (for the Fall/Winter 2018-2019 season) will offer two streams of play – Recreational (house) level and High Performance. Recreational player placement onto teams will be determined the same method as for the U8 and U9 age groups, (using assessment results and observations at our player placement camp). Players wishing to play on a High Performance team will need to advise the Director of Player Development prior to March 1 - Click HERE for more information on PMSC’s High Performance program. All requests will be considered and team selection will be based on performance measured through coach and technical staff assessment results conducted through the previous Fall/Winter and spring seasons, including our Academy programs (as applicable). In order to balance the High Performance teams and evaluate new players, PMSC will hold a player placement camp session on March 8 (see above for details). The bulk of the team will be determined approximately mid March with consideration to add additional players based on performance through mid June. Upon being selected to a team, the player must accept the position within 24 hours, and subsequently pay within 24 hours of acceptance to confirm placement onto the team.
- U11 - U12 Evaluations & Team Placement Information
Super 8 Division: U11-U12 Evaluations & Team Placement
All players intending to play on a High Performance team must print out and bring a signed copy of the ‘Playing on a High Performance Team’ agreement to the first evaluation session. Click HERE for a copy of this document.
All U11 (born 2008) & U12 (born 2007) Recreational (house) team players are evaluated through the Fall/Winter season by both coaches and our technical staff. Players attend a technical training session each 4-6 weeks led by our staff coaches in lieu of their coach-led practice – an excellent training opportunity for both players and coaches! In addition, all U11 & U12 players are encouraged to attend a player placement camp in June prior to the Fall/Winter season. Placement camps help us to balance teams for the coming season.
*Fall/Winter season player placement camp for U11 & U12 Recreational players is on:
- Tuesday, June 19 – 7:15-8:15pm (check in 6:45pm) @ Trasolini Field
U11 (born 2008) & U12 (born 2007) High Performance team players in the Gold (Select A) or Silver (Select B) divisions will attend a series of player evaluation sessions in February/March in preparation for the Fall/Winter season. REGISTRATION IS OPEN TO ALL RETURNING & NEW PLAYERS WISHING TO PLAY SOCCER WITH THE PORT MOODY SOCCER CLUB. Click HERE to register for these sessions – there is no cost to register. Individual player assessments conducted through the previous Fall/Winter and spring seasons at technical and Academy sessions are also used in the assessment of returning players. See evaluation schedules above.
Upon being selected to a High Performance team, the player must accept the position within 24 hours, and subsequently register and pay within 24 hours of acceptance to confirm placement onto the team.
- U13 - U18 Evaluations Information
Competitive Division: U13-U18 Evaluations
All players intending to play on a Metro or Division 1 level team must print out and bring a signed copy of the ‘Playing on a High Performance Team’ agreement to the first evaluation session. Click HERE for a copy of this document.
U13-U18 (born 2005-2000) players playing Spring League Soccer do not need to attend an evaluation session for placement onto a team providing they are continuing at the same level of play. Spring Soccer offers three (3) tier divisions – click HERE for more information on the Spring Soccer program. NEW PLAYERS TO PMSC or players wishing to play in a higher tier should contact the Director of Player Development and we will arrange for an assessment session with the desired team.
All U13-U18 (born 2006-2001) player selection for the Fall/Winter season is determined via a series of Club try-out sessions held February through April. REGISTRATION IS OPEN TO ALL RETURNING & NEW PLAYERS WISHING TO PLAY SOCCER WITH THE PORT MOODY SOCCER CLUB. Try-outs are held for the following divisions: Metro, Division 1 & Division 2 (to be scheduled once Div 1 try-outs are complete). Click HERE to register for these sessions – there is no cost to register. See evaluation schedules above.
Upon being selected to a Metro or Division 1 team, the player must accept the position within 24 hours, and subsequently register and pay within 24 hours of acceptance to confirm placement onto the team. All other divisional players selected to a particular team must register and pay within 2 weeks to confirm placement onto the team.
NOTE: Team roster announcements for the coming Fall/Winter season may be delayed if the team has qualified for the Coastal Cup as we want the team to focus on their upcoming games.
- Evaluation & Team Placement Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I request for my child to play with their friends?
Team creation is a very time consuming process for our volunteer Coordinators, and team sport is a great opportunity for children to make new friends and meet others in their community. For our younger age groups (U6 through U10), we try to create balanced teams with children from the same neighbourhood, however, this is not always possible. If there is an extenuating reason why your child should be placed on a team with another child (i.e. carpooling or social/emotional factors) please advise the registrar (registrar/at/portmoodysoccer.com). Special requests will only be considered up to June 15, and granting of such requests cannot be guaranteed. Requests for a specific coach, or for your child to play with a specific team or group of friends cannot be accommodated.
- Can my child play in a different age group?
Per BC Soccer regulations, all players must play in their respective age group. The only exceptions to this include:
- If there are insufficient players of the correct age group to complete a team. In this instance, younger players will have to play in an older age group, regardless of the number of players in each age group.
- If a player has been identified as being significantly advanced in skill and maturity such that playing in a higher age group is necessary to their player development.
- If a player has an identified physical or mental disability and is best placed in a different age group – this requires approval from the BC Soccer Association.
The Club’s Technical Director will need to approve any player not playing within their age group.
- Do I need to register with the Port Moody Soccer Club before registrations?
We do not require players attending evaluations to register to play with our Club before attending evaluations. We want families to feel unrestricted and confident with their decision to play with the Port Moody Soccer Club rather than feeling obliged or required to stay because they have pre-paid.
- How are players assigned onto teams?
For our younger (U6 through U10) age groups, we try to keep children from the same area on the same team, and try to honour special requests where we can. However, teams need to also be balanced as best as possible in numbers and by age and experience. Coaches are confirmed mid summer and players are assigned on teams shortly after. Once players have been assigned to teams, special requests cannot be accommodated.
For our U11 and older teams, players will be placed onto teams via an evaluation process to determine the team division options, and subsequent appropriate division for each child’s ability.
For more information on the evaluation process, balancing of teams and placement of players on teams, visit our 'Evaluations' page and scroll down to your child's age division.
- How do I receive communication from the club?
Most of the Club communication will come direct to from the Administrator via our Power Up Registration software. It is important that you indicate that you are willing to receive communications and to ensure that your email stays up to date on your registration account. If you have a question that your team coach or manager is unable to answer, please contact your Division Coordinator for assistance. We encourage all parents to sign up to receive the Port Moody Soccer Club’s newsletter (sent via email).
- How long will it be until we hear if selected to a team?
Players will typically be notified if they have been selected to a team within a week after the final evaluation has taken place. In some cases an additional evaluation may need to take place, which would extend the notification date. All players who attend evaluations will be notified by the Club if they have made the team.
The one notable exception to this is for teams who are still in Cup play. So that teams can focus on completing their previous season, the announcement of players selected to a Metro or Div. 1 team may be delayed. If this happens, families will be informed there is a delay in the announcement.
- If I am selected for a team, how long do I have to decide to take the spot?
Players have 24 hours from the time of notification to accept or decline the spot. Once accepted, the player has a further 24 hours to register and pay to confirm their placement on the team.
- What if my child does not make a high performance team, can they still play soccer?
The PMSC works hard to provide teams for players at ALL levels of soccer. There are multiple levels of play at most age levels and if your child is not ready for a high performance team, we will place them on a Recreational (house) level team. Our Port Moody Soccer Euro Pro Academy program is a great opportunity for players looking to develop particular skills to be competitive at the higher levels of play. View the Academy section of the website for more information.
- What if we cannot attend an evaluation or team placement camp session?
It is expected that players interested in playing on a high performance team make every effort to attend the evaluations. In order for our staff conducting the evaluation sessions to have adequate opportunity for analysis of each player, it is important for them to have multiple opportunties for assessment and to observe players performing with peers. If there is an unavoidable issue that prevents a player from attending any evalation session, please contact the Director of Player Development to make other arrangments.
- What is expected of playing on a High Performance (Metro, Div 1, Gold, Select A) team?
The requirements of players have been outlined in our 'Playing on a High Performance Team' agreement. All parents and players must sign this document and bring to the first evaluation session. Visit the Forms page to view and download a copy.
- What is the difference between evaluation sessions, assessments and player placement camps?
All players in the Port Moody Soccer Club are assessed in one form or another. Assessments are simply a recording of a player's various soccer abilities as collected from coaches and technical staff through a number of means.
Evaluation sessions are held for all U11-U18 players looking to play in the higher competition (non Recreational/House) soccer divisions. Players will attend a number of sessions which our technical staff will use, along with assessments collected and analyzed through the season, to determine which level of play a player is best suited for.
Player placement camps allow us to view new and returning PMSC players in a collective forum to be used in the balancing of teams within an age group/division. Assessments collected and analyze through the season will also be factored into the placement of players on teams. Placement camps also allow us to determine specialized training that may be required for our members.
- What skills are evaluated?
Skills evaluated and skill expectations will vary based on the age and division level of the players; but essentially players are all evaluated on their individual ball skill abilities, team/game knowledge and application, athleticism, attitude, desire, listening and enthusiasm. For our U12 and under age divisions, all players are assessed throughout the season by both coaches and technical staff, and the mental/emotional preparedness of the player to play on a high performance team is also considered.
- When do I register?
Registration for the Spring season opens in January. The registration deadline is March 10 as teams need to be confirmed in the Spring League by March 15.
Registration opens in March for the Fall/Winter season. The deadline to receive the early bird registration reduction amount is June 15. As we start forming teams in late June/early July, this number is what we use to base the number of teams for the coming season – as such it is important to register by June 15 to ensure your child is placed on a team. After June 15, registrations are accepted, and children will be waitlisted until space is available. We make every effort to accommodate all children who would like to play. For more information regarding registration click here
- Why do I need to register for evaluations? (Note: this is different from team registration)
Players are required to register so that we can properly prepare for the evaluation session with enough equipment and staff. Also, registration allows us to easily communicate with families before and after evaluations with any updates.
- Why do we do evaluations?
Evaluations are needed to help place players on teams that best suit their soccer ability so that they are successful and have fun through the season. We also use placement camps to help balance teams of players playing at a similar division.
- Can I request for my child to play with their friends?