2017 Player Development Initiatives Spring Reminders
Cal North has prepared for these very important changes that will affect players, teams and league and club operations.
As we enter into the 2017 spring playing season, please remember that U.S. Soccer’s Player Development Initiatives are in full effect this year. The aim of these initiatives is to develop players with more individual skill, intelligence, creativity and confidence. With the mandates nationally applied, a consistent approach across the country better focuses efforts on development of the individual versus the success of a team.
Beginning last season, U.S. Soccer’s birth-year registration was mandated and implemented by Cal North. Leagues and clubs must calculate a player’s age using the birth year calculation. Cal North’s registration system provides flexibility in managing this change. If you are interested in finding out more, have your registrar reach out to his/her account manager or Cal North’s Data Systems Manager.
Another crucial Player Development Initiative that is now in full effect are small-sided game regulations. Please note, there are mandated regulations and strongly recommended regulations. A presentation prepared by U.S. Soccer outlines what is considered mandated or strongly recommended. We encourage everyone to download the presentation and be aware of what is required and strongly recommended. Make note of Page 51 of U.S. Soccer’s presentation, which explains the mandated small sided-games guidelines that will be mandated by August 2017. Small sided standards are explained in the presentation in the following pages: 4v4 (pages 19-23), 7v7 (pages 29-31, 34-39) and 9v9 (page 45-50).
In accordance with U.S. Soccer guidelines and intent, Cal North implemented rules for heading that are already in effect and meet U.S. Soccer’s comprehensive Recognize to Recover program and concussion guidelines. Please make sure you review those rules to ensure you are in compliance. In addition to rules for heading, the state of California also passed laws requiring that parents and players be provided with information regarding concussions. Coaches are also now required to complete an educational course on concussions provided by the Center for Disease Control. Both aspects of this new law are now part of Cal North’s online registration process. Leagues and clubs that use Cal North’s system for online registration have no additional steps needed to implement the new law.
U.S. Soccer and Cal North fully recognize that these changes are not always easy, but with the support of soccer communities across northern California, education, and strong leadership in your organization, we are confident that together we will succeed. Please share this article with your coaches, league and club administrators and DOCs, and feel free to contact our office at any time should you have any questions.
Enjoy your upcoming season!