Players are evaluated on the four corners of the game which are:
Mental (Socio-Emotional / Psychological)
Coaches take into consideration players individual technique (the players ability with the ball) and the players individual and team tactics (the players ability to see the game, position and shape themselves in relation to the ball, their teammates and the opponent) as well as a players overall athletiscism and interest in developing while at training and competing during match play.
A player's coach for the season / year provides their personal evaluation of the player using age-appropriate and level-specific sub-categories directly associated to the games four corners.
Please review the Player Development Curriculum Priorities specific to your child's age group so that you can help guide your child through completing the Self-Evaluations and before receiving / reviewing the coach's evaluation of your son / daughter. To be clear, player's should be completing the Self-Evaluation; Parents are welcome to guide them through it. If you have questions, please contact your coach.
We grade players using a number scale of 1 through 3. 1 is Developing. 2 is Competent. 3 is Proficient. We only grade / evaluate players against themselves and do not compare to other players since player development is a long-term process and every player will mature and develop at a different pace.
What does Developing (1), Competent (2) or Proficient (3) on the Player Evaluations mean?
Using the Technique ‘Dribbling’ as an Example
A “Developing” player is still acquiring the decision-making skills to determine the right time and place to dribble. As a result of the players struggle to perform basic movements related to the technique such as starting / stopping the dribble, changing directions and shielding the ball the player tends to lose possession of the ball frequently to his / her opponents. The player struggles under pressure and is only comfortable to dribble with his / her dominant foot.
A “Competent” player is acquiring the decision-making skills to determine the right time and place to dribble but has some grasp on this. As a result of the players confidence and ability to perform basic movements related to the technique such as starting / stopping the dribble, changing directions and shielding the ball the player tends to use dribbling without prompt from the coach to get him / her-self out of tight spaces on the field. With comfort on the ball and composure to control it, the player is able to keep ball possession while under pressure some of the time. The player is confident enough with their dribble to try a move / feint on their opponent while dribbling to gain an advantage. A competent player has a preference on a foot to dribble with however can and will attempt to use both feet when encouraged by the coach.
A “Proficient” player has acquired the decision-making skills necessary and knows the right time and place to dribble and take on their opponent. As a result of the players confidence and ability to perform basic movements related to the technique such as starting / stopping the dribble, changing directions and shielding the ball the player has become so confident they utilize dribbling as a strength to punish their opponents with in the form of taking players on in 1v1 battles and the player looks for opportunities to take on players as often as possible, advancing on the field of play. As a master of the ball, the player is able to keep ball possession while under pressure most of the time, he / she can perform moves / feints to force their opponents to lose their footing / stability and err when tracking back to defend against the dribble. A proficient player uses either foot with comfort.
The U8 and U9 have a very different self-evaluation format since this may be their first time (in a soccer environment) evaluating themselves. Click the Self-Evaluation for U8 and U9 Players to access the age-appropriate self-reflection / self-evaluation document. Please complete this document, add your name and the date and return to your coach by November 15, 2017. Keep a copy for yourself. For U8 and U9, Coaches will complete a different evaluation and provide this to families.
For U10 - U18 we are asking players to reflect and evaluate themselves before receiving the coach's evaluation. Click your child's age group / birth year to select and access the age-appropriate self-reflection / self-evaluation document. Please complete this document, add your name and the date and return to your coach by November 15, 2017. Keep a copy for yourself. Players should grade themselves using the 1, 2 or 3 number scale.
U8 2010 (For Parent Info Only, players should complete the Self-Evaluation for U8 and U9 Players link above)
U9 2009 (For Parent Info Only, players should complete the Self-Evaluation for U8 and U9 Players link above)
What do the colors on the player evaluation mean?
In the player development priority table which identifies the age-specific high priority areas of which we focus on developing throughout this year. The GREEN items are high-level priorities, ORANGE items are middle-level priorities, YELLOW items are low-level priorities and BLUE items are not applicable priorities for this age and through this stage of player development. Coaches are being asked to only evaluate players on the high-level priorities for the age group. All priorities are included to ensure players and families are aware of the upcoming techniques we expect players to acquire and turn to skill.
When completing the Self-Evaluation, it is only necessary to evaluate oneself on the green highlighted 'high-priority' items relative to the age group / birth year.
For more information on the player evaluations, parents can review this General Information for Parents on Player Evaluations PDF.
If you have any questions, please contact your coach. If you have questions you are not able to work through with your coach, then you may contact Gabriella Trichilo at firstname.lastname@example.org.