We hope the FAQs below will answer some of your questions ,

if you are in need of more clarification please contact the Director of Coaching or the Director of Rec. Soccer.


1. How do you' tell a child they are not on the same team?  Players will be on an Academy team, they will not be cut, they may not be on the same team as their teammate from last year, but they will still be playing soccer at a level that challenges their skill level. Teams will have names just like previous years, like GSC Pumas, or Barcelona or Liverpool; all players are in the Academy just not on the same team for playing games.   Example; In schools at this age level (grade level) teachers often find it necessary to group children of similar abilities together for reading or spelling. These groups are not given levels just names, each group is then given words or books that while challenging  allows them to succeed. When a child becomes proficient at a certain skill set they are moved up to the next group and the next set of challenges and so forth. By the time they are leaving their grade all children will have met the minimum standards for that grade, while of course some will have exceeded expectations. This is our goal for each child, to meet the minimum standard for their soccer age level and have a few players who may exceed expectations.

We cannot empasize enough that there are benefits for both groups of players in this structure. RED Academy teams have the opportunity to compete at a higher level, and players playing Black or Yellow Academy team league now have more opportunities to touch the ball and develop their skills once the range of skill on a given team is smaller.  Kids who may have been lost in the shuffle in U8 will may now have an opportunity to be a leader on their team.


2. I don’t want “x coach “to coach my kid? If a significant number of parents feel strongly about a certain coach the club will look into other options, these options may include finding another volunteer who is qualified or the hiring of a coach. *Coaching fees are remunerated by the team, not GSC.


3. Is this not really select soccer? No. Realigning would better reflect what occurs at this age level. Players are realigned to better challenge their skill level. Select soccer is about forming the best TEAM; we are combining players of similar ability so development can be more easily achieved across the pool of players. (See above in Q1)


4. The “academy red team ‘think’ they are better than” and tease the other kids or make unkind remarks. We find this type of attitude can be quashed immediately by parents and coaches. We (Club) will not tolerate this type of behavior at any time and action will be taken against those who persistently behave this way. Parents have a large role to play in ensuring this type of attitude does not occur. All players have an opportunity to play on the Academy Red team once they show they have achieved a level of playing that will allow them to have some success at that level. Players are also combined together to form indoor teams during the winter months, and may also have the opportunity to play in tournaments when teams are in need of players.


5. Why didn’t my child “make” the RED Academy team? Players are placed on a team based on your soccer ability, your ability is judged on how you can successfully execute the various skills common in your age group: Players who are ready for the Academy red team typically show the following traits

If your child displays a majority of the characteristics listed they are probably more suited to that level of play. However, it should be noted that during a player’s soccer development they may move back and forth between the different academy levels of play.


  • Demonstrates sound technical skills (control, dribbling, and shooting)
  • Physically stronger than most players within their age group
  • Athletically quicker than most players within their age group
  • High level of coordination and good agility
  • During games is aggressive in their attitude and approach to getting involved
  • During games tends to dominate the play
  • Demonstrates high level of focus and concentration during practices and games
  • Started to narrow down the number of extra-curricular activities
  • Soccer is a high priority
  • Practices with a ball in their own time outside regular schedule of games & practices
  • U9 player who will try-out for the U11 competitive age group in the following year

These criteria are judged best by the coaching group who see the players on a regular basis. While all players are around the same age chronologically their soccer ages may be vastly different, Little Joey may have just started this year while Little Emily has being playing since 4 years old and practicing 2 times a week, there will usually be a significant difference in ability levels. As players at this age are usually very quick learners more playing and practice time can significantly improve their “soccer age”. Remember ALL players in the age group pool have the opportunity to play with the Academy Red team as they begin to show the above characteristics.




6. Why combined practices? WYSA and MKsc Directors of coaching strongly encourage Academy age groups to have one player pool practice once a week. While combined practices can sometimes look chaotic (we are constantly trying to improve them) they are a necessary part of the Academy. As volunteer coaches they want to give your child the best they can and give up an incredible amount of time and effort to help teach soccer to your child, but due to the nature of our volunteer coaching staff’s schedules it is often necessary to schedule practices together. By doing so it......


A) Fosters a responsibility for all players, the coaching group is responsible for developing all the players in their age level, having combined practices helps foster this responsibility, it also encourages a camaraderie among the whole age group. By developing this spirit of camaraderie we hope to eliminate the “better than” syndrome, and allows’ players to be comfortable when playing with each other at tournaments or on indoor teams.


B) Allows players to be exposed to other coaching styles and levels, sometime a team may get “lucky” and have a very experienced coach, with combined practices both players and coaches can be exposed to an experienced coach.


C) Allows coaches to see other players on other teams develop or to see what may need to be further developed.


D) It also allows coaches to do various other things we would be unable to do if only a very small number of players are showing up at practices.


E)  Have practices when a coach may not be available, instead of cancelling a practice. This enables more time and touches with the ball which is a very good thing.


Teams play in WYSA Academy Play Date league.



Teams continue to play in MKSC leagues*Teams will play other Kickers regional teams and may play other local non kicker teams.

Head Coaches must have a minimum of a WYSA “Y1” Level license and attend academy CE class during the winter.*GSC still encourages coaches to obtain their E license.


Head Coaches and assistants must have a minimum Y1 license.

*all coaches and team managers on all teams MUST have a kidsafe pass., assistants must also have a Y1 license 

Coach can be a parent volunteer or a paid coach.


Coach will be a parent volunteer.

Teams typically play 5 play date (2 games per play date) games in Fall and Spring and 1 mega date in Fall and spring for a total of 20 -22 games.*Players can be shared between all teams to fill rosters on game day and to provide an opportunity for players furthering their development at the next level.


Teams typically play 6 -8 league games each Fall and Spring.*Players can be shared between all teams to fill rosters on game day and to provide an opportunity for players furthering their development at the next level.


One team usually plays in 2 tournaments in Fall and Spring for a total of 4.*can play more if coach and families are in agreement.

Players from all teams within the Academy program can play on any team for tournament play providing they stay within those tournaments rules for roster numbers


Other teams usually participate in 1 -2 tournaments in Fall and Spring for a total of 2*can play more if coach and families are in agreement.

 Players from all teams within the Academy program can play on any team for tournament play providing they stay within those tournaments rule for roster numbers


Practices: Minimum 2 times a week one of which will be a combined pool practice with other academy team/s.


Practices:2 times per week, one practice will be a combined pool practice with players from all teams.

Number of indoor sessions will be decided by Coaches and with the team’s family’s agreement, with a minimum of one session. Number of indoor tournaments participated in is based on family and coaches agreement.


Number of indoor sessions will be decided by the number of players interested to form a team / teams and which sessions they are available to play in. These teams generally do not participate in indoor tournaments.*see note on indoor rosters..

Indoor rosters made up from all available players with 1 academy team and the other remaining teams being as balanced as possible from remaining players.


As with outdoor, all players can be shared to help fill in roster shortages and have players play at higher levels to help them along in their development.