End of Fall – Individual player evaluation
At the end of the Fall season the professional coaches in travel are asked to complete an individual player evaluation. These evaluations are for the individual player and their parents. The main objective of these evaluations is to provide every travel member with concrete information that the players can use to further their development.
The evaluations are completed at the end of the Fall season and shared with each player and their parents via email. Below is a brief explanation on the lay out of these evaluations to help everyone gain a better understanding of the set up and the objective behind them.
Provide every travel player with personalized feedback on their development.
What are these evaluations based on?
The format of these evaluations is the same for every travel player. The chronological age and developmental age of each individual player plays an important role as well. Based on the age of and the development of a player, there are certain things that we can expect of them and others that are beyond what they are capable of understanding. In school they expect different things from a 13-year-old in math compared to an 8-year-old child in the same subject. The same principle applies to the development of children in youth soccer.
All evaluations are based upon the below categories:
- Decision making
1. Communication (understanding of tactical concepts)
Understanding of the game of soccer – based on the demands placed upon a child given their age. Soccer is a game of interactions with those around you (teammates and opponents). Increasing the number of players on the field will increase the number of possible interactions and therefore make it more complicated.
U9 & U10 (partnerships): It is all about connecting with those around you – building relationships with players in your vicinity.
U11 & U12(small group concepts): The ability to connect with and play in smaller groups.
U13 & U14 (team): At this age players need to start to gain an understanding of team concepts including all players.
2. Decision making (reading the game)
Awareness of surroundings. The ability to read your environment well and of course act accordingly. Soccer is not just about physical speed, but about being able to read your environment effectively. You can get to the right place at the right time (reading the game).
3. Execution (technique)
The ability to effectively execute the decision made - also called technique. Some players are very good on the ball with no or very little pressure on them but struggle to read the game well when there is pressure on them. Other players may read the game well but struggle to execute their decisions effectively.
4. Commitment (applying yourself)
In short: Do you attend all or most team events and do you make the most of each training and game play opportunity. Are you coachable? Do you have a positive attitude in training?
Key factors: effort; attitude; aptitude, commitment & coachability.
Format of the evaluations:
The format of the evaluations is the same for all travel players, but the content will differ depending on the age of a player and the focus of a professional coach during the fall season.
The build up for these evaluations will be as follows:
- Highlight / summary of key development objectives set for the team going into the Fall season
- Areas in which the coach has seen a positive development (2)
- Areas of growth (2)
If you have any questions about the evaluation shared with you, we highly recommend you reach out the professional coach that completed the evaluation.