YUKON SOCCER ASSOCIATION
TO AGM 2000
It has been a busy year as soccer continues to grow throughout the Yukon. Increased enrollment in the minor and adult programs, the formation of new representative teams, the development of new affiliates, the certification of new coaches and officials, Arctic Winter Games, Yukon Indoor Championships and ongoing concerns for policy review are keeping the Association busy. The report that follows, has been organized under specific headings and highlights activities in the following areas: Leadership Development, Athlete Development, Administration, Special Projects and Facilities.
- Dave White conducted the first ever Community Clinic in Mayo last fall. Six new coaches were accredited under the new CSA Community Coach Certificate program.
- On May 5-7, Sean Fleming ran a Course Conductor's Clinic and qualified three Yukon coaches as Community Coach Clinic Instructor's. Congratulations to Dave White, John MacPhail and Andy Bjerke.
- On May 12-14 Dave White ran the first coaches clinic in Whitehorse under the new CSA coaching program.
- In April, Brian Gillen held a series of referee clinics. 51 people took the Youth Recreational Clinic for referees aged 12 and up, and 10 people attended the Youth Competitive and Class III Clinic, for referees aged 16 and up.
- Brian Gillen also conducted two referee refresher courses this fall for indoor soccer referees
- The YSA now has seven sanctioned youth representative teams. We anticipate the sanctioning of another youth representative team in the very near future and hope to sanction U12 boys and girls teams in the coming year.
- Adult teams continue to develop, and YSA has sanctioned two adult teams this year: the Yukon Selects Men's team (open age), and the Yukon Aurora All-Stars (Women aged 21+). The Whitehorse Rapids (aged 40+ men) also continue to be active.
- All Rep teams will participate in our annual camps in June, August and January.
- YSA has renewed their contract with Sean Fleming (Soccer is Everything) from Alberta Soccer Association. Sean is an A-level coach from the Alberta Soccer Association who provides athlete training to our representative teams through our annual training camps.
- Thanks to the efforts of Doug Hitch, Theresa Acheson, Daniela Meier and others, a successful coed league has run for the past year.
- Efforts will be made in future to have a female coach at all camps and clinics
- Karen Thomson and James McCullough are new members of our Executive.
- Money was received from the Community Development Fund to hire a Technical Director
- Skookum Construction, Tim Horton's, Lake Laberge Lions, and the Royal Canadian Legion are sponsoring our Canada Summer Games teams.
- YRAC funds are being allocated to assist with the development of our Canada Summer Games teams
- Evaluations of the AWG, Yukon Championships and Juneau Exchange are planned for the future
- Additional coaching videos, books and cd-roms have been added to our resource library
- The administrator position has been split, and YSA and WMS now each have separate administrators
- Due to the split, YSA has a new phone number 633-4625 (633-GOAL)
- Because of work commitments, Carol Racz resigned her position as Secretary
- Community soccer tournaments were held in Teslin (Oct.) and Carmacks (Feb.)
- An Appreciation Evening for sponsors, coaches and managers was held at the Gold Rush Inn in November
- Two exhibition games were held at Vanier School in December with 300 spectators, a first for the Yukon
- Whitehorse hosted the 2000 Arctic Winter Games. Congratulations to all teams and thank you to Wendie Osborne and the committee for arranging an excellent competition.
- Over 700 players participated in the NWTel Yukon Indoor Soccer Championships
- A successful exchange took place with Juneau thanks to the support of Alaska Marine Lines/Yukon-Alaska Transport
- The Yukon Selects and the CSG girls participated in an indoor tournament in Lethbridge, Alberta
- The Oldtimers (Whitehorse Rapids) traveled to Prince George for competition
- The Yukon Aurora All-Stars, Yukon Selects and CSG Men's Team traveled to the 10th Annual Kamloops Invitational Soccer Tournament
- The CSG Women travelled to Minnesota for the USA Cup
- The Yukon Selects attended the National Senior Championships this October – a first for the Yukon
- A new full-sized outdoor field at CKES will be ready for play next year
- Doug Hitch had secured funds from CDF to complete a feasibility study for an Indoor Soccer Facility, but with a change of Government, CDF funding is currently under review
- After continued complaints about field conditions this summer, a meeting was held with the Education Department to discuss the situation. Items discussed included splitting the field and landscape contract, having the City maintain the fields, and a close look at funding requirements
- A new 5-year financial plan has been developed entitled A Blueprint for Success
- A new Community Coach Certificate program is being piloted
- A proposed fee increase was discussed at the AGM – the final decision will be made at a Special Meeting on Nov. 18th - fee increases will follow if the plan is adopted
- The AGM was held June 8-11th in Allison, Ontario
- Holger Osiek has signed a new 6-year contract with CSA that will take him through the 2006 World Cup
News of Note:
- Wendy Osborne was our nominee for the City of Whitehorse Volunteer of the Year
- New games were introduced at the Fun Fair
- WMSA have hired Hanne Hoefs as their administrator
- All YSA Rep Team Coaches will have mandatory RCMP checks
- all our sponsors
- our hard-working and committed Board members
- City of Whitehorse and YTG for funding support
- Coaches and officials
- Our affiliates for their participation
- Andrea for going beyond the call of duty and giving additional Administrative support for the Selects travel to Nationals
- Dave White, Patrick Finner and Jake Hanson for their outstanding commitment of time and talent in helping the Selects prepare for, and attend National Championships
- Karen Thomson for traveling with the Selects as YSA Representative
- Carol Racz for her Secretarial skills
It has been another exciting year and the future holds many new opportunities for growth and improvement of Yukon Soccer. The pursuit of an Indoor Soccer facility, participation in the Canada Summer Games after a 24 year absence, an expanded Executive with clearly defined roles and responsibilities, the inclusion of a female coach at our camps, policy development, and the review of our five-year plan, will keep us all busy.
I have enjoyed the last year and an willing to seek another term as President of YSA.
Respectfully submitted by Dave Stockdale, President, Yukon Soccer Association