1) How many registration sessions are there?
- Normally, there are 3 main registration times in February and March. The club may hold and advertise others depending on enrolment rates in certain divisions.
2) Are their late registration fees?
- Generally the club does not charge late fees, however the executive committee reserves the right to impose these. Normally they are not more than $20 per player.
3) How much is it?
- The registration fee is $80 U4-U6 and $90 for U8-U19. We offer a family discount of three players for the price of two.
4) How many players normally register each year?
- Our normal goal is between 600 to 700 for our outdoor program.
5) Are you looking for volunteers? Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Executive Members, Conveners, Organizers?
- We are always looking for volunteers at all levels and normally draw from player parents. If you are interested in volunteering, email the club administrator.
6) When does the season start?
- Normally the season starts for the players in the first week of May for “Meet the Coach” night and league play begins in the second week of May. The club meets with the Coaches the last week of April where they receive the uniforms and gear. Most people will hear from their coach several days before they meet their coach.
7) Can people mail in/drop off their registration forms anywhere?
- People have to register in person simply because we have had issues of forms not filled out properly in the past. The forms are a critical part of registering players in the Ontario Soccer Association’s (OSA) insurance program, therefore to ensure they are done correctly, we hold registration events to assist people in filling out the forms and verify that they are correct.
8) What do people need to bring to the registration session?
- Parents of children born in the years between 1995 and 2003 are required to bring a passport sized photo that shows their face clearly. This is so their player passport can be produced, which are required to play within the OSA against other OSA teams.
9) What is the youngest age group that you have?
- Our youngest age group is the U4 Division.
10) When does the season wrap up?
- The season will end for the U8 and below players on the weekend before August’s Civic Holiday. The older divisions will participate in league play-offs that usually end in the first two weeks of August.
11) As far as travelling - do any of the teams travel to play soccer?
- Players in the U10 Division have a Select Team that will be travelling to play two-three “cross-over” events on the schedule that is yet to be produced. U12 and up players will also be required to play in two “cross-over” events that will see teams matched against teams from Deep River, Petawawa and Opeongo. These schedules are yet to be made.
12) What is LTPD and how does it affect my child?
- LTPD is an acronym which stands for Long Term Player Development
WHAT IS LTPD?
- LTPD is a framework used to describe the evolution of development of a player.
- In more human terms, LTPD is a model to be used by Ontario Soccer Clubs to "right" the soccer ship in Ontario (and throughout Canada).
WHAT LTPD IS NOT
- There has been plenty of mis-stated facts about LTPD, usually by those not really understanding LTPD.
- LTPD is NOT about taking competitiion or the desire to win away from players.
- LTPD is NOT about turning our youngsters into a "play nice" generation.
- LTPD is NOT about lumping all players together into one big happy family.
- LTPD is about treating each player as an individual and giving each individual an opportunity to develop at their own pace and to their own individual optimum level.
- LTPD is about putting the horse before the cart such that players grow and develop at their own natural pace. We would never consider teaching a child to read before they know the alphabet. Soccer is no different; players must first learn to run/jump/balance/coordinate before we expect them to strike a soccer ball and once they are ready to learn to play with a soccer ball they need to be given an opportunity to learn how to keep it under control otherwise it just rolls away from them.
- Soccer rich nations around the world have long practiced LTPD principles
- (for example, in Spain, players do not compete for standings until U15).
- LTPD is nothing new. The Canadian Soccer Association has simply adopted athletic and soccer development principles from best practices around the world.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO A AMBUSC PLAYER?
- The implementation of LTPD is a very large task and one we take very seriously at AMBUSC Soccer. In general, the implementation of LTPD means more opportunities for the individual, programs designed for a players development level rather than their chronological age, alot more game play for our players - overall, a whole lot more FUN.