The BCHS girl’s soccer program is a cut sport. Each team, varsity and junior varsity, will carry a minimum of 14 players. Players will be evaluated over a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 3. The following document outlines the specific areas for evaluation and offers some insight into what the coaching staffs’ expectations.
Individual Technical Ability o Look Fors: first touch, passing, receiving, dribbling, finishing. Tactical Knowledge and Overall Soccer IQ o Look Fors: demonstrates an understanding of different positions, speed of play, systems of play, and team defensive concepts within small- and large-sided games. Individually demonstrates creativity of movement off the ball, influence on the field, and intelligent use of space.
2. Physical fitness and conditioning o Look Fors: players must complete conditioning each day and pass the required fitness tests, thus speed and endurance will be a factor in decision making. o
3. Attitude, Effort, and Intangibles o Players will be evaluated based upon their interactions with other players, response to failure/success, response to constructive criticism, and response to conditioning. Leadership, player is coachable, respectful, responsibility (i.e. on time, prepared, help set up and break down equipment), etc. are all expected characteristics of BC soccer players and will be evaluated during the selection period. We will also include our observations from previous season and the summer to best measure a player’s intangible characteristics. All players are expected to uphold program values of commitment, fortitude, and character among many other positive attributes not just during tryouts and our season but throughout their high school career. Further, players are expected to maintain supportive and positive relationships with teammates and help foster a competitive family culture.
4. Athleticism o Players agility, speed, strength, physicality, and coordination will be evaluated.
5. Initial team placement is not set in stone! Any player in the program is eligible to either move up a level, or move down, at any time throughout the season. Movement between teams will be decided by the coaching staff. It will be based on the player’s performance at practice and in games, as well as performance in the classroom. Any player who cannot maintain their academic standing will lose playing time and may face suspension due to ineligibility. Some players may be asked to swing occasionally either to help with numbers or to see if there is a better fit at a different level of play. This may include training with one level, but playing in a match with another. Players will be continually assessed throughout the season, so initial team placement should be looked at as a starting point. Players should push themselves daily to compete for roster spots and playing time.
Coach Plyler Bio:
Coach Plyler is a Colorado native. He attended Metropolitan State University of Denver and received his bachelors degree in k-12 physical education with a minor in coaching. Coach Plyler has 10 years experience teaching middle school and elementary physical education. In 2016, he received his M.A. in sports coaching from the University of Northern Colorado. As a player coach Plyler was a 2X Colorado High School Skyline Conference all conference selection and state finalist. Coach Plyler holds the following certifications and licenses:
National youth soccer coaching license D
Positive Coaching Alliance member and orientation certified
NFHS High School Soccer
NSCAA Coaching Fundamentals
NSCAA Attacking Principles
NSCAA Defensive Principles
NSCAA Small Sided Games
Coach Plyler is also a 3X Jefferson County Value Awards winner for teamwork, integrity and exemplary performance..
ALL PRACTICES FOR ALL TEAMS ARE MANDATORY. ALL BCHS SOCCER PLAYERS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE 100% PRACTICE ATTENDANCE RECORDS. THIS INCLUDES THE FRESHMEN.
Absences from practice excused
Allowed 4 per season on all levels. (exceptions: Dr. notes, prior to practice calls or emails from parents, coaches discretion)
On the third absence, the coach will have a meeting with the athlete and will give the athlete the opportunity to earn back 1 absence. If they reach five after the earn back, they will be dismissed from the team.
Most common unexcused reasons for missing practice:
• Dentist appointments (Best to schedule these in the summer or winter)
• My sister/brother is in town from college and my parents want to have an early family dinner (All the players and coaches make sacrifices and miss family time to be a part of the BCHS soccer program).
• I have to work. (Not during soccer practice)
• My old coach let me just show up for games. (Clearly they had low expectations)
• Academics are very important in our family, my child needs to study today. (Academics are very important to the coaches too. Please study before or after practice. If you need assistance finding a tutor, feel free to contact Coach Plyler for a recommendation.)
• But it was a holiday. (No holidays for the players or coaches until after the season.)
Examples of consequences of missing practices, team meetings , events and games:
• “Old School” Methods – The whole team does extra running and conditioning
• Suspension from game participation
• Movement to a lower level team
• Suspension from the program
All student-athletes are responsible for knowing the practice and game schedule. There are last minute game changes during the season. These are posted “I DIDN’T KNOW” is not an acceptable excuse.
Players must bring soccer shoes, running shoes, appropriate training attire and shin guards to all practices. BCHS soccer training attire is required for practice when distributed to the players.
The coaches reserve the right to make changes to the practice schedule during the season — including adding before school in the morning or night practices.
Exams and homework
Student-athletes must schedule their study and homework times around practice and game schedules. Players are not excused from participation to study for exams and do homework, unless they are on academic probation. Student-athletes must maintain the required academic standards to participate in high school sports. Learning to schedule study time around practice and game time is an important life skill to learn.
BCHS provides a certified trainer. All injured players must be seen by the BCHS certified trainer or bring a note from a doctor to be “excused” from training. Injured players are expected to attend practices and games and act as assistants to the coaches and program as needed.
Information provided by Boulder High School Head Coach Hardy Kalisher undefeated men's state champions