Cajun Soccer Club is excited to announce the signings of Katherine Whitman (St Edwards University) and Amelia Thibideaux (Louisiana Tech)! Kat and Amelia signed their National Letters of Intent on February 3rd and became the first players from our club to finalize their decisions for the fall of 2016. We are proud of the commitment these girls have shown to continue their careers and we look forward to following them over the next four years.
"Kat and Amelia are both very gifted players and each have worked very hard to get to this point. I'm proud of the exceptional people they have become for our community and look forward to their continued growth. Both of these young ladies should be very successful at the next level," said Executive Director Michael Ritch. Kat and Amelia will be joined by more CSC players shortly as there are several working through the final stages of the recruiting process.
US Soccer Development Initiatives
Why are these changes being made?
The United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer) has come to the conclusion that the current national youth soccer landscape is inconsistent and not as successful as it could be when it comes to player development. Through these initiatives, U.S. Soccer aims to develop players with more individual skill, intelligence, creativity, and confidence. These changes also provide a consistent approach across the country while challenging the status quo of our soccer landscape by focusing on the development of the individual versus the success of a team.
Who is required to follow these initiatives?
All of U.S. Soccer’s membership is required to put these initiatives into place no later than August of 2017; however, the Louisiana Competitive Soccer League (LCSL) will be adopting the birth year initiative for the 2016-’17 year. This includes, but is not limited to, all youth members and their respective competitions: State Associations, US Youth Soccer, US Club Soccer, AYSO, etc.
Why is birth year registration going into effect for all age groups?
Relative age effect (RAE) refers to the difference in development between children born earlier in the calendar year versus those born later in the calendar year. Registering players according to birth year will help everyone understand and better identify developmental factors. Having players train and play according to their age and developmental stage supports the objectives of the small sided standards by focusing on the physiological and developmental needs of the player. This change is meant to better safeguard the development of youth players at all ages and levels.
Will Cajun Soccer Club allow current teams to continue to be registered together?
U.S. Soccer recognizes that making these changes will impact existing teams in the short-term. However, players joining and leaving teams is something that already happens regularly throughout Lafayette, as well as throughout the country. There are a variety of factors that require teams to evolve and adapt including players’ maturity rates, moving away, focusing on new interests or their soccer abilities differentiating from their peers. Individual teams within Cajun Soccer Club will not be allowed to remain in their current form heading into the 2016-’17 seasonal year. Allowing one (1) team to remain together will directly impact all players both one (1) age group older and one (1) age group younger. During this change it is important that Cajun Soccer Club take a broad view and seek to serve all players within the club and not simply serve the interests of any one (1) team at the expense of players in adjacent age groups.
Will all clubs throughout Louisiana and USYS Region III be changing to the the birth year mandate in the fall of 2016?
US Soccer has recommended that clubs move to the birth year model for the fall of 2016, but it is not mandated until the fall of 2017. That said, both US Youth Soccer and US Club Soccer will be forming their sanctioned leagues (LCSL, SRPL, and GSPL) based on the new birth initiative beginning with the fall 2016 season, thus any club and/or team that does not move to the birth year initiative will be required to play in the age group of the oldest player on each team. This will result in all teams that do not adhere to the new birth year initiative to play-up some players between 18-24 months.
Will players be allowed to “play up” with older teammates?
The Cajun Soccer Club “Play-Up Policy” will continue to be in place. All players that wish to play up with older teammates must submit their request in writing to the LYSA/CSC Technical Director before the date of their true age group’s 2016-’17 Player Placement Sessions. All requests must be approved in order for a player tryout within an older age group. Players are not permitted to “play down” with teammates at younger age groups, based on birth year. Please refer the LYSA/CSC website for the complete Cajun Soccer Club “Play-Up Policy.”
Will Cajun Soccer Club be doing anything during the Spring ’16 season geared towards the birth year initiative?
Yes, throughout the spring 2016 season we will be replacing two (2) Pool Training sessions with “Birth Year sessions.” The Birth Year Sessions will be an opportunity for players to train within the age group they will be playing beginning in the Fall of 2016, as well as an opportunity for the coaching staff to get a better idea of the make-up of the new age groups prior to the player placement process. Although not mandatory, Birth Year sessions will serve as a foundation for the upcoming 2016-’17 Player Placement Process. BIRTH YEAR SESSION DATES
How will coaches be assigned for the 2016-'17 season?
Historically we have had a philosophy of placing coaches with teams for a 2-year cycle. Considering that each age group pool will see significant change in player personel we will be working to ensure that as few coaches as possible will exceed a 2-year cycle with any particular group of players. For this reason we will be approaching coaching assignments for the 2016-'17 seasonal year as a clean slate. As we have always done we will consider the needs of the players within an age group/team and work to match up the strengths of the coach to best assign coaches to teams. The coaching assignments will be made available prior to the beginning of the 2016 CSC Player Palcement Process.
Will game formats also be changing as we head into 2016-’17?
Yes, US Soccer has changed their small-sided game formats at the younger ages to:
Beginning in the 2016-2017 LCSL season:
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Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015
Lafayette General Health Partners with Local Soccer Club
One of Louisiana’s largest soccer clubs has announced a partnership with Acadiana Orthopedic Center (AOC), a professional center of Lafayette General Health, as its sports medicine and performance partner to care for its club teams. Lafayette Youth Soccer Association (LYSA), and its Cajun Soccer Club (CSC), added AOC to its network to help its members seeking medical care and wellness services.
This partnership will focus on addressing overall athletic development of young athletes and their coaches in sports medicine requirements. There will be a specific emphasis on concussion avoidance training, which will help promote community health among one of the largest youth soccer clubs in Louisiana. LYSA/CSC is projected to be the largest club in the state in 2016/2017.
“As a nationally competitive soccer club, it is important that we have access to the leading orthopedic and sports medicine professionals for our youth athletes,” states Michael Ritch, Executive Director of LYSA/CSC. “We are excited that Acadiana Orthopedic Center and Lafayette General Health have partnered with Cajun Soccer Club as we continue our mission to develop the youth of Acadiana both on and off the field,” he said.
LYSA/CSC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to administer a complete soccer program for all players, focusing on player development, sportsmanship and community involvement. The group boasts 319 teams and 4,148 members, competing at both regional and national events.
“This is a great partnership because we believe we have one of the best orthopedic teams in Louisiana,” says Jeffrey Witty, Orthopedic Surgeon at Acadiana Orthopedic Center. “Getting our young athletes the best care will serve them well as competitive players and as older adults.”
“This partnership will allow us to educate and enhance the overall player experience, while staying at the forefront of soccer in Louisiana,” says Ritch.
Acadiana Orthopedic Center is the Orthopedic Surgery practice of Drs. John Schutte, Scott Yerger, J. Lee Leonard, Stanley Foster, Angela Mayeux-Hebert, Adam Kennedy, Michael Schutte, Blaine Walton, Jeffrey Witty and James Hlavacek. They are all members of Lafayette General’s LGMD Physician Group.
About Lafayette General Health
Lafayette General Health (LGH) is a non-profit, community-owned regional healthcare system committed to always delivering excellence. LGH serves the south-central region of Louisiana by aligning with facilities across a 10-parish area known as Acadiana.
LGH’s flagship hospital, Lafayette General Medical Center, in operation since 1911, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that does not pay out any revenue to shareholders as for-profits do. LGH also owns or manages Lafayette General Surgical Hospital, St. Martin Hospital, University Hospital & Clinics, Acadia General Hospital and Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital, and has several affiliations with facilities across the region.
Both Lafayette General Medical Center and University Hospital & Clinics are major teaching hospitals, providing graduate medical education across many disciplines.
LGH owns LGMD, a non-profit corporation that operates and manages several physician clinics including Family Medicine and Internal Medicine, as well as many specialists and surgeons.
In 2014, LGH offered charity services in excess of $250 million. LGH property and assets total nearly $450 million, employing approximately 3,500 staff. For more information about LGH and its affiliates, visit LafayetteGeneral.com.