The Chinooks Program in CMSA is offered from U7 to U19 in Tiers 1, 2, and 3. The program is comprised of:
CMSA Game Play
Chinooks participates in Tier 1, 2, and 3 of U7 to U19 leagues with Calgary Minor Soccer Association against the best competition in Calgary. The key goal with competition is to be able to take everything you learn in practices and academy, and apply it in competitive situations where you are under pressure, providing opportunities to learn to think independently and creatively and to perform as a team. At the higher age levels, this learning turns into competing to win, however our goal is always to develop the player in a team concept throughout this process.
Chinooks Team Practices
Together with your coach and teammates, Chinooks team practices are a way for you to work on skills, tactics and strategies of playing soccer. Depending on your age, you will focus more or less on different aspects of the game, and will learn to incorporate your individual skills and abilities into a team setting.
Technical skill training designed to build individual mastery for all age levels over all core concepts that lead to functional application in game or game-like situations. Fitness is incorporated into academy training sessions at all ages.
Chinooks Fitness Training
Fitness training will be optional this summer depending on availability of training facilities and scheduling constraints. While fitness is always incorporated into components of practices and academy sessions, dedicated fitness this indoor will be planned with consultation of our Technical Director Juanma and the respective coaches of the teams. Currently due to COVID-19, we are making this decision to make it optional in order to ensure we can plan for it appropriately and make decisions on dedicate fitness training when appropriate. There will be an additional fitness charge that will be required if/when a team or your cohort determines to take on dedicated fitness.
Fitness Training is provided to athletes typically at U11 age and older, and is geared to age-specific requirements, along with planning for pre-season, in-season and post-season requirements.
Club Coaches Honorarium
Chinooks Club Coaches (non-parent coaches) are involved in a significant portion of team practices and games. In consideration of their efforts the Chinooks levies an honorarium fee to each player in order to provide an honorarium to the Club Coach to cover for items such as gas money.
Goalies are invited to train in our Goalkeeper Academy sessions, included in the Academy fees for goalies.
Coaches Training and Mentorship
As part of ongoing development of our coaches, and future coaches, we will have regular on-field coaches training and mentoring throughout the season, often incorporated in conjunction with activities running in parallel, including Chinooks Academy and Fitness and at practice and game situations.
Additional Training - July and August - Mornings
The Chinooks will continue with additional training in the morning during July and August for all players interested. This training is at no additional cost and is run by the Chinooks technical staff, including Juanma, Amraj, Ale, David and other available trainers.
Registration, Evaluations and Pre-season Preparation
Regular Registration is available to April 15, 2021.
OUTDOOR 2021 REGISTRATION AND CREDIT OFFERINGS
Our Outdoor 2021 registration will be open shortly. We will be offering our members that registered in Indoor 2020 the option for a refund or a credit towards their Outdoor 2021 registration. This credit can be applied to the fees at registration. We will be sending more detailed information in the coming weeks about Outdoor 2021 and how to access these options.
NOTE: returning players will not be supplied new training gear for outdoor 2021.
Note on CMSA Season due to COVID
The Chinooks cannot guarantee the extent or type of season that CMSA will offer in terms of competitive game play.
The Chinooks will be prepared to offer training based on the currently approved Return to Play guidelines. This could include:
Regardless of Stage, the Chinooks will endeavour to fulfill a standardized number of training sessions per week as per expected program offering, and will adapt the program, as required to make it a positive, fun, learning experience for all participants.
COVID Outdoor 2021 Refund Policy
Should CMSA League Competition Play and in-person Chinooks Practices and Academy not be possible, the Chinooks are committed to offering Refunds or Credits to all of our members on a pro-rated basis to how much of the program has been delivered.
While our existing refund policy stands for all members who register with us and where we are able to fully deliver our programming, the Chinooks recognize that the COVID pandemic is unique circumstances.
In situations where the Chinooks have to permanently or temporarily suspend in person practices, academy training or CMSA league player, the circumstances and timing on what has been delivered to the membership to date (or pre- and post-delivery depending on how the season circumstances unfold) will help determine the pro-rated Refund or Credits that Chinooks membership will be offered. All refunds and credits will be clearly communicated to our membership.
The Chinooks have provided refunds and credits for the Outdoor 2020 season, and for the Indoor 2020-2021 season. The Chinooks do NOT charge for Zoom training sessions, however we have offered Zoom sessionsto keep members engaged during the periods of inactivity.
Evaluations will occur in April (this depends on COVID restrictions).
Teams will be announced near the end of April with practices to commence mid to late April.
There are no full refunds after our registration closing date.
Fees for CMSA League Teams in U7 - U19 consist of a Registration Fee and an Academy Fee. Registration fees are due based on the Registration fee for the age of the player when you sign up to join us, and Academy fees are based on the player's placement on a team and the # of Academy and other fitness/sport-related sessions that the team will participate in over the course of the season. The number of games, academy sessions and practices will vary based on your player age and team level. In addition, CMSA season will run from May 25 to August 7, 2021 with varying dates for provincials to end of August TBD - based on your age and level.
Please refer to the following table to understand more details on fees, season, playoffs/provincials, academy sessions, practices and other important program details.