In order to help answer your questions, we've put together a list of frequently asked questions. We will be continually adding to this list over time. If your questions are not answered here, please contact us directly and we'd be happy to assist you with whatever information you require.
What is TSS Academy?
Where is TSS Academy located?
Who comes to TSS Academy?
Is TSS Academy for first time soccer players?
Why do players train at TSS Academy?
What TSS staff member spoke these famous words on September 9, 1979: “You are the number 1 fans and we are the number 1 team” ?
What is the commitment level in terms of training frequency and program length?
How do I get involved?
Do you assess players before accepting them?
Do you turn players away?
How are training groups formed?
What is staff member Rob Dattilo’s country of heritage?
Can I resign from TSS Academy?
What if I'm unhappy with the level of the training group?
My daughter/son performs better when placed in a higher level group or by playing-up an age. Can you move my child?
Will I get the same instructor every week?
Do I have to pay for the TSS kit (jersey, zip top, shorts, socks)?
What staff member is playfully known as “adult small”?
What sorts of things will I learn every week?
Does TSS field teams?
Does Sportstown or TSS run any tournaments?
A: TSS is a soccer player development academy. Players who join us are avid and competitive players already committed to club soccer. Our player development model supplements the work done by community coaches by breaking down parts of a soccer game into small-sided activities. Our objective is to improve players and get them to the next level of play.
A: TSS is centrally located in Richmond BC. We are opening at a new location on September 1, 2016. I will be situated at 1751 Savage Road - towards the very north end of No. 6 Road in Richmond. Our training facility is indoor turf so players have the opportunity to train in a comfortable environment with minimal distractions. The turf allows players to train in their usual equipment (no six studs please).
A: Players who join us are generally already involved in community soccer, and are interested in professional coaching to supplement their team training. Our academy is composed of 500 players, both boys and girls, ranging from U7 – U18.
A: Since TSS doesn’t formally compete in organized soccer during the fall/winter season, we cannot replicate all parts of the game. As such, we recommend that first time players get involved with their local community clubs. In the younger age brackets, we will accept novice players after a player assessment. In the older age brackets, players come to us with a skill set that is a product of participation. TSS is designed to advance players in their development. In doing so, we tier our training groups according to like-abled players.
A: Players traditionally come to TSS in order to improve their game, get extra touches on the ball, train with like-abled players, and get professional coaching.
A: Players generally train once a week on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday depending on their age group and gender. The duration of each session is 80 minutes. The program runs from September to May.
A: The first step is to register online to see if there's available space in the age group. We often have wait-lists so it's best to register early.
A: Yes. Whenever we have a new player apply for entry into our academy, our instructors evaluate the player to determine if TSS is an appropriate environment. Most importantly, we have to determine if there's a suitable training group for that player. One of the main principles of our program is to have like-abled players train together. That evaluation simply takes place as they train with one of the training groups. There is no private evaluation.
A: Yes, although it doesn’t happen that often. In most cases, we turn players away because their respective training groups are full. However in some cases, where we feel that a player's ability and development needs don't match those of our training groups, we will suggest alternatives. We do this at both ends of the spectrum - where players are not as strong as others or where players are too strong for others.
A: One of our guiding principles is to group like-minded, like-able players together. We tier our training groups in all age brackets from U7-U18. Players who outperform their training group get moved up and players who underperform get moved down. This dynamic movement takes place throughout our program as we recognize that players develop at different times.
A: We still are not sure. If you know, please fill us in……
A: Players are able to withdraw from the program before the beginning of their 5th attended session. If withdrawing before that deadline, the player will receive a pro-rated refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. After the 5th attended session, you are committed for the duration of the program.
A: As part of our program, we continually assess our players to ensure they are in the correct grouping. One of the guiding principles of our program is to have like-abled and like-minded players train together. Every week, the instructor records the top 2 players and the bottom 2 players in the group. This is based on how the group performed in that particular session. After a few weeks, the staff will review those findings to determine if any players need to be move training groups. If you feel that the level of a training group is below your child's standard then we ask that your child makes a point of being the best player in the training group. Once that becomes evident to the instructors, we will do our best to move your child to a more appropriate group.
A: You'd be surprised how often we hear this. If you feel that the level is not challenging your child then your child must make that evident to the staff by continually being the best player in the training group. In our view, any player who "plays down" to the level of their group is not ready to be elevated. This can be challenging to the players who have a tendency to "blend in" rather than "stand out". This is particularly problematic in the girls's program. The reality is that competitive sport is performance-based and likewise TSS is performance-based. TSS staff can only move a player if it's demonstrated consistently that the player in question is above the level of his/her current group. We don't place players into training groups based on where they play in their club or based on the opinion of parents.
A: Every training group has what's called a Primary Instructor. This is the instructor who runs this particular training group and completes the assessments. We do move instructors every now and then but generally the Primary Instructor will be running the same group 70% of the time.
A: Yes, in previous years, our program fees included the cost of our academy kit. We have since outsourced this process to SoccerCity (mysoccercity.ca/), and you will need to order and purchase your TSS Academy kit online once you have been formally accepted into our program.
A: The little man known as Brendan Quarry.
A: After the first few weeks of assessment, the academy follows a curriculum. Every training group covers the same topics though the activities may vary depending on the ability of the players. For example, on the girl's side, TSS usually spends the first half of the program working on individual skills and then spends the second half working on group play. You can view both the boys and the girls curriculum online.
A: Yes, TSS fields both full-time (TSS FC) teams and summer teams. The summer teams are usually formed in December/January and run from April - July. The full-time teams run from April 1 - March 31.
A: Yes we do. Our Holiday Power Tournament runs over the winter school break. Team registrations are generally accepted by the last week of October each year.