The CYSA playing year runs from August 1st to July 31st and includes two seasons, both a fall and spring season. Practices for the fall season begin in August and games are scheduled from September to usually the first weekend in November. Practices for the spring season begin in March and games are scheduled from April to normally the first weekend in June.
Annually, in mid to late April, CYSA will conduct a team reorganization and player evaluations, which is open to anyone, as long as they meet the age requirements. After the evaluation, depending on the players skills and the roster limits, a player will be notified if they are accepted on the team, on a waiting list or did not make the team. If a player does not make a team CYSA will do everything we can to place a player on a team.
What is the player evaluation process?
The club wants to do its best to match players of equal playing ability. This helps provide a challenging environment for all players, while at the same time building confidence.
Tryouts will be held over two consecutive weekends. One weekend for the boys and one weekend for the girls.
Every player wishing to tryout with CYSA will register and include a non-refundable $10 registration fee.
Every player will be scheduled to tryout with their appropriate age group. Example: (9 year old will tryout with all 9 year olds, 13 year olds will tryout with all 13 year olds).
At the tryouts, players will be issued a colored penny according to his or her age with a number on it. That player will wear the same penny for both days.
If a player cannot attend the scheduled time of tryout for their age group, a supplemental tryout may be scheduled if it is deemed necessary.
Each block of time will host two age groups for trying out. For example: (In block 1, the nine and ten year olds will tryout, in block 2, the eleven and twelve year olds will try out) and so on.
Each player should attend both days of tryouts if possible.
Each time block will have a team of coaches attending the training and assessing the talent. The coaches will include the coaches that are assigned to that age group plus coaches that will run the training and help assess the talent.
At the end of the tryout weekend, each coach for each team will contact by phone the players they have chosen for that particular team.
When a player accepts a roster spot on a team, they are accepting that spot for one year. For many players that includes two seasons, a fall and a spring season.
How are teams configured?
The teams are configured according to age, the number of kids that attend the try-outs and the evaluation process. The size of the teams will vary by age. For example, for the fall of 2011; U9, U10, U11 and U12 teams play 8v8 and the roster is limited to a maximum of 14; for teams U13 and up play 11v11 and the roster is limited to a maximum of 18.
The exact number of teams will depend on how many kids attend the try-outs in April. Our goal is to have 2 teams per gender in each age group U9-U12. For example, if 16 kids come to try-outs for a U10 team, which is limited to 14 on the roster, there obviously is not enough to form 2 teams and at least 2 of the players will be on a waiting list or not make the team. On the other hand if 22 or more kids show up for try-outs, we will split the kids into two teams and their team placement will be based on skill level.
If my child is not a strong player, will they be "cut"?
It is the club's intention to have ALL interested children participate in soccer. However, there are situations that they may not make a team, for example if the roster is full and we do not have enough kids that age for another team. Or it just may be better for the player to develop skills in another program, to get more playing time.
What if we missed the try-outs are there other opportunities to join a team?
Yes, but only if there are roster spots available. Often between the fall and spring season, some players do not return for the spring season due to participating in other sports. This will open some roster spots. In these cases the player can request an evaluation by the coach to be added to the roster.
Many sports parents wonder if joining a highly competitive sports team is the right decision for their youth athletes. Will it be too much of a time commitment? Will their player still love the sport at such an intense level? If your youth athlete is considering making the jump from recreational or league play to a high-powered travel sports team, here are a few of the pros and cons you should talk with them about.
1. Character building.
If your youth athlete is talented enough to be on a highly competitive travel team, they are probably used to being the best player on their league team. Stepping up to a new level of competition means they may have to work that much harder to stay on top. Chances are they will face teams that are just as good, if not much better, than theirs and they will have to learn how to handle losing with grace. Being on a competitive sports team can really help your youth athlete learn not only how to be a better athlete, but how to be a better person.
Competitive sports teams are like families. Your child will spend countless hours with their teammates on the field, in the car and at after-game parties/dinners. Held together by a common love of their sport, competitive teams are a great place for your player to make life-long friends, learn how to interact in a large group and develop leadership skills that will be incredibly useful later in life.
3. A healthier lifestyle.
In order to be a highly competitive athlete, your player needs to be in top shape. They have to make sure they eat right and stay hydrated, so they’ll learn the importance of balanced nutrition and may develop healthy eating habits that will stick with them long after they leave the team. Competitive athletes are also likely to be much more physically active than other kids their age, and learning to love being active is going to have a drastic impact on their life down the road.
1. High cost.
Highly competitive youth sports teams are much more likely to travel long distances and play in weekend-long tournaments. This means sports parents will have to pay for transportation (gas or airfare), hotels, food, tournament fees, backup equipment, home/away uniforms and much more. Being involved on a competitive youth sports team can get very expensive very quickly.
2. Minimal free time.
When a youth athlete decides to make the jump from regular league or recreational sports to a competitive travel time, they are going to lose a lot of their free time. Chances are they won’t have time to get too involved in other sports or extracurricular activities, and nights and weekends are going to be booked all season long. Even the off-season could be filled with strength and conditioning requirements.
3. Pressure to perform.
If your youth athlete wants to be on a competitive sports team, make sure they understand that the demand to perform is a lot higher than they might expect. Travel teams usually hold tryouts and are only looking for the best athletes. They are expected to make that team a priority over other activities and always be on top of their game.