U7 Girls and Boys Travel Transition - What You Need To Know

If you are the parent of a U7 boy or girl, this is the document for you!

Updated Tuesday May 13, 2014 by Amherst Youth Soccer Association.

For the past 3-4 years, your son or daughter has played in-house soccer.  Starting at the Jr. High school, then moving over to Township Park.  This fall, however, these players will transition to travel soccer.  New coaches, new teams and shiny, new uniforms.  It is a lot for a parent to take in - let alone the players themselves.   Below are some FAQ's we have put together to assist you in this transition. If you still have questions, you can reach out to Joshua Thornsberry(lorainjosh@yahoo.com) and he will be glad to help!

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

When is Player Evaluation Day?
Player evaluation day is the final night of In-House soccer for U7 Girls and Boys.  For the girls, their Evaluation Day will take place on Friday, May 16.  For the boys, their Evaluation Day will take place Wednesday, May 14.  You can find more information HERE

What is the purpose of player evaluation day?
Many of the kids have been participating in soccer for 3+ years by the end of their U7 season.  We feel it is a good time to see where the kids are, how they are developing and how we should adjust out in-house program.  It also gives us a chance to see the kids outside their usual team dynamic and begin to build travel teams for the next fall season.

What happens after in-house soccer ends?
All AYSA players will be playing in a league called AASL. This league offers many different ability grouped divisions for AYSA players to play with and against players of like ability.

If my child is not interested in trying out for the “Select”team, do they still need to attend player evaluation day?
Yes.  All U7 players that plan on playing soccer in the fall need to attend player evaluation day.  This will allow AYSA to determine how many children will be participating in each league and how many teams and coaches are needed.  Players will need to be registered for the Fall/Spring in order to participate in Evaluation Day.

How will the AASL teams be divided and who will coach?
We believe that kids succeed the most when they play with and against kids that have close to the same ability.  No matter what their future in soccer holds, keeping players in a situation that will provide them with the best chances of success are what is most important to the program.  With that said, AYSA believes in creating teams based on current ability – we re-evaluate each spring in order to adjust our teams.  Based on the results of the evaluations, friend/coach/parent request will be taken into account, but only AFTER the evaluation process.   We are always looking for motivated volunteer coaches.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Is the player evaluation day the main factor in determining who is chosen for the “Select Team”?
No.  While the evaluations are extremely important.  The coaches have watched the players play and develop for the past 1-3 years and their input is most valuable.  Player evaluation day gives the coaches the opportunity to watch without coaching and to share their ideas with each other.  After the evaluation, feedback from the coaches will be used regarding commitment level, coachability of the players, etc. to assist in player placement.

Is player evaluation day an annual event?
While AYSA does hold evaluations every spring, we only require players that are looking to try-out for the ‘Select' team to come to player evaluations.  We also require any player that wants to try-out for older teams participate in Player Evaluation Days. We believe that team chemistry is extremely important to the growth and success of a player and team.  Our goal isn’t to mix teams up each season.  If adjustments do need to be made based on attrition or alteration in ability we will make those changes.

What is the commitment difference between the Select team and other teams?
Teams play 8 games in the fall and 8 games in the spring.  Teams typically practice twice per week.  However, the “Select” teams are more likely to compete in tournaments and play indoor soccer during the winter.  Number of tournaments and indoor soccer varies by coach.

How do uniforms work?
AYSA is moving towards a standardized uniform across all teams beginning Fall 2014.  The cost of the uniform is $90 and includes – 2 shirts(1 green and 1 white), 1 pair green shorts, 1 pair white socks, 1 pair green socks.  By moving towards a standardized uniform, parents will not need to worry about buying new uniforms every time their child changes teams.  The cost of uniforms is not controlled – only if you lose an item or outgrow an item will you need to replace it.  AYSA has control over the life-cycle of the uniform, and sharing players based on need is easier as well.  Outside communities will know we are from Amherst and have pride in our community.

We sincerely hope this document has answered some, if not all, of your questions.  Should you have any more, do not hesitate to reach out to Josh or ask at the upcoming parents meeting!

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