Westfield Soccer Association

Travel Team Selection Process

Fall of 2017

This section is meant for all WSA members who are interested in becoming a part of the travel program for the 2017-2018 seasons. During the Spring of 2017 we will go through the process of selecting these teams, making sure that everyone interested is given the opportunity to be seen and evaluated.

Our travel program starts at U9, which means that anyone born in 2009 (or before) is eligible to try out. It is important that everyone who wants to be considered for a travel team takes part in the entire process to give us a chance to assess where a player currently is in his or her development. It is important to know that the one objective each year, during the process of forming teams, is to make sure that players are assigned to play for a team that best fits their needs. It is very important to realize that players need to play in the right environment to maximize their growth. The WSA is fortunate enough to be able to field several teams per age group and we aim to field teams containing players of similar abilities. Since we are capable of fielding multiple teams in an age group we aim to get all our players on a team of a similar skill level.

Although it is not always easy as a parent, it is very important to be realistic and realize that playing on the first team is not the #1 priority. We would hate to see a player lose confidence in his or her skills because the player was misplaced on a team that didn’t fit his or her needs. The placement of players is the key to ensure players enjoy the experience and are given the opportunity to develop. We continue to monitor the development of all players in the travel program throughout the year. We aim to develop all of the players within the program and will move players from team to team if it will benefit the players in question. In the end, we ask that both players and parents worry less about being placed on a particular team and to focus on enjoying the privilege and reward of being placed on a travel team.

When discussing the placement of players, we definitely value the talent of the players in our program. However, it is very important to understand that talent is not the only decider though, as we also consider a player’s attitude, effort, commitment, perseverance, coach ability and discipline. We all know that talent is important, but isn’t the only skill needed to be successful in our travel program. We ask our travel players to commit to soccer four days a week (three 90-minute training sessions and one game) and their effort, attendance, and participation is critical to the success of the program and their development.

We gather information from a variety of sources to ensure we have the data needed to place players on the right team for the 2017-2018 seasons. As part of the process we will run programs in the Spring that will provide us with information on all interested players and help us with the team selection.

It is important to remember that the team selection IS NOT solely based on the participation of our members in the programs below. Anyone who is interested to play travel during the 2017-2018 seasons needs to take part in the program they are eligible for based on their year of birth. Participation, however, doesn’t guarantee placement in the travel program.

Year of Birth

Age Group 2017-2018

Selection Process

2009

Rising U9’s

U8 Pre Travel Program

2008

Rising U10’s

Age Group Academy

2007

Rising U11’s

Age Group Academy

2006

Rising U12’s

Evaluation Festivals

2005

Rising U13’s

Evaluation Festivals

2004

Rising U14’s

Evaluation Festivals

2002-2003

Rising U15’s

Evaluation Festivals

 

 

 

 

 

For more info on these specific programs and how to register please see below.

Rising U9’s – Pre Travel Program

Our travel program starts at U9. Anyone born in 2009 is eligible to try out for a U9 travel team for the 2017-2018 seasons. To give all players the opportunity to seen as often as possible and to fairly asses where they are currently, we run the U8 Pre Travel Program during the Spring of 2017.

Anyone who wants to be considered for an U9 travel team needs to take part in the U8 Pre Travel Program.

Over the course of 8 weeks all players will go through age specific training to help develop the players’ ability and confidence in 1v1 situations. 2 sessions will take place each week under the guidance of professional trainers, let by our academy director. Players will be evaluated from week to week to track their growth and to ensure they are placed on a team where they fit best. At the conclusion, all players in the program will take part in the pre travel tournament on June 3rd and 4th.

For more information on the U8 Pre Travel Program please see below,

U8 Pre Travel Program

Rising U10’s and U11’s – Age Group Academies


Based on the weather forecasted for later today (4/25), we have decided to cancel the academies for the 2007 and 2008 scheduled for tonight. We do plan to make up this missed session on Tuesday 5/30.


Anyone born in 2008 (incoming U10’s) or born in 2007 (incoming U11’s) will need to register for an age group academy. This includes all current travel players and any non-travel players (Intercountry) who want to be considered for a 2017-18 travel team.

Over the course of 8 weeks all players will go through age specific training under the guidance of an academy director, supported by the WSA professional staff. We have opted to go for an 8-week evaluation process, as part of the process, to ensure we can fairly assess all players. In these formative years, movement of players between teams is very common and we want to ensure that we have enough information on all players to place them on the right team for the following year. This program is open for anyone who is interested to play travel and is eligible through their year of birth. In addition to the academy evaluations, player placement decisions also will be based on team trainer and head coach evaluations for current travel players. For Intercounty players, we will solicit evaluations from our Intercounty trainers.

This academy program will replace 1 of the weekly practice sessions for all our U9 and U10 travel teams through April and May.

It is a necessity to take part in this program if you want to be considered for an U10 or U11 travel, but taking part does not guarantee you a spot on a travel team.

Year of Birth

Gender

Day

Time

Location

Start & End Date

2008

Boys

Monday

5:00-6:30PM

Houlihan

3/27 Through 5/22 (Skip 4/10)

2008

Girls

Tuesday

3:30-5:00PM

Houlihan

3/28 Through 5/23 (Skip 4/11)

2007

Boys

Monday

3:30-5:00PM

Houlihan

3/27 Through 5/22 (Skip 4/10)

2007

Girls

Tuesday

5:00-6:30PM

Houlihan

3/28 Through 5/23 (Skip 4/11)

 

 

 

To register please click below:

Westfield Soccer Association Program Registration

Rising U12’s, U13’s, U14’s, U15’s and U16’s – Evaluation Festivals

On May 6th and May 20th, we will run evaluation festivals for all current travel and non-travel (Intercounty) players interested in our travel program born 2002 through 2006. We have opted for 2 festival style selection events in which players will be placed on teams. During these evaluation festivals, these teams will play competitive games in a 7v7;9v9 and/or 11v11 format. We will have professional staff around those 2 days to assess the players when they compete with and against their peers.

In addition to the evaluation festivals, player placement decisions also will be based on team trainer and head coach evaluations for current travel players. For Intercounty players, we will solicit evaluations from our Intercounty trainers.

It is a necessity to take part in these events if you want to be considered for a travel team U12-U16 for the 2017-2018 seasons, but taking part does not guarantee you a spot on a travel team.

Below all the dates/times:

Year of birth

Age Group Fall 2017

May 6th

May 20th

2006

Incoming U12 Boys & Girls

11:30AM – 1:00PM

4:30PM – 6:00PM

2005

Incoming U13 Boys & Girls

1:15PM – 2:45PM

2:45PM – 4:15PM

2002, 2003, and 2004

Incoming U14, U15, U16 Boys

3:00PM – 4:30PM

1:00PM – 2:30PM

2002, 2003, and 2004

Incoming U14, U15, U16 Girls

4:30PM – 6:00PM

11:30AM – 1:00PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Festival evaluations will take place at the turf fields of the Wardlaw Hartridge School.

To register please click below:

Westfield Soccer Association Program Registration

 

Final note:

All travel team selections will be announced on Sunday June 11th 2017.