Travel Team Selection Process

Travel Team Selection - Fall 2022 & Spring 2023 - It is important to be placed in the right environment

This section is meant to provide all WSA members with more information on the travel team selection process. 

There are 2 key objectives that keep us on track throughout the process. 
 

1. We want to make sure that all players are given the opportunity to play and train in a safe and challenging environment.
 

2. We want to accurately assess and evaluate all players to be able to place them accordingly. We seek to place all players in an environment that suits their needs.
 

It is not always easy as a parent, but 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 player or 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.
 

Several factors are considered in the evaluation process.

  1. Attitude
  2. Effort
  3. Perserverance
  4. Coach ability
  5. Commitment
  6. Discipline
  7. Playing ability
     

We all know that ability is important, but as in life, not the only factor that determines where you end up. We gather information from a variety of sources to ensure we have the data needed to place players on the right team. 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.
 

Travel Commitment – general outline

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.

The Fall Season starts shortly after Labor Day Weekend, with teams often starting their team practice sessions late August. The Fall Season runs through November, typically finishing the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The Spring Season starts early March and wraps up right around Memorial Day Weekend. Depending on the age and the level a team competes at this may be extended into June.

Please note that almost all travel teams do participate in winter training as well. On top of that the WSA does also offer all travel players the opportunity to take part in an in-house futsal league every winter. This in-house futsal league is set up for those players interested in additional practice-play time over the winter.

It is important to remember that the team selection is not solely based on the participation of our members in the programs we provide. We gather information through mid-year and end of spring evaluations from professional and head coaches as part of the process.

Anyone who is interested to play travel during the upcoming season 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.
 

Travel Team Selection Overview


 

Travel Team Selection Overview - Spring 2021
Year of Birth Age Group 2021-2022 Selection Process
2014 Incoming U9’s U8 Pre Travel Program
2013 Incoming U10’s   Age Group Academy
2012 Incoming U11’s   Age Group Academy
2011 Incoming U12’s  Evaluation Festivals & Open Practice sessions
2010 Incoming U13’s  Evaluation Festivals & Open practice sessions
2009 Incoming U14’s Open Practice Sessions
2008 Incoming U15's Open Practice Sessions

 

Incoming U9s (2014) – Pre-Travel Program


The travel program of the WSA starts at U9. This means that interested players born in 2014 can take part in our U8 pre-travel program this coming Spring.

Anyone who wants to be considered for a travel team needs to take part in this U8 pre travel program. This is the only way to be assessed / considered for a U9 travel team for the Fall of 2022 and Spring of 2023. Taking part is a necessity but does not guarantee anyone a place on a travel team for the year ahead.

Over the course of the program all participating players will be exposed to an effective curriculum designed by the U8 Academy Director. The staff assigned to run this program are tasked with teaching some important fundamentals of the game as well as evaluate all participants effectively.

 

U8 Pre Travel Program - Spring 2022

We will hold a virtual town hall to provide all the parents of our U8 pre travel program with the necessary information. The details are below.
 

Info Night - Incoming U9's (2014)

Date and Time: Monday April 18th, 7pm - 7.45pm


 

Travel teams will be announced in early June.

 


Incoming U10s (2013) and U11s (2012) - Age Group Academies


We will run an Age Group Academy on either Monday (boys) or Tuesday (girls) for all players interested in travel for the Fall of 2022 and Spring of 2023.

Current travel players:

All current travel players are expected to take part in their weekly Academy practice session (Monday - boys, Tuesday - girls). No additional registration is required.

The head coach and the professional coach involved with each team will be asked to complete an evaluation for all players they work with.

Non travel player:

All non-travel players interested in travel need to sign up for the program online.

Sign up here

Over the course of 6 weeks all players will be exposed to different coaches to be evaluated. The curriculum used will be based on the key concepts that receive the most attention in these age groups. The set up used will help us gather important information to place all players accordingly.

In addition to the Academy evaluations, we will also ask the head coach and professional coach for each team to fill out a player evaluation. These evaluations are also part of the decision-making process. For Intercounty players, we will solicit evaluations from our Intercounty coaches. 

It is a necessity to take part in this program if you want to be considered for 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

2013

Boys

Monday

5:00-6:30PM

Houlihan

 

4/4 – 5/16 (Skip 4/11)

2013

Girls

Tuesday

3:30-5:00PM

Houlihan

 

4/5 – 5/17 (Skip 4/12)

2012

Boys

Monday

3:30-5:00PM

Houlihan

 

4/4 – 5/16 (Skip 4/11)

2012

Girls

Tuesday

5:00-6:30PM

Houlihan

 

4/5 – 5/17 (Skip 4/12)

 

We will hold a virtual town hall for all parents of our members regarding the travel team selection process on Monday 4/18 at 8PM. The details are below.

Travel Team Selection Info Night (2013 and above)

Date and Time: Monday April 18th, 8pm - 8.45pm
 

 

Travel teams will be announced in early June.

 

Incoming U12s (2011) & U13s (2010) - Evaluation Festivals & Open Practice Sessions


Current travel players:

We have picked 2 dates (Saturday 3/26 & Saturday 4/2) for the WSA Festivals. All current U11 & U12 travel teams will take part, providing every team with the opportunity to play several games against other teams in the program. We will also use these games to help determine where all teams and players are currently.

All professional coaches will also fill out a Spring evaluation for all players they are assigned to work with.

Non-travel players:

If you are currently not in travel but would like to be considered for a travel team for the 2022 Fall and 2023 Spring seasons, you can take part in several practice sessions with an existing team in the travel program.

If you would like to be evaluated for a spot on a travel team, please reach out to our director of coaching, Ruben Vloedgraven at doc@westfieldnjsoccer.com

Please do note that taking part in the programs mentioned does not guarantee you a place in the travel program.

We will hold a virtual town hall for all parents of our members regarding the travel team selection process on Monday 4/18 at 8PM. The details are below.

Travel Team Selection Info Night (2013 and above)

Date and Time: Monday April 18th, 8pm - 8.45pm

Meeting Link: Zoom

 

Travel teams will be announced in early June

 


 

Incoming U14s & U15s (2008-2009) – Open Practice Sessions


Current travel players:

All current travel players will be evaluated by their current professional coach.

Non-travel players:

Anyone interested in joining one of our existing teams can take part in several practice sessions during the Spring to be evaluated.

If you would like to be evaluated for a spot on a travel team, please reach out to our director of coaching, Ruben Vloedgraven at doc@westfieldnjsoccer.com

We will hold a virtual town hall for all parents of our members regarding the travel team selection process on Monday 4/18 at 8PM. The details are below.

 

Travel Team Selection Info Night (2013 and above)

Date and Time: Monday April 18th, 8pm - 8.45pm

Meeting Link: Zoom

 

Travel teams will be announced in early June.

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