Westfield Soccer Association

Travel Team Selection Process

Travel Team Selection - Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 - 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. Please do note that the process will be impacted by our return to play protocols. 

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 for the 2021-2022 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.
 

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 below. 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 - Spring 2021
Year of Birth Age Group 2021-2022 Selection Process
2013 Incoming U9’s U8 Pre Travel Program
2012 Incoming U10’s   Age Group Academy
2011 Incoming U11’s   Age Group Academy
2010 Incoming U12’s  Evaluation Festivals
2009 Incoming U13’s  Evaluation Festivals
2008 Incoming U14’s Open Practice Sessions
2007 Incoming U15's Open Practice Sessions

 

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

Incoming U9s (2013) – Pre-Travel Program


The travel program of the WSA starts at U9. This means that interested players born in 2013 can take part in our U8 pre travel program this coming Spring.

We will host a virtual townhall on Wednesday April 7th, starting at 730PM.  We will use this event to explain the process in greater detail.  Among other things, we will explain how all participants are assessed/evaluated. We strongly encourage all parents to tune in for this event.

Anyone who wants to be considered for a travel team needs to take part in this U8 pre travel program this coming Spring.

This is the only way to be assessed / considered for a U9 travel team for the Fall of 2021 and Spring of 2022. Taking part is a necessity but does not guarantee anyone a place on a travel team for the soccer year ahead.

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

For more information, please check the link below.

U8 Pre Travel Program - Spring 2021
 

Please do note that the program set up will align with our return to play protocols. As part of these protocols we require every player to complete an online health questionnaire before every session. This muts be completed on the day and priort to arriving at the field. Here is the link.

Travel teams will be announced on Sunday 6/6. 
 

Incoming U10s (2012) and U11s (2011) - 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 2021 and spring of 2022.

We will offer all parents an opportunity to take part in a virtual town hall on Wednesday April 14th, starting at 730PM. During this townhall we will explain the process in place that helps form our travel teams in these 2 age groups. We strongly encourage parents to take part in the call to get a better understanding of the process in place.
 

Current travel players:

All current travel players are expected to take part in their weekly practice session. No additional registration is required.
 

Non travel player:

All non-travel players interested in travel need to sign up for the program: Register Here for the Age Group Academy
 

Over the course of the 8 weeks all teams / groups will be exposed to different coaches to be assessed/evaluated. The curriculum used will be based on the key concepts that the players need to have a good understanding of at this age. This set up will allow us to gather important data/information, to help 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 trainers. 
 

Please do note that the program set up will align with our return to play protocols. As part of these protocols we require every player to complete an online health questionnaire before every session. This must be completed on the day and prior to arriving at the field. Here is the link.
 

Year of Birth

Gender

Day

Time

Location

Start & End Date

2012

Boys

Monday

5:00-6:20PM

Houlihan

3/22 Through 5/17 (Skip 3/29)

2012

Girls

Tuesday

5:00-6:20PM

Houlihan

3/23 Through 5/18 (Skip 3/30)

2011

Boys

Monday

3:30-4:50PM

Houlihan

3/22 Through 5/17 (Skip 3/29

2011

Girls

Tuesday

3:30-4:50PM

Houlihan

3/23 Through 5/18 (Skip 3/30)


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.

Travel teams will be announced on Sunday 6/6.

Incoming U12s (2010) & U13s (2009) - Evaluation Fesitivals


Evaluation Festivals

Please do note that the program set up will align with our return to play protocols. As part of these protocols we require every player to complete an online health questionnaire before every session. This must be completed on the day and prior to arriving at the field. Here is the link.
 

We are hosting a virtual townhall on Wednesday 4/14 – starting at 730PM – to better explain the process. We strongly encourage all parents to tune in for the virtual meeting to develop greater clarity on the process in place.
 

Current travel players:

We are going to get all current players in the age group in front of all coaches working in an age group, while aligning with the return to play protocols. This will be done in training and/or through scheduling friendly games between our teams as part of the process.

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

Non travel players:

We have set up a specific program for all non-travel players born in 2009 and 2010(boys and girls). They are offered the opportunity to take part in an additional training session  while we will also use this session to effectively assess/evaluate all interested players.
 

Details are below as well as the registration link.

8-week program: starting Friday 3/26 through Friday 5/21 (Skip Fri 4/2)

Location: Sid Fey

Time: 5:15PM – 6:30PM

Register here

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

Travel teams will be announced on Sunday 6/6

Incoming U14s & U15s (2007-2008) – 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 1 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 are hosting a virtual townhall on Wednesday 4/14 – starting at 730PM – to better explain the process. We encourage all parents to tune in for the event to develop a greater understanding of the process in place.

Please do note that the program set up will align with our return to play protocols. As part of these protocols we require every player to complete an online health questionnaire before every session. This must be completed on the day and prior to arriving at the field. Here is the link.

We will announce travel teams on Sunday 6/6.

Age Group Information

Please scroll down for specific information regarding your players age group.