Westfield Soccer Association

Travel Team Selection Process

Travel Team Selection - Fall 2020

This section is meant for all WSA members who are interested in becoming a part of the travel program for the Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 seasons. During the Spring of 2020 we will go through the process of selecting these teams, making sure that everyone interested is given the opportunity to be seen and evaluated.

Number 1 objective – Being placed in the right environment

Our travel program starts at U9, which means that anyone born in 2012 (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 number 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. Someone needs may change, therefor is it important to assess and evaluate players each year.  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 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.

Travel Team Selection

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 item considered, as we also consider a player’s attitude, effort, commitment, perseverance, coach ability and discipline. We all know that talent is important, but as in life, not the only factor that determines where we 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 2020-2021 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 2020-2021 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.

Travel Team Selection - Spring 2020
Year of Birth Age Group 2019-2020 Selection Process Direct Link
2012    Incoming U9’s    U8 Pre Travel Program Click here!
2011    Incoming U10’s    Age Group Academy Click here!
2010    Incoming U11’s    Age Group Academy
2009    Incoming U12’s    Evaluation Festivals Click here!
2008    Incoming U13’s    Evaluation Festivals
2007    Incoming U14’s    Open Practice Sessions Click here!
2006    Incoming U15's    Open Practice Sessions

 

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