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CYSA Travel Soccer Overview: What is travel soccer all about?

CYSA’s Travel program is about playing for your town against other communities in Middlesex County. CYSA Travel teams play in the Middlesex Youth Soccer League (MYSL) and many of the communities are nearby, including; Billerica, Westford, Lowell, and Wilmington. You can see the entire MYSL town list by clicking on this MYSL member town link. The Travel program is not high pressure, but does require a higher level of commitment than the Intramural program. CYSA encourages its coaches to focus on the kids having fun while developing as soccer players and people. Players are expected to attend all practices and the game each week.

 

The Travel Program fields teams in five age brackets: Grades 3 & 4, Grades 5 & 6, Grade 7 & 8, Grade 9 & 10 and Grades 11 & 12. Several teams are formed in each age bracket based on the number of player registrations for the season. Within each age bracket MYSL has five divisions (division 1 being the most competitive). We do our best to get every player on a team each season and each team placed in the appropriate division. As much as possible, teams stay together between the fall and spring season in order to build a stronger team. However, this may be required to change based on the total number of registered players.  Coaches assigned to travel teams are most often parents from someone on those teams and are generally the most experienced in the CYSA program and have obtained coaching licenses through Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). That being said, CYSA does not accommodate requests for the Travel program.

 

In the fall season there is no post season play. In the spring, when it’s more competitive, the top teams in each division are eligible for post-season championship play. In divisions 1 and 2 of Grade 5 & 6 and above, the winners have the possibility to advance and play in the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions (MTOC). Post season play takes place in June each year.

The following table outlines the differences/similarities between age brackets.

 

 

Grade 3 & 4

Grade 5 & 6

Grade 7 & 8

Grade 9 & 10

Grade 11 & 12

Seasons Played

Fall and Spring

Fall and Spring

Fall and Spring

Spring Only

Spring Only

Games per Season

9 Fall
10 Spring

9 Fall
10 Spring

9 Fall
10 Spring

7 - 8

7 - 8

Players on Field (including keeper)

7 v 7

9 v 9

11 v 11

11 v 11

11 v 11

Practices per Week

2 at
90 minutes each

2 at
90 minutes each

2 at
90 minutes each

2 at
90 minutes each

2 at
90 minutes each

Games

Saturdays
two 25 minute halves

Saturdays
two 30 minute halves

Saturdays
two 35 minute halves

Sundays
two 40 minute halves

Sundays
two 45 minute halves

Attendance at Assessments/Evaluations (minimum 1 session)

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

No

Soccer Ball Size

#4

#4

#5

#5

#5

MYSL Rules and Roster Size Definitions

MYSL Rules Link

 

All eligible players are encouraged to register for the Travel program - IT'S A GREAT EXPERIENCE!

 

Travel Teams Practice/Training Schedule

See your coach for details

  

ASSESSMENTS/EVALUATIONS

Each year in the May time frame CYSA holds Travel assessments/evaluations for grades 3 through 8. These assessments/evaluations along with coach evaluation are used to place players on the appropriate level team for the following fall and spring season. Please note: placement on one team in the fall does not guarantee placement on the same team in the spring.  Placement may change based primarily on the number of registered participants.  There are two assessments/evaluations nights for each age/gender group over a 2 week period. Click  HERE to find out more about the assessment process.

  
UNIFORMS

All players on CYSA’s Travel teams will purchase a full uniform (jersey, shorts, and socks) from Center Sports in Chelmsford Center. Uniforms can be reused as long as there are no number conflicts between players and no change in uniform style. Players may be required to purchase a new uniform when moving to a new age bracket. This will be determined by the Travel Directors. Players will be informed when they need to get a new uniform. Newly purchased uniforms can be used for at least 1 year — fall and spring. Players can also order replacement items at any time through Center Sports. Jersey number conflicts will be resolved by the Travel Director.

  
PLAYER NOTIFICATION

Players will be notified of their team placement by their assigned Travel Coach after rosters have been submitted to the MYSL Travel league. Players who are not able to be placed on teams will be notified in advance of players who are placed on teams by the Travel Director. Players who are not placed on teams may request to be wait listed if a roster opening should occur, or they may request a full refund including any late fees. In the case of Grades 3 & 4 players only, players may choose to play in the Intramural program and receive a rebate for the difference in the registration fee.

   
PASSCARDS

Player and coach identification is defined by the USSF and MYSA, and this ID is called a passcard. For MYSL Travel teams, passcards are required only in the spring season for all travel coaches and for players Grades 5 & 6 and above. The Travel Directors require a passport-style (head shot) electronic color photo for players and coaches to be submitted as part of the spring travel registration process in order to create these passcards. If you are unable to provide an electronic color photo please contact your Travel Director to make other arrangements.

  

Travel Playing Up Guideline

See CYSA Policy Page under Organization Menu.

 

Travel Coaching Guideline

CYSA strives to provide the most experienced coaches in the Travel program. To achieve this goal we encourage all volunteers to be certified through the Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA). Although there are no requirements to be a certified coach in the CYSA Travel program, we highly encourage coaches to have certain minimum certifications at the various age levels. For Grade 3 & 4 and Grade 5 & 6, coaches should be certified at the ‘F’ level or higher and for Grade 7 and above at the ‘E’ level or higher. Please see go to MYSA Coaching area to get more details on the available training through Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association.

 

When assigning coaches to teams, the Travel Directors will assign coaches based on various criteria which includes, but is not limited to: playing experience, training, licenses, team continuity (season to season and year to year), and coach evaluations.

 

Travel Team Placement Policy

Players will be placed on teams based on their Player Ranking in their Age Group as determined by:

1.    Results of annual spring assessments/evaluations

2.    Coach evaluations from most recent playing seasons

 

Annual spring assessments/evaluations(May) consist of organized skills and/or game stations where all players in each age group are scored on specific criteria relative to their peers. Coach evaluations are performed according to a specific process in order to rank players on a given team relative to their peers. Players MUST attend at least 1 full two hour session and preferably both in order for CYSA to better assess the player’s skill level and place them appropriately.

 

For CYSA Travel, players are NEVER placed based on requests, for example: to play with friends, coaching requests, car pools, etc. Players are also NEVER placed to accommodate filling team coaching requirements.

 

The number of players in the Travel program change every year, just as every player’s skills and overall development change. Therefore players are never guaranteed to be placed on the same team with the same group of players each year. Players are evaluated each year using their most recent evaluation results and coach evaluations to ensure players are placed properly. Players typically stay on the same team for 1 year — fall to spring. Players may change teams from the fall to spring seasons based on players leaving and entering the program.

It is the goal of CYSA to place all players on teams. In the event where there are more players than roster openings, players will be placed according the following priority:

 

1.    Register within the regular registration period and participate in at least 1 assessment/evaluation.

2.    Register within the wait list registration period and participate in at least 1 assessment/evaluation.

3.    Players who DO NOT participate in at least one assessment/evaluation.*

 

* Players who DO NOT participate in at least one assessment/evaluation will ONLY be placed on a team if there are roster spots available. Players who are unable to participate in assessments/evaluations for certain reasons, such as injury, may be given prioritized placement at the discretion of the Travel Director, provided that the Director is notified in writing (Email) in advance of the assessments/evaluations.

 

Travel Team Game Playing Time Policy

Players participating in weekly practices must play a minimum of 40% of the game that week, except for injuries or disciplinary actions. Playing time is determined by the coach’s discretion for those players who do not participate in any weekly practices.

 

Travel Information and Links

Travel Coach Evaluation Form (Google Form Format)

 

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