Scarsdale Youth Soccer Club

Third Grade Travel Soccer 2012-2013

 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: The Scarsdale Youth Soccer Club fields teams that play Sunday games with other area teams in the Westchester Youth Soccer League (“WYSL”).  These are set teams that play on a weekly basis under the supervision of certified trained referees. Scores are kept internally by the league (for future seeding purposes), but at this age level NO scores are published.  The goal is “playing” not “winning”.  

The most important things about playing soccer at this age are sportsmanship, skill development, and children learning how to work as part of a team. This is of paramount importance to our club and league, and is the reason for the league’s sportsmanship program. The program exists at all age groups, but it’s highlighted for our youngest players. There are pins to celebrate player acts of sportsmanship, and patches and awards for those teams that show exemplary sportsmanship during the season.  Each team is rated by the referees at each game.  Good sportsmanship is expected of the players, parents and coaches. We are ALL expected to be respectful on our fields.

ELIGIBILITY: Incoming third graders generally play on “U9” teams.  “U-9” stands for “Under 9 years old as of August 1, 2012. Your child's birth date must be no earlier than 8/1/2003 to be eligible for next fall's (2012) third grade team. If you have an "older third grader", you should immediately contact our registrar at registrar@scarsdalesoccer.org to ask whether your child can try out for a U10 team.

DATES AND SCHEDULE:

The FALL 2012 season for the third grade teams will be comprised of 8-10 Sunday games.  The games for third graders start at noon* or later. Approximately half of these games are in Scarsdale, and the other half of the games are usually within Westchester, but might be in the Bronx or Manhattan. All teams play in the Westchester Youth Soccer League.  The SPRING 2013 season will begin in April and will also be comprised of 8-10 Sunday games.

The Westchester Youth Soccer League establishes the game schedule shortly before the season begins.   The current season schedule for Scarsdale teams can be viewed by clicking here.

 *While the games for this age group START at Noon or later, your child will be required to be at the field at least 1/2 hour before the start of each game, which may be some distance away. Plan accordingly.

TEAM FORMATION:

We do not hold tryouts for U9 players.  For children who register by June 1, 2012, team placement is by elementary school district in the first instance.  If a school has too many or too few children for a team, we will combine players from different schools.  In the event that there are too few or too many children in a school district for a single team, all children who register on time will be placed with at least one other child from their school district.  We cannot consider requests for placement with specific other children.  In placing late registrants and registrants for the Winter training and Spring program consideration is given first to relative team size to best balance playing time across the age group.  There is no guarantee that new players will be placed with children from their elementary school neighborhood.*  Please note that these placements are only for the 2012-13 seasonal year.  Each Spring, beginning in Spring of the year they are in third grade, all SYSC travel players are professionally evaluated by our professional training organization, UKElite.  These evaluations are used to place them on homogeneous teams for the following seasonal year in keeping with the club's developmental objectives.

Registrants for the Winter/Spring Third Grade program will be be placed on the wait list and notified from time to time on a rolling basis as spots become available, but no sooner than December 20, 2012.

Please volunteer as a parent manager/parent assistant coach if you would like to get involved.  All teams need at least 1 parent volunteer with a coaching card in order for the team to play.  

*This placement policy for Spring play includes any player who withdrew from the Fall program and chooses to rejoin in the Spring.

THE PROGRAM

Scarsdale Youth Soccer Club is please to have UK Elite professional trainers for all U9 teams.  The professional trainers will conduct all team practices, optional skills clinics, and coach League games. 

The U9 program is design for children who are interested in playing soccer competitively. The professional trainers will help each child develop their skills regardless of their prior soccer experience and ability. UK Elite trainers will provide instruction and skill building programs that are meant to be fun. The goal is to provide a positive soccer experience and to instill a love for the game.

Parent Volunteers: All of our third grade teams will be professionally coached and trained.  However, we need also need parent volunteers to serve as  assistant coaches and managers.  We welcome new coaches and managers. There is a formal process by which we will evaluate all applicants for our coaching and managerial positions. All new coaches and managers must complete an official ($10) background check (in which they are required to enter their social security numbers online), and attend a 2-hour orientation to participate in our league. In addition, all new assistant coaches must attend an 8-hour coaching course (in January or February of 2012), THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THESE POLICIES.  The parent coach must become certified (complete the courses) before the start of the spring season or the team will not be able to play in the spring because "temporary" coaching passes are not permitted by the league during the spring season.  If you are interested, please read our coaching responsibilities at www.scarsdalesoccer.org/ForCoaches

TIME COMMITMENT: Each team will have 2 practices and a Sunday game each week of the season. Practices are at local fields after school and on Saturdays. Practices are scheduled  after teams are formed  to best accomodate the trainer's schedule and those of as many players as possible.  We understand that some players will have unavoidable conflicts but try to avoid major conflicts that affect large groups of children.  Every family should understand the commitment expected for travel soccer.  Please read the club's Policy on Commitment.

Finally, all elementary school travel soccer players must register and play Village Recreation Soccer during the Fall season. These games are scheduled on Saturdays by the Scarsdale Department of Recreation.  Please go to www.scarsdale.com to sign up for Village Recreation Soccer.  There is no rec soccer in the Spring.

REGISTRATION: Registration for the full  year of Third Grade Soccer is $1200.   This fee is for the Fall and Spring programs.  It also covers some club sponsored winter training and clinics.  It does not cover uniforms, tournaments, winter leagues, or additional winter training that teams may arrange.  If you have a financial concern please email the Club Treasurer to arrange a confidential payment plan or request financial aid.  Registration for winter training and the Spring program only is $700.  Wait listed players will not be charged  unless they are offered and accept a spot by completing payment online.

REFUND POLICY: Refunds generally are not given for any reason.  However, after the Fall season, we do allow Third Grade players a limited opportunity to opt out of the Spring season.  A partial refund will be provided to Third Grade players who notify the Club Registrar by December 15, 2012 of their desire to withdraw. Players who do not notify the Club Registrar of their decision to withdraw by that date will not receive any refund or credit.

LATE REGISTRATION: Please register for the wait list.  If there is a spot for your child you will receive an email from the registrar instructing you to complete payment. There is no charge for registering for the wait list. Late registrants for the Fall or Spring season will be charged a $50 late registration fee. For the winter/ spring registration this will go into effect on January 1, 2013.

When completing your child’s online registration, please be sure to upload a current photo of your child (headshot, passport style).  This photo will be used by the league in July to create a Player’s Pass for your child.  This is important because no child is permitted to play without a player’s pass and the club cannot obtain passes at the last minute.

UPLOADING PHOTOGRAPHS FOR PLAYER PASSES

To to your family account page:

  • Select "account settings" on the right side of the page
  • Select the name of the person whose picture you wish to update or add
  • Select "add image" on the right side of the page
  • Click on the upload image button to upload a new or updated picture

    If your current picture is less than 2 years old you do not need to update your picture. 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to uploading a photo to your on-line registration account, you will need to mail a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport  to the club registrar, Lisa Wager at 19 Dickel Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.   AS SOON AS YOUR CHILD IS PLACED ON A TEAM, you will be required to submit medical forms to your team manager.

If you have any questions please email registrar@scarsdalesoccer.org

Hope to see you out on the soccer field!

Registration for Spring 2013 Soccer is closed.