WMYSA Announcement for Fall 2008
As part of WMYSA’s strategy and long term vision and commitment to:
· Improve youth soccer player opportunities to play travel soccer
· Advance youth soccer player development for all youth interested in growing in soccer skills in an affordable environment
· Give youth players the best soccer progression opportunities by being aligned with USSF’s largest and most recognized nationwide Youth Soccer program
The WMYSA Board has recently explored options to best serve a growing interest in select level soccer opportunities below the U9 level currently offered by the league. Studying the trends in other states and the using the best practice approach of soccer experts at the state and national level, a series of phased improvements have been reviewed and approved for implementation in WMYSA starting with the tryouts for the Fall 2008 season.
Immediate Change for Fall 2008
The WMYSA Board has approved a change in the rules and regulations regarding the participation of U8 players in WMYSA. As part of the strategic vision for 2007, WMYSA expanded the U9 age group for travel teams by allowing minimal number of underage appropriate players to play in WMYSA. After a review of this policy coupled with a request from member clubs, WMYSA has decided to open the U9 division to all U9 and U8 players without restrictions. The limitation of a maximum of three (3) U8 players on a U9 team will be eliminated effective for the 2008 tryouts and team formation for play in Fall 2008. U7 players will continue to be excluded from league play (see U7 option below).
Creation of Training Teams
The WMYSA Board has approved a new and innovative concept for the training of players “interested in growing in soccer skills in an affordable environment” while ensuring the players, coaches, and clubs are protected under the MSYSA umbrella of conduct and insurance. Starting with the 2008 tryouts, WMYSA will sanction a U8/U7 Training Squad within each club for those players who are interested in advanced training but the requirements of a travel schedule of a U9 team is not desired or appropriate for the U8/U7 player. Players on the U8/U7 Training squad would be registered as a single academy per club. This first fall season would be a local only practice / development activity with potential ad hoc inter-club scrimmage sessions.
The Future in WMYSA – Spring 2009 and Beyond
Exciting changes are also being planned for Spring 2009 (pilot) and for the 2009/2010 league season to expand upon the Training Team concept. WMYSA is working on a comprehensive structure for all clubs to create a travel Academy concept, based on the concepts and best practices being touted by the US Soccer Federation, for U8 and below that will allow all clubs to create a world-class innovative learning and development environment that will include opportunities for multi-club interaction to provide for the travel soccer player of the future.