**WSA Travel Soccer Registration for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 season is nowOPEN**
If you have already registered, thank you.
Registration is now open for travel soccer tryouts for the Fall 2016 / Spring 2017 season. You must register for travel soccer tryouts through the WSA website to participate in the tryouts. The tryout registration fee of $175 will be applied to the travel soccer program fees for the season for those that make a travel team and a partial refund will be given to any family with a player that tries out for travel soccer but does not make a team. To register on line, please click here.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – WE HAVE SOME CHANGES THIS YEAR
The CJSA and the SWD will be implementing some changes next year that will be nationwide following a directive by the US Soccer Federation. The guidelines involve field size, player numbers, and the age cutoffs. While the field size changes will be optional next year, we will be changing the number of players and age cutoffs. Here is what is most important to note:
Beginning in the Fall U9 games will be 7 v 7 (NOT 8 v 8 as in prior seasons)
Age cutoffs are based on the calendar year (NOT August 1st cutoff)
We will be removing the U14 age group and will have a U15 age group that will contain both U14 and U15 players. This allows some 8th graders, not yet in High School, to participate.
We will likely begin naming the teams by the calendar year, e.g. 2007 Girls / Boys Westport Blue. In the meantime, below shows you how you can figure out what age group your child will play:
Year Season Ends – Birth Year = Age Group
Upcoming tryouts are for the 2016-2017 Seasonal Year
Players born in 2008 and 2009 (U8 and U9): Tryouts will be held on Monday, May 9, 2016 and Monday, May 16, 2016 for all players trying out for next season’s U9 Teams (players born between in 2008 or 2009). Registration will remain open for U9 teams until midnight on Sunday, May 8, 2016.
Players born in 2007 – 2002 (U10-U15 Teams): Tryouts for next season’s U10 through U15 teams will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016 and Friday, May 20, 2016. Registration will remain open for U10-14 until midnight on Thursday, May 12, 2016.
All current Travel players interested in playing next year, must register and tryout.
All players should attend BOTH tryout sessions within their age group. Make up sessions are ONLY scheduled in the event fields are closed due to weather.
All players must tryout in the appropriate age group according to the USYS Age Group Matrix, no exceptions.
For the complete try out schedule, including the dates, times and locations of all travel soccer tryouts, please click here.
Please join Mickey Kydes, WSA Program Director and WSA Board Members for an informational meeting about the WSA Travel soccer program Wednesday, May 4th at Long Lots Elementary School auditorium.
7:30 – 8:15 pm will be geared to New To WSA Travel parents
8:15 – 8:45 pm will review new US Soccer Initiatives – geared to new and existing parents of WSA Travel players
As we begin the spring 2016 WSA soccer season, please follow these important parking and traffic rules when you are dropping off and picking up your kids from practices and games. Please make the extra effort to PARK your vehicle in the designated parking areas at each field and WALK your kids to and from the field when dropping them off and when picking them up.
Please be extra vigilant when driving through the parking areas at the fields. Please DO NOT park or stop next to the field at CMS Front or in the school bus drop off loop at Long Lots Elementary School. Also, please DO NOT park or stop along the field side of Wakeman access road. Please note that the Westport Police Department will be patrolling these areas for parking violations.
The safety of your children is our highest priority. With everyone’s cooperation and a little extra time and effort we can ensure their continued safety while going to and coming from practices and games.
The Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (“CJSA”) has adopted the US Soccer and US Youth Soccer (national governing bodies for soccer in the US) rules regarding heading. These rules take effect on April 1, 2016 and must be enforced by coaches, referees and club administrators.
Compliance is mandatory for all CJSA members (the WSA is a member of the CJSA).
Heading Restrictions which apply to games and practices
Players who are 10 and younger
No player who is 10 or younger may deliberately head the ball, regardless of the age group of the team they are playing on. This includes all activities where CJSA insurance applies, such as practices, scrimmages, and competitions at all levels.
No player on a U11 team or a combined team including the U11 Age Group, (e.g. U11/12), even if the player has turned 11, may head the ball deliberately.
For the WSA this means that headers are not allowed on any of our U11 teams, regardless if the player is 11 or older. Imagine trying to run a practice or referee a game where some players are able to head and some are not. Therefore no heading for our U-11 groups or any individual player who might be playing up an age group to U12.
This restriction will be enforced in competitions for teams U11 and younger (including combined age brackets including U11 and younger) by award of an indirect free kick for the opposing team. Coaches and parents are responsible for applying this restriction for players who are 10 or younger and playing up.
REC Soccer League:
Kindergarten:NO HEADING ALLOWED
1st Grade Rec: NO HEADING ALLOWED
2nd Grade Rec: NO HEADING ALLOWED
3rd Grade Rec:NO HEADING ALLOWED
4th Grade Rec: NO HEADING ALLOWED
5th/6th grade Rec Plus: NO HEADING ALLOWED
7th/8th grade rec plus: HEADING IS ALLOWED*
All High School Rec Plus: HEADING IS ALLOWED
WSA Travel Teams
U9:NO HEADING ALLOWED
U10:NO HEADING ALLOWED
U11:NO HEADING ALLOWED
U12 AND OLDER:HEADING ALLOWED IF PLAYER IS 11 OR OLDER *
* Players who are 11-13.
Players who are age 11 to 13 and on teams for age groups U12 and older, are restricted to up to 30 minutes of practice heading the ball per week. There is no restriction on the number of times these players can head the ball in a competition, unless the team is competing in a combined bracket that includes U11.