goal is to provide a safe, fun, and enjoyable environment for all youth in our community
to experience the great sport of Soccer.
The Evaluation Process:
What can Parents and Players expect?
Every year the WYSA Soccer commissioners get a large
variety of questions concerning the travel soccer evaluation process. We
encourage all inquiries and/or suggestions for improvements. Many inquiries
do come from parents who simply don’t know how the process works, or, in some
cases, have been misinformed via word of mouth. For the record, let’s review
what goes on during the travel soccer evaluation process and just how travel
soccer teams are formed within WYSA. During the annual evaluation period in
May or early June, WYSA organizes an evaluation for all potential new travel
players, as well as existing WYSA travel players. These evaluations are
intended to determine a player’s present soccer abilities, which assist WYSA
in placing the player with the most age appropriate travel team and/or
determining if the player should continue his/her development within other
programs such as the WYSA recreational soccer program. Once your child accept
a position on a team, they will play with that team until tryouts the
Listed below are just some of the questions that have
been asked in the past. If you have additional questions about the evaluation
process, please call your appropriate travel
How will my child be evaluated?
Your child will be evaluated upon a series of soccer
technical skills and upon the participation in small-sided play, i.e. 3 V 3.
The technical skills assessment form can be obtained from WYSA if your child
would like to practice these skills in advance. The players are ranked on
each technical skill and timed for speed in some skills.
In the fairest and most objective manner possible,
multiple independent evaluators and the team’s coaching staff that come to
agreement on each player’s ability for the age group and play level they are
being evaluated for make these assessments.
How are travel teams formed after
WYSA forms travel teams based upon the number of
qualified players and coaches available for each age group. Teams are formed
based largely upon the evaluation results, which includes both technical
skills abilities and small-sided play ratings. These ratings are determined
by agreement among by independent evaluators, team’s coaching staff (if known
by the evaluation dates) and the commissioner. The players will be place on a
team based on the order they were rated.
If more than one team is
formed at an age group, the players will be placed by their ranking order on
the evaluation forms (one (1) being the highest and three (3) being the
lowest. The player will be offered a position on the team by the coach. The
player may except or reject the offer. If the player rejects the offer,
he/she will not be offered another position on a WYSA travel team.
For U-9 and U-10 teams,
this means WYSA will select a minimum of ten (10) and maximum twelve (12)
(Number of players on the roster is determined by the coach). U-9 and U-10
typically carry twelve (12) players to allow everyone playing time. For all
other older teams, this means WYSA will select a minimum of fourteen (14) and
a maximum of 18. The older teams typically carry between fifteen (15) to
seventeen (17) players.
WYSA will post only the
WYSA selected team members for each age group at Shamrock Soccer Complexes.
If a team is short
players after the evaluation and acceptance process, the coach my recruit
players during the off-season to fill his/her team roster (Players that
rejected an offer will not be offered a position).
The only exception to these guidelines concerns the
team’s coaching staff children. These players are fully evaluated right along
with other players, however, if their ranking falls short of WYSA’s selected
team, they automatically become an optional “coaching staff choice” player.
If they evaluate within the selected team, then the coaching staff simply has
another possible roster position. In this manner,
no appropriately qualified player can ever be denied a position on a
travel team due to the skill level of the coach’s children. Remember teams
must stay within roster maximums during each season.
When will I find out the results of evaluations?
WYSA will post the evaluation
results at Shamrock Spring soccer complexes. Your coach will contact you if
you are offered a position on their team. WYSA expects to post the
evaluation results within 48 hours of the final day of evaluations or after
the Habig Tournament. Players / Parents may check these postings. Once the
player has been selected regarding the offer to play for a WYSA team, it is
expected that the player will confirm or deny the offer within 48 hrs of being
contacted. Upon the acceptance of the WYSA offer, it is now mandatory
that the WYSA registration fee for the following year will be paid immediately.
This WYSA fee is $85.00 and covers both the fall and spring soccer seasons.
This fee is non-refundable should a player not fulfill his or her commitment
to play for the WYSA selected team.
How many Travel Teams will there be at my
Unfortunately, this is not known until evaluations are
completed. In certain age groups, there may only be enough qualified players
to form a single team within WYSA. The WYSA travel commissioners are
responsible for making these determinations as they may occur. Additionally,
certain age groups may actually have many qualified players. Again, the WYSA
travel commissioners may choose to field one (1) or even two (2) additional
teams at a particular age grouping. These additional teams would play travel
soccer within the same age grouping; however, these additional teams would
typically play at a different competition level.
Who performs the Evaluations?
WYSA selects a number of respected evaluators that have
experience in recognizing a player’s technical and playing skills. These
evaluators are professional adult players and/or coaches who have personal
experience playing at higher levels of soccer. WYSA compensates these
independent evaluators for their experience and professional opinions in
recognizing a player’s potential. This spectrum of people provides a great
cross-section of experience and yields the fairest of results. The WYSA
coaching staff (if established) is also encouraged to assist in the evaluation
process. Past and present coaching experience can be invaluable in helping to
determine a player’s ability to develop throughout the coming soccer year.
Player qualities such as Attitude, Coach ability, Commitment to practice, and
Gamesmanship are all difficult to determine during a short evaluation period,
thus, coaching staff experiences are invaluable.