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For players in grades 5-8, NYSA teams play teams from surrounding towns in the Essex County Youth Soccer Association (ECYSA).  Unlike the NYSA it-town program, ECYSA maintains all the administrative scheduling and team and roster management. For information on schedules, rules, etc. please visit the ECYSA website here.
 


Overview
The goal of the NYSA U12/U14 program is to continue the player development process, helping to build individual and team skills. Unlike younger levels, players are placed on teams according to skill level
 through a thorough player evaluation process articulated in detail below. Half of the games are home games and are played on Saturdays in Newburyport. The remaining games are away games in towns throughout Essex County.

Practices are generally 2-3 times per week in the early evening though the individual coaches may make other arrangements at the consensus of the team. Practice times and days are determined by the coaches.

Seasons run in the fall and spring and include playoff games at the end of the spring season.

 


Player Evaluation
The goal of the evaluation process is to maintain a fair, objective and thorough process for assessing player abilities and skills in order to place each player onto a team that will best challenge their current level of play. There are no "cuts" and every player will be placed on a team. Players are expected to attend the in person evaluation session.
 


Evaluation Process
Evaluations are held once a year in the Spring. Players must register online with NYSA prior to evaluations and provide payment, a copy of the player's birth certificate, a headshot image, and signed release forms (these are within the online registration). NYSA has developed a two step process to place players on the appropriate teams. Information from each part of the process is used to form the teams.

 

  • Coach EvaluationAll players that register for the program will be evaluated by their current coach. A written player evaluation will be submitted to the travel director prior to the end of the Spring season.

  • In Person Evaluation Session (aka try out): Players are evaluated during a one day evaluation session. Teams of evaluators (a neutral third party, travel coaches, former coaches) rate players on performance during a series of stations that showcase a variety of soccer skills and abilities. Players wear numbered pinnies and are not identified by name or current team. Parent coaches cannot evaluate their own child or the gender/level they will be coaching. Parents are not permitted to attend the session.

We understand that no process is perfect, however NYSA believes this process results in a fair and unbiased evaluation player evaluation.

 

What coaches look for at the tryouts
Below is a sample of skills and techniques that the evaluator will be looking for during the tryouts:

  • Dribbling – ball control, inside/outside foot control, pace of dribbling, feinting, inside/outside cutting skills, acceleration and deceleration with ball, head up while dribbling.

  • Passing –technique with both feet (inside/outside of foot), crisp/accurate passing to feet and to space, pace of pass, movement after passing. 

  • First Touch/Ball Control – trapping and receiving ball in front of body, positioning to field when receiving, head up and field awareness after controlling ball.

  • Defending – marking player, pressuring player without over committing, body position when defending, stopping forward progress, tackling/gaining control of ball, knowing when to clear ball vs. dribble/pass

  • Shielding – body position when under pressure

  • Heading – attacking/striking ball with forehead, heading for control, passing or clearing.

  • Speed – quickness off/to ball, acceleration to ball/space, change of direction and deceleration 

  • Strength – standing ground and/or winning position 

  • Aggressiveness – attacking and going to the ball on defense, attacking and dribbling around/through defenders on offense, attacking and finishing shots 

  • Communication – calling for the ball, directing players to space 

  • Field/Game Awareness – head up view of the entire field/game, awareness of other players, knowing when to pass vs. dribble or shoot, seeing plays materialize and moving to position 

  • Attitude – are they having fun? Positive to other players/referees, not giving up on plays, sportsmanship, coachability, overall potential.


 
Team Formation
After completion of the tryout process, the travel director compiles the data from the coach evaluations and the skill evaluation sessions and builds “proposed” teams based on the data.


The Director then schedules and leads a meeting with U12 and U14 coaches to assess proposed teams based on raw data.  This meeting will serve as an interactive forum to build teams based on the data and coach input. The next step is for the board to approve the teams and the teams are posted by mid-August each year on Newburyportsoccer.com. 

 

 

Uniforms

Uniform purchasing information can be found here. All players must have matching uniforms with unique numbers. If uniforms do not match, games will be forefeited.