Is your child trying out for a travel soccer team?
If so, this letter is for you...
WSA Travel Try Outs – Spring 2015
Every Spring many players try out for 1 of the more than 30 travel teams that the Westfield SA fields every year. Although the tryouts are only a piece of the puzzle, for all players currently in travel, the tryouts create more stress for players and parents than necessary. If your son or daughter has already played travel as part of the Westfield SA we have gathered a decent amount of information to help us determine where your son or daughter fits best.
It is important to know that the number 1 goal each year during the process of forming teams is to make sure that players are assigned to play for a team that best fits their needs. It is very important to realize that players need to play in the right environment to maximize their growth. The WSA is fortunate enough to be able to field several teams per age group and we aim to field teams containing players of similar abilities. Since we are capable of fielding multiple teams in an age group we aim to get all our players on a team of a similar skill level.
Although it is not always easy as a parent, it is very important to be realistic and realize that playing on the first team is not the #1 priority. We would hate to see a player lose confidence in his or her skills because the player was misplaced on a team that didn’t fit his or her needs. The placement of players is the key to ensure players enjoy the experience and are given the opportunity to develop. We continue to monitor the development of all players in the travel program throughout the year. We aim to develop all of the players within the program and will move players from team to team if it will benefit the players in question. In the end, we ask that both players and parents worry less about being placed on a particular team and to focus on enjoying the privilege and reward of being placed on a travel team.
When discussing the placement of players we definitely value the talent of the players in our program. However, it is very important to understand that talent is not the only decider though, as we also consider a players attitude, effort, commitment, perseverance, coach ability and discipline. We all know that talent is important, but isn’t the only skill needed to be successful in our travel program.
As mentioned before, the tryouts are only a part of the puzzle. We bring in independent evaluators to run our tryouts, who have no previous history of working with the players to get another look at our players. These evaluators might catch something we have missed previously. Players should not worry about making mistakes during a try out. We all know that this is can happen and we, for that reason, put the players in situations where they are given the opportunity to touch the ball as often as possible. Playing a 4v4 game during a tryout will give a player a lot more touches on the ball and more opportunities for a player to showcase their playing ability, than playing an 8v8 or 11v11 game.
In the end we do everything possible to make sure that the player placement is handled with care. We value all our players playing in our travel program and want to make sure they are all given the opportunity to enjoy the experience. If you have any questions on the process please do not hesitate to contact us.
Yours in soccer,
WSA Travel program
Charlie Falletta – VP girls travel soccer Scott Knaul – VP boys travel soccer Ruben Vloedgraven – Director of coaching for the Westfield Soccer Association
In an effort to continue its mission of soccer education the Westfield Soccer Association (Club) is pleased to announce the formation of two summer training sessions. These camps will be open to all area families who wish to enroll their child or children in the camp. The camps will be run by our current WSA and FC Premier coaches who will provide an excellent environment to learn the game and to enjoy the summer in a positive, productive way. Yvette Cepiel and Tony Perfilio will once again create the camp curriculum and be the hands on trainers at each and every session.
Westfield Soccer Summer Camp Philosophy
We believe that the player should have as much contact with the ball as possible.
Ball contact is the only way to become comfortable and to develop foot skills.
We believe that the player should be exposed to game scenarios during training, which will enable them to make quick decisions during matches.
Development of speed of thought and improvisation; the players need to have freedom to create and learn from the mistakes, and by all means to have fun.
The game is the best teacher.
Our goal is not to create professional players, but to educate players and share our passion for the game while developing each child into the best soccer player that he or she can be.
Two sessions being offered:
Session One: July 13-17
Boys and Girls U6 - U14 (born between Aug 1, 2000 and July 31, 2009)
Online registration will close July 6th. Walkups can still be processed on the field, but camp shirt and ball are not guaranteed unless you register online.
Note: A 10% discount will be applied for families with multiple children enrolling in a session or for players that attend more than one session. The discount amount will be refunded at the conclusion of session two. The discount does not apply to Specialty Camp enrollment.
FC Premier Tryout Registration for 2015-2016 teams is now open. See below for tryout information by age group.
:***FC Premier has its own registration system. You will need to create a new account. This is separate from the old WSA registration system as well as the new WSA registration system. Use primary adult contact (name, email, password) when creating account - you will add youth player later in the process.
The WSA has always been known as a club with a healthy vision on player development, creating an environment in which our players are given the opportunity to grow and foster a love for the game. In the ever changing landscape of youth soccer it might be very hard for parents to stay up to date with the latest developments. Due to all the training companies and organizations around us it can be very difficult to work out which training opportunities will benefit your child the most.
Last August the WSA decided to partner up with Next Gen USA. Next Gen is an organization that provides additional training opportunities for players that are not only talented, but have a healthy drive to get better and who are committed to soccer. Next Gen is not a training company, but a nonprofit organization. They aim to develop not only the athlete but also the child through field and classroom sessions focused on topics that can help them the rest of their lives.
To be considered for the program players have to be recommended by a club’s DOC after consulting with the training staff of the club, before being invited to a training opportunity at 1 of the training facilities used by Next Gen. Due to the number of players that are recommended not everybody is accepted, which helps to ensure the standard of play stays very high.
Players who are invited either go through the Emerging Talent Center (ETC) or the Talent Identification Program (TIP). The standard of both programs is high, with the best players being invited to the TIP program, which is free of charge. Acceptance is not guaranteed and nobody can join the program without receiving a recommendation from the club.
We will continue to take advantage of relationship that we have with Next Gen. The DOC and staff working in Westfield will continue to monitor the development of our players and recommend players if we feel they can benefit from an opportunity to train in the Next Gen program. It is very important to note that we can’t recommend all of our players to the Next Gen program because of the high standard of the program. Players that do not make the Next Gen program could be referred to a training organization for additional training to continue their development, but WSA and FC Premier players will need to be referred by the club to get in to the Next Gen program. Several of our players have already gone through the programs and we will continue to provide players with the opportunity to join the program where we see fit.
We are very excited to be affiliated with Next Gen as they are known as an organization to focus on the development of the players both on and off the field. Through this affiliation we can continue to provide our members with opportunities to better themselves as we have done for many years. If anyone has any questions about the above please contact the director of coaching of the Westfield Soccer Association through email at email@example.com.
The WSA is moving to a new registration system beginning this spring. Some programs will be using the old system a little bit longer, but we hope that by Fall Programming 2015 everyone should be on the new system. We believe that you will find it easier to use and navigate. Due to the change, you will be required to create a new account.
We appreciate your cooperation during this transition!!!
The Westfield Soccer Association offers Scholarship Awards to graduating High School seniors who have contributed to the success of the Westfield Soccer Association program. Scholarships are awarded in increments of $500.00 or $1,000.00 and the Scholarship program is open to any past or present Westfield Soccer Association member (Players and Referees) in good standing entering a post secondary institution. To apply applicants will have:
Contributed to the success of the Westfield Soccer Association (Players, Referees).
Participated in Westfield Soccer Association programs at any level or in any area for a minimum of three consecutive years.
Demonstrated contributions to the sport of soccer in areas such as leadership, volunteerism and community service.
Promoted team success over individual achievement.
Demonstrated the principles of Sportsmanship throughout their membership.
Candidates for consideration may be self-nominated or nominated by any member in good standing of the Westfield Soccer Association. Applicants are encouraged to include a recommendation from a coach or another familliar with the candidate. Applications are due by May 15, 2015 and successful candidates will be informed on or around June 15, 2013.