Westfield Soccer Association

Travel Team Selection Process

Travel Team Selection for the Fall of 2020

This section is meant for all WSA members who are interested in becoming a part of the travel program for the Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 seasons. During the Spring of 2020 we will go through the process of selecting these teams, making sure that everyone interested is given the opportunity to be seen and evaluated.

Number 1 objective – Being placed in the right environment

Our travel program starts at U9, which means that anyone born in 2012 (or before) is eligible to try out. It is important that everyone who wants to be considered for a travel team takes part in the entire process, to give us a chance to assess where a player currently is in his or her development. It is important to know that the number one objective 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. Someone needs may change, therefor is it important to assess and evaluate players each year.  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 player or 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.

Travel Team Selection

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 item considered, as we also consider a player’s attitude, effort, commitment, perseverance, coach ability and discipline. We all know that talent is important, but as in life, not the only factor that determines where we end up. We gather information from a variety of sources to ensure we have the data needed to place players on the right team for the 2020-2021 seasons. As part of the process we will run programs in the Spring that will provide us with information on all interested players and help us with the team selection.

Travel Commitment – general outline

We ask our travel players to commit to soccer four days a week (three 90-minute training sessions and one game) and their effort, attendance, and participation is critical to the success of the program and their development.

The Fall Season starts shortly after Labor Day weekend, with teams often starting their team practice sessions late August. The Fall Season runs through November, typically finishing the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The Spring Season starts early March and wraps up right around Memorial Day Weekend. Depending on the age and the level a team competes at this may be extended into June.

Please note that almost all travel teams do participate in winter training as well. On top of that the WSA does also offer all travel players the opportunity to take part in an in-house futsal league every winter. This in-house futsal league is set up for those players interested in additional practice-play time over the winter.

It is important to remember that the team selection IS NOT solely based on the participation of our members in the programs below. We gather information through mid-year and end of Spring evaluations from professional and head coaches as part of the process.

Anyone who is interested to play travel during the 2020-2021 seasons needs to take part in the program they are eligible for based on their year of birth. Participation, however, doesn’t guarantee placement in the travel program.

Travel Team Selection - Spring 2020
Year of Birth Age Group 2019-2020 Selection Process Direct Link
2012    Incoming U9’s    U8 Pre Travel Program Click here!
2011    Incoming U10’s    Age Group Academy Click here!
2010    Incoming U11’s    Age Group Academy
2009    Incoming U12’s    Evaluation Festivals Click here!
2008    Incoming U13’s    Evaluation Festivals
2007    Incoming U14’s    Open Practice Sessions Click here!
2006    Incoming U15's    Open Practice Sessions

 

For more info on these specific programs and how to register please see below.


Incoming U9s – Pre Travel Program

Our travel program starts at U9. All WSA members born in 2012 are eligible to take part in the U8 Academy/Pre Travel Program which is run to help form our U9 travel teams for the 2020-2021 seasons. To give all players the opportunity to be seen as often as possible and to fairly asses and evaluate them all, we run the U8 Pre Travel Program during the Spring of 2020.

Anyone who wants to be considered for an U9 travel team needs to take part in the U8 Pre Travel Program.

Over the course of 8 weeks all players will go through age specific training to help develop the players’ ability and help increase their knowledge of the basic principles of play. Each week 2 sessions will take place which our ran by professional coaches, let by our academy director. Players will be evaluated from week to week to track their growth and to ensure that they are placed on a team where they fit best. At the conclusion, all players in the program will take part in the pre travel tournament, which takes place on June 6th and 7th.

For more information on the U8 Pre Travel Program please see below,

U8 Pre Travel Program

We have also scheduled an information session for all parents of the participants in the U8 Pre Travel Program. We highly recommend that all parents make an effort to attend this event. During this presentation we will explain how the travel teams are formed. We will also discuss what it means to commit to a travel soccer team.

Information Night – Incoming U9’s

Tuesday 4/14 – 7:00PM – Location: Knights of Columbus, North Avenue

All travel teams will be announced on the evening of Sunday June the 7th


Incoming U10s and U11s – Age Group Academies

Anyone born in 2011 (incoming U10’s) or born in 2010 (incoming U11’s) will need to register for an age group academy. This includes all current travel players and any non-travel players (Intercountry/Rec) who want to be considered for a 2020-2021 travel team.

Over the course of 8 weeks all players will go through age specific training under the guidance of an academy director, supported by the WSA professional staff. We believe that running an 8 week academy style program is more beneficial when evaluating all interested players. Players will continue to train, with professional coaches, while assessing and evaluating all players in a group. This should limit the stress on all players taking part. They get to train and play throughout the process.

In these formative years, movement of players between teams is very common and we want to ensure that we have enough information on all players to place them on the right team for the following year. This program is open for anyone who is interested to play travel, all current travel players should take part.

In addition to the academy evaluations, we will also ask the head coach and professional coach for each team to fill out a player evaluation. These evaluations are also part of the decision-making process. For Intercounty players, we will solicit evaluations from our Intercounty trainers. 

This academy program will replace 1 of the weekly practice sessions for all our U9 and U10 travel teams through April and May.

It is a necessity to take part in this program if you want to be considered for an U10 or U11 travel, but taking part does not guarantee you a spot on a travel team.

Year of Birth

Gender

Day

Time

Location

Start & End Date

2011

Boys

Monday

5:00-6:30PM

Houlihan

3/23 Through 5/18 (Skip 4/6)

2011

Girls

Tuesday

3:30-5:00PM

Houlihan

3/24 Through 5/19 (Skip 4/7)

2010

Boys

Monday

3:30-5:00PM

Houlihan

3/23 Through 5/18 (Skip 4/6)

2010

Girls

Tuesday

5:00-6:30PM

Houlihan

3/24 Through 5/19 (Skip 4/7)

Registration:

All current U9 (2011) & U10 (2010) travel players will receive an invite to sign up for the age group academy.

Current non travel players can click here to register today!

Final notes:

Information Night – Travel Team Formation

We will host an information night on the travel team formation process on Tuesday 4/14. We highly recommend that you attend this event if you have any questions about the team selection process. This info night will take place at the Knights of Columbus on North Avenue and will start at 8:00PM.

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All travel team selections will be announced on the evening of Sunday the 7th of June.


Incoming U12s (2009) & U13s (2008) – Evaluation Festivals

We will run evaluation festivals for all current travel and non-travel (Intercounty) players interested in our travel program, born in 2008 and 2009. We have opted for 2 festival style selection events during which players will be evaluated by WSA staff members. During these evaluation festivals, players will be playing with and against their peers in a variety of games/scrimmages.

In addition to the evaluation festivals, player placement decisions are also based on the feedback we gather from the professional coach and head coach for each team.

For Intercounty players, we will solicit evaluations from our Intercounty trainers.

It is a necessity to take part in these events if you want to be considered for a travel team at U12 and U13 for the 2020-2021 seasons but taking part does not guarantee you a spot on a travel team.

Below all the dates/times:

Year of birth

Age Group Fall 2019

SAT 5/2

SAT 5/9

FRI 5/15

SAT 5/16

2009

Incoming U12 Boys

12:00-1:30PM

Wardlaw

1:30-3:00PM

Wardlaw

2009

Incoming U12 Girls

12:00-1:30PM

Wardlaw

6:15-7:45PM

TBD

2008

Incoming U13 Boys

1:30-3:00PM

Wardlaw

12:00-1:30PM

Wardlaw

2008

Incoming U13 Girls

1:30-3:00PM

Wardlaw

6:15-7:45PM

TBD

To register please click here now!

Final notes:

Information Night – Travel Team Formation

We will host an information night on the travel team formation process on Tuesday 4/14. We highly recommend that you attend this event if you have any questions about the team selection process. This info night will take place at the Knights of Columbus on North Avenue and will start at 8:00PM.

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All travel team selections will be announced on the evening of Sunday the 7th of June.


U14s & U15s (2006-2007) – Open Practice Sessions

All players who are interested in joining one of the current travel teams in these age groups will be given the opportunity to take part in several practice sessions with the current team. This to ensure they are fairly assessed/evaluated with their potential future peers. The professional coach in that age group will run a practice session as usual, supported by additional WSA staff if need be.

Anyone interested in training with our current travel teams can reach out to our director of coaching at doc@westfieldnjsoccer.com

Final notes:

Information Night – Travel Team Formation

We will host an information night on the travel team formation process on Tuesday 4/14. We highly recommend that you attend this event if you have any questions about the team selection process. This info night will take place at the Knights of Columbus on North Avenue and will start at 8:00PM.

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All travel team selections will be announced on the evening of Sunday the 7th of June.

Age Group Information

Please scroll down for specific information regarding your players age group.