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ABYS Spring 2014 Tryouts for Fall 2014/Spring 2015 Placement

Note: This is only for Players who want to try out for a TRAVEL team in the Fall of 2014. If your child wants to remain in the town intramural program next Fall, they do NOT need to go to the tryouts

 

ABYS will be conducting tryouts for next year's U9 thru U12 travel teams. All players who want to be considered for a travel team should attend both tryouts for their age group (note: the U11 divisions are holding a single tryout day). Current players are to let their coaches know that they are planning to try out. If your child is not currently playing this season and wants to tryout, please e-mail the division director (listed below) that you will be attending the tryout.

Tryouts will consist of a series of small-sided games where professional evaluators will be assessing each player. The travel team selection process will also include coach's evaluations, and some game evaluations from the current season. The players should bring plenty of water, but do not need to bring a soccer ball. Players should wear shin guards and come ready to play soccer.

 

Tryout Schedule

Tryouts will be held at the School Street Fields in Acton (for directions click here) or at Flerra Field in Boxborough (for directions click here)

Girls U10 schedule has changed as of 5/31/14. See below in red.

PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU ARE A CURRENT U8 Girl (currently a 2nd Grader) follow the Girls U8 schedule, If you are a CURRENT U8 Boy (2nd Grader) follow the Boys U8 schedule; other age groups follow the same pattern etc...

Please arrive 15 minutes early to register & receive instructions.

GIRLS DIVISIONS
1st Tryout Date
2nd Tryout Date
Division Director Email
Girls U8 
(2nd Grade)
Held
Held
Girls U9
(3rd Grade)
Held
Sat., May 31st
4:15-5:45pm
School St.
Girls U10
(4th Grade)
Sat., May 31st
6:15-7:45pm
School St.
Wed., June 4th
6:15-7:45pm
Flerra Field
Girls U11 
(5th Grade)
N/A
Held
BOYS
DIVISION
S
1st Tryout Date
2nd Tryout Date
Division Director Email
Boys U8
(2nd Grade)
Held
Held
Boys U9
(3rd Grade)
Held
Held
Boys U10
(4th Grade)
Held
Held
Boys U11
(5th Grade)
N/A
Held

 

ELIGIBILITY DATES OF BIRTH FOR TRAVEL TEAMS

If you are born after 7/31, but NOT in the typical grade, please contact Sue Reuther for correct tryout placement.

Age Group
Eligible Birthdays 2014
Typical Grade
U8
8/1/2005 to 7/31/2006
2
U9
8/1/2004 to 7/31/2005
3
U10
8/1/2003 to 7/31/2004
4
U11
8/1/2002 to 7/31/2003
5

 

 

ABYS TRYOUT INFORMATION FAQ's

Please arrive 15-30 minutes before the start time, to allow plenty of time for registration.

Where are the tryouts?

All Tryouts will be at the School Street fields, off Route 2 in Acton. Click for directions.

Why does ABYS have tryouts?

For players to have the most fun and best develop their skills, it is important for them to be placed on teams with players of similar ability. Ideally, every player should be placed on a team for which they can make a significant contribution to their team’s performance while playing with confidence and joy. Placing players appropriately is difficult but is crucial for ensuring the best experience for the most kids.

This is why ABYS offers both Intramural and travel soccer for the U9-U12 age groups. The travel teams primarily play in the BAYS League’s first and second divisions, which are the league's competitive divisions.

Who should attend?

Any Acton or Boxborough resident of the correct age, who is interested in playing soccer in the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015, is welcome to attend. It is imperative for players who want to be considered for a travel team to make every effort to attend both tryout sessions. Players not currently registered for the Spring 2014 Season with ABYS will need to sign a waiver form before they can participate.

What is the format?

On the first day of tryouts, all players will play 4 games of 6v6 soccer, of 15-20 minutes in length. Each game will be played on a different and randomly selected team. In other words, everyone starts from the same place. For the second tryout day, each player will play 4 games of 6v6 soccer, of 15-20 minutes in length. However, field and team assignments will be based on the results of the first session. During this tryout session, players will be moved between fields in an attempt to place them with players of similar ability.

Who does the evaluation?

The evaluators will be professional coaches with significant experience. Travel coaches involved with the age level concerned, will not be evaluating the players, but may be present. High School volunteers will be organizing the games and rotating player positions, but will not be evaluating the players.

What is the basis of the evaluation?

Massachusetts Youth Soccer Association (MYSA) defines the curriculum of skills that we should develop in players. The players will be evaluated on their ability to use these skills effectively.

How is the information used?

The tryout evaluations are used in conjunction with coaches’ evaluations, to place players appropriately. These are two separate methods of evaluating players, taken from two different points in time and will both be considered in placement decisions.

What if someone cannot make a tryout date?

We hope that each player will make his or her best effort to attend both tryout sessions, as this will lead to the most accurate results. However, no player will be penalized for missing a tryout. Please contact your coach or Division Director if your son or daughter must miss a scheduled tryout and we will do our best to evaluate the player by other means.

How can parents participate?

Parents can watch from the area adjacent to the field near the parking area. Parents are asked not to watch or cheer from the sidelines. Parents can offer to help at the registration table and helping with collecting pinnies at the end of the tryout.

How should players view this process?

It is important that players do not see this as a situation in which they succeed or fail, but as an exercise to ensure they are placed with players of similar ability. It is also hoped they will enjoy it as another opportunity to play “the beautiful game”, with players they might not normally play with.

What does each player need to bring?

It is preferable that each player wear a white t-shirt. Shin-pads are mandatory and cleats are preferable. Each player will be asked to wear a numbered pinnie provided by ABYS. Players also must bring enough water to keep them hydrated for an hour and a half of playing. Bug spray may also be a good idea.

More Questions?

Please contact your coach or the Division Director of the age level concerned listed above.