MYSA Travel Team Tryouts AnnouncedLeague Wizard | May 3, 2012
The MYSA will be holding tryouts for the 2012-2013 Travel Soccer season at the Mebane Soccer Complex the week before Memorial Day (May 21st-24th). Players born between August 1st, 1994 and July 31st, 2005 are eligible to tryout. We’re wrapping up one of our most successful travel seasons yet and are looking forward to next year. We offer two travel programs: Select for ages U8-U10 and Classic for ages U11-U18.
Remember – your child does not have to be a super star player. Much of the focus of our travel program is skill development, especially at the younger ages. Most of our travel teams are coached by one or more of our experienced MYSA Staff Coaches and all teams receive weekly professional skills training from Premier UK Soccer Academy coaches. So if your child really likes soccer and is relatively athletic – let them tryout! The cost if only $5 and they’ll get a T-Shirt to keep. If you cannot make the set tryout dates, contact our Director of Coaching ([email protected]) to arrange an alternative time or see the makeup session information on our tryout page.
Additional information can be found at these links:
- 2012-2013 Tryout Information
- MYSA Travel Soccer Program
- MYSA Staff Coaches
- MYSA Select Soccer Guidelines
- MYSA Select Soccer Frequently Asked Questions
- MYSA Select Team Tryout Registration Form
(Online Registration is also alvailable)
The MYSA Select (U9/U10) and Classic (U11-U18) programs are the ‘next step’ for players looking for a more comprehensive development environment to learn soccer. Both programs are often referred to as ‘travel soccer’ though the travel involved is much less than most anticipate. Teams train twice a week in Mebane and only travel to 4-5 of their matches a season (out of 8-10 matches). An experienced pool of staff coaches handle most teams, with professional skill trainers handling one practice a week. Compared to a Rec team, you train twice a week vs once and travel to cities like Greensboro, Burlington, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh for most away matches.
Below are some common misconceptions about these programs that often keep some many talented players from participating:
- You travel all the time – simply not true. You travel for half your matches and most are within an hour drive. Some teams will do tournaments as well, but those are usually within driving range (except for the annual Seaside Soccer Tournament in Wilmington when many of our teams take a beach trip!)
- My child isn’t good enough. If your child is reasonably athletic and likes to play – we’ll train them how to play better. The Select and younger age Classic programs are focused primarily on skill development. Don’t try to prejudge if your child has what it takes to play at the next level. Have them tryout and let us evaluate them.
- My child can just play in school. This used to be true, but due to the growth of our program, competition for school team slots is already fierce. The vast majority of spots have recently gone to players with travel experience. At Woodlawn and Hawfields, each team has seen 40-50 players trying out for 15-18 slots. These numbers are expect to rise even higher in the next 3-5 years.
- It’s too expensive. Travel programs are more expensive, but we provide one of the bet travel values in the area. Registration fees go towards uniforms, registration fees, equipment, referee fees, insurance, and more. Financial Aid is also available.
- Travel teams lose a lot. Like any league, some teams win, some lose. But for every team we’ve had that struggled, we’ve had others that have done well. We’ve had teams ‘this close’ to earning promotion to highest level in NC and many teams that have earned champion and runner up honors at tournaments across the Southeast. The hard part is many of the teams that have struggled would have been much more successful if a few players that stayed in Rec had actually played travel. At many age group there are entire teams worth of travel ready players who stay in Rec. This weakens the travel teams and can make the Rec program difficult to manage as the skill disparity allows a few players to get most of the touches while others look on.
- Other leagues have better coaches who are paid. This is a very common misconception. There are good and bad coaches regardless of their compensation. The MYSA has worked very hard to train and build a solid pool of staff coaches. Many of our staff coaches hold ‘D’ level coach licenses and two hold their National Youth Licenses. Our professional trainers from Premier UK Soccer also have extensive experience and certifications.
- Travel soccer isn’t ‘fun’ – These programs are absolutely more rigorous than Recreation soccer and require more effort and commitment from the players. However, they also form strong bonds and lasting friendships not only training together but often participating in weekend long tournaments across NC, getting to see the sights and spending time together as friends and peers. The same holds true for the parents. Plus teams will often attend events like local collegiate and professional soccer matches as well as hear from current and past players.
Probably the most under-appreciated part of playing on a travel team is the experiences. Facing different players, coaching styles, and playing at different facilities. In 10 years of coaching and being a travel soccer parent, some of the most memorable moments have been with travel teams my children have played on or that I have coached.
So if you have a child that loves to play soccer, bring them out to tryouts. They cost $5 which helps offset the cost of a tryout T-Shirt they get to keep.