CYSA offers both competitive and recreational leagues. Care should be taken when registering for a team, as transfers between teams are not allowed once rosters are locked and the season begins.
Rec teams play in Summer and Fall
Teams are reformed each year by integrating the experienced players with the less experienced, and every attempt is made to balance the teams. Coordinators will try to honor a friend request for each player, but cannot guarantee placement with friends. Same gender siblings who fall within the same age group will be placed together unless we receive a written request from all deciding parties. It is the policy of CYSA to play each child within their appropriate age group unless move-ups are needed to fill a team. In that case, players will be contacted in age order until the roster is full. Players may never play down to a lower age group. In the case of U14 teams, where more than one team exists, the coordinator may contact experienced assigned coaches to receive input to balance teams. The coordinator will set a time/place, and coaches wishing to be involved may view the tentative rosters at that time. The rosters will exclude coaches' children, and their feedback will be considered before rosters are finalized.
Rec Plus Teams play in Spring
Rec Plus registration for birth years 2012-2016 will begin October 1 and close when teams are at full roster. Teams are filled on a first-come basis and are dependent on numbers and availability of coaches. Rec Plus teams do not have weekly games. Generally, teams practice two days/week and participate in 2-4 tournaments between May-July. Each player plays at least ½ of each game in minutes except for reasons of injury, illness, or discipline. Practices begin in March. These teams are typically made up of individuals who wish to improve their skills and compete at a higher level than rec allows. Some tournaments may require travel and overnight stays.
Rec plus teams are filled in the order registrations are received. A waiting list will be used to fill spots on age appropriate teams, should they become available. In some instances, where multiple age levels are combined to form teams, grade level may be used to determine placement.
Competitive teams play in Spring/early Summer
Practice for competitive spring/summer soccer begins in mid-March. The season begins in early May and runs through July. If needed, a kick around/tryout will be held after registration closes. Equal playing time is not guaranteed. Expect a 4-5 day/week commitment, plus 2-4 weekends. Some tournaments may require travel and overnight stays. A high level of commitment is expected on competitive teams.
Competitive teams are formed by the competitive committee with input, when requested, from appointed coaches and with final approval of the Competitive Coordinator. Teams will be formed in a manner to allow as many competitive teams as possible to exist, while still allowing for success as a team. All competitive players will be evaluated at a tryout to determine their rank. If overall player rank (based on skill, athleticism, etc.) is considered equal, players will be placed based on age. In some cases, regardless of rank, player placement may be based on the positional needs of the teams; players may be sorted by position to avoid teams being lopsided, on a similar or overlapping aged team. Younger players may be placed on an older team, above older players, if that player’s skill is determined appropriate to do so. If you feel skill level is only conducive to playing on the birth-year appropriate team, please make the coordinator aware of that before teams are formed- otherwise, players will be expected to participate in the league games and tournaments with their rostered team. If you are unable to attend the scheduled tryout or make-up session, you may risk not being placed or, if roster space allows, you will be placed on the lowest aged team that you are eligible for. In instances where cuts will have to be made, the lowest ranked players will have the option to play in the spring rec league. In certain instances, a coach may be able to over-roster a team. In this case, the lowest ranked players will become the over-rostered alternates or will have the option to withdraw their registration for a refund. Placement on a competitive team for one year does not guarantee future placement. CYSA does not accept any coach or friend requests for competitive teams. Late registrations are at the discretion of the Competitive Coordinator, but will not be allowed once a team is full. For our purposes, a team is considered full once it reaches 16 players for U13-U16, and 18 players for U17-U18.
In some instances, it is necessary for a coach to pull additional players from another team. Reasons may include, but are not limited to, known or expected substitute shortages, excessive heat at game time, player injuries, or key position shortages.
If it becomes necessary for a coach to borrow a player(s), CYSA uses the following guidelines:
When guest players are used, they are to be brought in for matches only and should continue practicing with their assigned team. Players loaned from other clubs may not attend practices with CYSA teams.
Please contact the coach of the team you are requesting a player from prior to asking the player(s) parents. This is a courtesy and should be followed for both rec and competitive.
It is considered best practice to play your rostered players when they are available, and only use guest players/pull-ups when it is completely necessary. Rostering guest players for the sole purpose of winning a match is not in keeping with our club’s mission.