The United States Soccer Federation (US Soccer, or USSF) governs soccer in the United States, including youth soccer. US Soccer has recently released a new initiative that will directly affect how youth soccer teams are formed, by changing age groupings from a school-year to a calendar-year basis. The background reasons and vision (as well as an updated age chart) for these changes can be found at the USSF site: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/resources/2015-player-development-initiatives
In an effort to adopt the new policy in the best interest of all players, that aligns with WSYSA's intent to implement this initiative in 2016, NSC will put the following in place:
All NSC players who were born in the calendar year 2002 or earlier (2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 etc.), will be allowed to play up if they choose to do so subject to the regular NSC tryout process. This will ensure a place to play for NSC players in this age range.
All NSC players born in 2003 or later (2003, 2004, 2005, etc.) will try out for the calendar year they were born in and be allowed to play up following an approved skill based tryout (which will continue to be allowed as in the past by NSC policy). This process requires the player trying to play up to score at a certain level in order to be available for selection.
NSC will continue with its plan on implementing an A/B format to our Club. The implementation of this will be done on a case by case basis with current birth year (2002-2005) NSC age groups and will also begin with the 2006 calendar year (U11) age group next year. Please direct any questions regarding this change to email@example.com
These changes are based on several years of historical NSC data and the evolution of select soccer in our region and will help ensure we provide our club and athletes the most competitive and development friendly environment possible. We recognize these changes will affect the continuity of some teams but unfortunately this same displacement is occurring on a nationwide scale. It is essential to provide the best environment possible for our athletes to have success as soccer players on a select level and based upon our participation numbers and the changing environment across US Soccer, this is the optimal way for our athletes.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have! We recognize this is a confusing and difficult time for many families and athletes and hope to make this as seamless a transition as possible, while positioning NSC to become one of the top select programs in the state of Washington.
We intend to release coaching assignments for all current age groups by the end of January 2016 in order to appropriately address this change across NSC in the Fall of 2016.
More information will be coming before the end of this year, thank you for your part in making NSC the best select club in Washington!