AYSA Evaluation Day Information

The schedule is set for Evaluation Day #1

Updated Thursday June 5, 2014 by Amherst Youth Soccer Association.

Amherst Youth Soccer Association will be hosting our open Evaluation Day and Travel Team Try-Outs on Saturday, June 14 and Sunday June 22 at DePaola Park(Behind Tractor Supply Company) in Amherst.  These evaluations are used to determine the Select Travel teams that AYSA will place in the American Amateur Soccer League(AASL) in Fall 2014/Spring 2015.

The try-out is required if your child has interest in making one of the teams and is divided by age.  The schedule is below(all ages are their CURRENT 2013-14 age group:


1:00 - 2:15 U8 BOYS(Fall U9)
2:30 - 4:00 U9/U10 BOYS(Fall U10/11)
4:00 - 5:15 U11/U12 BOYS(Fall U12/13)


1:00 - 2:15 U11/U12 BOYS(Fall U12/13)
2:30 - 4:00 U9 BOYS(Fall U10)
4:00 - 5:15 U10 BOYS(Fall U11)
5:30 - 6:45 U8 Boys(Fall U9)

GIRLS(6/14; 6/22):

12:30 - 1:45 U8 GIRLS(Fall U9)
2:00 - 3:15 U9 GIRLS(Fall U10)
3:30 - 4:45 U10 GIRLS(Fall U11)
5:00 - 6:15 U11 GIRLS(Fall U12)

IMPORTANT:  Evaluations for older players(U12+ Girls; U13+ Boys) will be communicated to you by your coach.  If you are currently not on a U12+ Girls/U13+ Boys team and would like to particpate, please contact BriceWilson44@gmail.com!

There will be a check-in area set up under the Pavilion at DePaola in order to make sure you have everything you need for the try-out.  Please dress for soccer(cleats, shin guards, appropriate size ball) and bring a drink.  Please arrive AT LEAST 20 minutes prior to your start time in order to complete the check-in process.

All players - whether they are going to Evaluation Day or not, must register for the Fall/Spring session by Saturday, June 14th.  Information on On-Line Registration will be coming soon.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

What is the purpose of player evaluation day?

Kids develop in soccer at different speeds and at their own pace.  We feel that it is important to have kids that want more from their soccer experience get the opportunity to try-out for our Select teams if and when they want to.  By have annual evaluations, parents and players alike can get a solid read on where their child stands compared to the rest of the players in his/her age group.  

If my child is not interested in trying out for the “Select” team, do they still need to attend player evaluation day?

Not necessarily.  While we would prefer to have as many kids as possible attend evaluation days, it is not necessary.  The exception is the U7, U10 and U12 age groups.  When moving on, those groups are either transitioning to travel soccer for the first time or will be consolidating teams for a move to a bigger field(U10 -> U11 goes from 6v6 to 8v8).  Each of these transitions represent a good time for us to see how the players are doing, as well as place kids on the most appropriate team possible for them to enjoy their soccer experience.  This will allow AYSA to determine how many children will be participating and how many teams and coaches are needed. 

How will the AASL teams be divided and who will coach?
We believe that kids succeed the most when they play with and against kids that have close to the same ability.  No matter what their future in soccer holds, keeping players in a situation that will provide them with the best chances of success are what is most important to the program.  With that said, AYSA believes in creating teams based on current ability – we re-evaluate each spring in order to adjust our teams.  Based on the results of the evaluations, friend/coach/parent request will be taken into account, but only AFTER the evaluation process.   We are always looking for motivated volunteer coaches.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Is the player evaluation day the main factor in determining who is chosen for the “A-Team”?

No.  While the evaluations are extremely important.  The coaches have watched the players play and develop for the past 1-3 years and their input is most valuable.  Player evaluation day gives the coaches the opportunity to watch without coaching and to share their ideas with each other.  After the evaluation, feedback from the coaches will be used regarding commitment level, coachability of the players, etc. to assist in player placement.

Is player evaluation day an annual event?
While AYSA does hold evaluations every spring, we only require players that are looking to try-out for the ‘A’ team to come to player evaluations.  We also require any player that wants to try-out for older teams participate in Player Evaluation Days. We believe that team chemistry is extremely important to the growth and success of a player and team.  Our goal isn’t to mix teams up each season.  If adjustments do need to be made based on attrition or alteration is ability we will make those changes.

What is the commitment difference between the Select team and other teams?

Teams play 8 games in the fall and 8 games in the spring.  Teams in all divisions travel.  However, the “Select” teams are more likely to compete in tournaments and play indoor soccer during the winter.  Number of tournaments and indoor soccer varies by coach.

8.How do uniforms work?

AYSA is moving towards a standardized uniform across all teams beginning Fall 2014.  The cost of the uniform is $90 and includes – 2 shirts(1 green and 1 white), 1 pair green shorts, 1 pair white socks, 1 pair green socks.  By moving towards a standardized uniform, parents will not need to worry about buying new uniforms every time their child changes teams.  The cost of uniforms is not controlled – only if you lose an item or outgrow an item will you need to replace it.  AYSA has control over the life-cycle of the uniform, and sharing players based on need is easier as well.  Outside communities will know we are from Amherst and have pride in our community.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions you may have - BriceWilson44@gmail.com - and don't forget to register by June 14th!

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