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Travel Program Overview

UYSL Travel Program Overview

Travel soccer is a program for players between the ages of 8-18, who will play against other teams in the Midland Area Youth Soccer league. Players continue to develop at either the recreation and competitive level. 


Tryouts/Placement Assessments happen after the spring season.

Spring 2017 Key Season Dates

  • The following Key Dates are provided to UYSL by the league for the Travel Program
  • Week of March 6 - Coaches introduction email to teams
  • Weeks of March 13- March 20 - Practices begin (based upon field conditions)
  • Saturday April 1 – Travel Soccer Begins (per MAYS website http://www.sportsmanager.us/orgmanager/maysl.htm)
  • Monday June 12, 2017 – Spring Soccer Ends (per MAYS website)

Fall Field Locations by Age 

Grade 3 & 4 (U10) - Sutton St
Grade 5 & 6 (U12) - Lower McCloskey Middle School
Grade 7 & 8 (U14) - Upper McCloskey Middle School (games only), Sutton St. (Practices)

Spring Field Locations by Age

Grade 3 & 4 (U10) - Lower McCloskey Middle School
Grade 5 & 6 (U12) - Sutton St
Grade 7 & 8 (U14) - Sutton St

How are travel teams formed?

Effective with the Fall 2016 season, per MAYS, travel teams are grouped in 2 year age bands by school grade.

UYSL operates under an ability based philosophy and strives to group players of like ability with one another.  There are a number of factors that determine the make-up of our travel teams, with the total number of registered players being a significant determining factor. 

The factors UYSL considers when developing teams is as follows:

1.       Prior season’s coaching player evaluation – at the conclusion of each season, our coaches are asked to evaluate the players on their roster.  Their evaluation is based upon 8-10 weeks of coaching observations.  Coaches are asked to score players relative to the rest of the players on their roster and the teams they faced during the season

2.       Fall teams – Our Spring player assessments are considered when developing our Fall teams to a larger extend and can also be reviewed for the following Spring as needed

3.       Maximum/Minimum roster sizes

4.       Balancing teams – per UYSL bylaw, when two or more teams are to be placed in the same playing division and age group, teams will be developed to be balanced, meaning the teams are believed to be of equal strength

5.       Teams are placed in the competitive division that is appropriate for the players on the team.  When in doubt, UYSL will strive to place teams play in more competitive divisions rather than lower, per MAYS guidance.  Prior season records will influence this decision for both UYSL and MAYS

The following factors are NOT considered when developing teams:

1.       Coaches – UYSL develops teams first, per the considerations outlined above, then assigns coaches based upon the available coaches on that given roster.  Coaches do not influence the make-up of our teams

2.       Keeping friends & neighbors on the same team – unfortunately, due to the many complexities involved in developing our teams, we are unable to accept additional requests in the formation of our teams

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