EYSA takes enormous pride in its travel program. It's an opportunity for boys and girls to enjoy and learn the sport at a competitive level. Our teams are coached by professional, licensed trainers chosen based on their ability to communicate and teach the fundamentals of the sport. EYSA Travel believes in a long term strategy of player development in order to retain children playing soccer at a competitive level through their high school years and beyond.
Is my child ready for the Travel Program?
If your child enjoys playing soccer and your objective is to give him or her more training, he or she is ready to try out. This program is about developing players' soccer skills.
What is the commitment?
Once registered, Travel Team players are committed to play with that team from September thru the end of June. Moving between teams and/or clubs and/or leagues is only permitted in very limited circumstances and is subject to approval by the club president and the WYSL. EYSA will assess a $350 fee for any player who opts out of his/her commitment to help offset the additional financial burden to the other families for the remainder of the year. No refunds for any fees paid will be made.
We encourage children to play multiple sports, however we hope that your child makes attendance at Sunday soccer games his/her priority in the event of a conflict with another sport. Attendance at practices and games is taken and expected. Dedication and commitment is measured through attendance and attitude, and is a factor in the selection process.
How do I register my child and get more information about the program?
What is the cost?
Total cost for the entire year (Fall/Winter/Spring) will approximate $1,200 per child.
Please see Travel Fees 2013-14.docx for a detailed breakdown of costs.
The EYSA Travel program is designed for those players who wish to challenge themselves with more training and keener competition and are prepared to make a serious commitment to play soccer at a higher level than the recreational program. The WYSL www.wyslsoccer.org, in which Eastchester teams have participated since April 1978, consists of clubs in the Westchester County area, including parts of the Bronx and Manhattan. Players are selected to play as an Eastchester team in their age bracket in the Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL).
The year is broken down into two seasons, 10 games in the fall and 10 games in the spring. Players and parents need to make a commitment to practice twice a week and a game (normally) on Sunday during the season. During the winter months, there is indoor practice one day a week. Professional trainers or extremely experienced parent coaches work with each team to provide training both during the season and the winter. Skills training is primarily emphasized for the younger teams, while older teams focus more on the strategic side of the game.
Teams in the two youngest age divisions, under 9-, and under 10-years-old play eight on a side, "8 v. 8", on a reduced-size field. Under 11-year-olds play nine to a side, also on a reduced-size field. At these younger age groups, the EYSA will field two teams at each level for both the boys and girls providing there are sufficient players who would qualify for travel teams. Rosters increase to eighteen (18) players at age 12, and players play the full eleven per side on a full field.
For U9, U10 and U11, the EYSA uses an "Academy" system. At the beginning levels of travel soccer, the focus is on developing players, not wins and losses. In fact, standings are not kept in the U9 and U10 divisions. The goal in team selection is to have evenly-balanced teams, not an "A" and a "B" team. During weekday academy training sessions with professional trainers, all teams in an age group practice together instead of with their separate teams. In that way, we make sure that all players learn the same fundamental skills and tactics. On Saturdays, team coaches work on team strategies and plays.
Travel is generally limited to within 30 minutes of Eastchester. In addition, teams will play in tournaments selected by the coach, playing teams from the tri-state area and occasionally beyond. For example, our U-9 Girls team, the Lightning, traveled to Armonk, Harrison, New Rochelle, Pelham and Rye. The Avalanche, one of our U-9 Boys teams, played teams from Larchmont, Port Chester, Somers, and Yonkers.
In addition, during the winter, most of the EYSA Travel teams play in weekend leagues in the Mt. Vernon Underdome. Practice for the fall season will begin in late August. On Labor Day, Columbus Day and Memorial Day, most of our teams participate in tournaments in the tri-state area.
Fall & Spring:
- Weekly training - (10) 1.5 hours coached by professional trainers (Any Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday).
- Saturday training - (10) 1.5 hours coached by professional trainers (Typically morning slot).
- 10 Sunday games within Westchester County, afternoon.
- One indoor session, league tournaments at the Underdome in Mount Vernon, which consist of one game on Saturday Morning (Boys) & Sunday afternoon (Girls).
- One weekly training session at the Underdome in Mount Vernon with professional licensed trainers, starting up in January on Thursday evenings (8 sessions).
- Depending on the Division & the commitment of the team, one or two (or more) tournaments within Westchester County.
Registration is separate from the recreation league process and must be done on-line at www.sportssignup.com/eastchester.start. There is no need for registering in the recreation league if a player has been selected for, and chooses to play on a travel team. However, if a player, for some reason, has not been notified about his/her travel selection status by June 30, he/she should register with the recreation league. Any payments would be refunded if the player is subsequently invited to join a travel team.
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TEAM MANAGER - JOB OVERVIEW
The Team Manager is the liaison between the team's parents and: