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Frequently Asked Questions About U8-U10 Soccer

Why the Traveling Program over the Rec. Program?

Recreational soccer is an in-house program where the focus is to encourage participation and introduce players to the excitement soccer provides. The Traveling Program competes against other MYSA Member Clubs at various playing levels. The focus of the Traveling Program is to develop players to reach their highest playing potential. Both programs look to foster an enjoyment and passion for the sport.      

How is the Traveling Program Organized?
We organize teams by age, gender, skill and commitment level. Our goal is to provide every player a place to play where they are challenged at the appropriate level. Currently we offer U9 through U19 teams for both boys and girls from C3 to C1 levels. In 2011, SSA had 450+ traveling players involved on 29 teams.      
 
How many teams do you form in an age group?
The number of players registered dictates the number of teams offered in an age group. Shakopee Soccer tries to accommodate all registered players if we are able to meet minimum roster needs. 
 
What is the travel commitment?
Shakopee is typically placed in the South, Southwest or West MYSA region with half the games played in Shakopee and the other half played in other communities. The MYSA assigns teams to regions and SSA does not control who teams play. Game schedules come out from the MYSA in April. 
 
What size field and ball is used?

Age Group: U9 & U10
Games: 6v6
Size Field: 40x50 yards
Ball Size: 4

Age Group: U11 & U12
Games: 8v8
Size Field: 60x70 yards
Ball Size: 4

Age Group: U13 and up
Games: 11v11
Size Field: 70x120 yards
Ball Size: 5
 

Where are practices and home games played?
Home games and practices are held at the 17th Avenue Soccer Complex. Our supplemental sites are the high school and jr. high. 
 
What are the different competitive levels for SSA’s Traveling Program?
There are three levels of competition: Classic 1, Classic 2, & Classic 3 (C1, C2, C3).   Each level is determined by the level of skill and competition. U11 teams compete at the C2 and C3 level. U12 and up at C1, C2, C3. Our U9 and U10 players compete at the Maroon or Gold levels. Maroon is the higher level of the two.  The club self selects the level teams play at until U14 when the MYSA assigns teams levels based on a promotion and relegation system.
How does a team decide which competitive levels they will compete at?
The level is determined by the Director of Coaching along with the evaluation committee and the team coach. The goal is to place teams at a level that is appropriate for proper player development. If numbers allow at the U9/U10 level, a Maroon and a Gold team will be formed. At the U11 age, if numbers allow, a team will be placed at C2, with each additional team placed at C2 or C3.
 

What if my child is unable to attend tryouts?
Register your child for the season and contact the Director of Coaching. Attendance at tryouts is important but we are willing to work with families who communicate conflicts ahead of time. If your child does not attend tryouts, team placement will be determined from the previous year’s performance. If your child did not play with SSA previously, arrangements will be made to have your child evaluated. Roster spots will not be held for players who do not register and communicate with SSA before evaluations/tryouts.     
 

Who will be coaching my child’s team?
U9 & U10 teams are usually coached by a volunteer parent who is under the tutelage of a SSA Trainer. The U11 & U12 teams are coached by either parents or a hired coach. At the U13 and older age groups, teams are generally coached by a hired coach.    
 
What else does SSA provide for player development?
In addition to Winter Training that is included with your 2012 registration, our Winter Futsal Program is another program highly encouraged. This program is staffed by top flight trainers and is scheduled on the weekends. Throughout the summer, SSA offers four different camps: Kicks Camp, Attacking & Defending Camp, Skills Camp, and H.S. Prep Camp. SSA members receive discounted prices for these additional programs. Further information on each program can be found online.     

Travel Soccer goals and expectations

Program Goals
• Develop players in all phases of the game
• Provide a positive playing environment for players to grow
• Foster an enjoyment and passion for the “beautiful game”

Program Expectations
• Soccer is your primary sporting activity from April to July
• Communicate to coaches and managers
• Be on time to scheduled events

FIELD MAPS

SSA’s Juggling Club

SSA is pleased to provide a recognition program for our players in their efforts to become proficient jugglers.

If a player can master the ability to control the ball in the air, their touch on the ball during practices and games will be greatly improved.  Work on taking your game to the next level, start juggling and master your control with the ball.

Age Group Juggling Goals
U9 & U10 Players:
Red Level: 10, Green Level: 15, Blue Level: 25, Orange Level: 50
 
U11 & U12 Players:
Green Level: 15, Blue Level: 25, Orange Level: 50, Purple Level: 75
 
U13 & U14 Players:
Blue Level: 25, Orange Level: 50, Purple Level: 75, Gold Level: 100
 
U15-U19 Players:
Feet Only: Blue Level: 25, Orange Level: 50, Purple Level: 75, Gold Level: 100

Players are encouraged to juggle at home, before practice, and during water breaks.  A coach must verify juggling achievements.  When a new level is met, have your child’s coach or manager email Patti Isensee.   Please let Patti know who the juggle tag is for and what level they have achieved.  Also, do not forget to arrange a time to pick it up or have it dropped off at the complex.

MYSA Birthyear Guidelines

Verify what age group your child falls into by the MYSA Birthyear Guidelines.