Next soccer year, starting in September 2016, we have some new challenges that will begin with the 2016-2017 soccer year. The national soccer year always begins in September. As always, registration for all programs will open in mid-June for the entire soccer year.
In July at tryouts, the current format of travel team formation and existence of players in age groups will change. USSF has mandated changes effective September 2016 that will effect youth soccer nationwide. The move to birth year teams will be a big change for Amherst Soccer teams.
Due to this fact, 1/3 to 1/2 of every age team will now fall into a new age group. To determine where you will be as a player, just use your birth year.
EXAMPLE: So if born between August and December 2001 this year you are a U14, you will continue next year as a U16. BUT, your teammates born January to July 2002, will move up to U15.
This is going to be difficult for some players because they will no longer be on the same team with the same players they have been with for the past several years. We understand this but, have made the decision that we need to do it wholesale now and not try to accommodate all the requests we may encounter from parents, players and coaches. To accommodate one age group or team, would severely diminish the age group below and above with sufficient players.
I have consulted with the various larger clubs around Western NY and found all have determined to approach it the same way we are. Clarence, Kenmore, Hamburg, WNY Flash, etc. are all refusing to approach it with exception. Waayyy back in the early 90s, the USSF had moved from a birth year registration to the current August-July format. At that time, clubs just moved immediately to the new format also. USSF has determined that we need to align ourselves with the rest of the world in soccer and all other youth sports going forward. Our current system is unique and the most frequent issue of complaint that I have received from parents over the years.
Travel Team Assessments will be in July. Dates will be announced shortly.
Another new change for the GIRLS only will be that teams will be formed for even year teams only. This means if you are a U11 or U12, you attend the U12 assessment. We will still attempt to form multiple teams but, the best 16 players from the entire two-year group will become the A team and the rest the B team. It doesn’t matter if 10 of the best evaluated are U11. This is an open tryout to form two teams to play at U12. We made this decision due to the decreasing number of female players in single year age groups and that the league is not longer able to form odd year age groups that are pure due to other clubs blending girls teams from multiple age groups.
Our HOUSE League will still function with a two-year bracket for each age group. The only difference will be the ease with which you can determine where your child will play.
Please check back in the future for more information and explanation regarding these changes.