Last week we held an open evening where players and parents were encouraged to stop by and ask questions regarding the upcoming changes that are being implemented in youth soccer for the Fall of 2016. The evening was a huge success and proved very informative to many families. I will summarize the meeting below...
US Soccer is making two main alterations that will take place in the Fall of 2016:
- Changing the team formation to birth years instead of the August 1st cutoff
- Changing the field dimensions for the younger age groups, as well as the player on the field to 4v4 (U6-U8), 7v7 (U9 & U10) and 9v9 (U11 & U12)
Although both items affect the club from an organization standpoint, it is really only the change to birth years that will affect the players.
- The change to birth years will come into effect at tryouts this year (for the Fall of 2016). There will be no changes in the current Spring season
- These changes are happening to every club in the country. It is not just OSC!
- Please see the attached birth year chart to see which age group your son/daughter would fall into next year
- The new changes allows clubs to have players 'play up' an age group if deemed appropriate. Players just cannot play down an age group.
- Our Coaching Staff are right now identifying players who we feel should be 'playing up' in order to aid their development. Discussions with those families will happen over the coming weeks
- Although we cannot predict incoming players at tryouts, we aim to have a clear idea of what teams will look like for the 2016-2017 season before tryouts have even begun
- We are exploring the possibility of allowing our U15+ teams to stay together if they want to. Each U15+ team and player will be consulted
- The new rule will create more 'trapped players' - players that are still in 8th grade but are U15 for club soccer. This would mean that his/her club teammates would be playing HS soccer in the Fall
- Those trapped players will be allowed to train with the U14 team in the Fall, with a view of also playing games for them. We are also exploring alternative options for those players in need of games, with other clubs in the area. Once the High School season has finished then those trapped players would return to their true age group for the Winter & Spring seasons
- We will be meeting with all OSC teams over the next couple of months to discuss how the changes would affect your particular age group
- We encourage all parents who have questions regarding how the changes might affect their son or daughter to email and ask.