East Wake Soccer Association: EWSA Levels of Play

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EWSA Levels of Play

East Wake Soccer Association

Levels of Play Information

East Wake Soccer Association offers 5 levels of play

Premier 

Classic

Challenge

Academy

Recreation.

Please see below for specific details on the programs

Premier Level Play 

Details coming soon. 

Classic Level Play:

Information:

The NCYSA Classic Program is a state-wide competitive league administered by the NCYSA State Office, the VP of Classic and the Classic Council. It is the highest level of play offered within NCYSA and EWSA is a current member of the program
The Classic League has multiple divisions: Premier (state-wide); Elite Division(U13G/B Spring Only - East/West); First Division (East/West) and Second Division (East/West/Piedmont). Regionalization is dependent on the number of teams entered and their geographic location. Starts at U11 and is played by boys and girls. This level of soccer is reserved for the most committed and talented players. Players tryout to move up to the Classic level or they can choose to remain at the Challenge or Recreational level. If selected to a Classic team, U11 - U14 players are usually required to play both spring and fall, while U15 - U18 Boys play in the Spring and U15 - U18 Girls play in the Fall.
Objectives: To develop deep technical and tactical skills while enjoying higher levels of competition.

Age Groups/Gender: Classic soccer is available to children ages U11 – U18 (the U stands for under an age as of 8/1 of a given year – Example: Your child would be considered U12 if they are 11 as of 7/31). Teams are grouped into divisions based on age, gender and level of play.

Team Selection: Tryouts are held annually in May, with supplemental tryouts held in November/December for U15 - U18 Boys.

Seasons: U11 - U14 players are usually required to play both Spring and Fall, while U15 - U18 Boys play in the Spring and U15 - U18 Girls play in the Fall. While U15 - U18 Boys & Girls play in the Fall.

Competitive Level: Classic soccer is the highest level of competition for U11 - U18 players. Within classic there are four levels of play:
  • Region III Premier: Region III teams compete against teams from across the Southeast of the United States. This is for U14 teams and older.
  • Premier: Premier teams play other top teams from across North Carolina. This is for U14 teams and older.
  • 1st Division: 1st Division teams play other teams from the Western half of North Carolina (Eastern half teams play teams from the East)
  • Open Division: This is reserved for U11 - U13 teams. This division is equivalent to 1st division at this age; however, clubs opt-in to play Open or 2nd Division.
  • 2nd Division: 2nd Division teams play other teams from the Eastern or Piedmont regions within North Carolina.

Teams are promoted and relegated between divisions at the conclusion of each season (Spring or Fall) based on North Carolina Youth Soccer Association (NCYSA) standards.

Coaching: The coaches are experienced and qualified individuals with USSF or NSCAA coaching licenses. They are required to attend all practices and coach the team on game day.

Training: Teams train at least twice per week.some as many as four times per week. Practices are run tightly working on skills, teamwork, and strategy.

Games: Games are generally played on the weekends. There can be multiple games on a weekend. The games are intense and highly competitive. Playing time is not guaranteed; however, at U11-U12 player development is our main objective. Result oriented soccer becomes progressively more important starting at U13. Teams will participate in tournaments. This could involve traveling to another city or state with overnight stays in a hotel, eating out, and usually at least three soccer games in one weekend.

State Cup: At U13, teams will start competing in State Cup tournaments. U11 and U12 teams play in the State Festival.

Travel: Games and practices are held at venues throughout North Carolina against teams in the same division. 

Financial Commitment: Classic soccer is greater financial commitment than recreational soccer and challenge soccer. There are generally two types of fees for Classic - club fees and team fees. Club fees cover items such as trainers, uniforms, fields, player insurance, while team fees can cover team tournament fees, referee fees and items of that nature. Financial assistance is available for those who apply and qualify.

Fees:

Challenge Level Play:

Information:

The NCYSA Challenge Program is a regionalized competitive league that is administered by local Challenge Scheduling Leagues, NCYSA, the VP of Challenge and the Challenge Council.

EWSA currently uses the Traid Development League for competitive matches. Starts at U11 and is available to be played on boys only or girls only teams (on occasion a girl will play on a boys team). Players are required to tryout to move from Recreational or Academy soccer to Challenge soccer. If selected to a Challenge team, players are usually required to play in both the fall and spring.

Objectives: To develop deeper technical and some early tactical skills while enjoying higher levels of competition and having fun are the primary objectives. Challenge Soccer also provides an introduction of the commitment required for travel soccer to both parents and players.

Age Groups/Gender: Challenge soccer is generally available to children ages U11 – U14 (the U stands for under an age as of 8/1 of a given year – Example: Your child would be considered U9 if they are eight as of 7/31). Teams are grouped into divisions based on age, gender and level of play.

Team Selection: Tryouts are held annually in May.

Seasons: Typically there is a Fall season and a separate Spring season.

Competitive Level: Challenge soccer is an intermediate level of competition for U11 - U14 players. While scores/wins & losses are kept, the focus is clearly on developing a love for the beautiful game.

Coaching: Challenge coaches can be paid professional coaches or parents who have experience playing and a love for teaching the beautiful game. Most will have coaching licenses.

Training: Practices and/or training sessions are generally held twice per week with a focus on continuing to develop core soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping, shooting) along with age appropriate tactics.

Games: Games are played on the weekends (sometimes multiple games in a weekend). Most Challenge teams play in one or two tournaments per season.

Travel: Games and practices are held at venues throughout the greater Raleigh area.

Financial Commitment: Challenge soccer is greater financial commitment than recreational soccer and a smaller commitment than classic soccer. There are generally two types of fees for Challenge - club fees and team fees. Club fees cover items such as trainers, fields, player insurance, while team fees can cover team tournament fees and items of that nature. Financial assistance is available for those who apply and qualify.

EWSA Fees:

EWSA FEE CHART

 

Academy Level Play:

We are excited to announce that beginning in the Fall of 2012, EWSA will be joining the NCYSA Academy. The focus of the Academy is player development and player retention. More than 73% of all children who play organized youth sports end up quitting by the time they reach the age of 13 (Time Magazine, July 12, 1999). The two reasons children give up sport: 1. It is no longer fun. 2. too much pressure.

Philosophy

  • The Academy Program philosophy is to emphasize player development over team development and focus on the technical development of each child without the pressures of short term wins/losses/results.

Education

  • EWSA will have an established yearly curriculum for its Academy Program.
  • The Academy Director will hold a National Youth License.
  • All Academy Program coaches will hold an NCYSA Youth II Module license.

Players

  • We will place players in specific team groupings base on each individual player’s needs. We will continue to play games against teams in the Raleigh area. However, these games will be played under Academy rules, no standings. We also have the option of playing out of town teams. For these games we can choose to pool our affiliate players just as we do now with our U10 Academy Program. We also have the freedom to move players to other teams as required, e.g. during the difficult spring break period when some families are out of town.
  • Each player will receive a minimum two written evaluations per year.
  • Players that are U8 thru U10 for the 2010-2011 are eligible for the Academy Program.

Training

  • Players with be provided a minimum of two practices per week.
  • Training will be conducted in a pool training format based on the individual player’s needs. We have a very experienced and highly qualified staff of coaches and this format will allow them to spend more “on the field time” with all our U9/U10 players.

Teams

  • Will be formed the same as in the Challenge league, however we have the option to move players when teams are short. We also have the option to mix our players for any special event.

Game Day

  • Games will be scheduled on the same day each weekend and within a window of time slots. This will allow families to better plan their other family activities. It will also allow DOC’s to see more games.

The Academy Program is supported by US Youth Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation.

 Fees: 

EWSA FEE CHART

Recreation Level Play:

EWSA is proud to be affiliated with organizations providing wonderful recreational soccer programs

Objectives: To have fun while learning more about the basic skills of soccer (passing, trapping, dribbling, shooting) and sportsmanship, while developing long-lasting friendships with other children and parents.

Age Groups/Gender: Recreational soccer is generally available to children ages U5 – U15 (the U stands for under an age as of 8/1 of a given year – Example: Your child would be considered U7 if they are six as of 7/31). At certain ages, some teams may be (are) coed: at other ages they are boys only or girls only. Teams are grouped into divisions based on age.

Team Selection: Teams at each age are selected via a draft system with a focus on keeping teams equal across an age group.

Seasons: Typically there is a Fall season and a separate Spring season. Players are free to sign-up for the Fall season, the Spring season or both seasons.

Competitive Level: The competitive level is low, with a focus on teaching certain basic skills and sportsmanship. While scores/wins & losses might be kept, the focus is clearly on developing a love for the beautiful game.

Coaching: Recreational coaches are generally parents who volunteer to coach. Most will have some soccer knowledge with some having coaching licenses. Others do not have soccer coaching experience, but are eager to learn and teach soccer. As volunteers, they do the best they can and should be congratulated for volunteering to teach your child.

Training: Practices and/or training sessions are generally held once per week with a focus on developing core soccer skills (dribbling, passing, trapping, shooting). While positional play might be taught (example goalkeeping, defending), it is kept to a minimum

Games: There is generally one game per weekend contingent upon the recreation organization. All games are played against other teams within the same organization or, in some older age groups, against other recreational teams in the city.

Travel: Games and practices are usually held at the same location.

Financial Commitment: The least expensive of the three levels of play. Each recreational program sets their own fees.

Fees:   EWSA FEE CHART