Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association: Competitive League Tryouts

Saturday, June 29
U14-U17 Blackhawk Team List for 2013 tryouts

Below please find the team list from 2013 tryouts for the U14 and above age groups boys (Blackhawks) and girls (Ladyhawks).  Emails have been sent out asking for player roster and code of conduct acceptance.  Please respond!

Handout: 2013/2014 HTSA Blackhawk Team Selection

Friday, April 12
2013 Tryout Dates Announced!





Competitive League Soccer Tryouts


HTSA, under the Blackhawk Futbol Club banner, are holding tryouts to form their Competitive League Soccer Teams to compete during the 2013/2014 season.  Any player from 9 to 17 years old who enjoys the sport and wishes to train & compete at a competitive level should strongly consider attending the HTSA/Blackhawk Tryouts.  Players who do not wish to compete in the Louisiana Competitive League can be placed on a HTSA Recreational Team if the numbers permit. 

The focus of HTSA’s Blackhawk Futbol Club is to develop every soccer player while providing a positive, highly competitive, and enjoyable team-building environment.  We recommend and invite all Parents and Players who are unfamiliar with the Blackhawk Futbol Club to attend an informational, Q&A type meeting on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 from 6-8 pm at the Terrebonne Parish Library – North Branch in Gray.

Listed below are the tryout dates and times for all age groups.  Players interested should attend both tryout sessions to broaden the evaluation opportunity by our coaches.  A makeup date is also provided should there be a conflict.  All tryouts will be held at The Lakes Soccer Complex and there will be a $5 tryout fee.  All players will be required to tryout for their appropriate age group.  All new players to competitive league must bring a copy of their birth certificate to tryout!!  Players may attend a next older age group tryout, but final Board determination will be based on several factors including 1) the child's ability based on Blackhawk coaching staff evaluation, 2) Impact on both age groups/teams in question, long and short term and 3) Parent and player request/reasoning for moving up an age group.

 If you have a conflict with the tryout dates and wish to make alternate arrangements, or cannot attend the meeting and have questions; please contact Kevin Champagne, Coaching Coordinator, at ckchampagne@yahoo.com (985) 381-1628 or Cecil Zeringue, HTSA President, at czeringue2@bellsouth.net (985) 232-8605.


Playing Age*                                                                              Tryout Date 1                               Tryout Date 2

U10 Dev. Girls & Boys                    -                      rescheduled: Tues, May 14th              Wed, May 8th                 

U11 Girls & Boys                             -                      Wed, May 1st                                      Tues, May 7th           

U12 Girls & Boys                             -                      rescheduled: Wed, May 15th              Mon, May 13th

            U13 Girls & Boys                             -                      Mon.  May 6th                                    Thurs. May 9th  

Makeup date for U10-U13s                            -                                                        Tues, May 14th

U14 Girls & Boys                             -                           Mon. June 3rd                                 Tues. June 11th

U15 Girls & Boys                             -                           Wed. June 5th                                 Thurs. June 13th

U16 Girls & Boys                             -                           Tues. June 4th                                  Mon. June 10th

U17 & U18 Girls & Boys                  -                          Thurs. June 6th                               Wed. June 12th

Makeup date for U14-U18s                                     -                                              Tues. June 18th

Tryout Times FOR ALL SESSIONS:                   Girls 5:30pm-6:30pm & Boys 6:45pm-7:45pm

(Click Handout below to download Tryout Registration Form)

Handout: Competitive League 2013-2014

Tuesday, April 9
Age Chart for 2013-2014
2013-2014 Age Matrix

LSA (Louisiana Soccer Association) and US Youth Soccer playing age brackets follow the school year. Your childs Age bracket for the 2013-2014 season will be determined by their age on July 31st, 2013.  If your child is 10 years old on July 31st, 2013, then he or she will be playing U11 (Under 11) for the 2013-2014 season (August 1st-July 31st).  Please find the chart below and for download in the handout section above to help determine your childs appropriate age grouping.

Saturday, April 14
HTSA/Blackhawk Play Up Policy

Play Up Policy
Effective Fall 2012 Season


            HTSA does not recommend or endorse any player to "play up" in any league.  We recognize that young children often have the desire to play with their friends and/or parents want to push their child's level of play.  It is the view of HTSA that it is most often to the benefit of the child and their soccer development to pay at their "age" appropriate level; U6, U8, U10, U11 through U19.
            A player who is allowed to "play up", may find themselves competing against others that are one to two years in age, grade, mental maturity and/or physical size beyond their years.  A child who plays up in an age division may also find that they are playing with or against others who are much larger, faster, more aggressive and more mentally mature.  In all consideration, this can place a player at a disadvantage in achieving their full potential as a soccer player and having ultimate success on the field.
There are times when it is necessary for a player (or players) to play up, especially in older age groups to field teams.  However, HTSA strongly advises parents to register their child in the age group determined by the Louisiana Soccer Association age chart matrix and not encourage them to play up. We feel that this is almost always most beneficial for their long-term development and safety as a player. 
There are several factors that the HTSA Board will consider in their decision to allow for playing up which include:
1. The child's ability, based upon the Blackhawk coaching staff evaluations.
2. An older team does not have enough players to field a team.
         3. The impact on both age groups (teams) by a player move, long and short term.

4. Parent and player request and reasoning to move up an age group.
Should a player wish to play up, they are to:
1.    Attend tryouts for both age groups giving the coaches an opportunity to evaluate his or her interaction within each group.
2.    Have their Parent/guardian officially contact the HTSA Board and make the request.

The HTSA Board will then carefully review each case individually and notify the parents of its decision.