The BSC Board is coming to you as parents not just board members with this new information. It is effecting all of our children in the travel programs too.
In August 2015 US Soccer Announced:
“In another step towards its commitment to long-term player development, U.S. Soccer is phasing in new standards related to small-sided games and birth-year registration.”
The new standards mandate a change from school year based age groupings to birth year age groupings. The changes are recommended for 2016 but not mandated until 2017. However, BSC has already been notified by Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association that they are implementing the new mandates beginning Fall 2016. Additionally, BSC has been notified by the leagues that we participate in that they are following these changes as well and that all state competitions are moving to this age change.
The BSC Board of Directors have weighed the pros and cons of following the recommended birth year age groupings or keeping existing teams intact, which results in numerous players “playing up”, and after careful consideration and discussion BSC has decided that we will follow the recommended guidelines and move to birth year age groupings beginning in Fall 2016. We feel having players play up against opponents that may be up to 18 months older is not in the best interest of the players or the teams in the majority of cases.
BSC fully understands that this will certainly change the dynamic and make-up of almost every team in the club and we understand the anxiety that may present to both the players and their parents. However, this is a change that is being adopted by most clubs in the area that we have spoken to, so keeping our current teams intact would not be in the best interest of the teams or the club from a competitive standpoint.
Note: These changes have no effect on current teams for the Spring 2016 season.
The age changes work like this. Basically take the seasonal year from the spring season and subtract your child’s birth year. The result is the age group you will play in. For example, we play next season as the 2016/2017 season. Again taking the year ending the season (2017) and subtracting child’s birth year (2006) you get: 2017 – 2006 = 11. Your child would play U11.
The club will host tryouts in late April and all players will register in their appropriate age group. We will offer each player the choice to tryout up one age group only. If you do not try out for your own age group and do not make the older team you will not have a team in BSC to play for. No one will be given a free ride back down to their proper age group.
Registration for tryouts will be open soon and you will receive an email from the club for sign-ups.
Currently we will be holding tryouts for the 2016/2017 Season in the following age groups:
U10 – Myer U10 – Spang/Patrick
U11 – Horvath/Russo U11 - Teran
U12 – Wycherley U12 - Ohl
U13 – Macilroy U14 – Lynn/Summers
U14 – Burke/Trauger
We are a volunteer run club and do not have a coach volunteering for either U9 boys or girls at this point. If you are interested in that please email me immediately. If no parents step up we will not offer a team at those age groups next year.
U15 – This age group is being discussed by the league and we will know more after the league meeting on March 8th. This will apply to all players in 8th grade. Some of you are U15 eligible and others are U14. The question is whether or not there will be enough clubs fielding a team in this age group to have a league. If there is no league the club will address that with the players that fall into that age group.
Advice – Please plan accordingly. Do your research and look into other clubs. Make sure your child has a place to play next year. Every club is going to go through the same thing. Players will be switching clubs. Tryout for other clubs, to ensure that your son or daughter plays.
The next year will be difficult for all of us. If you have any questions please email. We will answer them as quickly as possible.