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Group Training Nights for age groups U9 – U12

Coaches from age groups U9 – U12 (3rd thru 6th grade) are asked to bring their team to a designated evening practice, use a curriculum (provided in advance) to help improve each player’s technical play, with the support of 2 Revs coaches. Coaches may then sign up for a second team-specific practice – and may chose to continue to work on those skills, or tactical issues at their discretion.

The purpose is to improve the experience for players and coaches alike. Coaches do not need to develop a practice plan, but will be able to review the evening’s plan in advance (including online videos), and the players will learn skills, terminology and tactics as part of a natural progression.

Walpole team coaches (or assistant coaches) need to attend the Group Night practice and run their team through the curriculum. The REVS coaches are not there to do it for us, but to step in and demonstrate or offer guidance whenever helpful. Please arrive a few minutes early for Group Night to get set up and make full use of their expertise.

Group Training Night schedule (may be pushed back one hour in late April once daylight permits):
Boys U9 Mon 5-6pm
Girls U9 Mon 6.15-7.15pm
Boys U10 Tue 5-6pm
Girls U10 Tue 6.15-7.15pm
Boys U11 Wed 5-6pm
Girls U11 Wed 6.15-7.15pm
Boys U12 Thu 5-6pm
Girls U12 Thu 6.15-7.15pm

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Fall 2014 Teams Announced

Please find the Fall 2014 BAYS travel teams for ages U10 to U14 listed in the attachments below.

All players who registered for travel soccer before the registration deadline have been placed on a team. Some teams will have a coach already in place while WYSA will work through the summer to find coaches for others. Players can expect to be contacted by their coach by early August.

The number of teams at each age-group is determined by how many players register, the number of players needed (different size teams play at each age group ie U10 teams play 6 versus 6, while U11 & U12 teams play 8v8 and U14 teams play 11v11 games), as well as the number of volunteer coaches that offer to help. To this extent, the size of each team’s roster can vary. Ideally, we limit the number of players to allow teams to offer each player substantial playing time.

Teams will be placed in BAYS Divisions for the upcoming season based on past performance, the recommendation of the Travel Directors and BAYS own evaluations from the previous season. Our goal is to place each team in league with teams of similar commitment, ability and skills.
BAYS goal is to have each team play to a .500 record. To this extent, they will periodically move teams up or down midseason to keep them challenged appropriately.

WYSA depends upon parents to volunteer as coaches. If you think you might be interested, we encourage you to start coaching in our Intown program. But, please don’t be reluctant to volunteer, even if you’re not athletic and know nothing about soccer. Many of our most successful coaches never played soccer and are learning the sport along with their children!

Of course, because most of our volunteer coaches are not professional educators or soccer players, occasionally some parents feel their children are not receiving the best soccer instruction. If you find yourself in this situation, we suggest you pick up a book on soccer, come to a coaches’ clinic, and volunteer your services. We can always use assistant coaches, and you will quickly discover the joy of watching the children improve their skills under your guidance.

WYSA will assist coaches who are taking or have completed licensing courses. You can contact the Administrator for more information about licensing courses.

Keep in mind that WYSA engages the services of professional coaches to provide support services for players and coaches of all WYSA teams, both Intown and Travel teams.


* Players MUST be have been registered (by noon on the day before the tryouts) to tryout for a Select team.
* All players who wish to be considered for one of the Select teams MUST attend tryouts.
* It was NOT necessary to attend tryouts to be placed on a Balanced team; all a parent needs to do is register his/her child for the program prior to the registration dealine. Placement on a balanced team is automatic.
* If your player COULD NOT tryout on the assigned date for their age group, due to injury or a major conflict, they were asked to notify the appropriate Boys or Girls Travel Director, and their current coach IN ADVANCE.
* Evaluations were based on each player’s season-long review by their coaches from the prior season, as well as the results of their individual tryouts. Greater weight is given to the season long evaluations.

What if I think my player was deserving of a higher placement level?:
Walpole Youth Soccer strives to fairly and objectively place each of our 1,000+ players on a team appropriate for his/her competitive level. We do our best to ensure that each player has an opportunity to play at a level at which they are competitive and comfortable, within the confines of our total numbers enrolled, the size/balance of teams at each age group and the league format that we play within. WYSA understands that player placement is not an exact science and that it is impossible to please everyone with its decisions. Players unhappy with their placement are encouraged to continue playing and develop with their assigned teams. Players will have the opportunity to earn a higher team placement at the following year’s tryout. A disappointing placement can be utilized as an opportunity to teach young people how to persevere in the face of adverse circumstances.

What is the policy on playing with your age group v. “playing up”?:
Players in BAYS are divided into age groups from 8/1 to 7/31 each year. Players are expected to play with their grade. Exceptions occur when a player is too old to play with their grade. Under BAYS bylaws, they may be required to play on an older team.

A player that is young within their school grade CAN play with their grade and it is not considered “playing up”.

What should I do if the coach hasn’t contacted me by the middle of August?:
Please feel free to contact the WYSA Boys or Girls Travel Director, or a board member, if the team coach has not contacted you by the middle of August. It might simply be that your contact info was not communicated clearly. Whatever the case may be the your Boys and Girls Travel Directors will want to help players and coaches get on the same page.


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Tryout Dates announced for Fall 2014 Teams

The following dates were being used for tryouts the Fall 2014 teams, all held at Mylod fields;

Tue May 27th – Girls u14 6-7.30pm (rain date Fri May 30th or Mon June 16th) – for players entering 7th and 8th grade in Fall 2014
Thu May 29th – Boys u14 6-7.30pm (rain date Fri May 30th or Mon June 16th) – for players entering 7th and 8th grade in Fall 2014
Tue June 3rd – Girls u12 4-5.30pm (rain date Thu June 5th) – for players entering 6th grade
Tue June 3rd – Girls u11 4-5.30pm (rain date Thu June 5th) – for players entering 5th grade
Tue June 3rd – Girls u10 6-7.30pm (rain date Thu June 5th) – for players entering 4th grade
Fri June 6th – Boys u12 4-5.30pm (rain date Mon June 9th) – for players entering 6th grade
Fri June 6th – Boys u11 4-5.30pm (rain date Mon June 9th) – for players entering 5th grade
Fri June 6th – Boys u10 6-7.30pm (rain date Mon June 9th) – for players entering 4th grade
Wed June 18th – Boys u14 call back tryouts 4-5.30pm
Wed June 18th – Girls u14 call back tryouts 6-7.30pm

There are a significant number of concerts/recitals/camps/dinners/dances etc this Spring. Every effort has been made to avoid conflicts, but if you are aware of an event that will prevent a number of players from participating, please let one of the board members know as soon as possible.

All players wishing to play travel soccer in the Fall are encouraged to attend, and MUST be registered prior to their Tryout. Registration is open at and we suggest that players register for both Fall & Spring soccer to benefit from our 2 season discount (each season is $200 individually, but both seasons are $250 total).

Players are asked to arrive 15 minutes early for their tryout to register, and wear shorts, cleats, shin pads and bring water and a ball to warm up. They will be provided 2 numbered shirts for the tryouts.

Tryouts are drop off only. We ask all parents to return 10minutes before the end of their player’s session for pick up.
Teams will be created based on coach’s evaluations from the prior season(s) and the results of the tryouts. Tryouts themselves only constitute a portion of the decision making. Other factors in determining the number of teams include the number of players registered, number of volunteer coaches and slots in the league.
Current 3rd grade parents – please be sure to register your players NOW! Spots for travel soccer in the 4th grade is restricted by the BAYS league’s registration system. You need to be registered before the June league deadline to play.
Current 6th & 7th grade parents – Decisions about blending players onto teams from each grade (for Fall u14 soccer) will not be made until the number of players and depth of competitiveness has been determined. We will use a ‘call back night’ to determine the best composition of teams and players. We will endeavor to keep everyone playing with friends from their grade, while providing opportunities for teams to plays as competitively as reasonable.
All players wishing to tryout must be registered prior to their tryout. Registration link will be open through shortly.

All tryouts are drop off only. Further details are available under the tryout link listed under the Programs menu on

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