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Team Placement Policy

PreK through Grade 2 Player/Team Placement Process (Minis)

Shrewsbury Youth Soccer believes that individual players benefit from exposure to different teammates and coaches. PreK through Grade 2 players do not have any tryouts. During registration, parents have the opportunity to indicate up to two weekday evenings on which their children are not available for practice. Teams are put together randomly with effort made to respect those scheduling requests. Pre-School (Formerly U5) and Grade KG (Formerly U6) teams are coed, and additional due diligence is applied toward having a similar number of girls and boys on each team. Grade 1 (Formerly U7) and Grade 2 (Formerly U8) offer both a coed and girls only division provided that there are sufficient enrollment and coach volunteers. It is understood that there are some situations in which there is a strong need for players to be placed together, such as to accommodate car pools or to place younger children with extreme shyness with friends. To get such needs addressed, families may request in their registration comments placement with up to three additional children. In order to be accommodated, such requests must be mutual and the involved families must indicate the same days that they are not available for practice (if any). Lack of fulfillment by the league of a specific registration request does not provide any family with grounds to request a refund of the registration.

 

Grade 3+ Player/Team Placement Process

Players will be placed on teams based on their ability and qualifications using tryout results, coach’s evaluation and consultations with both the AGC/Player Development Committee and prospective coaches.  Players come first. Not coaches and not teams. No coach should have a “claim” to any player.

First; Age Group Coordinators (AGC) have a first pass at placing all players according to player history, tryout and previous coach evaluations.

 

Next; AGCs will recommended a set of coaches, rosters and division placement to the AGC/Player Coach Dev Committee for review prior to submitting those to MAYS. This is to allow communication between the AGC’s, building a consensus on player placement objectives, coaches abilities… and other consideration for that particular season.

 

Then; AGCs consult directly with their coaches prior to submitting final rosters. 

 

As Needed (any changes); AGCs check back in with the Board AGC/Player Coach Dev. Committee.  After meetings with the Coaches, any significant changes or outstanding issues with the team/coach placements may still exist.  Check in.

 

Finally; All teams are submitted to MAYS for their review and approvals.

On occasion, MAYS may have a placement question, most often when a team has had a very good season and is not shown to be advancing in either age group or division for the following season. 

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