Welcome to the Eastchester Youth Soccer Association (EYSA) travel program. Below is important information concerning the EYSA travel program.

Is my child ready for the Travel Program?

If your child enjoys playing soccer and your objective is to give him or her more training, he or she is ready to try out. This program is about developing players’ soccer skills.

Teams

With respect to those just starting the travel soccer experience in our youngest age group (age group U8), our goal is to build balanced teams based upon the evaluations that were conducted this past Spring. As the children progress in age groups (starting with age group U9), we begin to organize teams based upon skills/capabilities and commitment using the spring evaluations and feedback from the coaches and trainers. This enables us to place teams in the appropriate competitive divisions so that each player is challenged and continues to develop. We appreciate that the evaluation process is not perfect and that children develop at different rates. Therefore, teams and player placement may change from year-to-year.

Coaches

EYSA aims to regularly rotate coaches so that a coach does not remain with the same team for more than two years. While we appreciate that players build a bond with their coach, we believe that it is important for player development to experience different coaching styles and tactics. Just as you would not want your child to have the same school teacher each and every year – – the same applies for coaches.

Start of Season

Our travel program is a member of the Westchester Youth Soccer League (WYSL). The WYSL Fall Season games start the weekend of September 10/11.

Uniforms

You are responsible for purchasing a travel uniform for your child. Team manager will send you details including a link to purchase the necessary uniform.

Expectations/Commitment

Fall/Spring Seasons
Fall season runs from September 6th (first Practices) through November 20th
Winter Session runs from January 11th through March 31st
Spring season runs from April 4th (first Practices) through June 18th
Games are generally held on Sundays
Team practices are held on Saturdays.
There is also one weekday team practices which will be held once a week.
Team managers/coaches may also coordinate additional practices from time to time (at additional cost)
In addition to the regularly scheduled WYSL games, it is expected that each travel team participate in at least one tournament per season (e.g., Labor Day, Columbus Day, State Cup, or other tournament). This is a great opportunity for players to play against different teams and broaden their experience and level of competition. Team mangers are responsible for registering for tournaments. (Tournaments are an additional cost)

Winter Season
WYSL does not have a winter soccer season, but EYSA travel teams are expected to participate in a winter league or series of winter tournaments of their choice. Team managers have the flexibility to choose leagues/tournaments that best fit the scheduling needs of its team. In addition, EYSA offers academy practices once a week in an indoor facility throughout the winter. While the winter season is certainly less intense, it is NOT optional.

Playing Time
Unlike our recreational soccer program (where we aim to have equal playing time for all players), our travel program is a competitive program and we do not guarantee equal play time for all players. Our professional coaches make all game playing time determinations, which is based upon player attendance, dedication, attitude and skill. EYSA believes in a long term strategy of player development. While there is no guarantee of equal game playing time, all players receive meaningful game playing time throughout the season. More importantly, all players participate in over 3 hours of practice each week during the regular fall/spring seasons – – which is geared toward improvement of individual skills as well as team strategy.

Cost

The Travel Registration Fee is $1,200 per child. NOTE: Additional costs apply. Uniforms are an additional cost and purchased directly by the player family. In addition, tournaments and extra ream practices are an additional cost and managed via a team budget created by the team manager.

While we appreciate that children play multiple sports (and we encourage the same), we expect families to keep conflicts to a minimum. Our teams rosters are relatively moderate in size in an effort to maximize playing time for all players. Therefore, repeated absences can negatively impact the entire team. If an occasional conflict occurs, please notify your team manager well in advance (at least one week in advance) so that appropriate roster adjustments can be made.

Contact Information

Please contact the following Travel Commissioners with any questions:
Girls Travel Commissioners
Janaka Withana (janaka.eysa@gmail.com)
Ossie Martinez (oss24kva@hotmail.com)
Boys Travel Commissioners
Mark Redman (mredman@hearst.com)
Sean Doherty (smichaeldoherty@optonline.net)
Peter Gennuso (Peter.Gennuso@thompsonhine.com)

In addition, you may contact EYSA President Bill West (bwest63@verzion.net) with any questions or concerns.