Although associations will vary on when they can create teams, many recommend forming teams three weeks prior to the start of the season or as soon as possible. Creating teams can depend on numerous variables including the number of players in your association, the geographic location of those players and your available fields. Roster sizes are usually predetermined based on recommendations provided by NCYSA based on age. Teams can not be formed based on a tryout where players are cut from the program. Here are some things to consider when creating your association's philosophy regarding teams.
- Will you allow players to play up a year?
- Gives the opportunity for different aged siblings to play together
- Allows for kids in the same neighborhood to play together
- Can help if there are not enough players in an age group
- What will you do if you do not have enough teams in an age group?
- Will you allow for players to request being on teams at young ages?
- Allows for carpooling
- Allows for kids to stay with friend
- Will you allow teams to stay together for multiple seasons?
- Some oppose the idea of a dynasty
- Staying together allows for carpooling
- Will you allow for teams to be based on players' skill levels?
- Skills night evaluation: This is not a tryout, but allows coaches to create more equitable teams.
- Previous coaches evaluations
- Mixing skill sets to create even teams
- How will you determine your age groups and will you mix ages in order to keep ability even?
- If numbers are small associations may go to odd year teams
Practice and game schedules should be created as soon as teams are finalized. Several associations create schedules based on an estimated number of teams and therefore can be used each season with only minor adaptations.
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