COMING SOON: 2016 Soccer Changes as per U.S. Soccer Guidelines

ATTENTION SOCCER PLAYERS AND FAMILIES

Starting in Fall 2016, the Blue Mountain Youth Soccer League has adopted new age groups to realign to the US Soccer Birth Year mandates and will now offer the following league play groupings:
  • Both U9 Boys and U9 Girls teams for birth years 2008 and 2009 (7 vs. 7 including goalie, small-sized field)
  • Both U11 Boys and U11 Girls teams for birth years 2006 and 2007 (9 vs. 9 including goalie, slightly larger small-sized field)
  • Both U13 Boys and U13 Girls teams for birth years 2004 and 2005 (11 vs. 11 including goalie, full sized field)
  • Both U15 Boys and U15 Girls teams for birth years 2002 and 2003 (11 vs. 11 including goalie, full sized field)

Also, we will again be part of the co-ed BTAA League, U7 boys and girls birth years 2010 and 2011, along with Bethlehem Township and OLPH as well.

With this shift away from school year groupings, it will mean adjustments and possibly having classmates on two separate teams in some cases.  We will evaluate rosters based on the number of registered players for each age group as well as viability and competitiveness of the composition of the team as a whole before re-evaluating players to move, double-roster or primarily play on a higher aged group team.

In addition, the Blue Mountain Soccer league will be emphasizing more competitive play in its “A” division and more developmental play in its “B” division and is working to minimize teams playing in “B that are “overqualified” and better suited for a higher level of competition in its “A” division.  With this in mind, commissioners and coaches will work together after registration is closed in June to best align our teams to be most successful and competitive where best fit.

If you’d like to learn more about the US Soccer changes as a whole, visit the link on their website at: http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/resources/2015-player-development-initiatives.

Further questions can be addressed to soccer commissioners Michael Andreano at mandrean@gmail.com and Bryan Robertshaw at nookie1538@hotmail.com who have both been working closely with the league during this transition.

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