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*EVALUATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE ONLY IN THE SPRING*



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2019 Spring evaluations will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 and Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the New Eagle U8 fields. 5
:30 pm to 7:00 pm - U8 players. 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm - U10 and older players.
*Rain dates are the following week Monday May 20th and Tuesday May 21st. Same times and location.*

2019 Evaluation Leaders - Jim Brandemarte, Katie Yohe, Rhiannon Lewis, and Tyler Beck (PA West / WPIAL referee)
. Coaches and the RAYSA board will have no influence in the official evaluation of your players' abilities and skills on the field during this tryout period.

PLAYER EVALUATIONS
PURPOSE: New PA WEST Soccer Year (Fall/Spring Seasons) and RAYSA Travel Team Placement

  • Participants include ALL In-House U8/U10 and Travel U10 through U12 players within all communities

  • Evaluations will occur every spring season in the month of May

  • Will replace team practices that week. All players must participate in both evenings.

  • Players must arrive at least 30 minutes early to sign-in, receive their assigned tracking number, and allow the coaches to start and end the hour time slot on time

  • Recommendations will be provided to play travel competition level if in-house eligible again, and/or players will receive individual evaluations showing specific areas of strength and need for improvement.

  • RAYSA will base travel rosters on a combination of PA West age requirements as well as objective player evaluations from the annual May evaluations. If a player misses one of the two evenings or does not participate in the evaluations at all for whatever reason, then the roster decision is based on a combination of PA West age group eligibility and RAYSA board determination.

  • At the travel level, players will no longer be placed on a team due to coach or parent request, past team history, or other subjective factors. Once a child is rostered on a team, changes can not be made.

  • RAYSA will keep the same travel team together to the extent possible for the entire PA West soccer year (every Fall/Spring season)

  • Results: Please take note of your child's bib number during registration. This is the only way you will be able to look up his/her results. Results will be posted here on our website when complete.

More In-depth/Detailed information: The evaluations will provide objective feedback for coaches, players, and parents regarding strengths and weaknesses of specific skills and abilities expected. Objective method of structuring our travel level teams U10 to U14 with every new PA West soccer year (Fall and Spring seasons). Coaches requested help improving player development and specific skills to teach in practices. Every May during the regular Spring season RAYSA will hold host this player evaluation period in preparation for the new PA West soccer year (Fall/Spring seasons).  In-House coaches can use this player evaluation information to tailor their practices specific to the needs of their roster.  RAYSA will keep the same In-House teams together from one season to the next under the same coaches regardless of the results.  If a player is eligible for U10 age group and older beginning every Fall season registration, then RAYSA will begin to use this same player evaluation information to roster travel teams.  If a U10 eligible player's skill set and abilities are graded high enough, and they are still eligible for In-House soccer again, then RAYSA may recommend they be rostered on a U10 Travel team instead.  Those players U10 to U12 eligible already planning to register for a travel team in the Fall season, will be rostered solely based on these player evaluations.  If you register for travel, then you will definitely play on a travel team regardless of your player evaluation, but specific team placement may be effected in that situation depending on final registration numbers and the skills and abilities of individual players.

Keep in mind this is all in the name if improving player development in the best interest of your children.  At the travel level if your child has played on the same team with the same coach with the same core group of players in the past, then it is possible they could be on a different team with a different coach and different teammates beginning this Fall season.  Please no special requests moving forward to be rostered on a specific team.  It would not be fair to a player that may have received higher evaluation marks and deserved to be placed on a particular team instead.  At the travel level, it is a possibility a player be rostered in a higher age group as well if their skill set and abilities graded support such a move.  Again this is all in the name if improving player development in the best interest of the individual player.

Player evaluations will include all In-house U8 and U10 players as well as all U10 to 12 travel players.  U8 players are being included for a number of reasons.  One - some players due to PA West birth year requirements will be forced to play at the U10 level anyway beginning in the Fall season.  Two - Some current U8 parents may be planning to sign up for U10 travel anyway in the Fall, or based on the player evaluation grade RAYSA can recommend they play travel if the you had planned to stay In-House for another year previously if eligible.  Three - coaches requested help improving player development and specific skills to teach in practices.  Coaches will have information on their specific teams' strengths and weaknesses of specific skills and abilities expected.

All players (except current U6 age group) are required to participate in this event, however, none are required to play travel soccer if receiving high evaluations if they are still eligible to play In-House soccer a few more seasons.
All players (except current U6 age group) are required to participate both nights, not just one or the other.
Coaches have been informed to cancel their own team practices that week if necessary, so all available players will be able to attend both nights of player evaluations.
Please arrive about 30 minutes prior to the start of each session so the leaders can check the players in and assign adhesive bib numbers to the players in time to start and end the session as scheduled
Players should bring a soccer ball and water bottle with them to each session
If a player is NOT able to attend one or both evaluation evenings then, 1) the decision for travel team placement will be left up to RAYSA board discretion and still no special requests considered, 2) Some U8 and U10 In-House coaches won't know a player's strengths and weaknesses to focus on in practices, 3) a travel player may not get placed on a team they believe they deserve based on their skills and abilities.

RAYSA must have 100% parent support with this concept in order for this to successful.  Any questions or concerns please direct to [email protected]

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