|Understanding Weymouth Youth Soccer
Weymouth Youth Soccer has many program options for its members which can cause some confusion especially for our new families. Weymouth Youth Soccer is the parent organization covers 3 different divisions:
- Recreation (Rec)
- Travel Soccer (Travel)
- Weymouth United Futbal Club (WUFC)
Each of these divisions serve a purpose, and most the players who play in High School will play in all 3 of them at some point in time and often times our players are playing in 2 of them at once. Occasionally, a player will be in all three. They are meant to complement each other not compete with one another. Read on for information on what each is to help determine what may be the best situation for your child. We are more than happy to talk to anyone who wants or needs additional direction to choose where your child should be playing.
Our Recreational program is our original longest running program. It is an in town program, which means all games and practices take place in Weymouth and all players involved (your team and the opponents) are from Weymouth. It is open registration so anyone who wants to play can play, no skill level is necessary. Players can start as early as 4 years old in the kickers program and we offer league play up thru high school. We offer a Fall league and a Spring league. Most players do play both Fall and Spring, but they are two separate leagues so a player does not have to. It lowers the commitment needed and allows more players to play.
The coaches are volunteers (typically parents) and teams are put together with a purpose of having balanced teams so there is a wide variance of skill level on each team. Kids compete against their friends and classmates and have a great time. The overall purpose of the rec program is for the kids to just play the game in a fun environment. The cost is low so it’s affordable to everyone and our volunteer coaches allow us to have it this way. Everyone should play about the same amount and the environment should be all about the kids playing and having fun.
Our travel program is a step up in competition from our rec program. It is no longer open enrollment. Players needs to tryout and may not make a team. All of our teams are made up of Weymouth Players, but we compete against other towns in a league called the South Shore Soccer League.
Please check out the South Shore League Website for more information on the league:http://www.southshoresoccer.com/
Travel is a bit more expensive than Rec, but it’s a full year program (Fall, Winter and Spring). A lot of the home games are played on turf fields, there is winter indoor trainings and winter indoor league play. Travel coaches are still volunteer coaches, many of them parents, but the overall quality of the coaching received is higher than that of the rec program. Simply because there are fewer teams and the more talented players (due to tryouts) attract the better coaches. Having teams comprised of players with like ability (due to tryouts) also makes it easier to design and hold practices appropriate for the teams. In the fall and spring, Travel hosts age group “pool” practices once per week, where every player gets the same skill based training to help ensure regardless of the team a player is on, they have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to advance as a player.
Travel Starts at 8/9 years old and teams are leveled at each age group. We have u10, u12, u14, u16 and u18 age groups on both the boys and girls side. As you will see, a player spends 2 years within an age group before moving up to the next one. There will typically be several teams within each age group. For example, this past year we had 4 teams within the u12 boys age group. We had a division 1 team, 2 division 2 teams and a division 3 team. We do our best during tryouts to properly place players on the team they should be on.
Please note that Travel is a competitive program. We believe in player development so it’s not all about winning games, but a player may tryout and not make a team. At the younger age groups, once you are on a team, as long as the player shows up and tries he/she will play an almost equal amount and get time at different positions. As the kids get older, a player’s ability and effectiveness on the field will start to affect their playing time.
Travel gives the kids a unique opportunity to compete as their town against other towns, just like they will in High School Soccer. At the u12 and older groups, the best teams will have the opportunity to go to playoffs and compete for a State Championship. Weymouth has produced a great number of State Champions and the players on those teams have great life long memories and friendships as a result. The overall purpose of travel is to compete as a town at a higher level and have the kids have a great time playing and competing. While player skill development is a priority and focus, we have to do so with volunteer coaches to keep the costs down.
Weymouth United Futbal Club (WUFC):
Weymouth United, F.C. is our Club program. It’s our highest level program and was created about 5 years ago to bring top level coaching at more affordable pricing to the players of Weymouth. Before, WUFC was created, the players who wanted to get professional level training had to leave town and go to other Clubs and spend thousands of dollars a year to get it. WUFC is still a growing and evolving program, but our goal is to bring professional level training to all the players of Weymouth who want it. This program has two parts to it; there are the Academy Teams and our Training Academy. We are a competitive program with tryouts. The more advanced players will make a team and the other players will be offered a spot in the training academy.
The Training Academy is the newest part of our program. It is an effort to bring professional level coaching to players who may not be quite ready to play on one of the Academy Teams, but who want to improve their skill level. Players could either be asked to be Team training players or part of the training academy. Players who are team training players will train with the team in their age group, but not play in the games. They could be asked to be game alternates, which would be someone who’s called upon to play in a game should the team need extra players for a particular game.
The majority of players will be asked to be part of the training academy. Because this is our newest program it’s the one that’s evolving the most as it gains popularity. The training academy is broken up into 3 parts (Fall, Winter and Spring). There are 2 practices per week for an 8 week period each season. Players can sign up for the full year academy or choose to just do the parts they want. This offers more flexibility for players and their families.
This past year we had a 5-7 year old academy program and an 8-10 year old program. We hope to grow this and offer additional programs as time goes on. We will adjust to the demand.
The purpose of the Training Academy is to bring our players professional level training at affordable prices and get them ready to be part of an Academy Team.
The Academy Teams are made via a tryout (in June) and are comprised of the higher level players at each age group (from the tryout). We have u8, u9 and u10 for both boys and girls. This year we will also have a u11 girls, u12 boys, u13 girls, u14 boys and u15 girls team. You’ll notice the teams typically move in one year increments whereas Travel movesin 2 year increments. This is due to the leagues we play in. Our u9 and older teams player in MAPLE. Please check out the MAPLE website for more information:
Our u8 teams do not play in an organized league. Mostly, due to the fact that there isn’t an organized league for their age and this is for good reason. At this young an age, it’s not necessary. We have a lot of intra-program games and then set up play dates with some other Clubs we have good relationships with.
WUFC, is a higher cost program in comparison to the other Weymouth Youth Soccer programs, but is MUCH cheaper than other Club programs. We are more expensive because of our professional level coaching, but a lot cheaper because we are a true non-profit. The only people paid are our coaches, our board members are all volunteers and do a lot of work to ensure the costs are as affordable as possible. This is a competitive program that is all about player development. Player development includes a lot of things. There is a higher level of commitment expected from our players and their families; it’s the only way a program like this can work. Commitment comes in a lot of ways; if you have any questions about conflicts with other sports or activities, please talk to us about it so we can get on the same page. On the younger teams, everyone who makes the team is expected to play and play very comparable minutes at all different positions. As the players get older, part of the development includes making them earn their playing time. While we want to win games and want the players to win games, we are a development oriented program that plays at a high level.
Each of our organizations has their own director. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. You can also contact the director of coaching and player development for the entire organization, Mike Rugnetta.
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