May 2014 Hillwood Soccer
From: The desk of the Hillwood Soccer Club President
Registration is Open!
With the school year coming to a close, I'm reminded that folks are planning their Summer calendars along with getting ready to sign up for Fall soccer. Iím glad families are already gearing up for Fall play, but I wanted to better explain how Hillwood and our parent Association, Seattle Youth Soccer (SYSA) governs the formation of teams.
A little crash course in what "recreational" soccer means, as defined by US Youth Soccer. It means players are neither assigned nor rostered to teams based on playing ability. In purely recreational soccer, players are randomly assigned to teams. In Hillwood, as in most of the other clubs in Seattle Youth Soccer Association, our leagues are what US Youth Soccer calls "rec plus". These are leagues and teams in which the use of tryouts, invitations, recruiting or any similar process to roster players selectively to any team is prohibited."
At Hillwood, we use the "neighborhood concept" where players are typically grouped by school or neighborhood at first; thereafter we keep the teams together as much as possible from year to year, but inevitably as roster sizes expand at the younger ages, players stop playing organized soccer or move away, some type of team aggregation and re-formation needs to happen. These decisions may involve SOME parent requests, rarely coach input, and the final decision is always in the hands of the club registrar so there's no question about playing ability being part of the equation.
School year ages and "soccer ages" are, alas, one calendar month different. That's why kids with July birthdays end up playing with an older age group than their classmates. It's been that way for as long as any of us can remember. It's not in our club's power to change that.
Having said this, families and players are more than encouraged to join in-door teams, attend soccer camps and take additional soccer training classes, many of which are in the general Shoreline area. If families have more questions about camps, where to find additional training or have general soccer questions please feel free to contact anyone in the Club or myself and we will gladly try to answer your questions to the best of our ability.
You can find more information in our Footnotes here
Remember, Hillwood soccer is just for kicks!
D.J. Yasui President Hillwood Soccer Club
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