Travel Soccer begins at the U9 age for our North Allegheny Soccer Club. Throughout PA West, there are six (6) divisions of play in the travel division. Teams in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are considered Classic and commonly referred to as “Cup” teams. They can draw kids from any area and are not limited by geographical areas. For more information on Classic play, please see the PA West website.
Teams in Divisions 4, 5 and 6 are composed of community based programs (such as North Allegheny Soccer Club) that play games against other community based programs. Division 4 provides the most competitive level of play for a community based team. These teams play against other community teams throughout PA West (including West Virginia, Altoona, and Erie). This Division requires the most travel among our community teams.
Division 5 and Division 6 soccer is for those kids who are interested in playing in a less competitive travel league. Beginning with U11, our club is no longer large enough to play games only against other NA teams. Therefore, we begin playing other teams in the North District (Hampton, Pine Richland, North Hills, etc…). There is still some travel within these divisions but on a much smaller scale.
At the conclusion of each spring season, NASC holds tryouts for D4 (and some D5) teams for the following Fall/Spring seasons. All kids in the NASC program who are interested in playing in a more competitive environment are encouraged to tryout. Kids who have made travel teams in the past are still required to tryout for the following season as teams are formed based on the tryout results and NO special treatment is given to players that have played on a D4 or D5 team in the past season.
Tryouts will be held in May 2020 for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Season.
Player engagement for tryouts will span 2 sessions. Coaches will provide examples of the drills that will be used for the evaluations.
The players are evaluated by coaches and trainers. Each coach is assigned to a group of 5-7 evaluators. Those evaluators will then follow around a specific age group at each session and evaluate the players for the entire session across several drills. This ensures that the kids are evaluated by 10-14 people, over both nights, and have plenty of scores. The evaluator groups are diversified, having coaches from at least four different age groups. To further avoid groupthink, head coaches and assistants are placed in separate groups. Scoring sheets are turned in each night at the end of the session.
Once the scores are tallied, rosters are announced. We try to accomplish this as quickly as possible to avoid undue stress for the children AND the parents.
Here is the schedule of the tryouts for this Spring. All tryouts will be held at Wildwood Indoor Sports Complex – Fields 2 & 3
Station 1 – Dribbling Warm-up
Station 2 – 1 v 1
Station 3 – Scrimmage (field of play evaluation)
Tryout 1 – Monday, May 11, 2020
5:45 – 7:00 pm – Session 1 – U9 (2012 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
7:15 – 8:30 pm – Session 2 – U11 (2010 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
Tryout 2 – Saturday, May 16, 2020
4:15 – 5:30 pm – Session 1 – U9 (2012 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
5:45 – 7:00 pm – Session 2 – U11 (2010 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
Tryout 1 – Sunday, May 17, 2020
5:15 – 6:30 pm – Session 3 – U10 (2011 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
6:45 – 8:00 pm – Session 4 – U12 (2009 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
Tryout 2 – Thursday, May 21, 2020
5:45 – 7:00 pm – Session 3 – U10 (2011 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
7:15 – 8:30 pm – Session 4 – U12 (2009 Birth Year) Boys and Girls
2019-2020 TRYOUT RESULTS
Thank you to everyone for their patience and understanding as we sorted through all of the scores for the tryouts. The club had over 200 players taking the field for tryouts. With approximately 16 evaluations per player there were a lot of scores to process. The results of the tryouts are listed below. We did have enough players and interest for second teams in several of the age groups. Those are listed on page 2. Information about Fall registration will be posted soon. Thanks to everyone who helped make the tryouts a success! See you on the field this fall!
NASC 2019/2020 Tryout Results(pdf file)