NASC Travel Program

Typically, Travel Soccer begins at the U10 age in PA West.  Throughout PA West, there are six (6) divisions of play in the travel division.  Teams in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 are considered “Classic” clubs, which means they can draw kids from any area and are not limited by geographically area.  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 which 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 2018 for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Season.

Player engagement for tryouts span 2-4 sessions. NASC offers 2 sessions for players to attend and become familiar with the evaluation process and the soccer drills. The players are not scored on their performance, but they are highly encouraged to attend

Following that, there are two sessions where players will be evaluated and scored.

The players are evaluated by coaches and trainers. Each coach is assigned to a group of 4-6 evaluators. Those evaluators will then follow around a specific age group at each session and evaluate the players for 60 minutes across several drills. This ensures that the kids are evaluated by 8-12 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 a sample schedule of the clinics and tryouts as well as the drills sued last Spring.

Stations:
Station 1 – 4v4 (20 min)
Station 2 – 1v1 (10 min), 2v1 (10 min)
Station 3 – Shooting (10 min) & Dribbling (10 min)

Clinic 1 – May XX
6:00 – 7:15 pm – Session 1 – U9/10 Boys and U11/12 Girls
7:30 – 8:45 pm – Session 2 – U9/10 Girls and U11/12 Boys

Clinic 2 – May XX
1:30 – 2:45 pm – Session 1 – U9/10 Boys and U11/12 Girls
3:00 – 4:15 pm – Session 2 – U9/10 Girls and U11/12 Boys

Tryout 1 – May XX
6:00 – 7:15 pm – Session 1 – U9/10 Boys and U11/12 Girls
7:30 – 8:45 pm – Session 2 – U9/10 Girls and U11/12 Boys

Tryout 2 – May XX
6:00 – 7:15 pm – Session 1 – U9/10 Boys and U11/12 Girls
7:30 – 8:45 pm – Session 2 – U9/10 Girls and U11/12 Boys

Please check back soon for more details.


2017-2018 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 10 evaluations per player there were a lot of scores to process.  The results of the tryouts are listed below.   The first page lists the first D4 teams selected.   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 Tryout Results 2017-2018 (pdf file)

Updated as of 5/31/17 with additional teams and coaches