Once registration begins, it is open until 10PM on Friday, 3/25/22 for Summer Travel Soccer.
Read the below for important information; then
League Info: This is a travel league. After practicing over 3-6 weeks, each team nominally plays 10 games, over approximately 5 weeks in June and July. Half of the games are home and half are away.
Age Brackets: Our teams are set by U11, U13, U15, and U18. Each bracket represents the maximum "soccer age", which is equal to the current year MINUS the birth year. Each player you register will initially be assigned according to his/her birth year. You can use the comment field for any player, to request play-up, double carding, etc. All such decisions are made by the coaching staff and the Club President.
Eligibility: Players from Pal-Mac school district, or who have registered with us in prior years, or with permission from the Club president. If you don't yet meet one of these requirements, please register without paying until we determine eligibility, at which time we can settle payment.
Birth Date: You always have to enter the player's date of birth. If we haven't ever seen proof of that birth date in the past, we we will follow up with you and request a digital photo of a birth certificate or other official document.
Roster Size: Team rosters are limited in size. If registrations exceed roster limits, tryouts and/or cuts may be needed, but that is a rare occurrence.
Playing Time : This is a travel league, so playing time is determined by the coach as a function of skill, effort, attitude, and game situations. That said, at the U11 level, we do try to get all players a reasonable amount of playing time.
Pricing: $85/player (same as last year, excluding uniform cost), with discounts for multiple players.
If this price is an obstacle to your child participating, please contact the club President (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss. The club offers financial assistance where needed.
Payment Methods: We welcome full payment via Paypal, during registration. If you cannot pay at this time, please register anyway, and read the instructions on the final screen. No player is considered fully registered until payment is settled.
Uniforms: We use uniforms for TWO years. 2022 is year 2 of the cycle, so new uniforms are not needed unless you are new to the league, or require a replacement for some reason.
Club Teams: Players with Empire, RFC, and the like can still play in this league as long as they are a member of only one other team. By custom, such players will be primary to their club team, and secondary players to Pal-Mac.
Answers to frequently-asked questions:
What is my child's soccer age?
Soccer age, as a worldwide standard, is defined as the current year MINUS the birth year.
This means that someone born in January is the same soccer age as someone born in December of the same year.
This is the source of many complaints, because of the age variability within a bracket, but our league is sanctioned by US Youth Soccer and we must adhere to this rule.
What does U11, U13, etc. mean?
U11 means a max soccer age of 11, i.e. born 2011 or later.
U13 means a max soccer age of 13, i.e. born 2009 or later.
U15 means a max soccer age of 15, i.e. born 2007 or later.
U18 means a max soccer age of 18, i.e. born 2004 or later, and not already having graduated high school.
What does 'playing up' mean?
Playing up means being rostered on a team that is older than a player's soccer age would dictate. For example, a 12 or 13 year old would naturally be on a U13 team, but can request to be on the U15 team instead.
What does 'double-carding' mean?
Double-carding means being rostered onto two teams in this league at the same time, for example, when a 15-year old would like to play for both the U15 and the U18 teams.
What is 'guest play'?
WFLYSL allows for players to "guest" up to an older team on a game-by-game basis. The player remains rostered only on the younger team, but can bring their player pass to a game involving the older team, and be granted temporary playing privileges for that game. This is to help with teams that find themselves short-handed due to vacations, absences, etc. In any one game, no more than four guest players will be allowed.
How young can players register for the U11 teams?
Preference is given to 10- and 11-year-olds, because they have no other options. Younger players are eligible if there is room. Feel free to register; if your child is not accepted due to lack of room, any payment will be refunded.
How often are games? practices?
Games are twice a week for 5 weeks between mid-June and end of July.
Practices: Typically, there are about 5-10 pre-season practices, beginning in May.
Which nights will my kid play?
The league schedule is nominally set as defined here.
But lots of things (field availability, team conflicts, holidays, etc. can cause games to occur on nights different from this guidance.
What are some of the travel locations?
You can see all the clubs (and therefore locations) of all clubs who have been in this league for the past few years,
by looking at the league website.
Then you can browse recent years. For any game, travel is usually 20-45 minutes away.
What does my payment go toward?
Team registration fees [WFLYSL Travel League]
Player registration and player pass fees [NYSWYSA]
Risk Management background checks on all coaches
Professional Referee fees for all games
Field Rental, Paint, Equipment
Uniforms (surcharge when applicable): We have a two-year uniform cycle.
In year 1, new styles and colors are chosen, meaning all players must buy a new uniform (which will be used for two years).
In year 2, you do not need to purchase a uniform unless you are NEW to the league, or need a replacement uniform for whatever reason.