Player Opportunity Events - New Calendar Year Sessions

All current DJCT players and any interested non-DJCT players are welcome to attend our calendar-year playing sessions in April/May.  Please see below for the Dates/Times for the DJCT Spring Calendar Year Sessions.  Based on your player's birth year (not the current cutoff of Aug. 1 to July 31st calendar), please have them attend the appropriate session.  Players may still play up, but will ask players to attend both their regular calendar birth-year session AND their play-up session if they are wanting to play up.

These sessions are NOT a tryout but a sneak peek into what your player's Calendar age group looks like ahead of tryouts in May.  All players are strongly encouraged to attend their age group.

There will be a Q&A session with Coach Tim during the training session so please save your questions for then.

All sessions will take place at the Dripping Springs Sports Park. Dates/Times will also be posted to the website.

'06 Boys and Girls - April 10 - 6:30-8:00pm
'05 Boys and Girls - April 17 - 6:30-8:00pm
'04 Boys and Girls - April 24 - 6:30-8:00pm
'03 Boys and Girls - May 1 - 6:30-8:00pm
'02 Boys and Girls - May 8 - 6:30-8:00pm
'01-'98 Boys and Girls - May 15 - 6:30-8:00pm

**There will not be sessions for players born in 2007 or 2008 as those players will remain in the Academy Program**

Feb. 1, 2016
DJCT Parents,

Hope all is well and you are ready for the Spring 2016 season!  I was writing to you as there are some big changes afoot in the youth soccer world beginning in the Fall 2016 season.

Youth clubs have always formed teams based on the Aug. 1 to July 31st birthdate cutoffs.  The U.S. Soccer Federation has mandated all youth soccer clubs to go to a Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 birthdate calendar to form age groups.  This will start with the Fall 2016 season.

For example, if you were born in any month during 2004, you would be considered a '04-aged player.  In the past, players born towards the end of 2003 (Aug - Dec) would play with those players born in 2004 (between Jan-July 2004).   Here is the link to U.S. Soccer's reasoning behind the change to birth year along with a birth year chart.  http://www.ussoccer.com/coaching-education/resources/2015-player-development-initiatives

Also for Fall 2016, a less impactful change, will be teams at U9 and U10 will play 7v7 (instead of the current 6v6) and 9v9 for U11 and U12 (instead of current 8v8).  At 7v7, there will be no punting from the goalkeeper, a build out line will be in place (painted on the field) to allow the team to play out of the back in an unpressured setting.  U13 and older will continue to be 11v11.

A few things to keep in mind, players are allowed to play up, so a younger player who wants to continue playing on his/her current team, can do so (assuming they make the group).  Here are a few ways STYSA & WDDOA are trying to be as flexible as possible with the rules/restrictions as we move forward:

*Teams may accept their Fall 2016 pre-qualified slot.  Requirement: Must return 25% of their roster
*Teams may opt to age up another year to accommodate/maintain currently rostered players (50%)
*For teams that split apart due to ages - qualified spot is carried over by the club/team & the club gets to pick to play at one age or other (not both)      *To get to 50% a club can fill slots, but must be from within the club - no external transfers will count

We will be soliciting information from those players that would have a choice to stay with their current team & play up, or if they'd like to play with their new calendar age group team.  Those players on the older end of the spectrum (Aug. to Dec. birth dates), you will need to play with your new calendar age group or could look to possibly play with an older age group.

After Spring Break, we will have Sunday sessions for the new calendar age groups so the parents/players/coaches can take a look at who they might be playing with prior to tryouts.  As always, our goal is to form teams that is best for player development to occur and that will be our guiding principle on any decision for teams and individuals as we navigate this new youth soccer landscape.

Sincerely - Tim Chestney, DJCT Director of Coaching