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Coaching in the Club's Travel Program
Carmel United offers a travel program for those players looking for a more advanced soccer experience. Our travel program is a competitive endeavor requiring a higher level of commitment both in time and financially. We hold tryouts in April or May of each year. There is a finite roster sized which means, in most cases, not every player trying out will make the team.
Our club competes in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League (EHYSL) which is affiliated with Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) and the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). Premier-level teams participate in the NY Club Soccer League (NYCSL) which is affiliated with US Club Soccer. There are separate teams and divisions for girls and boys. Level of competition and training prepares players for high school level of play. We also stress sportsmanship, fitness, organization, team commitment and other skills the young players will keep with them the rest of their lives.
Travel teams practice two times a week during the fall and spring at a facility in the Carmel/Patterson area. Practices may start any time after 5pm. During the winter there are indoor practices once/week in an indoor facility. As travel soccer requires a higher level of commitment, attendance at practices is expected.
With the exception of premier teams, games are generally scheduled Sunday afternoons between 12:00 noon and 5:00 PM. Premier teams may play on Saturday or Sunday. The fall season starts first week of September and runs until the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The spring season begins the first Sunday in April and runs until mid June. There are typically 8-10 games scheduled in the fall and 8-10 scheduled in the spring. One half of these games are played at our home fields in the Carmel area, including Carmel High School, George Fischer Middle School, Matthew Paterson Elementary School, and Patterson Veterans Memorial Park. The other half of games are played against other soccer clubs from Putnam, Dutchess, Westchester, Orange, and Ulster counties. Premier teams may travel further distances for away games (NYC, CT, Long Island, etc.)
There are no games scheduled Labor Day weekend, Columbus Day weekend, Easter, Passover, or Memorial Day weekend, but individual teams may elect to participate in tournaments those weekends. Teams may also compete in indoor tournaments and/or winter leagues sponsored by other clubs or venues.
We provide our coaches with licensing and training opportunities. All travel coaches are required to complete at least an 'F' license course from USSF. Many of our coaches have advanced licenses and/or NSCAA diplomas. Some have decades of playing and youth soccer and high school coaching experience. Some teams elect to hire professional youth trainers to train their teams. The cost for trainers and tournaments are borne by the team. Teams may do fundraising to cover some of these costs and/or they may require out-of-pocket contributions from players.
Travel teams will be formed and players assigned based on evaluations made at tryouts, as well as other factors. Evaluators will not be associated with players on a team in the age group. Players should try out for their appropriate gender and age group unless instructed otherwise by their coach or the Tryout Committee. Our goal is to form the most competitive teams possible while also keeping a positive team dynamic. This is not a "sign up and play" program. Players must try out and demonstrate the skills necessary to make the team. They must also demonstrate the commitment and personality traits expected for that particular team.
Carmel United maintains the philosophy that players should play age-appropriate whenever possible. With the approval of the Tryout Committee or Board of Directors, a player may try-out for an older age group (1 year up only). However, in order to be placed on a team in the older age group, the player must score in the top five at the tryouts for that older age group. Simply being the best player in their age-appropriate group does not qualify them for the older team. They must be one of the best five players in the OLDER age group to be considered for that team. This is the Club's "play-up" policy. Note: we generally do not allow this for players U12 or younger.
If teams are starting out with low roster numbers, players may be allowed to play up in order to allow a team to be formed. If there is no age-appropriate team, a player will be allowed to try out for the older team (1 year up only) without needing to be in the top five of that group with the understanding that if an age-appropriate group does form in the future, they will be placed on their age-appropriate team. If they wish to continue playing for the older age group, they must score in the top five of that older group during tryouts to be considered.
Players who do not attend a scheduled tryout may forfeit their opportunity to play on a team in that gender/age group if sufficient players are available to form a team. Players not accepted on a travel team have the option to play in our Inhouse program if an appropriate age group exists.
Players will be notified as tryouts are completed for an age group and teams are formed. Players accepted on a team must be registered within 72 hours of notification or risk losing their roster spot. New travel players are required to supply a copy of their birth certificate and a photo within one week of registration, if not provided at tryouts.
Tryouts for premier teams do not adhere to the same tryout process as other travel teams in the Club. Premier tryouts may be limited to players who have been pre-screened and/or may be on an invitation-only basis. Tryouts are organized by the individual team and evaluations may be made by the team's coaches and trainers. The "play-up" policy still applies.
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We are always looking for individuals to coach our Travel Players. Although playing and coaching in the past helps, it is our experience that dedication to player development as well as organization and communications skills make excellent youth soccer coaches. The most successful coaches produce players that develop a love for the game and continue with the sport long after they have played for the coach. The Club provides reimbursement for accredited coaching education.
If you are interested in coaching for our Travel program, please send Head Coach Joe Cassidy a brief resume at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once approved by the Club for a travel team, you must complete 4 tasks before being added to a roster... Travel Coaching Instructions
Fall 2019/Spring 2020 Season
Tryouts for the Fall 2019/Spring 2020 season were completed in late April/early May of 2019. Some teams may have roster spots available. If there is interest in trying out, please notify us by email at email@example.com to find out if there is availability. Be sure to include your name and phone number along with the player's name, birth year, and playing experience (Club, team, years, etc.) in your email. Tryouts for Fall 2020/Spring 2021 will be held in April/May 2020.
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