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MUSC Travel Premier & STA Tryout Information & Registration

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Trying Out for a Morris United Premier or STA Travel Team  Return to Top

All players (current and new) who are interested in playing with a Morris United Premier or Morris United STA travel team are required to attend tryouts held each spring for programs beginning in the fall. Players interested in playing either Premier or STA soccer must register online and attend tryouts. Players are permitted to try out for both programs, but must commit to one of the programs for the entire year if offered a position. Tryouts for the STA program will be held before tryouts for the Premier program. Players interested in playing for either program MUST register and attend tryouts for each program.

Link to register for STA Program Tryouts: Click here to register for STA Tryouts

Link to register for Premier Program Tryouts: Click here to register for a Premier Tryouts

Multiple teams may be formed at each age level within the STA and Premier programs. Teams are designated as “A” and “B” development levels and are formed to place players with comparable skills together. Placement of players on a team is based upon the evaluation of professional trainers at tryouts and trainer evaluations for current players on a Morris United travel team. Players are not guaranteed that they will play on the same team each year or that they will be offered a place to play.

Premier and STA teams are formed consecutively, with offers for STA teams being sent first, followed by offers for Premier teams. Offers for “A” teams will be sent prior to offers for “B” teams within each age group. All players who tryout will either be offered a position to play on a team or will be notified that an opportunity is not available. Players who are not offered a position to play are encouraged to register for the Morris United recreational soccer program. Players must register for the recreation program separately from the travel program if not offered a place to play on a travel team.

All communications regarding offers to play on a team will be made via email. It is very important that you provide your correct contact details at the time of registration.

For questions about trying out for Morris United Travel Soccer please contact.

Morris United Premier U08-U11 Age Groups: Patrick Yip pmcyip@gmail.com
Morris United Premier U12+ Age Groups: Sean Gaynor seang1234@yahoo.com
Morris United STA: Shane Bullock shane@sonesoccer.com
Para preguntas en espanol, por favor pongase en contacto con Edwin Baracaldo edwinb103@gmail.com



Tryouts and Team Formation for the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Season  Return to Top

Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 U8 – U15 Boys and Girls tryouts for the STA and Premier programs will occur in the Spring 2017. Tryouts for the STA program will be held before tryouts for the Premier program. Players interested in playing for either program MUST register and attend tryouts for each program.

STA Program Tryouts

MUSC STA Program tryouts will be held at Central Park between April 24th 2017 and April 28th 2017. Information on tryout dates and registering for the MUSC STA Program can be found here: Click here for STA tryout dates and to register for STA Tryouts

For more information on trying out for the MUSC STA Program, please contact:
Morris United STA Program: Shane Bullock shane@sonesoccer.com

Premier Program Tryouts

MUSC Premier Program tryouts will be held at Central Park between May 15th 2017 and May 19th 2017. All players must register for tryouts and attend at least one tryout session to be considered for a position on a Morris United Premier travel team.

Link to register for Premier Program Tryouts: Click here to register for a Premier Tryouts

For more information on trying out for the MUSC Premier Program, please contact:
Morris United Premier U08-U11 Age Groups: Patrick Yip pmcyip@gmail.com
Morris United Premier U12+ Age Groups: Sean Gaynor seang1234@yahoo.com

MUSC Premier Tryout Schedule for the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 Season

MUSC Premier Tryout Schedule for the Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 Season

* Based upon your child’s birth date she (or he) is eligible to play within a particular division. Under no circumstances is a child allowed to play in a division younger than her (or his) age group.



Player Registration and Payment  Return to Top

Players who are offered and accept a position on a Morris United Premier team are required to register and make payment for the season.

Players should register and pay fees via the following link: Click Here to Register for a MUSC Travel Premier Season. Please be sure to choose the correct Travel program (season) when registering. Only players who are were offered and accept a position to play on a travel team should register and make payment. Players who fail to register and pay the registration fee are subject to their player card being withheld and being ineligible to participate in games until their account is brought current.

Questions on registering for a season should be directed to musctryouts@gmail.com
Questions on payments for a season should be directed to Jim Ciolek jaciolek@yahoo.com



US Youth Soccer Player Development Initiatives  Return to Top

On August 24, 2015 US Youth Soccer announced the adoption of new Player Development Initiatives proposed by the National Coaching Staff. These two initiatives establish new standards for the development of youth soccer players across the United States.

  1. "Birth Year" Standard: Creates age groups based upon the birth year (January 1st – December 31st) to align with international standards and the Youth National Team program.
  2. "Small Sided" Standard: Reduces the number of players and minimizes field sizes in younger age groups (U8-U12) in an effort to develop more confident and skilled players at an earlier age and increase the enjoyment of the game.

Following the initial announcement in August, national, state and local soccer governing bodies have been working to determine how and when these initiatives should be implemented. Morris United Soccer Club's governing body, NJ Youth Soccer, has approved and mandated the implementation of these standards for the 2016-2017 season. MUSC understands these initiatives represent a significant change for the club and its players, and will work with our leagues, coaches, trainers, players and parents to facilitate the smooth transition to these new standards in accordance with NJ Youth Soccer's requirements.

Below are some frequently asked questions to help explain the changes and how they will impact MUSC travel teams and players. Complete details on these initiatives, and additional information can be found on the US Youth Soccer website: http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/changes_coming_to_youth_soccer_in_2016/



FAQs on US Youth Soccer Player Development Initiatives  Return to Top

How does the new “Birth Year" age grouping differ from the current “School Year” age grouping of players?

The current grouping of players into age groups is based upon the “School Year” calendar (August 1– July 31). The “Birth Year” grouping of players places players into age groups based upon the Birth Year they were born (January 1 – December 31). The result of this change is that beginning with the 2016-2017 season, MUSC travel teams will be formed based upon the year a player is born. For example, if you are born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2003, you will play in the 2003 Birth Year age group. If you are born between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 2005, you will play in 2005 Birth Year age group.

What are "Small Sided" Standards of Play?

Small sided standards of play are modifications to the Laws of the Game to facilitate fewer players playing on a smaller field. With fewer players on the field and a smaller field on which to play the game younger players are more directly involved in the action of the game. This equates to more enjoyment in playing, more contact with the ball, more tactical decisions being made and more physical movement, which improves the player’s physical fitness.

When do the "Birth Year" and "Small Sided" standards take affect?

NJ Youth Soccer mandates member clubs adopt these standards for the 2016-2017 season.

What age group and field size will my child be trying-out for next (2016-2017) season?

The new player development initiatives change the age group and field size some players will be trying out for. Based upon your child's birth year he/she will be trying out for the below age levels and field sizes for the 2016-2017 season:



Will existing travel teams be "grandfathered" in or allowed to stay together?

In short, no. All teams carded with New Jersey Youth Soccer (NJYS) , regardless of how long they've existed, must comply with the new age guidelines. The primary focus of Morris United Soccer Club is player development, and providing players with an environment that fosters development at their own pace and ability. Keeping teams together to win games or for social reasons does not help foster player development or push players to the next level. Beginning with the 2016-2017 season, MUSC will hold tryouts and formulate teams based upon the "Birth Year" age standard and players will not be allowed to try-out to "play up".

How will existing team rosters be affected?

Each year MUSC establishes teams based upon the skill level of players trying out and the age group those players are in. The focus of the club is to have players of comparable skill playing together and against opponents at the same level. This philosophy and approach will not change with the new player development standards. Some players who were born August – December will find they are now trying out for teams at a different age group. MUSC will continue to use the same philosophy for player placement, and will establish teams according to the players' development levels.

Will my son/daughter lose a year of playing because he/she is born between August and December?

No. MUSC and MCYSA recognize that some 8th grade players born between August and December now fall into the U15 age group. Traditionally MCYSA has not provided fall play at the U15 age because it competes with High School teams for players. Beginning with the 2016-2017 season, MCYSA will offer Boys and Girls fall competition at the U15 age level.

How do the changes affect roster sizes?

Morris United Soccer Club will establish rosters based upon the number of players who tryout and the fit of those players based upon development level. The new standard helps facilitate the gradual progression of players from small sided to full sided play without the dramatic jump from 8v8 to 11v11 that exists today between U11 and U12. The new "Small Sided" standard should have minimal impact on the size of rosters.

How does the "Small Sided" standard affect MUSC fields?

The new maximum field, goal and game sizes at the U08-U12 level will have an impact on MUSC fields beginning with the 2016-2017 season. Currently MUSC is required to have two field sizes: (1) Small Sided for U8-U11 and (2) Full Sided for U12+. Under the new standard, MUSC will be required to have four field sizes: (1) Mini field for 4v4 play at U8; (2) Development Field for 7v7 play at U9 and U10; (3) Small Sided field for 9v9 play at U11 and U12; and (4) Full Sided fields for 11v11 play at U13+. MUSC is working through options to make fields and goal sizes available according to the new small sided standard. The new standards will result in capital expenditures by the club which will need to be funded. The size, timing and source of funding for these expenditures is being worked out by the club.

How will U8 (4v4) Teams be formed and play games?

MUSC is working with Morris County Youth Soccer Association (MCYSA) and local clubs to adopt a festival format for playing U8 games. In this format, MUSC will have U8 players of comparable skill practice together in small sided team sizes (~12 players). On game days these Morris United players will play multiple 4v4 mini games of 15 minutes each against opposing clubs who come together at one location. The specifics of this format are being worked out with MCYSA and local clubs in anticipation of the Fall 2016 season.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

Please contact Casey Becht | caseybechtmusc@gmail.com if you have any additional questions.

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