Where does MYSC get its governing rules from?
The Southeast District is one of seven districts that make up the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA). The CJSA is affiliated with the US Youth Soccer Association (USYSA), which is affiliated with US Soccer (the US Soccer Federation), which is in turn affiliated with the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA). Therefore, our district in Connecticut and all the clubs who register players with CJSA are all part of the great world soccer (football) family and have agreed to abide by the same rules and principles set forth by the international body.
What clubs belong to SECJSA? If my child played travel soccer, who would they play against?
The SECJSA clubs are as follows: Colchester, East Haddam, East Lyme, Griswold, Groton, Haddam/Killingworth, Ledyard, Lyme/Old Lyme, Montville, New London, Norwich, NoSto Youth, Old Saybrook, Salem, Southeast SC, Stonington, Valley Regional, Waterford, and Westbrook.
How do you decide what division a player is placed in? What is the new age cut-off and how does it impact what age group my child plays for?
US Soccer determined in 2016 that they were using the Birth Year and Season Matrix (located on the Age Division Information page). Players’s ages are determined by soccer year.
“U.S. Soccer explains that birth year registration should be calculated based on the year in which the season ends. For example, if a season begins in the fall of 2017 and ends in the summer of 2018 (ex: 2017-18 seasonal year), the players would be registered based on their age in the year 2018. To simplify determining the age group, just subtract the birth year from the year the season ends.”
Year Season Ends - Birth Year = Age Group
IE. 2016-17: Seasonal Year 2017 – Birth Year 2001 = U16
IE. 2017-18: Season Year 2018 – Birth Year 2006 = U12
IE. 2017-18: Season year 2018 – Birth Year 2010 = U8
What are the age divisions in rec and travel and what are they called (particularly with new age cut-offs)?
Rec Soccer divisions are co-ed and we currently have the following:
Munchkins – 4 and 5 year olds
U8 – 6 and 7 year olds
U11 – 8,9 and 10 year olds
Advanced Rec – 11, 12, 13, and 14 year olds
Travel Soccer is gender based and can run single year divisions. The Executive Board of MYSC will determine the divisions based on registration numbers prior to tryouts. The divisions can range from U9, U10, U11, U12, U13, U14 and U15 for each gender.
When does the fall season begin?
The Fall Season begins practicing by mid August and runs to the end of October. Specific dates are available on our Events Calendar
Can my child wear jewelry? What if their ears were recently pierced?
No one is permitted to wear jewelry of any kind - watches, bracelets and piercing. This includes all kinds of piercing (nose, eyebrow, ears, cartilage, etc). It is not sufficient to be covered with tape or any other form of covering. Jewelry must be removed.