Birth Year Registration – Effective Fall 2016 Season
Effective Aug. 1, 2016, youth soccer teams at all age groups will be formed using a new age group cut-off date of January 1. The change is being referred to as a “Calendar based registration system” , and replaces the “school based registration system “ which has been in place for many years. The new calendar year age bracketing will result in significant changes in our team composition for all Weston Soccer Club travel teams and age groups.
The old age group cut-off of August 1 (players born on or after August 1 considered age eligible) was designed to keep teams on a school-year basis; teams were created generally of players within the same academic grade. For this reason it was referred to as “school-based” registration.
The new age group cut-off of January 1 (players born on or after January 1 are age eligible) is consistent with the dates used internationally in forming youth teams. This new age bracketing is referred to as “calendar-based” registration.
The change to calendar-based registration will create multiple changes in our Soccer Travel Programs:
Teams will generally consist of players in two different school years.
Eighth Grade: In this age group, teams formed on calendar-based registration will have some players in the U15 bracket. For this reason, the SWD of CJSA has agreed to create a combined U14/U15 bracket.
While the Weston Soccer Club and the majority of the district were not in favor of these changes, we are required to comply with the new rules, which have been mandated by the US Soccer Federation. Unfortunately, no exceptions will be permitted in connection with the age bracketing changes relating to older players participating with a younger age teams.
For clarity purposes, please find the team designation based on the upcoming Fall 2017 registration requirements:
U9 (players born in 2009)
U10 (players born in 2008)
U11 (players born in 2007)
U12 (players born in 2006)
U13 (players born in 2005)
U15 (players born in 2004 & 2003)