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The Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club

TRAVEL

AURORA ARSENAL SOCCER CLUB

                                                            Affiliated with Buffalo & W.N.Y. Junior Soccer League – Youth Division of United States Soccer Federation

Dear Arsenal Family, August 4, 2021

 

It is that time of year again to start thinking about the 2022 Travel season. The following information contains details regarding our Travel Program and the formation of teams for the 2022 season. If you have any questions or concerns not addressed here please contact our Travel Coordinators: Boys teams – Stuart Domanowski, [email protected] and 716-536-8005 and Girls teams – [email protected] and 716-908-3289. 

You may also visit our website at www.auroraarsenal.org, which is updated regularly with news, announcements and other timely information and updates about our Travel Program. Additional information about the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League can be found on their website at www.bwnyjsl.org.

We would like to congratulate all of the Arsenal teams on a great 2021 season.  As we prepare for 2022, we are looking to build upon the competitive environment we have created and give players the opportunity for more training with the primary focus of player development.  Our focus is not going to necessarily be on more games…it will be on more practice, more training, more skills.  That is how kids will improve.  Getting quicker, getting stronger, getting faster, improving individual skills, and team tactics.  These improvements don’t happen in games. They happen with an increased volume of focused training.  Games are to test and evaluate growth as players and our improvement as a team.  We saw great growth this year with our players and teams…and we want to continue this improvement by offering more training opportunities, more focus on individual speed/agility/skill development, with our evaluation (games) coming against stronger competition. 



Aurora Arsenal Travel PHILOSOPHY

The Arsenal Travel philosophy is to provide each player the opportunity to play soccer in a supportive, rewarding, and challenging environment that emphasizes fun and player development, fits his/her interest and ability, while also enhancing their enjoyment of the sport.

 

Our goal is to have travel teams of both genders at every age level from U09 thru U19 participating in the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League. The younger age groups (U9-U12) are a natural next step for those players that have spent a year or two in our well-established House League program and are looking to take their soccer skills to the next level. For U09 through U12 we strive to have multiple teams per age group with a balance between competitive teams and development teams.

Our ability to do this depends on several key factors:

  • The availability of a willing and competent coach
  • Sufficient registration numbers in an age division to form a team
  • A minimum player skill level, determined through the tryout process, to compete in the League
  • If we have sufficient numbers for two teams, we will form teams based on the results of the tryout process to create a competitive team and a developmental team



Vision

 

Our vision is to offer a year-round “program” of soccer in East Aurora through increased coordination and cohesion between Arsenal travel and EA school soccer. There will be an increased focus on Winter Training which will help to link the two programs, allowing players to train together over a longer period and in greater overall volume…if they desire. Again, the concept is to offer our players the opportunity to challenge themselves, improve their skills, get faster, get stronger, if that is something they want. Until now, that opportunity has not been available.

 

TRAVEL COMMITMENT - Please consider this commitment before registering your child for our Program.

 
Participation in the Travel Program requires a commitment from coaches, players and parents.

  • Winter Training program from January to April. Many of our teams take advantage of this time for practice and/or play indoor leagues during the winter months.
  • The outdoor season extends from mid April into early August and consists of 10-14 games depending on the age group. During this time teams typically practice twice per week and play a league game one weeknight each week. The game night for each age group is listed below – please consider any conflicts that may exist with your game night. Many teams also participate in one or more local weekend tournaments during the season.
  • We cannot stress enough the importance of each player’s, as well as the family’s commitment to their team. Travel soccer, at least during the outdoor season, is not something you participate in just when it’s convenient. Players are expected to attend every practice and game during the season. It is not fair to your coaches and teammates, who put in numerous hours preparing and practicing, if you and your child cannot commit to the same level of participation.


Winter Training

We will make available multiple training days running from January through April. The focus will be on speed and agility training along with basic core and lower body strength work. This will be relevant to all athletes in all sports and not specific to just soccer.

We fully understand that our players participate in other sports. We encourage it. We want them to be the best athletes they can be and showing them “how” to train is just as important as “what” they are training for.

 

REGISTRATION

All registrations must be done using our on-line registration.

Registration will open in August 4, 2021.

To register on-line please go to our website at www.auroraarsenal.org  and click on the registration link.

FEES: The registration fee for this year is $225, which includes a new uniform and registration to the Odenbach Cup (fee may go towards a different tournament if Odenbach is unavailable). There may be costs in addition to the standard registration fee if team participates in more tournaments, leagues, etc. This will be determined on a team-by- team basis.

Registration must be completed by September 31, after which a $35 late fee will be assessed.

If you are unable to pay the full registration fee by the 31st, you must still register and make a request for a deferred payment.

Please contact our League Administrator, Andrea Haubner, via email at [email protected]  if you need to make any financial arrangements.

 

REFUNDS

In the event that your child does not qualify for a team, or teams are not formed in a particular age group, your registration fee will be refunded, less any late registration fees. Once your child has accepted placement on an Arsenal team, refunds will only be considered if we receive written notification that your child will not be playing for that team. Non-recoverable expenses incurred by the Arsenal organization will not be refunded. Please read the policy covering registration fees, late fees and refunds, which can be accessed through the Club’s web site at www.auroraarsenal.org.

TRYOUTS / PLAYER EVALUATIONS / TEAM SELECTION 

 

We are holding tryouts for the U9 & U10 age groups on September 25 at 10:30 at the West end of Knox Field. At these age groups it is very important for us to ensure that each player has the skills and ability necessary to be successful in a travel program. For the older age groups, we will conduct individual player evaluations based upon roster needs on a team by team basis.

Although we will not hold a tryout for the older age groups it is essential to register by the deadline of 9/30 to help us plan for this year's teams. If you do not REGISTER NOW, insufficient numbers will result in no teams being formed at those age levels.

 

AGE DETERMINATION

 

Player eligibility is determined by the player's birth year. Eligibility in 2021 will be by CALENDAR year. Players may be allowed to play "up" an age division, based on ability and at the discretion of the Travel Committee. Players are not allowed to play "down" an age division. The table below lists birth date guidelines:

 

Division Born

Division Born

Division Born

U19 -- 2003

U15 -- 2007

U12 -- 2010

U18 -- 2004

U14 -- 2008

U11 -- 2011

U17 -- 2005

U16 -- 2006

U13 -- 2009

U10 -- 2012

U9 -- 2013

   

 

2021 GAME NIGHTS

The dates below are subject to change, but this is what the league website currently has posted.

Age Div              Game Night

U9-10 Girls         Friday

U11 Girls            Tuesday

U13 Girls            Monday

U14 Girls            Monday

U15 Girls            Thursday

U17 Girls            Wednesday

U18-19 Girls       Wednesday

Age Div                Game Night

U9-10 Boys          Friday

U11 Boys              Monday

U12 Boys              Monday

U13 Boys              Tuesday

U14 Boys              Tuesday

U15 Boys              Thursday

U16 Boys              Thursday

U17 Boys              Wednesday

U18-19 Boys        Wednesday


TEAM ROSTER SIZE & FORMAT

 Age Group Roster Size# of Players on the Field
 U9 16 6 field players & 1 Goalie
 U1016 6 field players & 1 Goalie
 U1118 8 field players & 1 Goalie
U1218 8 field players & 1 Goalie
 U1322  10 field players & 1 Goalie
 U14 22 10 field players & 1 Goalie
U15 22 10 field players & 1 Goalie
U16 22 10 field players & 1 Goalie
U17 22 10 field players & 1 Goalie
U18 22 10 field players & 1 Goalie
U19 22 10 field players & 1 Goalie

 


HOUSE LEAGUE

For those who do not qualify for, or choose not to play on a Travel team we have our House Program that runs during May and June. While not as competitive as the Travel Program, there is a wealth of player and coaching talent within the league. All children ages 5 through 18 may participate in the House Program. House registration is held in February 2021.

REFEREEING HOUSE LEAGUE GAMES

Travel players 12 and older can register to referee our House League games. There is a box to check on the registration form to indicate a player’s interest in refereeing. Please understand that checking this box does not guarantee you a spot in the referee rotation for 2021. We have a large pool of veteran refs as well as a waiting list. Your name will be added to the list and you will be contacted when a position is available. 

Volunteer Opportunities

We are always in need of volunteers to help us with coaching, field set-up / maintenance and those willing to serve on our Board of Directors. If you are interested in assisting our organization in any way please feel free to contact us to let us know how you would like to help.

We are looking forward to your child’s participation in the Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club Travel Program. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Travel Coordinators:  Boys teams – Stuart Domanowski, [email protected] and 716-536-8005 and Girls teams – Peter Sorgi, [email protected] and 716-908-3289.

Regards,

Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club

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