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2023 Arsenal Travel Soccer Registration fee is Open FOR RETURNING ARSENAL PLAYERS ONLY

Fee:  $220.00 (note that registration paid online by credit card or debit card are charged a $3.00 fee;  Payment can also be made by check in the amount of $220.00 payable to Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club, Inc., PO Box 132, East Aurora, NY 14052)

Registration Fee Includes All Winter Training and 1 Tournament Fee

  • Registration Fee Includes all Winter Training, 203. WINTER TRAINING WILL VARY DEPENDING ON TEAM AND AGE LEVEL.
  • Registration Fee Does Not Include cost of Uniforms:  This year, uniforms will be purchased directly by Players on an Online Store.  Uniforms can be purchased when Final Team Rosters are Set.  Players will be emailed information about this process at this time.  

NOTE THAT EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO GUARANTEE A ROSTER SPOT – ONCE A TEAM ROSTER BECOMES FULL, ROSTER SPOTS WILL BE CLOSED UNLESS ANOTHER TEAM AT THAT AGE CAN BE FORMED.

New Arsenal Travel Players will be emailed when they can register in Late October 2022.  

  • Note that New Arsenal Travel Players can only register after they are approved by Arsenal Travel Coordinators Paige Huetter AND Stuart Domanowski.
  • Those players who attended the October 8, 2022 Try-Outs will be notified by e-mail if they have been deemed appropriate for Travel Soccer but please note that placement on a roster will be subject to availability after Returning Travel Players have had an opportunity to register.  You must pay registration fee by credit card, debit card or check at time of registration.  If no roster spot is available, you will be refunding the amount you paid. 

Winter Practices begin indoors in For some teams in January 2023, however it is up to the Coaches of each team to determine practice times and dates.  Practices will be held at indoor facilities such as Sahlens or local school gyms. 

Aurora Arsenal plays in the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League (BWNYJSL).  BWNYJSL sets the schedules.  Games typically begin in early May for U12 and under and in mid May for U13 and over and the league season typically ends in late July.   Games are typically one week night per team.  If you team is playing in one or more tournaments, that typically occurs on the weekends.  Game nights are posted on the BWNYJSL website and Season Schedules will be posted on the BWNYJSL website typically in early Spring before the season.  For more information, see BWNYJSL website at bwnyjsl.org.   The game days posted on the BWNYJSL website are as follows but are subject to change occasionally:

Boys:                                                                       Girls:

08U - Wednesday                                                    08U - Wednesday
10U - Friday                                                            10U - Friday
11U - Tuesday                                                         11U - Wednesday
12U - Thursday                                                        12U - Monday
13U - Monday                                                          13U - Tuesday
14U - Wednesday                                                    14U - Thursday
15U - Thursday                                                        15U - Wednesday
16U - Tuesday                                                         16U - Monday
17U - Wednesday                                                    17U - Thursday
19U - Monday                                                          19U - Tuesday


TRAVEL

AURORA ARSENAL SOCCER CLUB

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

Dear Arsenal Family, October 12, 2022

 

It is that time of year again to start thinking about the 2023 Travel season. The following information contains details regarding our Travel Program and the formation of teams for the 2023 season.

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 2022 season.  As we prepare for 2023, 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 matches depending on the age group. During this time teams typically practice twice per week and play a league match one weeknight each week. The game night for each age group is listed below – please consider any conflicts that may exist with your match 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 match 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

Winter Practices begin indoors for some teams in January 2023, however it is up to the Coaches of each team to determine practice times and dates.  Practices will be held at indoor facilities such as Sahlens or local gyms.

REGISTRATION

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

2023 Arsenal Travel Soccer Registration is Open FOR RETURNING ARSENAL PLAYERS ONLY.  Registration will open on October 12, 2022 and closes on January 31st 2023.

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

Fee:  $220.00 (note that registration paid online by credit card or debit card will be charged a $3.00 processing fee; Payment can also be made by check in the amount of $220.00 payable to Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club, Inc., and mailed to P.O. Box 132, East Aurora, NY 14052)

  • Registration Fee Includes all Winter Training in 2023, participation in the 2023 BWNYJSL summer league, and one tournament.
  • Registration Fee Does Not Include cost of Uniforms: This year, uniforms will be purchased directly by Players on an Online Store.  Uniforms can be purchased once Final Team Rosters are Set. Players will be emailed information about how to purchase uniforms when final rosters are completed.  

If you are unable to pay the full registration fee  you must still register and make a request for a deferred payment.
Please select pay by check at end of registration and email our administration at [email protected]

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

NOTE: EARLY REGISTRATION IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO GUARANTEE A ROSTER SPOT – ONCE A TEAM ROSTER BECOMES FULL, ROSTER SPOTS WILL BE CLOSED UNLESS ANOTHER TEAM AT THAT AGE CAN BE FORMED.

New Arsenal Travel Players will be emailed when they can register in Late October 2022.  

  • Note that New Arsenal Travel Players can only register after they are approved by Arsenal Travel Coordinators Peter Sorgi or Stuart Domanowski.
  • Those players who attended the October 8, 2022 Try-Outs will be notified by e-mail if they have been deemed appropriate for Travel Soccer. Please note that placement on a roster will be subject to availability after Returning Travel Players have had an opportunity to register. You must pay registration fee by credit card, debit card or check at time of registration. If no roster spot is available, you will be refunded the amount you paid. 


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 website at www.auroraarsenal.org.

Although we will not hold a tryout for last season's players it is essential to register by the deadline of 10/30 to help us plan for this year's teams. If you do not REGISTER NOW, insufficient numbers will result in either no teams being formed at those age levels or your child's spot possibly being taken by new players.

 

AGE DETERMINATION

 

Player eligibility is determined by the player's birth year. Eligibility in 2023 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 -- 2004

U15 -- 2008

U12 -- 2011

U18 -- 2005

U14 -- 2009

U11 -- 2012

U17 -- 2006

U16 -- 2007

U13 -- 2010

U10 -- 2013

U09 -- 2014

   

 

2023 GAME NIGHTS

Aurora Arsenal plays in the Buffalo & Western New York Junior Soccer League (BWNYJSL).  BWNYJSL sets the schedules.  Matches typically begin in early May for U12 and under and in mid May for U13 and over and the league season typically ends in late July. Matches are typically one week night per team.  If your team is playing in one or more tournaments, those typically occur on the weekends. Match nights are posted on the BWNYJSL website and Season Schedules will be posted on the BWNYJSL website typically in early Spring before the season. For more information, see BWNYJSL website at bwnyjsl.org.

The game days posted on the BWNYJSL website are as follows but are subject to change occasionally:

Boys:                                                                       Girls:

08U - Wednesday                                                  08U - Wednesday
10U - Friday                                                            10U - Friday
11U - Tuesday                                                        11U - Wednesday
12U - Thursday                                                      12U - Monday
13U - Monday                                                        13U - Tuesday
14U - Wednesday                                                 14U - Thursday
15U - Thursday                                                      15U - Wednesday
16U - Tuesday                                                       16U - Monday
17U - Wednesday                                                 17U - Thursday
19U - Monday                                                        19U - Tuesday




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 2023.

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 2023. 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 select coaching or volunteer help during registration.

Regards,

Aurora Arsenal Soccer Club

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