Welcome to the SYSC U8 travel program!
Registration will open June 2nd through June 30th. Please register through the Register / Login to Family Account link above.
The SYSC U8 teams are generally formed based on elementary school district. There are no tryouts for this age group. All players who register on time will be placed on a team. Players who register after the close of registration will be placed on a wait list and added to a team if a space is available. Players who register late may not be placed on a team with their schoolmates.
Tentative Practice Schedule
Wednesday @ 3.30- U8 boysWednesday @ 5.15- U8 girlsFriday @ 3.30- U8 girlsFriday @ 5.15- U8 boys
U8 Program & Philosophy
Our U8 Travel program is designed for players who are interested in learning to play soccer and maximize player development. Players will meet 2x a week to practice ball skills, and field sense with professional ATSC trainers. U8 players will compete in game-style festivals on Sunday against neighboring towns in two side-by-side, 4x4 games that will be coached by volunteer parent coaches. This format does require engaged parent participation with at least two parent coaches per team. Please see Parent Participation section below.
At the U8 level, foot skills are emphasized and players are encouraged to get lots of touches on the ball. Soccer is a three-directional game which involves three passing directions, forward, sideways and backwards. Each player on the field will be actively engaged during practices and games. Players will learn to work as a team while emphasizing the development of individual skills.
The Sunday festival schedule is set by WYSL and is released just prior to the start of the season. Please note that all players are asked to arrive at their game 30 minutes prior to the start of the festival games for warm-up. As this is a travel league, you should expect that half of all games will be played in other towns and that there will be some travel time in reaching those fields. For this age group (under 8 year old), no scores or standings are published.
The foundation of SYSC is based on parent participation, both at the Board level and at the team level. To make this the best experience possible for our U-8 children, we need parent participation. Every team is required to have at least two parent assistant-coaches (3 is preferable) who have been issued a coaching card by WYSL. You do not need to be a professional soccer player to help manage the 4x4 format. The kids just need enthusiastic, engaged parents who are willing to help make this a fun experience. Scarsdale ATSC coaches will be present at the festivals as well but will not be dedicated to individual teams or fields.
The requirements to get a coaching card for the Fall 2017 Season are minimal. Initially, you only need to apply for and clear a background check, which includes an online injury awareness training video. The two-hour Coach Orientation Course is also required by Winter. In order to maintain the coaching card for the start of the Spring season, you must also take the Level 2 Coaching Course by early April. Please see the Parent Volunteer Pre-requisite page for more details on requirements and course availability. You can sign up to be a parent volunteer during registration or after with the [email protected].
More about the 4x4 Format
The WYSL is the governing body for the league in which SYSC participates. Our club is required to adhere to their rules, which include the format for games, rules, roster sizes and parent volunteer requirements. The WYSL introduced the 4x4 format for the first time last year at the U-8 level. This 4x4 game format has no positions, no goal keeper, no offside and minimal structure. The US Youth Soccer recommends the 4x4 format at this age group for various reasons including giving players more touches on the ball, having an opportunity to play attack and defense and improve individual skills. While goals are scored, the league does not keep track of scores at this age group. It is meant to be structured as a fun environment, not to be an overly competitive one. These Sunday games do not mirror real competitive games, which are played with positions and formal rules. They are simply meant to reinforce individual skills learned during training.