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Travel Program

Hollidaysburg Soccer Association offers local soccer players the chance to play in competitive, age-based soccer leagues located in central and western Pennsylvania. Soccer players in age groups beginning at U10 and continuing through high-school-aged teams play in boys/coed and girls leagues organized through PA West http://www.pawest-soccer.org/ which is the state chapter of the U.S. Youth Soccer Association http://www.usyouthsoccer.org/ which is affiliated with the United States Soccer Association.  

Eligibility

Fall season is open to any player in the U10 through U12 age groups and the Spring season is open to players in the U10 through U19 age groups.  Age group classifications: Age Group Chart

Seasonal Schedule

Open player registration / assessment or tryouts are held on two days at end of MAY / early JUNE every year. Certain situations may arise during a season; coaches have the flexibility to add or drop players to the rosters throughout the year with approval from the Hollidaysburg Soccer Association President as per the program policy. Mid-year tryouts may be required under some circumstances (see Tryout Policy). Teams in the U10-U12 age groups typically compete in a Fall Season (August to late October) and also a Spring Season (April through early June), both of which have approximately 12-10 weeks of training and an 8 week regular game season. Teams may include pre- or post-season tournaments. Some pre-season tournaments start as early as August. Teams in U14 and older age groups typically compete in the Spring Season only.

Expectations

This competitive travel program is for more committed soccer players; players who place soccer as a priority. Players and their families should be willing to commit to SUNDAY GAMES (both home and away throughout Central PA) and to TWO PRACTICES per week and one to two TOURNAMENTS per season. Besides the additional time commitment, there are additional financial costs as well -- uniforms, travel expenses, hotels, tournament fees, etc. Higher-level teams at age groups from U14 and older (occasionally as young as U12) may petition the Hollidaysburg Soccer Association President to declare their team for play in Sunday Classic Division travel leagues which requires travel as far as the Pittsburgh area. Other possible advancement opportunities may become available to certain players for tournament teams, classic teams (which are teams made up of players from multiple local clubs, selected via tryouts), or Olympic development programs.

Our policy regarding players participating in other activities is supportive and understanding, although consideration should be taken with scheduling demands before committing to overlapping activities. Hollidaysburg Soccer Association expects a first priority to all club team practices and games when conflicts arise from all other non-soccer teams or activities or lower level soccer teams (i.e. A.Y.S.O). Excessive absences from practices and games can affect playing time and possibly a loss of roster status on the team.

Coaching Philosophy

Our coaching philosophy is to strive for the overall long-term development of every player's soccer skills, both individual and team-oriented, maximizing their potential on an individual basis. We emphasize having FUN while learning to love the game of soccer, good sportsmanship, fair play, positive attitudes, respect for others and solid team values. Although most of our objectives remain similar to our overall A.Y.S.O. Program philosophies, differences exist. More emphasis is placed on individual skills development and team tactics. Winning is a higher priority, especially in the U14 and older age groups. In the U10 through U12 age groups, coaches still strive for all players to play 50% of each game. In the U14 and older age groups, playing time may vary at the discretion of the coach because of a higher emphasis on winning.

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