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MERRIMACK SOCCER CLUB 2019 Fall Tryouts

Additional Information

 Merrimack Soccer Club is part of the Merrimack Youth Association (MYA) soccer program, which is divided into a recreational league and Merrimack Travel Soccer. As an all-volunteer organization, the MYA Soccer program’s mission is to provide the children of Merrimack, NH the opportunity to gain a high-level of individual and team soccer experience, through New Hampshire Soccer Association (NHSA) certified coaches and professional trainers, in a safe and supportive environment. 

The club’s goal is to promote the game of soccer in a fun and positive atmosphere where players are provided opportunities to reach their full potential. We are guided by the core principles of the US Youth Soccer Association (USYSA) to build a strong foundation of young players who will develop as players in a progressive, age-appropriate environment. Teams compete in the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL) and most games are against similarly competitive teams in Southern and Central NH. As players mature, they will develop the confidence and skills necessary to compete at the highest levels within the organization and local leagues. 


**Tryout dates are based on the player’s birth year. All tryouts will be held at Reeds Ferry Fields ** 

Boys 2012: Monday June 17th 5:00 - 6:30 PM and Wednesday June 19th 5:00 - 6:30 PM 

Boys 2011 thru 2010: Tuesday June 18th 5:00 - 6:30 PM and Thursday June 20th 5:00 - 6:30 PM 

Boys 2009 and 2008: Monday June 17th 5:00 - 6:30 PM and Wednesday June 19th 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Boys 2007 and 2006: Monday June 17th 6:30 - 8:00 PM and Wednesday June 19th 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Girls 2012 thru 2010: Monday June 17th 5:00 - 6:30 PM and Wednesday June 19th 5:00 - 6:30 PM 

Girls 2009 and 2008 : Tuesday June 18th 5:00 - 6:30 PM and Thursday June 20th 5:00 - 6:30 PM

 Girls 2007 thru 2005 : Tuesday June 18th 6:30 - 8:00 PM and Thursday June 20th 6:30 - 8:00 PM 


Players must register for tryouts at: https://www.gotsport.com/asp/application/reg/?ProgramID=81226 

** Registration is MANDATORY for tryouts and closes Friday June 14th ** 

**All players must attend at least one tryout to be considered for a team - both dates strongly recommended** 


Equipment: Each player participating in tryouts should come with his/her own ball, shin guards, cleats/sneakers, water and proper soccer attire. Skills: Players will display shooting, dribbling, passing and receiving skills, and will play small-sided games. Players should be prepared to listen respectfully to instruction and perform each drill to the best of their ability.

For more information please visit: http://www.myasoccer.org/mya-travel-program 

COACHES NEEDED: Merrimack SC is always looking for parent volunteers to become coaches. If you are interested in coaching your child’s team, please contact the MYA Soccer Travel Director at travel@myasoccer.org . The club will provide practice plans as well as coaches training and certification via the NHSA course curriculum, which you will be 100% reimbursed for. 


Legal Note: Participation in the try-outs is at ones "Own" risk. The Merrimack Soccer Club or MYA Soccer is NOT responsible for any injuries that occur during the tryouts. By allowing your child to participate you accept full responsibility in the event of an injury .



Register to Tryout

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MYA Travel Soccer

MYA Travel Program

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Merrimack Soccer Club (Competitive) Program

The  Merrimack Soccer Club was created to provide the children of Merrimack,  NH the opportunity to play competitive travel soccer against players of  similar commitment and desire from other towns, communities and  regional teams within the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL).  


Our  club’s goal is to promote the game of soccer in a fun and positive  atmosphere where our players can become the most technically skilled  soccer players in the area. This will be accomplished by maintaining a  soccer environment that teaches age appropriate soccer skills and  sportsmanship by certified coaches, who will focus on total player development. Teams will typically stay together as the kids continue to develop on and off the field. This creates an environment where the kids become comfortable with each other, resulting in improved game play. The ultimate goal is for the kids to have a great time, stay active, and build character. MSC teams typically practice twice a week for an hour to an hour and a half and play one to two games on the weekend. Players can also expect to play in at least one tournament, if not more throughout the season. Tryouts for travel teams are held twice a year, once for the spring season and once for the fall season.


If you have any questions, please email us at travel@myasoccer.org

click here for registration information and costs

Frequently Asked Questions

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Travel FAQs

Q: How are Travel Teams formed? 

A: All players who wish to be considered for a Travel Team must attend a tryout session. Coaches use this tryout session to evaluate all players in attendance and determine how to form teams for the upcoming season. Teams are formed based on a player’s birth year (2007 team for example).   


Q: How much does Travel soccer cost?

A: Player registration is $100 (U8-U10) or $130 (U11 and older) per season. Players must also purchase their uniform, which is approximately $90. Uniforms are reusable for multiple seasons but may change style every 2 or 3 years based on product availability and updates.  Need based financial assistance is available and applicants for assistance are kept strictly confidential.   


Q: When do Travel Teams practice? 

A: Travel Teams practice twice per week for 60-90 minutes during the season. Practice times are selected by the teams coach.   


Q: When does the season start/end?

A: The Fall season starts the first weekend after Labor Day and runs through the first or second week in November. The Spring season starts in early April (field conditions permitting) and runs through the middle of June. 


Q: What is the game schedule for Travel Teams?  

A: Each Travel team will have a 7 or 8 game regular season in a local league. Half of those games will be home games and the other half will be away games. Most regular season games are on Saturdays, however, some may be on Sundays based on scheduling and team availability. Each team will also attend a tournament during the season – Columbus Day in the Fall and Memorial Day in the Spring. Tournaments have 3-4 games over the course of the weekend.  


Q: How much travel is required?  

A: Travel depends on the other teams in the league/division as well as which games are home versus away. However, in general most games are not farther than a 30-45 minute drive.   


Q:  What if I missed the tryout dates? 

A:  In order to be considered for a Travel team, all players MUST attend a tryout session.  We will make every attempt to accommodate schedules for interested players and can have makeup tryouts, however, team formation happens immediately after the regularly scheduled tryouts, so players who can’t attend those sessions may be put on a waiting list. 


Q:  If my child played Travel in the Fall, are tryouts for the Spring season required?  

A:  Spring tryouts (normally held in January) are designed specifically for players who did not play Travel soccer in the preceding Fall season.  Players who did play in the Fall season are not required to tryout again for the Spring season.   


Q:  What leagues do Travel teams play in?  

A:  The vast majority of our Travel teams play in the New Hampshire Soccer League (NHSL).  If a team should advance beyond the level of competition offered by NHSL, there are options to play in the North Atlantic Youth Soccer League (NAYSL) or other regional leagues in the area.  More information on NHSL or NAYSL can be found on their respective web-sites.   


Q:  Can my child be placed on a certain team?  

A:  Travel teams are formed by gender and age, and typically we have only one team per gender/age.  In the case where multiple teams exist for a particular gender/age, player placement is determined by the coaches with oversight provided by the Travel Director and Soccer Board of Directors (as needed).  As a general rule, parent evaluation of their own child is not a consideration when forming teams.   


Q:  What is EDP?  

A:  EDP stands for the Early Development Program and is the overarching term applied to Travel teams U10 and younger.  These teams are primarily focused on player development and growth as opposed to winning games.  Game scores and standings are not published by the league for these age groups and there are no playoffs at the end of the season.  

 

Q:  When does Travel soccer become competitive?  

A:  Travel soccer games become competitive at U11 - that’s when the league will publish game scores, maintain standings, and have playoffs culminating with a championship game. 


Q:  My child loves soccer but didn’t make a Travel team, what are my options? 

A:  MYA Soccer has an Academy Program designed to provide advanced training opportunities for players participating in the Rec program.  The Academy Program is available for U6-U10 players, runs concurrent with the Rec Soccer season, and consists of 1 or 2 training sessions each week under the supervision of a professional trainer.

Contact Us

MYA Travel program is for Merrimack residents only.  For more information on the MYA Travel Program please contact: 


The  Merrimack Soccer Travel Director at  travel@myasoccer.org  

OR

 The  MYA Soccer Director at director@myasoccer.org