Playing Up Policy

A player that would like to play-up in an older age group must submit a written request to the appropriate ZYSA Director of Coaching. The appropriate ZYSA Director of Coaching must receive the written request no later than May 15. The parents must also discuss their child’s request with the appropriate Director of Coaching prior to the beginning of tryouts.
• Upon approval by the Director of Coaching, the player may tryout for an older age group. The player will be evaluated during tryouts along with other players trying out for the desired team. An under aged player may be placed on a team based on the following:
• Players may only request to move up in age by 1 year.
• The player must be evaluated during the scheduled team tryout period.
• The player must demonstrate the mental, psychological, and physical maturity required to perform at an older age group.
• The player must be determined by the evaluator(s) to be an “impact player” for the older age group. An impact player is generally defined as one of the top 3 players on the team.
The general rule is: if the player is NOT in the top 3 (impact players) on an older team, he/she should be playing age appropriate for several reasons. Playing up as an “impact player” can have several advantages to a player and his/her development. Playing up as a “role player” does not typically benefit the player and may cause the player to regress psychologically and physically (playing time), which in turn will hinder tactical and technical abilities/experience.
Proposed exception to this policy must be presented to the Travel Committee by the Director of Coaching for discussion and approval. The Director of Coaching can make exceptions to this policy based on roster needs. The decision of the Director of Coaching and the Travel Committee concerning team assignment is final.

Any questions regarding this policy and the philosophy behind it should be addressed to the appropriate ZYSA Director of Coaching. 

Guest Player

A ZYSA player must obtain written permission from the ZYSA DOC to be a guest player on a second team. This applies to both ZYSA and non-ZYSA teams. A manager will not provide a player his/her player card unless the player can provide the DOC’s written permission to be a guest player. A player found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from his/her ZYSA team. A ZYSA coach or manager may not add a guest player to a ZYSA team without prior written approval from the ZYSA DOC.

Practicing with Other Clubs

A ZYSA player must obtain written permission from the ZYSA DOC to practice with a non-ZYSA team. Permission may be granted at the discretion of the DOC. A player found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from his/her ZYSA team.

Policy for ZYSA Players Playing/Training with Multiple Teams: Double Rostering

A ZYSA player is not allowed to be rostered with a second club without written approval from the ZYSA Director of Coaching (DOC). A player’s parent may submit a written request to the DOC to allow their child to also play with another club. The DOC will consider the request and issue a decision. ZYSA does not, however, support this practice and permission will only be granted in unique situations. Players found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include dismissal from their ZYSA team.

A ZYSA player may be rostered on a second ZYSA team as determined by the DOC. The DOC will discuss each individual situation with the player’s parents and the coaches of the primary and secondary teams. All parties involved must agree to the arrangement. Upon approval the DOC will notify the Travel Registrar and appropriate managers. A double rostered player is committed to his/her primary team and will play with the secondary team only when there is no conflict with the primary team’s scheduled games. A Double Rostered player may be allowed to practice with his/her secondary team at the discretion of the coaches and DOC.

ZYSA Policy for Missing Travel Tryouts

Prospective ZYSA Travel players are expected to attend both nights of Travel Tryouts for their team. If a player will not be able to attend a tryout session, he/she must inform the appropriate Director of Coaching in writing prior to May 27th. The written notification must include why the player will miss tryouts. The Director of Coaching will discuss each notification with the player and determine if the player will be granted an excused absence from tryouts. The Director of Coaching will generate a list of players with excused absences and present it to the Travel Committee. No excused absences will be granted after May 28th unless there is a family emergency or injury. A family emergency or injury must be reported to and discussed with the Director of Coaching as soon as practical, but before the beginning of tryouts. Players with an excused absence will be expected to attend a supplemental tryout session. Players with unexcused absences will be evaluated based on their performance at the scheduled tryout session.

The ZYSA travel soccer program is intended for players committed to participating in team soccer activities to improving their soccer skills. ZYSA is also a community-oriented club. We encourage players to participate in a variety of athletic and academic activities with the belief that these activities make better kids and better soccer players. We understand that these activities, along with other personal commitments, may occasionally take precedence over soccer. If these activities create a conflict with travel soccer tryouts, we expect that to be communicated to the Director of Coaching well in advance of the scheduled tryouts. The Director of Coaching will ultimately determine if an excused absence from tryouts will be granted to a player.

Every player wishing to play on a ZYSA travel team must try out. An excused absence does not guarantee a place on ZYSA travel team or identical evaluation criteria to those participating in the scheduled tryout. Players missing the scheduled team tryouts do so at their own risk.