ZYSA Team Definition

ZYSA strives to be a collective, humble, professional organization that competes in training and in match play, embodying a thoughtful, attractive style of soccer.  Our players will be free to think and make mistakes in order to be technically sound, versatile, confident, and creative in playing both sides of the ball.  Our teams will compete with grit, understanding, and industriousness.  We will foster an environment that produces an intrinsic desire to always want to compete to the best of ability while having fun as part of a team in best representing ZYSA.

Green Team
Our Green Team (in each of our age groups) is our top team.  This group will seek to compete in the highest level of league competition (Midwest and Great Lakes Division / ISL as applicable) each season and be a perennial contender for Indiana Soccer State Cups (President’s Cups for 11U and 12U).  This level of play could have extensive state and regional travel. The top players from each age group will be chosen to compete on our Green teams.  Our goal is to put players in a safe learning environment where they will be free to learn from their mistakes, as the development of the individual player is paramount.  At this level, it is highly encouraged players attend all training sessions and games.  

White Team
Our White Team (in each of our age groups) is our second team (regard depth in age group).  This group will seek to compete in the highest level of league competition (as applicable to team depth) each season and be a perennial contender at the appropriate stage in the Indiana Soccer state tournament.  This level of play could have extensive state and regional travel (dependent on league placement and event play).  Our goal is to put players in a safe learning environment where they will be free to learn from their mistakes, as the development of the individual player is paramount.  It is highly encouraged that players attend all training sessions and games.     

Black Team
Our Black Team (in each of our age groups) is our third team (regard depth in age group).  This group will seek to compete in the appropriate level of competition each season and be best prepared to show strongly within their respective stage in the Indiana Soccer state tournament.  This level of play will compete within central Indiana, and dependent on event play could include some light travel to adjacent states.  Black team emphasis will be on player development and preparedness to compete to earn positive outcomes on a consistent basis.  Our goal is to put players in a safe learning environment where they will be free to learn from their mistakes, as the development of the individual player is paramount.  It is highly encouraged that players attend all training sessions and games.    

Silver Team
Our Silver Team (in each of our age groups) is our fourth team (regard depth in age group).  This group will seek to compete in the appropriate level of competition each season and be best prepared to show strongly in competition.  This level of play will compete within central Indiana, and dependent on event play could include some light through the state.  Our goal is to put players in a safe learning environment where they will be free to learn from their mistakes, as the development of the individual player is paramount.  It is highly encouraged that players attend all training sessions and games.    

HOW TEAM, LEAGUE & EVENT PLACEMENT IS DECIDED
Team rosters and player placement will be assigned during the applicable age group evaluation period in June (starting the first night of tryouts).  The Director of Coaching (DOC), Assistant Directors of Coaching (ADOCs), in addition to age group staff, will be thorough and unbiased in the creating of each team based on the appropriate level each of the evaluated players are capable of at evaluation time.  The DOCs and ZYSA staff are always evaluating.  It is important for all players and families to understand that rosters can change at any time, based on the development, progress, and need of the player through each season of the club year. The evaluation period in June should be seen as a ‘starting point’.

The DOC and ADOCs will select the appropriate level of competition (Regional play or ISL) based on the team’s overall skill level and commitment.  Event play for each team will be selected by the applicable DOC (teams will not choose their own events).  For all ZYSA travel soccer teams, travel soccer is a step up from recreational soccer in terms of competitiveness and commitment.  

We actively encourage multi-sport participation, and will work with the student-athletes and families to minimize conflicts to best of our ability.  We will advise honestly and professionally if we feel this will be of benefit or detriment to the player’s overall soccer development.