2016 US Soccer Changes
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
My child is currently playing on a Langhorne Neshaminy travel team. What team will they play for during the Winter and Spring of 2016? Do the teams change on January 1, 2016?
As will remain the case, travel teams remain intact until tryouts in the Spring (March-April). All players currently on a LNUSC travel team will still play with their same team through the Winter/Indoor season and through the 2016 State Cups and Spring league season.
Note: Coaches have the right to make roster changes at any time.
Are all youth soccer clubs complying with the new calendar year registration?
Yes. US Youth Soccer has adopted the new standards nation-wide beginning with the 2016-17 season. All state associations, clubs, and travel leagues are required to comply with the new standards.
My child is a new player joining Langhorne Neshaminy Soccer from another club. Do the transitional "playing up" rules apply to my child?
Yes. A key objective of the Transition Year policy is to allow older, long-established LNUSC teams to remain together for their final years of club soccer. All new players falling under the new age group definition of U12 and up - whether joining LNUSC from another club or graduating from LNUSC's intramural program - will be eligible to play up.
If I want my child to play up next year, do I need to notify the club that they are trying out for the older age group? Does my child still need to try out for their proper birth-age group?
Yes. For planning purposes (tryouts, coaches, training staff, etc.), LNUSC needs to know what age groups our players will select when registering for tryouts. Players that would like to attain LNUSC's Transition Year Qualified Exception criteria to play up must attend their birth-age tryout as well as their play up tryout.
Regarding "keeping teams together." Will there be tryouts for U12 and older teams next year or will the teams stay the same?
Per existing club policy, the coaches of these higher age groups hold annual competitive tryouts in the Spring. There should be no expectation that older teams will be exempt from roster changes simply because of the Transition Year policy.
Who decides if my U11 child "plays up" next year? Can the coach force everyone to play up?
Only PARENTS will decide whether or not they want their child to play up with the same group as last season. That is an individual decision for each family and no coach or administrator will make that decision for you.
That being said, Langhorne Neshaminy Soccer encourages all players to play age-appropriate, even under the Transition Year policy.
If my child plays up in 2016-17, can I move them to their age-appropriate team in 2017-18?
Yes. Players can always play in their age-appropriate groups and Langhorne Nesahminy Soccer encourages this.
How will these changes impact team coach assignments?
With the implementation of the new age groups, LNUSC's volunteer coaching staff may also require realignment. In some cases, there will be a match between current coaches and the new age group teams. However, LNUSC also anticipates that volunteer coach vacancies will arise and these will be addressed by the club. Prospective coaches will be interviewed as is presently the case and such vacancies will be filled by the time the new age group teams assemble.
My child is not qualified to play up under Langhorne Neshaminy’s Transition Year policy, but I still want them to. Can I appeal this?
No. Only qualified players as defined in the club's Transition Year policy will be permitted to play up. There will be no appeal process for unqualified players, as this would be inconsistent with the mandates. Ultimately, if a parent of an unqualified player strongly feels that their child should play up, then there may be opportunities to play up at another club. However, based on our many discussions with other clubs, these opportunities will be highly limited. In fact, LNUSC's Transition Year policy is more progressive compared to how most other clubs are implementing the US Soccer mandates.
How do these changes affect Langhorne Neshaminy ‘s Intramural program?
LNUSC's Fall 2016 Intramural program age brackets will reflect the new US Soccer rules.