Player Identification and Team Formation Guidelines 2017-18

Coaches Evaluations:

Each coach will rank their own players from 1 to the number of players on their roster.

One of the paid directors will meet with all coaches within a birth year and blend the

    individual team rankings into a final ranking of 1 to the number of players in

    the birth year (including players who played up to that birth year in 2016-17 and

    excluding those who played up a birth year in 2016-17).

All birth years will be completed a minimum of three days prior to the start of Player

    Identifications.  Players not attending Player Identifications will be removed and

    a final list of players placed in order from 1 to the number of those players

    attending player identifications will be used for the team formation process.

 

Player Identifications:

All players who intend on playing for a competitive team in the U9 to U16 age groups

    must register for Player Identifications and pay the Player Identification fee.

All new players to the NMSA and any player who did not play on the top team in their

    birth year or the birth year up the previous summer must attend the first day of

    player identifications.  Players who wish to play up to the age group above their

    own must also attend the first day of player identifications they wish to play up

    for (excludes players who did play up the past year).  Players who are injured

    or not able to attend the first day must notify the appropriate age group director

    and the Association Administration Director a minimum of one week prior to the

    first day of Player Identifications.

All players who played on the top team within a birth year the previous summer only

    need to attend the second day of player identifications for their own birth year

    and the birth year they are trying out up to if choosing to do that again.  Players

    who attend the first day of player identifications and perform at a level similar to

    the players from the previous years’ top team will also be invited to attend the

    second day and must attend if they are interested in playing on a top team in

    that birth year.  Players wishing to play up must also attend the second day of

    their own birth year.  The number of teams this involves at each birth year and

    gender will be posted prior to the first day of player identifications.  Players who

    are injured or not able to attend the second day must notify the appropriate age

    group director and the Association Administration Director a minimum of one

    week prior to the first day of Player Identifications.

Players attending the first day of player identifications will be evaluated by a minimum of

    three evaluators in a minimum of three activities.  All players will be given an

    initial evaluation and players only attending the first day of player identifications

    will be given a final ranking by the end of day 1.

Players attending the second day of player identifications will be evaluated by a

    minimum of three evaluators in a minimum of three activities.  All players will be

    given a final ranking by the conclusion of the second day and a  final ranking of

    all players from 1 to the number of players being evaluated will be completed

    by the end of the second day and used in the team formation process.

 

Goalkeepers:

Goalkeeper Evaluations will be done for all age groups U11 to U16 and all goalkeepers

    attending these evaluations will be given a final ranking of 1 to the number of

    goalkeepers in their birth year and used in the team formation process.

    Goalkeepers wishing to play up must attend both their own birth year and the

    birth year they are wishing to play up to and will be ranked in both groups.

 

Final Player Identification Scores/Rankings:

Players who have both a coach rank and a player identification rank will have their

    coach rank *.35 + player identification rank *.65 to determine their final score.

Players only having a coaches rank or a player identification rank will have that rank *1

    determine their final score.  Players will not be allowed to only have a coach

    rank in two consecutive years.

All players registering for player identifications will be sorted from low score to high

    score creating a final ranking of 1 to the number of players registering.

 

Player Jerseys and Intentions:

At the time of check in at player Identifications, players attending the first day will

    receive a minimum of two colors of numbered jerseys.  If a player is invited to

    attend the second day of player Identifications, those jerseys will be used again

    and those players will be added to the players who attend day 2.

Players attending the second day of player identifications will be asked to indicate if

    there are any competitive levels that they would not play for within a birth year

    if placed there.  All coaches who have applied to coach and the playing levels

    the association plans to field for each gender and birth year will be made

    available a minimum of one week prior to player identifications beginning.

    forms will be provided that can be filled out and turned in on day 2.

 

Play Ups:

Players who wish to play up a birth year above their own (i.e a 2004 birth year wishes to

    play with the 2003 birth year) must attend the second day of player

    identifications for their own birth year and be invited to the birth year they are

    hoping to play up to.  They must notify the proper age group director of their

    intentions a minimum of one week prior to the first day of player identifications.

    Their final score will be based on their player identification ranking only unless

    they played up the previous year in which case their rank will be determined in

    the same way all other players are scored.

In order to play up, players must be ranked in the top 7 at the U9 and U10 age groups,

    the top 9 in the U11 and  U12 age groups and the top 11 in the U13-U16 age

    groups in the final birth year rankings to be eligible to play up and are only

    eligible to play up on the top team within the birth year they are trying up to.

 

Coaches Selections:

All coaches interested in coaching within a birth year must fill out a coach application

    form by the deadline set.  Any coaches interviews will be conducted prior to the

    start of player identifications.

The order of team formation and coaches associated with teams will be published prior

    to the second day of player identifications. If more than one team will be

    playing at the same MYSA playing level, notification of the order of teams or if

    balanced teams will be created will also be published.

 

Team Formations:

Player Identification final rankings will be presented to coaches as soon as they are

    completed (data input completed and players sorted by rank and name).

Roster sizes will be determined as needed within an age group and coaches will be

    informed of the meeting dates and times for team formation to take place.

Players falling within those rosters who have indicated they do not wish to play at that

    level of play will be contacted by a director to confirm and once confirmed,

    those players will be removed from that group.  This will be done within 24

    hours of the completion of player identifications.

Within 1 Week of player identifications being completed, coaches for each birth year

    will meet with club directors in the order of level of MYSA play.  If balanced

    teams will be formed at a birth year, coaches will meet with directors at the

    same time.  Directors will follow the team formation process as follows:

 

Coach #1 will consider the players within the size of that team roster after the players

    not wishing to play for that playing level have been removed.  If the top

    goalkeeper from the goalkeeper evaluations is not included in those players

    and the coach  wishes for that player to be included, that player will be

    considered the final player within that roster size and the final player will be

    moved down one place.

Coach #1 will be allowed to make up to 2 coach picks at the U9 to U12 age groups and

    3 coach picks at the U13 to U16 age groups.  A coach pick consists of moving

    a player from outside that roster count into the roster and moving a player

    within the roster count out or moving a player out and moving all players up.

    Coach picks cannot be used for players who are trying out up an age group.

Once Roster #1 is completed, players remaining will be reordered with players removed

    from roster #1 and players who chose not to play for team #1 and/or who were

    removed from Roster #1 with coaches picks being placed in order at the top of

    the new list and all remaining players placed in order following those players.

Any players indicating that they do not want to play at that level of play will be

    removed and Coach #2 will repeat the same process as Coach #1.

This process will continue until all teams within a birth year are formed.  If two balanced

    teams will be formed at a level with a birth year, those coaches will  follow a

    similar process considering players with equal roster sizes (i.e. if two

    teams will be formed from 22 players, balanced rosters of 11 will be formed).

Team Posting and Player Declines:

All U9 to U16 aged teams will be posted on the NMSA website by midnight within 1

    week of player identifications being completed and will include the team level,

    coach and players identified by jersey number and initials.  Players who choose

    not to accept this placement must fill out a Player Decline Form and submit that

    to the appropriate director and club registrar by the 8th day following the start

    of player identifications.  Any player who does not decline their position by that

    time will be bound to the NMSA as of that date.

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