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Under 10 (U10) Soccer Information

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Information for the Co-Ed U10 teams                   Information for the Girls GU10 teams  


Before a child/athlete is permitted to participate in the tryout process, he/she must properly register with the Pirates. The registration process includes completing the online Registration Form and paying the regular registration fee.


Registration will generally occur starting in June/July for the upcoming Fall Season and again in December/January for the upcoming Spring Season. Upon completing the registration process and before the season begins, the coaches will receive a copy of who has registered and paid. No athlete will be permitted to participate in practices or tryouts without being properly registered. Parents are strongly encouraged for organizational purposes to pre-register.


Program Insight:
The purpose of the Portsmouth Pirates Travel Soccer Program is to foster organized soccer at a more competitive level. In so doing we provide the opportunity for the more dedicated and committed Portsmouth child athlete to develop into the best soccer player they can become by playing against children of similar ability from across the State of Rhode Island. The Portsmouth Pirates will form as many quality U10 travel teams as possible (provided there are enough children, head coaches, and parent volunteers).


In order to accomplish this goal the athlete is expected to play two (2) seasons of soccer - fall and spring and should play in at least one (1) winter season of indoor soccer. The Pirate Competitive Soccer Program is a commitment in time for both the parents and child/athlete. Your dedication as a parent volunteer is almost as important as the dedication of your child/athlete in making this program successful. A player’s attendance at practice sessions and games is vital to the player’s development and
over-all performance of his/her team.


In addition to teaching soccer skills and team play, good sportsmanship is an important part of our Program. Both the athlete and his/her parent must abide by a “Conduct Code” that exhibits the requisites of good sportsmanship. Another policy in which the Pirates have adopted is called the “Zero Tolerance” Policy. The Zero Tolerance Policy is present at all times to protect our referees. Both the Pirates “Conduct Code” and “Zero Tolerance” Policy can be found on the Pirates web site at http://www.pysa.com/pirates/conduct.htm and should be reviewed prior to the beginning of the soccer year.


Coaching/training for the Fall season begins in late August or early September and will continue through mid-to-late November. Coaching/training will resume again for the winter season in early January and will continue in mid-to-late March and ends in early-to-mid June. During the Fall and Spring seasons, most teams typically practice/train for 1-2 hours 2 times per week. During
the winter season, most teams practice/train once per week. The duration and frequency of the practices is left to the discretion of the coach.


In addition to playing 16 league games, 8 in the fall and 8 in the spring, teams will participate in travel tournaments. Each U10 Travel Team usually participates in at least two (2) such tournaments, including our own Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in June. Some of these tournaments not only attract teams from Rhode Island, but also teams from throughout the Northeast. Tournament play has been a very rewarding experience for our athletes. In the past, teams have participated in tournaments in Danvers, MA, Natick, MA & Barrington, RI. The decision as to which tournaments our teams participate in is made by the coaches & the Pirates Board. Please keep the following objectives of the Pirates Travel Program in mind:

To enable our children to have FUN playing competitive soccer;
To teach the attributes of good sportsmanship toward teammates and opposing players;
To provide an ongoing program of high quality for Portsmouth’s more dedicated and committed youth soccer players so that they can become the best players they are willing to work toward;
To provide continuity by requiring each player and each Team to play two (2) outdoor seasons per soccer year (Fall and Spring); and To make it more likely that our children will continue to play competitive soccer at higher levels in our Travel Program.

PYSA (Portsmouth Youth Soccer Association) offers a recreational in-house program in the summer for those players looking for a non-competitive program.

Age Qualification:
Travel soccer goes by age, not grade. For the U10s during the upcoming season, your child’s birth date must be within the specified time frame listed on the registration page for U10. The “U” stands for “Under” and means that all players must be “under” that age as of August 1st before the beginning of the seasonal year. Under no circumstances is a player allowed to play “down” a level. Occasionally a younger player will play “up” a division.

The Portsmouth Pirates field U10 teams in both a Coe-ed (Boys/Girls) division and a Girl’s Division. Female athletes have the option of trying out for either the Co-ed teams or for the Girl’s teams.

The usual number of teams can range from as few as (3) to as many as (4 or 5) in this age group. Teams are typically grouped as “A” (most competitive) to “B4” (least competitive). The word “competitive” here, at the U10 level, refers to the child/athlete’s desire to play soccer and player ability.

Roster Size:
Athletes will play “small-sided” soccer in the U10 division. This means they will play on a smaller field and will play 6 v 6 soccer: six players playing against six players (per Fall 2006 SRI format change). The recommended roster size for U10 teams is 10 players with a minimum roster size of 9 players and a maximum roster size of 12 players. Roster sizes will be adjusted, smaller or larger within this range, depending on team formation within the division.

The Tryouts:
All U10 athletes must attend tryouts to be considered for a Pirate Travel Team. Depending on the number of children trying out, it is possible that some children who do tryout will not make a team. Tryouts will include several sessions, typically 3 to 4 within a two week timeframe, to evaluate players so that the Evaluation Team can form proper teams for the Spring.

Children are strongly encouraged to attend all tryouts sessions described above so that the Evaluation Team can have an adequate opportunity to evaluate player skills. However, if a child cannot attend a session during this tryout period, he/she should notify their respective Age Level Coordinator in advance of the conflict so that other arrangements can be made.

During the tryout sessions, all players should wear their Pirates shirts ( returning players should wear their game uniform shirt with their name on the back, first year players should wear their red U8 t-shirts, and players who have not played with the Pirates prior to this year should wear a regular t-shirt ), shorts, shin guards and soccer shoes. Players should also bring a water bottle and a size 4 soccer ball. Jewelry is strictly prohibited.

While parents are welcomed to watch tryouts, it is requested that parents do so from a distance and not interfere with or distract the players by shouting instructions, encouragement or criticism. Even positive encouragement can be a distraction to the other players on the field.

Parents are encouraged to help prepare their child for tryouts by ensuring the player is well rested and hydrated before tryouts. At the end of the session, don’t forget to tell your child that he/she played well. Remember tryouts can be very stressful for some children, don’t add to the pressure by placing too many expectations on them. Inevitably, some of your child’s friends will be placed on a different team from your child. Try to be supportive and remind your child that he/she will make new friends with
his/her teammates. Many lifelong friendships got their start on the soccer field. The main objective of the tryout process is to place the players onto Travel Teams, where each team is comprised of players of similar ability and dedication with the most talented and dedicated players being placed on the highest level team. Experience has shown us that an individual player
will achieve the most success and make the most developmental progress over the course of the season if that player is competing at the proper level for his ability.

Once the tryout period is completed, the respective Age Level Coordinators and their Evaluation Teams will meet to assess their findings and conclusions. During the assessment process, the Evaluation Team must consider the tryout evaluation of each player, the coach’s evaluation of the player, the child/athlete’s desire to play, to learn soccer, and the player’s ability.

Once the Evaluation Teams have made their decisions, the parents/children will be notified. Notification will generally take place within one to two weeks from the date of the last tryout session.


What happens during the tryout /evaluation sessions? Each player will be assigned a tryout number which will correspond to either their Pirate uniform number ( to be worn throughout the tryout period ) or a number that will be affixed to their t-shirt ( to be given to the player at the first tryout session and worn throughout the tryout period ). Players will be identified by that unique number during the course of the tryout/evaluation sessions. These numbers are used to make it easier for the coaches to identify players during tryouts and have no other purpose or significance.

Players will be evaluated both individually and in small group scrimmages. Then, if time permits, the children will play in a 6 v 6 game. In the scrimmage, players will play a 3 v 3 or 4 v 4 game lasting for 10 minutes then rotations will take place. During the scrimmage process, “Ball Handling” (group passing, receiving, volleying, and juggling), “Positioning” (field awareness), “Kicking”, “Transition Speed”, “Tackling” and “Communication” with team-mates (team-play) will all be evaluated.


As the players tryout, they will be continuously evaluated. At this age level, there will be several different evaluators with various coaching backgrounds. A scoring and ranking system will be used to evaluate the athletes. The numbers resulting from this system will be used strictly as guidelines when selecting teams. Once the process is complete the confidential results will be given only to members of the Evaluation Team. Evaluations at any level will not be released. Tryouts at this level will last approximately 1.5 to 2.0 hours for each of the sessions.

In addition to group play, an individual assessment will be conducted at the “Skill Field”. Each athlete will be observed by an evaluator in the same areas mentioned above. Directions will be given to an athlete to perform a particular exercise so that his/her skill can be measured. Again, each child will be confidentially scored and ranked.

Tryout Evaluation Scoring System:
The U10 Co-ed Tryout Evaluation Team will consist of the U10 Co-ed Coordinator, all interested coaches (TBD) and independent evaluators.

The U10 Girls Tryout Evaluation Team will consist of U10 Girls Coordinator, all interested coaches (TBD) and independent evaluators.

The scoring system for returning players will be weighted toward the results of the group and individual assessments conducted during tryouts but will also take into account player commitment and attitude as well as input from previous coaches.

For an athlete who did not participate in the Pirate Travel Program during the previous spring season, the Scoring System will be as follows: 100% of the overall weighting will be based on the results of the group & individual assessments conducted during tryouts.

Selection of Coaches:
The U10A Coach is chosen by the Board in June and they are considered the Age Level Coordinators for the Program. Once the teams are chosen after tryouts, all interested coaches must apply for the “B1” or “B2” teams etc. The Board appoints one coach per team. Assistant coaches are not determined until after the Board appoints the coach.

Coach’s responsibilities/authority include, but are not limited to: The right to select his/her assistants, team manager, and players. Establishment of team rules and penalties, and enforcement of same. May release a player from his/her team with Board approval. Determines the selection of league tournaments and special events.

It is Pirates policy that all U10 Travel Team players must play at least 50% of the total game time during all-regular season league games and travel tournaments. This does not necessarily mean that the athlete must play 50% of the minutes of each game, but rather an average for each of the soccer seasons. However, coaches are encouraged to play all athletes equally and as much as possible with the exception of injury or fatigue.

The only other exception to this rule will be in the case of disciplinary action. Should an athlete miss a practice without a valid excuse, be excessively tardy to practice on multiple occasions, become disruptive during practices or games, or develop a “bad” attitude the trainer/coach or manager may, at their discretion, take away playing time. The athlete will be given prior notice of this possibility.

Needless to say we all live very busy lives. Our children participate in many activities with sports being only one of them. Conflicts arise. During the fall and spring seasons athletes often engage in more than one sport at a time. Pirates Travel soccer games are once a week (except in the case of make-ups) and generally played on Sundays. Other sports are played several times a week. When conflicts occur we encourage you to talk to your coach ahead of time.

As noted earlier under “REGISTRATION,” before any athlete can tryout they must register with the Pirates. Payment is due prior to the start of tryouts. Indoor soccer (Winter season), is typically played at the Multiplex Soccer Complex in Somerset, Massachusetts, and has an operating fee that is based on a set price divided by the amount of players and will be due during late fall. There will also be a Spring Season fee due at registration in December/January. Pirates offers financial assistance to those in need by way of confidential scholarships available by contracting the President of the PYSA/Pirates.

Participation & Committment:
Parent participation and commitment are an important part of our Pirates U10 Travel Program. Parents will have the responsibility to provide transportation for their children to and from practices as well as games. Most games are played on the weekends (unless a make-up game is scheduled). Away games can be as close as Middletown and as far away as Burriville. Tournaments generally take place on holiday weekends such as Columbus Day and Memorial Day and often involve an overnight stay.

Parents’ support for their child’s team and the Pirates are necessary for this volunteer organization. Parent duties range from snack duties at games to Board members as well as volunteering for selected duties at our Portsmouth Invitational Soccer Tournament. It is expected that each parent/family volunteer a minimum of 2 hours during the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in June.