This year's player evaluations will be held on 6/20. Rain date will be 6/21. Every child must be registered in order to attend evaluations.
The schedule is as follows:
Please make sure to arrive 10 minutes before your session. Your child must wear shin guards, please bring an age-appropriate ball if possible, and a drink.
Girls’ evaluations will be done at Friends Field (past the Ahern football field, NOT behind the school)
Boys’ evaluations will be done at Hersey Field (behind Foxboro HS, NOT the turf)
9:00 - 10:00 - U9's
10:15 - 11:15 - U10's
11:30 - 12:30 - U11's
1:30 - 2:30 - U12's
2:45 - 3:45 - U14's
Why do we have Evaluations?:
Evaluations are led by external professional coaches each spring in order to provide a neutral evaluation of each child in attendance.
How does my child get placed?:
While approaches can vary due to different factors, such as - but not limited to - signup numbers and optimal team size, the placement of players is a deeply data-driven process.
Placement is a combination of all of the relevant data that the Foxboro Soccer Travel Directors have gathered on each registered player. The most complete history on any child is one that includes town coach evaluations, travel coach evaluations, and all Player Evaluations. As much of the available data as can be used in a relevant manner is the backbone for all travel placements.
Placements do not consider carpool needs, desired coach, volunteer work with Foxboro Soccer, or prior placement of other siblings. Teams are made first, then coaches are assigned.
Why do we place A, B, C, etc...
Our travel soccer program is coordinated through BAYS (formerly Boston Area Youth Soccer) which is one of the largest youth soccer organizations in the country. Like other youth travel sports programs (ie. basketball), but unlike some other sports programs (ie. lacrosse), BAYS is a competitively tiered organization. The league offers Division 1, 2, 3, and 4 when possible. It is designed for offering competitive levels of play and really requires that players of similar skills are placed together. As a result, we tier our teams in a similar fashion, to the best of our ability, to create a competitive experience for each player and team. (As mentioned, there are exceptions - based on signups, optimal team sizes, and both age and residency waivers.)
Do other towns do it differently?:
Some do, but not most. Some towns have "equal" teams through U10, and then go to A, B, C, etc... some towns have just A or A & B teams and then have all of the other teams essentially equal... some towns allow the coaches to pick the "equal" teams... some towns have the travel coaches lead the Player Evaluations... some towns place players solely on the Player Evaluations... some towns require playing fall and spring in order to be placed on an "A" or "B" team at all... some towns play town through U9 and don't start travel until U10. The variations are numerous, but we will continue to do it the way we do now.
What format will my child be playing in the fall?:
U9, U10 - play 6v6 (size 4 ball)
U11, U12 - play 8V8 (size 4 ball)
U14's - play 11V11 (size 5 ball)
It is important to realize that one season's placement is not a final placement. Placement in the U9-U11 years will inherently be less "accurate" than during the U12-U14 years. Children develop at different points in their lives, which is why each season is a new one. It is important for parents and players to recognize that movement and change is good for players.
Remember, we're not trying to build teams; we're trying to develop players.