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SSA Travel Soccer: An Introduction
SSA Travel Soccer: An Introduction
A MESSAGE FOR ALL SSA FAMILIES -- PLEASE READ
SSA is excited that you’ve decided to participate in our Program! Our Club is a member of the South Central District (SCD), one of the seven districts that make up the Connecticut Junior Soccer Association (CJSA). CJSA & SCD are affiliated with the Youth Soccer Association, US Soccer, and FIFA.
SSA's In-House Program is for ages U6 and U8 and focuses on soccer basics. Travel Soccer, however, is a more competitive "step up." The most notable differences are that teams are no longer co-ed, the game is played on a larger field with multiple referees, and that games are played both home and away against teams from other communities. There is also more recognition of the rules such as off-sides and what constitutes a foul. At the Travel Soccer level, your child will learn the more intricate aspects of "the beautiful game" and hopefully develop a greater love and appreciation for the sport.
Soccer club travel teams are placed by SCD in a league. Within each league there are divisions based on the ages and skill level of the team. SSA attempts to place each of its teams in the appropriate SCD divisions to best develop our players, however SCD makes the final determination. There are Recreational SCD Divisions which focus more on developmental training. There are also Competitive SCD Divisions for teams at a higher level which focus more on advanced skills.
Here is some important information about SSA to be better informed prior to the start of the season:
Seymour Travel Teams are predominantly Recreational Level.
Team Coaches and Team Managers are volunteers and adhere to strict SCD and SSA guidelines.
All Recreational players are to play a minimum of half of every game except for reasons of injury, illness, or discipline by a referee.
Teams with large rosters will utilize a "pool play" game model to provide players more playing time during games and allow the Coach to be more efficient with game management. Speak to your Coach for details if your child’s team will be using "pool play" this season.
CJSA, SCD, and SSA Rules are in place for all Recreational Travel Soccer Program teams to discourage large goal differences and promote good sportsmanship during games. For instance, SCD Vice President Joe Conte informed SSA officials recently that the "5 Goal Rule" will be enforced and coaches dismissed this fall if they do not adhere to it. SSA strongly recommends all families and volunteers familiarize themselves with the Travel Packet available on the SCD website www.SCDCJSA.com for all SCD Recreational Travel League details.
SSA’s goal at the Travel Soccer level is to provide players with a solid, structured foundation for continuous improvement season after season. It is critical for supporters and coaches to not lose focus on this overall objective. If a Travel team becomes too strong for its division, SCD will work with SSA to relocate the team to a more appropriate division the next season where the players will be better challenged and continue to improve.
We as adults must never allow the desire to win a game interfere with providing our players the opportunity to learn, play, have fun, and improve. Aggressive behavior on the sidelines, whether from a coach or a supporter, will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the field. Furthermore, at Recreational levels SSA expects and demands that our Coaches, players, and parents be respectful not only towards each other but also to the opposition and referees. SSA has a good reputation with SCD and our surrounding communities and the SSA Board insists that SSA remain a member in good standing with SCD. Let’s keep things positive!
That said, it is easy to get caught up in a "winning mentality" (especially when you have a successful team) and forget that the children on the opposing team are also young and still developing. Support for all players at a developmental level is paramount to set them on the right track. Sometimes a few kind words from an opposing team parent, coach, or player can resonate for years to come with a child. SSA promotes such behavior and expects good relationships with other towns.
Although predominantly Recreation level, SSA also offers an additional opportunity for players who wish to be more competitive and push themselves to their maximum potential. SSA will always encourage such players to pursue those ambitions and such an option is to play with SSA partner Academica Futbol Club (AFC). SSA and AFC have partnered for multiple years. SSA utilizes curriculum provided by AFC for all coaches and age groups based on our shared philosophy of player development and enjoying the game (not based on winning). SSA provides AFC professional coaches at the U10 level for our girls and boys teams because U10 is the age that young people make the most progress and teaching soccer’s building blocks is integral for success at the high school level. Players who want to further develop their skills can also participate in SSA/AFC winter clinics and summer camp. Click the AFC link to learn more about AFC -- http://academicafc.net/
SSA has had success over the years with our Travel Program framework and its partnership with AFC. SSA Travel Program teams have traditionally been strong and are fundamentally sound. Whether it is introducing a player to the sport who has never touched a ball, or welcoming a Competitive Team player into the fold, SSA will do its best to keep ALL of our players progressing season after season…and hopefully build team bonds and friendships that will last for years to come!
We hope that this communication is informative and clarifies questions you may have about our Travel Soccer Program. Contact Travel Director Dave Holmes at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
We look forward to another great season. GO SEYMOUR!!!
SSA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES (Updated - April 2016)
Volunteers are the backbone of any community organization. Volunteering for SSA is fun and rewarding! Please consider volunteering to keep Seymour’s soccer program strong and support Seymour youth sports.
If you would like to volunteer or would like additional information, please email SSA at
Welcome to the web home of the Seymour Soccer Association! The SSA Board asks that you visit our site frequently as this will be the centralized resource for information. Please check back regularly for news, scores, weather updates, coach and family materials, schedules, directions, registration information, and much more.
The mission of SSA is to provide a means of recreation to all the children of Seymour while promoting the sport of soccer and developing the skills of individual players. SSA’s vision is to create and encourage an environment consistent with good sportsmanship, physical fitness, respect, team play, and having fun.
SSA believes that youth sports should construct a foundation of confidence and team collaboration that youngsters can transfer to their lives. SSA is also proud to partner with Academica Futebol Club(AFC), a company composed of experienced soccer professionals that support SSA's volunteers and share SSA's goals.
As the great coach John Wooden said, “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” It is my hope that Seymour’s young people will indeed reveal their character and realize the joy that participating in soccer brings.
Thank you. I look forward to continued success as well as the relationships to be made out on the pitch!