US Youth Soccer and EPYSA have changed the age rules beginning the Fall 2016 Season. All players are now grouped by birth year. In many cases your child’s age group may be different beginning Fall 2016. Players are permitted to attend tryouts for age groups above their birth year. To determine your child's official age group, see the attached age group chart below.
U6 Program - Our Under 6 (U6) program is for 4 and 5 year old children (U5 and U6 on the chart attached below) and is designed to be a fun introduction to soccer. Practices for this age group begin mid-August and are held one time per week with games on Friday evenings. The game season begins early September and runs through the end of October. All U6 teams are coed and games are in the Pine Grove Area and are played against the other Pine Grove Area U6 teams. A size 3 soccer ball is used at this age group.
U8 Program - Our Under 8 (U8) program is for 6 and 7 year old children (U7 and U8 on the chart attached below) and is also considered an introductory level of soccer play. These teams are coed and usually start out by practicing two times a week with games on Saturday mornings. The fall season begins early September and runs through the end of October. Games and practices are held at the Wesleyan Church, Route 501, Pine Grove. Opportunities are available to form winter and spring teams, depending on interest. A size 3 soccer ball is used at this age group.
U8 Travel Program – This program is new to our Association and will continue to be part of our program depending upon the level of interest amongst players and coaches. U8 players will have the opportunity to try out for a travel team. If numbers allow, Girls and Boys teams may be formed or a coed team may be formed. This program offers a more competitive feel to our U8 program while still learning the game of soccer. Travel teams may travel to Lebanon or Reading\Berks area leagues. Practices are held on Pine Grove Area fields.
U9 through U15 Programs - These programs are for children 8 years old and up and have not completed the 8th grade. This group travels to the Schuylkill, Lebanon and\or Reading\Berks area leagues. Girls and Boys teams are formed at these age groups. These programs offer both recreational and competitive level play. Players are placed on our competitive teams via tryouts held every spring. Practices are generally two times per week beginning early August with games on either Saturday or Sunday. The fall season begins early September and runs through the beginning of November. Opportunities are available to form Winter and Spring teams as well depending on interest. A size 4 soccer ball is used through U12. A size 5 soccer ball is used at U13 and above.
Tryouts - Two tryout sessions per age group are held each Spring to determine the competitive teams for the Fall. Players must attend at least one tryout to be considered for a competitive team, however, it is highly recommended that players attend both tryouts. No player will be cut from our program, players that do not make a competitive team will be assigned to a recreational team in their age group. Please note, there are no tryouts for the U6 age group. A panel of 3-5 independent evaluators conducts each session. Any prospective coach, for the age group trying out, will not be involved in the evaluations. However, they may be asked to assist with drills and will be permitted to attend/watch the session(s). The Board will set team numbers prior to tryouts. Evaluators will rank all players and lock in the starting lineup for each team. Once teams are finalized, players will be notified within one week of their team placement/status.