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Player Evaluation information:
Player evaluations are mandatory for all players who will be playing Travel Soccer in the fall (there are no evaluations for players in kindergarten through 2nd grade). The evaluations will be held the evenings of May 2, 3, and 4 at the East Lyme Middle School soccer field from 5 to 7:00 pm. Players may only attend one, of the sessions. Players do not have to be there at the start of the session, nor will they be kept there for the entire timeslot. Please see below for details.

General Information
Player evaluations are used to provide the proper balance of capabilities across all teams in the U-10, U-12, and U-14 divisions.

Players who would like to play on a Classic team must (1) attend one of the initial player evaluations; (2) be invited to the call-backs for the Classic team; and (3) attend the call-backs. The call-backs will be held before end of June. The call-back results and the player reviews from their previous year coaches will determine which players are assigned to the Classic team in each division. The Boys and Girls Coordinators are responsible for determining how many players will be invited to the call-backs and the number of Classic teams to be formed in each age group. Invitations to the call-backs will be issued by the Boys and Girls coordinators after the initial evaluation but before the call-backs are held in June.

Players who participate in the evaluation process who are not selected for a Classic team will automatically be assigned to a Recreational Plus team. Players who choose not to participate in the evaluation process will automatically be put at the top of a wait list and assigned to a Recreational Plus team if there is space.
The player evaluations and call-backs will be held at East Lyme Middle School Field using the following schedule :


U-9 & U-10   (Players with Birth Year of 2008 & 2007)   May 4, 5:00 to 7:00pm
U-11 & U-12   (Players with Birth Year of 2006 & 2005)   May 3, 5:00 to 7:00pm
U-13 & U-14   (Players with Birth Year of 2004 & 2003)   May 2, 5:00 to 7:00pm

Evaluation format
Evaluations will focus on at least 4 basic skills: running speed, dribbling, passing accuracy under pressure and ability to receive a pass (also known as "first touch. For each skill, the scores will be purely quantitative with no personal judgement from the ajudicators. The skill tests are based on a much more extensive system used by Anson Dorrance, head coach of the Univ. of Carolina Womens Soccer Team. Specifically (click on the skills to see how they are set up and run):


Running speed   How fast can they run a shuttle run? To practice for this, run sprints without a ball.
Dribbling   How fast can they dribble through a zig-zag course? To practice for this, run around dribbling a ball changing directions.
Passing accuracy   How many balls can they pass with each foot through one of two gates in a minute.  To practice for this, kick a ball at targets in your yard.
First touch   How many times can the player bounce the ball off of the kick wall in one minute first receiving the ball with one foot, then the other. No one-touch passing allowed and the player must be a age-defined minimum distance away from the board. To practice for this, kick a ball against a wall. U10 and below can kick or receive with either foot, u11 and up must alternate which foot they kick with, but may receive with either foot.

As a result of this quantitative method for testing skills, it should not take a player long to go through the player evaluation. Thus a player does not have to arrive at the start time for their group, nor will they be kept there the entire time span.

Contact Chuck Massung (ELSA President), @gmail.com or Todd Fredriksen  (Boys Coordinator) for more information.