Some major changes have been made to the rules of Soccer worldwide for the upcoming season. Most won't effect local youth soccer, but some will. Attached is a summary of the changes. Below I have highlited the ones that I feel EHYS needs to know about.
1) Artificial and natural surfaces can not be combined on the field of play (I have seen fields in West Haven and Wallingford that have used artificial turf for the goal area only - this is no longer permitted).
2) If a player is injured by a foul which results in a red or yellow card, the player can have quick assessment/treatment on the field and not have to go off. (this allows coaches to come check the player quickly and allow the player to stay on - the idea is not to award the offending team by forcing the player to come out of play).
3) Competitions are now permitted to have breaks for medical reasons (e.g. drinks in very hot/humid conditions). - This has been practiced for years, but now putting it in the Laws makes it easier for referees to allow it.
4) The ball can be kicked in any direction at kick-off (previously had to go forward). Major change in the kick-off which allows the kick-off to go backwards
5) Offside free-kicks will be taken from the place where the player commits teh offside offense (play the ball, challenge an opponent, etc). Previously it was where the player first became offsides.
6) Added to direct free kick offenses: impedes an opponent with contact. Previously"obstruction" was only an indirect kick. Now if it includes contact, it can be deemed as a direct kick.
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Fall Registrations are open. Please click on Register Now Button. The Fall Season runs from the end of August till the beginning of November.
Deadline for Travel is July 19th, U8 and U10 is August 12th. After that date, registrations are not guaranteed.
This past year we had many players that could not commit to the teams and made it very difficult for the rest of the league. If players can’t commit to practices and weekend games, then they should probably not join. Commitment doesn’t mean every practice and game, but making it once in a while is not acceptable either. Soccer is a game where touching the ball is where you learn. By only going to games or only going to practices the players tend to get lost and not enjoy the game and we want them to learn and love the game. Please sign them up when they are available and ready to play. Playing multiple sports during the same season is difficult, and the recent trend of parents pulling their kids from teams once the schedules are compared is not fair to anyone.
Please select the proper age group and for travel choose with or without uniform (without is for players that have purchased the new style uniform worn in the last two seasons). The clinic and in-house teams prices include the shirt.
AGES AND FEES: Programs are grouped by birth date:
Little Kicks Clinic- January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014 (Fee $60)
Micros Clinic- January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2012 (Fee $60)
Under 8 In House- January 1, 2009 through December 31, 2010 (Fee $90)
Under 10 In House - January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2008 (Fee $90)
Under 12 Travel - January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2006 (Fee $90) - $35 uniform fee extra, if needed
Under 13,14 15 Travel (Due to age requirement changes, there may be U15s that aren't playing high school soccer - EHYS will evaluate based on amount of registrations to determine what age groups are entered) - January 1, 2002 through December 31, 2004 (Fee $90) - $35 uniform fee extra, if needed
Little Kicks / Micros: Saturday Mornings 9/10
U8 Coed – Tuesdays and/or Thursday at Gillis Field (depends on amount of registrations)
U10 Coed - Mondays and Wednesdays at Gillis Field
Travel will be determined based on teams registered and coaching availability, practices will be twice a week, Monday through Thursday.
The Ladies are glad to return home after traveling around the state for the last two weeks. There first game Monday night is a rematch against West Hartford where they pulled off their first win. Wednesday is a rematch with local rival Wallingford as they look to avenge an early season loss. The team has come together well and is playing some really pretty soccer. Come on down to Moulthrop to cheer them on, both games start at 6:30pm.
The newly formed East Haven Women's Soccer Team will kick off their first season this week. The team is made up of former EHYS members including many current coaches. The team will be competing in the Connecticut Women's Summer Soccer League and will be competing against teams from all over CT every Monday and Wednesday night throughout the summer. There first home game is this Wednesday at Moulthrop Field. EHYS players are welcome to come out and support their favorite player or coach.
East Haven Youth Soccer is working to bring some choices for Summer Camps into East Haven. As we get the details finalized, we will forward them to you and add registrations on our website. Here is what we have planned:
1) Similar to last year, the East Haven High School Girls coach will be offering a free clinic the week of Aug. 15th-18th in the afternoons. Last year it was from 11:30am - 1pm from Mon - Thurs for players entering grades 1-8.
2) We are working on our own camp in conjunction with Victory Soccer Academy (the instructors the coach with our clinics and our U10 teams. We are preliminary looking at the first week in August and are finalizing details. This would be either a 1/2 day, Full Day, or both.
Calendar Year Age Bracketing goes into effect for the Fall
Effective for the 2016/17 soccer season US Youth Soccer is mandating calendar year age grouping for player registration and EHYS like all CT clubs have to follow this policy as well.
Previously, age groups were determined based on players born between Aug. 1 and July 31. The change to calendar year age groups will reflect the calendar year, or Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.
To calculate your child's soccer age group you can use the following formula Year minus birth year equals age group. For the purposes of calculation, it is the end of the seasonal year, which currently runs Fall to Spring, so for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 year, you have to use the end of the year - which is 2017. So if your child was born in 2005, for the 2016/17 season: 2017 – 2005 = U12.
In East Haven, we normally have teams in U19, U16, U14, U12, U10, U8, U6 (Micros), U4 (Little Kicks).
Age group breakdown
U19 Age Group
Players born from August 1, 1998 – December 31, 1998 will be labeled as U19s.
Players born from January 1, 1999 – December 31, 1999 will be labeled as U18s
Players born from January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2000 will be labeled as U17s.
U16 Age Group
Players born from January 1, 2001 – December 31, 2001 will be labeled as U16s.
Players born from January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2002 will be labeled as U15s.
U14 Age Group
Players born from January 1, 2003 – December 31, 2003 will be labeled as U14s.
Players born from January 1, 2004 – December 31, 2004 will be labeled as U13s.
U12 Age Group
Players born from January 1, 2005 – December 31, 2005 will be labeled as U12s
Players born from January 1, 2006 – December 31, 2006 will be labeled as U11s
U10 Age Group
Players born from January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2007 will be labeled as U10s
Players born from January 1, 2008 – December 31, 2008 will be labeled as U9s
U8 Age Group
Players born from January 1, 2009 – December 31, 2009 will be labeled as U8s
Players born from January 1, 2010 – December 31, 2010 will be labeled as U7s
Players born from January 1, 2011 – December 31, 2011 will be labeled as U6s
Players born from January 1, 2012 – December 31, 2012 will be labeled as U5s
Players born from January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 will be labeled as U4s
Players born from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 will be labeled as U3s
We receive many inquiries about practices/games. The easiest way to have the information with you at all times is to link your calendars on your cell phone, tablet, and/or computer to your child's schedule(s). Here are the directions. Once your child is placed on a team, simply follow this and your calendar will be live and updated as our website is update. It also includes field locations. For our U8/U10, you can do it now for practices (U8 or U10 boys or girls) and once we place players on the team within the next week, you can add the team also.
Here are the directions that you have to do from your phone (you could do the same from your computer if you want it on your computer calendar also)
Click on team
If you need more than one team, choose multi-schedule, choose Spring 2016, and click on all the teams you need, keep the default schedule type unless you need a different one. Click Submit.
If you only have one team, choose division and team. Then choose schedule.
Click options, calendarfeed, and choose google (droids) or ical (iphones).Now your calendar on your phone will keep the schedule, even as updates are made.
If you haven't done this - it is a must do!!! For players with phones, have them do it also so everyone in the house knows their schedules at all times.
They did it! The U12 Girls defeated Southington 5-4 in front of a frenzied cheering section that witnessed an incredible show of will and heart by a tremendous team. The 13 players today came to prove a point, and they made believers out of everyone. The team made up two age groups combined (U11 and U12), beat programs along the way that had 3 or more times the size of East Haven with multiple teams in U11 and U12.
With only 6 actual U12 players (Madisyn D’Errico, Alexandra Castro, Emily Mazzucco, Kate Pycela, Emily Pycela, and Isabella Pilato) and 7 U11 players (Gianna Castellano, Samantha Hernandez, Sydney Herard, Gabriella Gaetano, Gianna Mendez, Emma Szewc, and Kaylor Garamella) the girls didn’t let that stop them today. For many years, they have always had to play against older competition.
Southington was the reigning CT Cup U12 Girls champions, having won the U12 division in the Fall of 2014 and the Spring of 2015. East Haven was at their first CT Cup Finals in their history. Southington had beaten East Haven 4-2 in League play in the first game of the season capturing the League Championship along the way, East Haven finished 2nd.
First half wasn’t our best. Southington jumped up on us 2-0 pretty quickly. But this team has come back many times, so they didn’t fold. After Emily Pycela notched her first goal and hoping to get the game back in hand, Southington immediately responded with a goal to make it 3-1. After Gianna Mendez scores a beautiful goal to make it 3-2, Southington punched right back to make it 4-2 going into half time.
Didn’t mean the girls played bad or didn’t work hard, it just didn’t go their way. Gianna C in mid, Gabby and Sydney on the outside, and Sam as forward all gave 100% when they stepped on the field. Our goal was not to give up any breakaway or backside goals, which we didn’t. Hard to stop the unlucky goals though.
Most people would think it was over at this point. Coach Bryan and I knew better. These girls know how to win and wanted it badly. With a shift in focus for Isabella and “Mazzuc” to cage Southington’s star player (#8), and Madisyn to own the offensive center, the girls came out in the 2nd half to take the game back. Emily P. scored a goal quickly in the 2nd half to bring us within one and the tide shifted quickly. Aided by long throws from Kate and Bella, the attacks grew and the ball seemed to see more of the offensive end now. Kaylor now was able to see her team had her back and was able to secure things in the goal. Continued hard work on the sidelines by Mendez, Szewc, and Castro stopped the attacks on the outside. When Emily P. scored her third goal of the game to tie the game with about 10 minutes left, the East Haven crowd could be heard for miles in Farmington, though we found out later they could get louder.
Having survived one overtime game already on the road to the Finals, it sure seemed as though it was heading for overtime again. Then with a minute left in regulation, Kate does what seems to be her instinct, she fed a ball through to her sister who beats the defense and tucks in a beautiful goal by the keeper for her fourth goal for the second straight game. After wild celebrations on the field and sidelines, seconds later the beautiful sound of three whistles signaled that East Haven had won our first ever Connecticut Cup State Championship.
Many thanks goes out to the players, parents, EHYS officials and administration, EHHS Girls Soccer Team, coach Ray, and all the other EHYS players that supported the girls during the run to the championship. Also to our two players who weren't able to make it today, but have been part of our team all season, Lily Gagnon and Nicole Pendziwater. Special thanks to Mike for getting our fields lined for the Cup games, George for scrambling to get us referees, and the Hernandez family for the great banner today. Coach Bryan and I really appreciate all the support the soccer community has given us and the girls throughout this season.
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