This is a question that is asked a lot. VYSA and VRYSA are two separate organizations. Vestal Recreational Youth Soccer Association (VRYSA) is the local recreational soccer program that typically plays in the fall season. Vestal Youth Soccer Association (VYSA) is the local travel soccer club. Although we are two separate organizations, we will often times do co-branded events to promote the game of soccer in the local community.
Recreational soccer is usually run through the local town program and is the place where most kids start their soccer playing. With recreational programs all kids are placed on teams and receive equal playing time. Ability is not a factor and all kids are welcome to play. Coaching is usually parent volunteer coaches.
Travel Soccer is a competitive soccer program for those kids and families that want to get more out of their soccer experience. Teams will typically play indoor soccer in the winter, play spring league and may participate in tournaments around the area. The training for travel soccer is usually with more experienced coaches who have obtained coaching licenses or are in the process of obtaining certifications.
Does your child enjoy playing soccer? Are they interested in learning more about the game? Are they competitive? Do they show a higher level of interest to learn the game? If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, then travel soccer is the next logical step. Keep in mind that playing travel soccer is a higher commitment for participation at practices and games. The cost is usually more expensive than recreational programs.
During the winter months most of our teams play in local leagues at indoor facilities in the area. Some of our teams play at the dome in Binghamton, while others may play in Ithaca or Scranton. During spring league, most of our teams compete in the Broome County leagues and the travel is usually within 45 minutes to 1 hour away. Some of the more competitive teams participate in higher level leagues that require more travel time.
Teams will usually participate in 2-3 tournaments a year that will require some travel. There are a lot of local tournaments in the area available. Tournaments is usually a team decision. In past years we have had teams play in tournaments in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and in various locations within New York.
The registration cost is determined each year by the club for the upcoming season. This year the registration fee is $50 and it covers your player for the entire season. The registration covers the costs of insurance, NYSWYSA registration, practice jerseys, field maintenance and other miscellaneous costs associated the club's operational costs.
Travel soccer costs vary by team. Your share of the team's costs are determined by the total amount of fees paid by the team divided by the total number of players. You should receive an account statement from your team manager with the details on what your costs are. The season costs can fluctuate depending on how many leagues, tournaments and events you participate in. It can be as low as a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand for a full season.
VYSA uses NYSWYSA (New York State West Youth Soccer Association) age matrix to determine the appropriate age level for your child. There are always situations where kids may be in a younger soccer age group, and they want to play up an age group to be with their friends or because they want better competition. All of these situations are handled on a case by case basis between the two coaches and the training committee. The first place to start is the coach if you feel your child should play at a different age group.
Yes travel soccer can be expensive. We have several fundraisers that we sponsor throughout the year to help offset the cost of your player's expenses. We do at least two fundraisers where the profits go directly into your player's account to lower the cost of the soccer season.
With our fundraisers, it is possible to raise enough money to pay for most if not all of your costs for the soccer season. It all depends on how active you are with fundraising.
Our uniform kit is approximately $80 and includes 2 jerseys, 1 pair of shorts and a pair of socks.
VYSA's BearCubs program is a developmental youth soccer program for kids age 4-7. It is a coed soccer program that is focused on teaching young kids the game of soccer. It is completely centered on learning in a fun environment. We have volunteer players from some of our older travel teams that come in to help out and the little kids love it! It is meant to serve as an introduction to the game and VYSA subsidizes part of the costs of the program through our sponsors and donations.
The registration fee is $30.00 for the BearCubs program. Registration covers the cost of insurance and practice jersey for the entire duration of the season. It is only paid once per year. We have 3 sessions, 2 indoor during the winter months and 1 outdoor in the spring. They are approximately 10 weeks long. The cost for each session is $25.00 (about $2.50 a week). You can participate in 1, 2 or all 3 sessions. That is totally up to you. We also have fundraising opportunities that your child can participate in. We have several kids who play for free with their fundraising efforts.
Our BearCubs program is designed in such a way that you can have your child participate as much as you want or as little as you want. We have two scheduled practice days during the week. Mondays and Tuesdays. We play small sided games every other Saturday morning. You can practice once or twice during the week.