FAQs

What is your coaching philosophy?
We believe in developing players over the long term. We believe that this requires that players play equal time at younger age groups and that they play all positions in their early years. This means that we don't believe in winning at all costs. In the younger age groups, winning is not important. Not that we don't like to win, but player development is paramount. We believe that players need to develop ball skills as youngsters, and that a significant portion of each practice should be devoted to this. We believe in making practices fun, interesting, and challenging!

Who are your coaches?
All of our coaches are trained and licensed with the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL), the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA), the United State Soccer Federation (USSF), and/or the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Many of our coaches are parents of young players as well. 

What is travel soccer? How far away do the teams travel?
Our teams have practices and home pages locally (usually at the Voorheesville High School Satellite Fields) and compete in games against other member clubs of CDYSL. This league's geographic region covers the Capital District, southern Adirondacks, and the northern Hudson Valley. Our games are generally within one (1) hour drive or closer. Specific teams within each division are determined by CDYSL, usually based on geography and similar levels of competition. 

When does the spring travel season run?
Practices generally begin in late march with games beginning the third (3) week in April. The season runs through the end of June.

How often and when (what nights) are games and practices?
We expect a commitment of three (3) days/evenings per week for practices and games throughout the season. Before games begin, most teams will hold three (3) practices per week. Once the season begins, each team will often have two (2) practices and (1) game per week. Most divisions have games Sunday afternoons, as well as one week night (vary depending on age). Practice schedules are established by individual teams after consulting with parents and depend on field availability. 

Who is eligible to play? How old do children have to be and do they have to know how to play soccer?
Any boy or girl who wants to learn to play competitive soccer is eligible! Depending on the individual child, a player may begin to play soccer with us when they are about six (6) or seven (7) years old. Children do not need to already know how to play soccer; we're here to help them learn!

While all players are eligible to play on our NSSC, Inc. teams, players who reside within the Town of New Scotland or attend Voorheesville Central Schools, will be given preference over others in filling rosters, provided they have registered by the registration deadline. 

U8, U10, U12, etc. - What does this mean?
CDYSL organizes divisions based on age groups, and NSSC, Inc. strives to sponsor teams in as many age groups as possible, generally ranging from U8 (under 8 years old) to U19 (up to 19 years of age).  U8 is the only coed division, while all other teams are separated into boys and girls. To figure out where your child falls, look at the age matrix at the bottom of the registration page

My child already knows how to play soccer. May they be placed on a team with older, more experienced players?
Players are required to register at their appropriate age level, but they may request to be considered for a different age level. Final decisions on placement of players on teams will be made by the NSSC, Inc. Board of Directors in consultation with the coaches, and will be made in the best interest of the club. 

What about tournaments?
Our club encourages coaches to participate in one or more tournaments during the season. Participation is scheduled by the coaches of each team, based on availability of players.

How can I help?
We're all volunteers and we're happy to have help! 
  • If you have experience and/or enthusiasm, volunteer to be a coach or assistant coach. We will help train you! 
  • If you are interested in an Officer or Board of Director position, contact existing members. 



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