Travel Soccer

Big Spring Youth Soccer Association (BSYSA) Club is a competitive travel soccer club participating in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League (CPYSL).  The club’s primary playing seasons are the CPYSL outdoor seasons.  The CPYSL Fall season runs from early September through early November.  The CPYSL Spring season runs from early April through early June.  Games are typically played on Saturdays and/or Sundays with practices running twice a week!

What is ‘Travel Soccer’?
Travel soccer requires playing games outside the club in a local league with 4 home matches and 4 travel matches against other clubs in the Central Pennsylvania area.  Generally speaking, away games are within a 30 – 45 minute drive, although there are a few exceptions.  There is also optional travel to local, regional or out-of-state tournaments depending on the interests of the parents, coaches and players.  Travel soccer is for players (and their families) interested in developing their abilities beyond the recreational level, as travel soccer requires a greater level of commitment.  Each player is expected to dedicate the time and effort necessary to continually improve his or her individual skills while contributing to their team.
How Much Time Do I Have to Commit To Practices?
Because we are a competitive club, practice time is very important.  For the most part, teams practice twice a week for about an hour and a half each practice (three hours a week).
How Competitive is BSYSA?
Three levels of travel soccer are available: Division III, Division II, Division I.  Every level requires more commitment and ability.  Most BSYSA teams play in either Division I or Division II.  Competition is challenging at all levels.Can players outside of the Big Spring area join BSYSA?
Yes.  All players, regardless of residency, are welcome to contact a coach or the board members regarding an open roster position.What Should I Expect From A Travel Program?
Many people fear that a travel program is too competitive and driven by a “winning is everything attitude” that will impact players.  BSYSA believes that the pursuit of excellence helps to develop mature, confident young men and women.  BSYSA strives to provide an environment that fosters quality growth for our young soccer players by focusing on key ingredients of player development, such as technical and tactical understanding, quality coaching, physical preparation, psychological development; while also contributing to the personal development of our players in areas of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness and citizenship.When is the playing season?
The club’s primary playing seasons are the CPYSL outdoor seasons.  The CPYSL Fall season runs from early September through early November.  The CPYSL Spring season runs from early April through early June.  Games are typically played on Saturdays and/or Sundays.  As teams progress in age and ability, each may elect to participate in tournaments.  Tournament participation requires entry fees.  These costs are in addition to the registration fees paid to the club each season and are to be handled by the participating team.What is expected of a BSYSA Player?
Each player is expected to dedicate the time and effort necessary to continually improve his or her individual skills while contributing to the team’s success.  In order to thrive in a competitive soccer environment, the player must have a sincere desire to improve.  Player expectations include:

  1. Representing the team and club in a positive manner at all times.
  2. Maintaining good grades and behavior in school.
  3. Being on time for practice and pre-game warm-ups.
  4. Notifying a coach in advance, to the greatest extent possible, of an absence or tardiness.
  5. Attending, to the greatest extent possible, all practices and games.
  6. Coming to each game prepared and dressed to play (shin guards, home and away uniforms, socks, cleats, water bottle, etc.).
  7. Maintaining a positive mental attitude toward both games and practice.
  8. Representing a “committed” image by doing such things as keeping shirts tucked in at all times during games, hair out of face, laces tied, etc.
  9. Paying attention and respecting coaches and trainers during club activities, practices and games.
  10. Displaying good sportsmanship at all times toward the team, opponents and referees.

What is the cost participating in BSYSA?
Expenses vary by team, depending on the age of the player and the level of play.  The club conducts fundraisers in order to keep registration costs lower and teams are permitted to organize fundraising activities to offset some costs.  Key items that factor significantly into the cost are professional training, tournament play and indoor league play.

Who governs BSYSA?
A Board of Directors oversees the club. Board members are elected by club membership and serve voluntarily.  As a result, the success of the club depends largely upon the degree to which volunteers donate their time, energy and knowledge.  Board meetings are open to all BSYSA members and are held monthly.

Who can I go to with questions?
The BSYSA Board meets on a monthly basis. General questions and concerns should be directed to Board President, Chris Best.  Questions pertaining to Travel registration information should be directed to Board Registrar, Justine Largent.  All questions pertaining to our Recreational Program should be directed to the Recreation Coordinator, Chris Nenninger.  Board contact information can be found here.