CUMBERLAND YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION

RECREATION

Fall Season
Late August - Late October
Ages 4 - 18

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TRAVEL SOCCER

Winter & Spring Season
November - June
Ages 6 - 15

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COMPETITIVE ACADEMY

Fall, Winter & Spring Season
August - June
Ages 6 - 15

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CSP UNITED

Fall, Winter & Spring Season
August - June
Ages 8 - 15

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RUGRATS

Fall & Spring Season
August - October
& April - June
Ages 2 - 3

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TOPSoccer

Fall Season
Late August - Late October
Ages 4 - 19

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RECREATION

This program has been the foundation of the CYSA organization since its inception over 28 years ago and continues to be a program of fun and learning for our athletes and coaches.

Regardless of the rules of US Soccer, CYSA divides their teams up within the following age groups…TOPS (6-19yr olds with varying disabilities), Rugrats (2-3yr olds), U6coed (4-5yr olds), U8 boys (6-7yr olds), U8 girls (6-7yr olds), U11 boys (8-10yr olds), U11 girls (8-10yr olds), U14 boys (11-13yr olds), U14 girls (11-13yr olds), U19 coed (14-18yr. olds). CYSA also offers a Spring Rugrats program that is for 2-5 year old children during the months of April, May and June.

Due to the nature of multiple birth year groupings, no child is allowed to “play up” under any circumstance. Any CSP and CYSA Competitive player is welcome and encouraged to participate in our recreational program as most find it fun and rewarding.

Online Registration April to mid-June.
Late Registration mid-June to mid-July.
Session: August to mid-October.
Practices start second to last week of August.
League play starts the last Saturday of August.
Appreciation Day at end of session.

  • Included Structure:
  • 1 Fall session.
  • U6 plays 4v4. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U8 plays 4v4. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U11 plays 9v9. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U14+ plays 11v11. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
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  • 1 practice per week, each 1 hour, outdoors in Fall.
  • 1 game per week every Saturday. Could be morning or afternoon based on final released schedule.
  • One jersey, shorts, socks included.

Total cost will be provided within registration link. Cost to be made in one payment at time of registration. Any request for financial aid must be made using our financial aid form sent to Director of the Recreational Program. Any reduction in cost will be provided to family via a voucher code from CYSA Registrar.

TRAVEL SOCCER

The travel soccer program starts in the Winter after the Recreational season and does not include the Fall season.

Teams will be divided into the following league age groupings: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16. If there is a desire by a dedicated parent/coach to form a U6 single sex or coed team, CYSA will allow this as a three-session program (two Winter sessions & a skills training in the Spring). For any U6 teams, cost will be determined by the Competitive Director, but must include uniform set as well.

Due to the nature of league double age groupings, no child is allowed to try out or “play up” under any circumstance.

No tryouts. All interested athletes will register and then will be placed on teams accordingly by the CYSA Board & Competitive Director.

Practices start early November.
League play starts in November.
No tournament budget included. The players are responsible for any tournament costs.

  • Included Structure:
  • 3 sessions: 2 Winter, 1 Spring.
  • U6 plays 4v4. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U8 plays 4v4. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U10 plays 7v7. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U12 plays 9v9. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U14+ plays 11v11. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
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  • 1 practice per week, each 1 hour, indoors in Winter.
  • 1 practice per week, each 1 hour, outdoors in Spring.
  • Home & away top, shorts, socks included.
  • Warmups & bag option are not included but offered.
  • Additional team training could potentially be provided by CYSA but is not promised.

Total cost will be provided within registration link. Cost will be divided up into two payments and completed by January unless payment plan is requested using financial aid form sent to Director of Program.

COMPETITIVE ACADEMY

The CYSA board of directors and coaching staff have received a considerable amount of feedback from players and families. Demand for a more robust program is high and has existed for some time. CYSA has decided to expand the program to provide the players with a longer playing season. The competitive academy program will now include a Fall session, which will overlap with the recreational level soccer season.

The goal is to form single age group (by birth year) teams in order to allow the players to remain and grow together as a team year after year. Teams will be divided based on tryout ratings into the following league age groupings: U8, U10, U12, U14, U16. If there is a desire by a dedicated parent/coach to form a U6 single sex or coed team, CYSA will allow this as a three-session program (two Winter sessions & a skills training in the Spring). For any U6 teams, cost will be determined by the Competitive Director, but must include uniform set as well.

Due to the nature of league double age groupings, no child is allowed to try out or “play up” under any circumstance.

The CYSA board of directors and coaching staff strongly believe that there is significant value in the participation of all players in the recreational program. As such, the registration of a player within our competitive program includes free of charge placement on a team within the recreational program. This said, a player is not required and can opt out of participating in the recreational soccer level. Preference of the player will be captured at the time of registration for the competitive program.

Recreational program team placement to run concurrent with Competitive Program Fall session.
Tryouts in June.
Practices start mid-August.
League play starts in September.

  • Included Structure:
  • 4 sessions: Fall, 2 Winter, 1 Spring.
  • U6 plays 4v4. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U8 plays 4v4. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U9 plays 7v7. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U10 plays 7v7. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U11 plays 9v9. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U12 plays 9v9. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U13+ plays 11v11. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
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  • 1 practice per week, each 1 hour, outdoors in Fall.
  • 1 practice per week, each 1 hour, indoors in Winter.
  • 1 practice per week, each 1 hour, outdoors in Spring.
  • Goalkeeper training, for up to two keepers per team, is included and to be provided in Fall for 8 weeks starting in early September.
  • Home & away top, shorts, socks included.
  • Warmups & bag option are not included but offered.
  • Additional team training could potentially be provided by CYSA but is not promised.

One tournament (up to $500 limit) included for each team. The players are responsible for any tournament costs above the $500 budget.

Total cost will be provided within registration link and includes the cost for the Recreational season as well. Cost will be divided up into four payments and completed by December unless payment plan is requested using financial aid form sent to Director of Program.

CSP UNITED

ANNOUNCEMENT!! New Partnership with Bayside FC and RI Strikers!!

The Cumberland Select Program within CYSA has been around for a while and has been very successful. This program is for players and coaches who are passionate about soccer and are considered to be performing at the elite or A level within our organization. The goal is to populate well-developed teams with a minimum of two coaches. These coaches are expected to provide advanced level coaching to our athletes. These teams will ideally be comprised of a single age group of athletes (by birth year). Teams must have the appropriate quantity, quality and dedication of athletes in order to compete at the CSP level of competition.

A player must attend tryouts for their age group (by birth year) prior to trying out for a higher age group. A player may only “play up” on a higher age group team after review and concurrence of the CYSA CSP Director, President and VP of Travel Programs. The decision will NOT be based on ANY other criteria besides the skills, abilities of the athlete, and what team the athlete was on the previous year.

Coaches at this level should have US Soccer certification. Coaches must be high energy and extremely knowledgeable of the game of soccer. The Cumberland Select Program starts at U9.

Tryouts first two weeks of June.
Practices start mid-August.
League play starts in September.

  • Included Structure:
  • 4 sessions: Fall, 2 Winter (at least one futsal), 1 Spring.
  • U9 plays 7v7. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U10 plays 7v7. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U11 plays 9v9. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U12 plays 9v9. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
  • U13+ plays 11v11. This can vary indoors based on facility rules/league/tourney.
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  • 2 practices per week, each 1.5 hours, outdoors in Fall.
  • 2 practices per week, each 1 hour, indoors in Winter (1 gym, 1 turf).
  • 2 practices per week, each 1.5 hours, outdoors in Spring.
  • Goalkeeper training, for up to two keepers per team, is included and to be provided in Fall for 8 weeks starting in early September.
  • Warmups top and bottom, home & away top, shorts, socks included.
  • Bag offered but optional.

Training budget, determined by CSP Director, for coach to utilize throughout year.

Tournament budget, determined by CSP Director, for coach to utilize throughout year, which usually covers 2-3 tournaments.

Total cost will be provided within registration link. Cost will be divided up into four payments and completed by December unless payment plan is requested using financial aid form sent to Director of Program. CSP cost does not registration for the recreational program.

RUGRATS

Our RUGRATS program is a developmental program designed to introduce children between the ages of 2.5 and 3 years of age to soccer. This program is an opportunity for children, and their parents, to get involved in soccer and meet some new friends. It is similar in concept to traditional “story-hour”, “learn to swim” and “tiny-tot gymnastic” programs that are so popular. The parent or guardian and their child will meet one to two times per week for approximately 1 hour each day to learn the basics of soccer. With an emphasis on fun, our Instructor will use creative and interactive games to teach dribbling, passing, ball control, shooting and more to both the player and the parents.

  • Fall Rugrats
  • 8 sessions.
  • Cost: $85 per child (player will receive soccer shirt and #3 size ball)
  • Location: Diamond Hill Park.
  • Spring Rugrats
  • 8 sessions.
  • Cost: $85 per child (player will receive soccer shirt and #3 size ball)
  • Location: Cumberland Hill School.

Age requirement: 2.5-3 years old (player must be 3 years old in 2018).

Participation requirements: Players must wear shin guards and either sneakers or cleats.

Parent or responsible adult must be present during training.

Space is limited to approximately 20 players per session.

TOPSoccer

TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a national soccer program created to train young people with disabilities in a caring coaching environment. The program is carried out by volunteers at the local level, with financial support from US Soccer and the program's local youth soccer organization such as CYSA. Because only a handful or communities throughout Rhode Island offer TOPSoccer, we glady invite families from communities throughout Rhode Island to register for our program.TOPSoccer not only gives young athletes with disabilities an opportunity to play soccer, it also serves as a feeder program to recruit, assess and train players to participate in competitions offered by existing sports organizations for people with disabilities and mainstreams higher ability players on to regular youth soccer teams.

By providing a community-based training and team placement program for young people with disabilities, any boy or girl, age 5 to 18 who has a mental or physical disability will have the opportunity to learn and play soccer and become valued and successful members of CYSA and the US YOUTH SOCCER family.

TOPSoccer was designed not as a competitor to the programs run by other sports organizations for people with disabilities, but rather as a complementary program that works hand in hand with organizations like Special Olympics to expand the overall training and competition opportunities for young people with disabilities. TOPSoccer often works as a feeder program: recruiting, assessing, and training new soccer players who would benefit from opportunities sponsored by these sports organizations.

Many of the sports opportunities currently offered to young people with disabilities are school based. However, many parents of these young people would like their child to participate in the same community sports program as their non-disabled brothers and sisters - to wear the same club uniform, play at the same fields, go to the same awards banquets, and if appropriate, play on a non-disabled team. TOPSoccer can fill this need. TOPSoccer has also helped introduce the Unified Soccer Camp in many areas, a concept developed by Special Olympics. The Unified Soccer Camp brings together disabled and non-disabled soccer players in a positive and fun environment, hopefully breaking down social barriers through a common love of the game.

TOPSoccer consists of two vital components. The first is a field site where soccer players with disabilities can receive high-quality training to help develop their soccer skills. Training sessions could include activities such as scrimmages, small-sided games (3 v 3, 4 v 4) and tournaments. The second component is an ongoing player assessment process that places participants in the most appropriate playing situation, including placement on non-disabled, intramural and club teams, or involvement in programs established by other sports associations for people with disabilities (i.e., Special Olympics).

There is no cost for participants in CYSA's TOPSoccer program.

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

CYSA Application for Scholarship

Rules and Regulations

  1. Scholarships will be considered to qualified applicants who have been members of the Cumberland Youth Soccer Association (CYSA)
  2. Scholarships will be awarded to at least one (1) CYSA player each year.
  3. Scholarship awards are limited to members of the Senior Class of any secondary school.
  4. The following criteria will be taken into consideration by the Selection Committee:
    • Scholastic Record
    • Character Community
    • Service Activities
  5. ALl applications are directed to a dedicated member of the Board, who is responsible for retrieving and reviewing all applications sent in for consideration. Once all member presents all the applications to the rest of the board members in an open forum, during their next scheduled meeting. Upon completion of this presentation, the Board will vote on all applicants and award the scholarship to those individuals who have met the outlined credentials.
  6. The scholarship recipients will be announced at each recipient's awards night. A formal letter of selection will be presented by the President of Cumberland Youth Soccer Association. In the event that the President of CYSA is unable to attend an awards event, a designated CYSA Board Member will make the presentation.
  7. In the event the recipient does not accept the scholarship, or is disqualified by virtue of having dropped out of college, the scholarship will be awarded to the next highest rated applicant by the Scholarship Selection Committee.
  8. The scholarship check will be paid directly to the student, after the first semester, upon submission of the first semester grades, which need to be on the attending school's stationary.
  9. The scholarship award will be forfeited if the student drops out of college during the first semester. Should this occur, paragraph 7 (above) shall apply.
  10. Applications for scholarships may be obtained from the guidance counselor at your high school and must be received by CYSA no later than April 1 of each year. All applications should be returned to the address listed on the application.
  11. Once your application has been received by CYSA, you will receive a letter stating that we have received your application and have started the approval process.
  12. If you do not receive any such correspondence from CYSA, we would ask that you please contact the Scholarship Committee on the Board to be sure that your scholarship application has been received.
  13. A scholarship will not be considered, if it is not received by the deadline date of April 1.

Please email the CYSA Player Advocate pa@cysa-ri.org and President president@cysa-ri.org for a workable application to apply.

CYSA Application for Financial Aid

CYSA Application for Financial Aid

COACHES CORNER

2019 Fall Rec Season at a Glance

CYSA 2019 Revolution Activities

Practice Preparation

There are some great resources all over the internet that contain training exercises and practice plans for all different age groups. See below for some of these resources.

Always feel free to speak with one of our Club Trainers or our Directors of Coaching or Player Development for any tips! For your convenience, here is a blank Practice Plan to help you organize your practices.

U5-14+ Practice Plans

For any questions related to Coaching, please email our Director at coaching@cysa-ri.org

FIELDS & DIRECTIONS

Field Name Location Surface Lights Directions
Cumberland Hill Cumberland Hill Elementary School (Manville Hill Road) Grass No Route 295 to Exit 10. North onto Route 122, Mendon Road.Mendon Road north about 3 miles. Left at light (Manville Hill Road). Immediate left into the school. Park in the school lot. Fields behind the school.
Diamond Hill Diamond Hill Town Fields Grass No Route 295 to Exit 11. North onto Diamond Hill Road (Route 114). Diamond Hill Road north N miles. Fields on the right.
JV Field Cumberland High School (Farm Drive) Grass No Route 295 to Exit 10. North onto Route 122, Mendon Road. Mendon Road north about 2 miles. Turn left onto Farm Drive. School is on your right. Park in the rear of the school. From the parking lot behind the high school, the JV field is at the far end of the lot, just next to the school.
Tucker Field (Back) Cumberland High School (across the street) - 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI Grass No Route 295 to Exit 10. North onto Route 122, Mendon Road. Mendon Road north about 2 miles. Turn right at the tennis courts. Follow the path along the football field. Field is a short walk on a stone path, behind the football complex.
Tucker Field Cumberland High School (across the street) - 2600 Mendon Rd, Cumberland, RI Turf Yes Route 295 to Exit 10. North onto Route 122, Mendon Road. Mendon Road north about 2 miles. Turn right at the tennis courts. Field is behind the tennis court, along Mendon Road

CYSA Board Members

Name Position Email
Officers
Mike Friedland President president@cysa-ri.org
Chris Butler VP of Travel Programs vptravel@cysa-ri.org
Scott Dauphinee Treasurer treasurer@cysa-ri.org
Bob Shaw Registrar registration@cysa-ri.org
Ben Heikin VP Recreation vprec@cysa-ri.org
Chad Sartini Secretary masterofdocuments@cysa-ri.org
Directors
Chris Wheeler Fields fields@cysa-ri.org
Curtiss Grieve Competitive Select Program (CSP) cspunited@cysa-ri.org
Susan Giannini Sponsorships sponsorships@cysa-ri.org
Jay McGinn Referees referees@cysa-ri.org
Mike Dube Coaching/Training coaching@cysa-ri.org
Mark Finder Concessions concessions@cysa-ri.org
Anthony Caetano Equipment equipment@cysa-ri.org
Brian Andrade Competitive competitive@cysa.ri.org
Bethany Holleran Website Director webpro@cysa-ri.org
At-Large
Chris Dailey Photography photos@cysa-ri.org
Mackenzie St. Godard Fields Asst. fieldsasst@cysa-ri.org
Dennis DiMauro, Jr. Website/Photography Asst. webphotosasst@cysa.ri.org