Birth Year explained

Over the past year or so, USYS (United States Youth Soccer) has made changes to the cutoff date for age divisions.
In order to align our association with USYS, we will be changing our soccer age divisions from a SCHOOL YEAR calendar ( August 1st  to  July 31st ) to a BIRTH/CALENDAR YEAR calendar ( January 1st to December 31st ) starting in the 2017 Fall season.  This change will have some impact on all divisions within our organization.  We are committed to minimizing the impact as much as possible and will try to keep returning teams in place to the extent that we can.
As the age divisions will be based on a player’s year of birth, the divisions and their respective birth years for the upcoming Fall season are listed below with a comparison to the age ranges if we did not make the change.  Note that the U16 division will only be formed if there are enough players to form multiple teams.
REC DIVISIONS
Division               New Age Range                      Previous Age Range
U16                      1/1/2002 to 12/31/2003            8/1/2001 to 7/31/2003
U14                      1/1/2004 to 12/31/2005            8/1/2003 to 7/31/2005
U12                      1/1/2006 to 12/31/2007            8/1/2005 to 7/31/2007
U10                      1/1/2008 to 12/31/2009            8/1/2007 to 7/31/2009
U8                        1/1/2010 to 12/31/2010            8/1/2009 to 7/31/2010
U7                        1/1/2011 to 12/31/2011             8/1/2010 to 7/31/2011
U6                        1/1/2012 to 12/31/2012             8/1/2011 to 7/31/2012
U5                        1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013             8/1/2012 to 7/31/2013
FIRST KICKERS
U4                       1/1/2014 to 12/31/2014             8/1/2012 to 7/31/2014
U3                       1/1/2015 to 12/31/2015             8/1/2012 to 7/31/2015
As we form teams for the fall period we will use the following guidelines while we make this transition for RETURNING players from the last fall season:
  • We will allow returning players to play up a division (if necessary) to stay with their previous team OR allow them to stay in their true “birth year” division if it is different.  This will be a player/parent decision on whether to do this or not.  We encourage parents to carefully consider your child’s development when registering as the decision to play up will not always be the best decision for your child.
  • If your child would need to play up a division to stay with their team then the request will need to be made clearly on the registration.  We need clear instructions that you want them to play up a division to stay with the previous fall team.
  • If no request is made on the registration to play up with the previous fall team and the team is in a higher division then we will leave the player in their age appropriate division and placed on a different team.
  • If your child did not play on a team last fall and only played in the spring season then your child will be placed in their age appropriate division since we only return fall players to their teams.
  • As always, if you do not want to be placed on your previous team then that request has to be made on your registration.   A request to play on a different team will not be interpreted as a request to be moved off of your previous team.  It has to be clearly stated that you would like your child moved off of their previous team.
  • All players in the U5 division will be placed in their age appropriate division.

If you still have questions about specifics, please direct them to Andy at registrar@texarkanasoccer.com or John at doc@texarkanasoccer.com.  Please provide us with as much specifics as possible so we can adequately attempt to give you the answers you need.  Thanks ya’ll!

TUSA CALENDAR

* * * * * * * SUMMER CAMPS * * * * * * *

  • July 24-28: FUNDAMENTAL #2
  • * * * * * * FALL 2017 SEASON * * * * * *

  • June 26: MAIN REG OPENS
  • August 4: LATE REG OPENS
  • August 11: LATE REG CLOSES
  • September 9: Opening day U10-U14
  • September 16: Opening day U5-U8
  • FALL REGISTRATION

  • U5-U14 Spring Recreational League - OPEN
  • LATE U5-U14 Recreational League - CLOSED
  • U15-U18 Scholastic - NONE for SPRING
  • U10-U14 Academy - NONE for SPRING
  • Adult Soccer - NONE for SPRING
  • Coach Registration 2017/18 - CLOSED