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2020-2021 Eval Info

Iron Valley United

2020-21 Evaluation Session

2012 birth year evals tentatively scheduled for the week of 6 July

Players from outside the Club (birth year 2002 - 2012) wishing to schedule an eval should sign up by clicking here

Evaluation procedures will follow up-to-date EPYSA Return to Play guidelines and will only be held once authorized by EPYSA.  In an effort to pro-actively plan for evaluations, Iron Valley United is asking interested new players to register for free using the above link.  Specific evaluation dates & procedures for players born in 2012 will be released NLT 5 July.  Older players will be contacted directly NLT 10 July to schedule an evaluation.

Program Overview

Travel Soccer is intended for players who enjoy the game and are interested in developing their abilities beyond the recreational level.  Selection to and acceptance of a roster spot is a year-long commitment (August 1 – July 30th).  It includes the fall season, the spring season and club-hosted tournaments.  Teams may also elect to play in a winter league.

The following is included in your annual registration cost:
  • Professional licensed coaching
  • Field maintenance costs
  • Turf field rental for lighted practices outside of DST
  • League (OR tournament) and player fees for fall, winter & spring seasons
  • Referee fees for all league games
  • Club-hosted tournaments

List of Teams

Girls

Boys

Expectations

Selection to and acceptance of a roster spot is a year-long commitment.  The travel soccer year begins on August 1st and runs through July 31st of the following year.  Registration fees cover the fall and spring seasons as well as club-hosted tournaments.  Teams may also elect to participate in a winter indoor league and/or a pre-season team camp.  Players are expected to attend ALL training sessions, games and tournaments.  We recognize that from time to time situations arise which may take precedence over team activities. Players may also participate in other sports or activities during the soccer year, and Iron Valley United SC encourages players to do so. However, players and parents should understand that soccer is a team sport.  Excessive player absences have a detrimental impact on the team experience.  For this reason, players are expected to keep absences to a minimum.  Players and parents should inform their coach of conflicts with team activities as far in advance as possible so that plans can be adjusted accordingly to meet the best interest of the team.
What else to expect:
  • TRYOUTS:  Iron Valley United holds tryouts and forms teams each spring for the upcoming Aug-July soccer year.  1-2 tryout sessions are scheduled for each gender/age group on an annual basis.  At these sessions players are evaluated by qualified independent evaluators for the purpose of gauging a players skill level.  Players are expected to attend the tryout sessions for their age group.  Following the completion of all tryouts, teams are formed by the Technical Director of Coaching based on the skill-level and number of players in a given age group.  Iron Valley United forms its travel teams with the intent to minimize the skill gap between players on any given team.  For this reason, there may be occasions when all available slots are not filled on a team.  Iron Valley United will field multiple teams if the player count and skill-levels provide this possibility.  The club’s Travel Evaluation and Placement Policy can be found under the Policy section of the club’s website.
  • TRAINING: Most teams train two times per week (60-90 minutes per session) during the spring and fall seasons.  Training sessions typically run from early August through mid-November for the fall season.  Spring training sessions typically run from early March through early June.
  • PRE-SEASON TEAM CAMP:  All IVU travel teams have the option for a pre-season team camp.  These four-day team camps are typically scheduled in early/mid August.
  • GAMES:  In the fall, most teams participate in league play.  In spring, teams may chose to participate in league play and/or State Cup competition.  In most cases, games will fall within a 30-40 mile radius of Lebanon County.  Higher level teams may elect to play in regional leagues that may require travel of slightly greater distance.
  • TOURNAMENTS:  Teams are encouraged to participate in tournaments commensurate with USYS Player Development Initiatives during the soccer year.  This includes the 2 Iron Valley United sponsored tournaments in October and July.  Older teams may elect to play additional tournaments and/or replace league play with tournaments.  Tournament play gives teams the opportunity to observe and play against new teams with different styles of play, and to develop team camaraderie in a focused atmosphere.  Additional participation costs may be required to cover tournament registration fees for non-club sponsored tournaments.  These fees are typically communicated/collected by the coach and/or manager of each team.

Should you have any additional questions about what to expect from your child's participation in the Travel Program, feel free to contact our VP of Travel Soccer at vp_travel@ironvalleysoccer.org

Iron Valley United Philosophy & Successes:

  • Top-level competitive program creating better opportunities for youth in our area to play soccer at the highest level commensurate with their individual ability and potential.
  • Trained and licensed coaches with minimal training fees to make the program both valuable and economical
  • EPYSA President's Cup and Challenge Cup State Champions & Regional finalists, multiple league and tournament championships.
  • Grants and Scholarships available for eligible players

Iron Valley United Travel Soccer Program:

Annual cost will be significantly less than most travel programs – current annual costs are approx. $400.  These costs cover indoor league play, indoor/turf field rental, field maintenance, spring and fall league registration, referee fees, club-hosted tournaments, training equipment, and other misc costs.  Our coaching staff is formally trained / licensed with years of experience instructing youth soccer. Uniforms are purchased by the players and generally cost approximately $100.

Scholarships

The goal of the Iron Valley United Soccer Club is to make the club soccer experience available to all qualified soccer players who have the talent and commitment regardless of their financial situation. We continuously strive to keep soccer affordable and do all we can to keep economic barriers from not being a factor in a youth’s participation in playing soccer. As such, IVU will make scholarships available to deserving players and their families as long as funds are available.

All scholarship funding is for registration fees only. NO scholarship will be awarded to cover the cost of uniforms, camps, etc.

Any family is eligible to apply for a scholarship. To apply, simply send an email to scholarship@lvalleysoccer.org with a written statement of your financial situation. To respect your privacy, copies of W-2s, pay-stub or tax-returns will NOT be required. Be sure to include the name, age, and sex of the player in your email. IVU recognizes the importance of privacy and shall do their best to maintain privacy of scholarship applicants and recipients. The identities of applicant and recipients shall be shared on a “need to know” basis among the Scholarship Committee only.

All applications will be taken into consideration based on availability of money for scholarships, number of applications received for current season, and the financial needs of applicant. Application does not guarantee a scholarship; applicants will be notified of status in a timely manner. No one will be disqualified from consideration because of sex, race, color, creed or religious beliefs.

 

Travel scholarship recipients are expected to volunteer a minimum of 32 hours with the club over the course of the soccer year.  Recreational and Kickers scholarship recipients are expected to volunteer a minimum of 4 hours over the course of the season.  If the minimum requirement is not met by the scholarship recipient, future scholarship requests from that recipient will not be entertained unless special circumstances exist.

 

We have a number of options recipients may volunteer for, the most critical is for spots during our Columbus Day Weekend Blast Tournament and our Hershey Invitational Father’s Day Weekend Tournament.
Other options include: board and committee positions, special events (ie National Night Out), field maintenance, equipment prep, and many others.