Birth Year Age Changes 2016-2017 U.S. Youth Soccer and U.S. Club Soccer have both recently announced changes to age classification guidelines that will take effect for the 2016-2017 season. This statement is intended to clarify The PBG Predators Soccer position as we look forward to our upcoming PBG tryouts. This chart breaks down age group denominations for the upcoming 2016-2017 soccer year:
The PBG Predator’s adherence to the age classification changes is based upon literal guidelines for age denominations as detailed in the chart below and our philosophical approach to development.
There will be mandatory changes governed solely by the year in which a child was born. The PBG Predators, like other clubs, have no say in this matter. Many cases will result where players are viewed as skipping an age group. For instance, a player on the older end of his or her current team with a birth date between Aug. 1 and Dec. 31 will transition to an age group that is two levels above their current team.
Example: Marissa is an Under-12 PBG player born in October 2003. She will NOT be eligible for U-13 events in the coming soccer year under the new alignment based upon her birth year. Players born in 2003 will instead be identified as U-14 players for the 2016-2017 season.
Marissa's current U-12 teammate, Audrey, was born in January 2004. Audrey is eligible to play U-13 under the new alignment. She may also be pulled up to play with an older age group if the PBG Predators feel this is beneficial to her development as a player (see Philosophy).
The PBG Predators will use an Age-Based approach over past team placement when assessing new PBG team composition after the policy changes take effect. Two factors will determined the player’s appropriate stage:
Current PBG Predator's Players:
PBG Predator's Director of Coaching and coaching staff will make recommendations to all current players in advance of upcoming tryouts regarding the appropriate age groups to attend for the 2016-2017 soccer year. Additionally jamboree games will provide an opportunity to show staff performance.
These recommendations will be based upon the standard birth year of the player, detailed above for younger age groups. High school graduation years will also be considered for U-15 and above.
Example: Frank is a current PBG Predator's U-11 player born in March 2005. Some of his teammates will move to U-12 upon the transition. Some will jump to U-13 (those born in 2004). Frank remains eligible to play U-12 during the 2016-2017 season as this group will be primarily comprised of players born in 2005.
We recommend that players attending the PBG Predator's tryouts that are not currently involved with our program are registered for the tryouts correlating to the child’s birth year (in accordance with the chart attached).
Our PBG Predator's DOC and coaching staff may recommend that all players attend the appropriate birth year age and be evaluated against other 'same' age group based upon their performance.
All players entering the program at U-15 and above should contact our DOC in advance of the tryouts for recommendations based upon graduation year and prior playing experience.