The goal of the Littleton Youth Soccer Club is to provide an opportunity for every interested child in Littleton to play soccer. We seek to place each child in a setting where he or she will have the opportunity to improve skills while being successful competitively. Given the wide range of talent and interest among our players, this is not always easy. However, it is what we are striving for. Our teams are formed through a combination of coaching inputs, player assessment results, current age level and past competitive levels of play. In our In-town Program (PeeWee, U6 and U8) we strive to provide a balance of recreation and competition. All Grade 3/4 (aka. U10) and older players play in a Travel Program as part of the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League (NVYSL). Near the end of each Spring season we hold a Player Assessment program. All players planning to play Grade 3/4 (aka. U10) through Grade 7/8 (aka. U14) in the following Fall and/or Spring season(s) are asked to attend the assessment days for their age group. Assessments are usually conducted by objective evaluators that are not coaching the particular age and gender that they are assessing. Once players move to travel, more emphasis is placed on coach inputs, player assessment results and placement at proper developmental and competitive levels. This sometimes requires some movement of players from one season to next to achieve the proper level of play for all our teams. As stated above, we place our travel teams in the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League. The NVYSL has been in existence for over 40 years providing recreation level play to competitive level play, both non-outcome and outcome based.
As you can see, there is a lot going on. The volunteers involved are donating a lot of energy and time. We encourage all of you to become involved with your child's team, and with the club as a whole. If you have concerns or questions, take the time to find the appropriate person to call, e-mail, or flag down on the field, and be patient as we work together to find a solution. Please understand that we are volunteers, trying to meet the needs of a community of over 500 players and coaches.
Enjoy the season!
Tommy Proulx President, Littleton Youth Soccer Club