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Mason Dixon Soccer League

2021-22 TRYOUTS

 Only registered players participate in the 2021-22 MDSL Travel Program Tryouts.
Registration CLOSED on April 23, 2021


Updated 05/05/2021

 

  • Tryouts are conducted only if registration counts exceed available roster positions.
  • A tryout confirmation communication will be provided for registered player(s) by May 3.
  • Tryouts are scheduled by gender and birth year.
  • Tryouts may be rescheduled.
  • Players must participate in one tryout session to be evaluated.
  • Volunteers, not affiliated with the age-group, will serve as evaluators.
  • Travel coaches are invited to attend tryouts for their respective age groups but will not conduct evaluations for their team.
  • Additional tryout FAQs are provided below.

Travel Coaches

Interested in coaching a MDSL travel team in 2021-22?

Coaches apply here!

Important Links

MDSL Info
FAQs
Travel Regulations
Player & Parent Code of Conduct

GotSport (for submission of travel player & volunteer/coach required documentation)

Leagues our teams compete in:
YORK USA League
CPYSL

Tournaments our teams compete in:
August - Battlefield Blast (Gettysburg)
October - Dual Shootout (Dillsburg)
May - York Cup Red Rose Classic

Our association:
Eastern PA Youth Soccer (epysa.org)

REGISTRATION INFO

 2021-22 registration is NOW CLOSED


In order to register, players must have been born between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2013.

Prior to tryouts, the following must be complete:

  1. Complete registration & pay fee ($50) for MDSL Travel Tryouts (on masondixonsoccer.com).

 

To accept a roster spot on a travel team, you MUST completion of the following (on GotSport):

  • Current player photo
  • Proof of age (required for new players only)
  • Complete online forms (EPYSA & Communicable Disease Agreement)

All new players are required to purchase the uniform (approximately $85) upon acceptance of a roster invitation.

Registration fees are $155 for the season.  A $50 tryout fee is due at the time of registration. This fee is only refundable if your child is not offered a roster spot after tryouts. If your child accepts a roster spot, the $50 will be applied to the $155 registration fee.

Please review both the MDSL Travel Regulations and Player & Parent Code of Conduct.

Have questions about our travel program?
Check out our FAQs below or contact [email protected].

ABOUT OUR TRAVEL PROGRAM

The Mason Dixon Soccer League travel program endeavors to provide interested players in the Southern York County School District an opportunity to foster a love of the game while developing tactical and technical soccer skills, an understanding for the rules and fundamentals of soccer, a player’s personal confidence within the game, and a sense of teamwork and fair play by providing a greater level of competition than can be found in the MDSL intramural program.

Our travel program is for girls and boys U10 thru U15 age groups (we will field a U9 group if there are at least 10 players in that age range that register for tryouts).

Team rosters are active from Aug 1 - Jul 31 and typically adhere to the following schedule:


  • Fall season practices begin in August, games occur September - November
  • Spring season practices may begin in late March and games occur April - June
  • Teams generally participate in at least 3 tournaments during the year



Player & Coach
Registration
TryoutsTeam
Formation
Fall
Season
Spring
Season
General TimelineMar - AprMayJunAug - NovApr - Jun
2020-21 SeasonCompleteCompleteCompleteCompleteMar 27 - Jun 16
 2021-22 SeasonMar 15 - Apr 23May 3 - 16Late May - Early Jun TBCTBC

Travel Soccer FAQ

Players and parents/guardians should read the MDSL Travel Regulations, which outline the MDSL travel soccer mission, team formation, coach selection, tryouts, and more.

GENERAL INFORMATION
 

What is travel soccer? 

  • Mason Dixon Soccer League (MDSL) Travel soccer is a competitive program for players with a strong drive to develop their soccer abilities and love of the game.
  • Single-gender teams are formed, by birth year, for an entire year (Aug 1 - Jul 31) and compete together in both the fall and spring.
  • Teams travel within the county and nearby counties for soccer games (usually once a week) and tournaments (usually 1 - 2 weekends per season).


How do I know if my child is ready for a travel team?

  • Do they enjoy soccer? Do they have an interest in playing soccer in both the fall and spring? Are they ready to grow their soccer and teamwork skills? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, register for Travel Soccer tryouts.
  • Boys and girls who are ready to play competitive soccer, want to learn new skills, are ready to make the necessary commitment to play travel soccer, and are ready to be coached by experienced coaches will benefit from playing travel soccer.

 

When is the travel soccer season?

  • The travel program is a full year commitment (Aug 1 - Jul 31).
  • Fall season begins in August and concludes in early November. MDSL teams participate in an August tournament and Columbus Day tournament.
  • Spring season begins in late March and concludes in early June. MDSL teams participate in a May tournament.
  • Teams, with approval of the MDSL Travel Committee, may participate in alternate or additional tournaments.


When and where do travel teams practice? 

  • Each travel team will have a different practice schedule.
  • MDSL travel soccer teams practice at Miller Park in Shrewsbury, Wethersfield in New Freedom, or Codorus Township Park in Glen Rock.
  • Travel teams generally practice 2 times per week during the fall and spring seasons for 75 - 120 minutes per practice.

 

 

COMMITMENT & COST

 
How much more is the time commitment for travel?

  • Surprisingly, not that much more than Intramural (IM).  Teams generally practice twice per week at a local field. Practices can last 75 - 120 minutes depending on the age group and coaches. 
  • Teams will typically play 1 game each weekend, there may be some weekends where you do have 2 games.  
  • Each team will typically participate in 2 - 3 tournaments per year.  These require a full weekend commitment.


How far will we have to travel?

  • Practices are on local fields in the SYCSD area.
  • There are typically 8 games in the fall season and 6-8 games in the spring season.
  • For most teams, half of  the games will take place at your home field in the SYCSD area. The other half may be anywhere from 30 - 90 minutes away.
  • Tournaments (2 - 3 per year) are usually within a 60 - 90 minute drive.


What is the financial commitment for travel?

  • There are three costs in the Travel Program. Registration fees, uniform costs, and tournament fees.
  • Registration fees are $155 per player and cover the cost of league fees and referee fees. This fee covers one full year of play, including both fall and spring seasons.
  • Uniforms costs are around $85. Each player must purchase 2 jerseys (one red, one black), 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of shorts. Players may choose to purchase other items like a jacket, team bag, extra shorts or socks, etc.
  • Tournaments fees (approximately $40 - $60 per tournament, per player) are collected when teams participate in tournaments. Most teams participate in 2 - 3 tournaments over the full year. Tournaments collect a per-team fee which is split equally by the number of players on the team. 


What happens to my registration fee if my child does not make the team, or chooses not to play?

  • If your child DOES make the team and accepts their roster spot, the fee is deducted from the overall dues.
  • If your child DOES NOT make the team, the full $50 registration fee will be refunded. If you prefer, you may elect to apply the registration fee to the next Fall IM season registration fees instead of receiving a refund.



TRYOUTS

Does my player have to tryout?

  • Yes. MDSL conducts tryouts for the MDSL Travel Program each year. 
  • ALL New and ALL returning players tryout each year.

 

What are tryouts like and why are they necessary?

  • Most players describe tryouts as being very similar to a practice session. Players progress, as a group, through individual drills, then small-sided games (e.g. 2 v 2 or 3 v 3), and conclude with an age-appropriate  full-field scrimmage.
  • The format of tryouts allow MDSL evaluators (volunteer coaches and area players) to evaluate the technical, game-play, and teamwork / communication skills of each player.
  • Tryout information is used to help form teams around age-group and player skills. Tryouts also help the player meet some of our coaches, other players, and determine their interest in playing for MDSL.

 

Can my child try out in a different age group? 

  • Players cannot tryout or play in an age group for which they are too old. Travel soccer leagues and tournaments follow strict age groups which do not allow for older players to “play-down” in a younger age group.
  • Players will not be required to play more than one age group above their appropriate birth year age group.


What should my player wear to tryouts?

  • Players should wear a T-shirt, shorts, socks, shin-guards, and soccer cleats, and bring a ball and water.
  • Players should NOT wear their MDSL travel training gear or game jersey.


Should my child come to all tryout dates? 

  •  Players should ATTEND ALL tryouts for their age group -- the more time in front of the evaluators, the better.
  • If your player will MISS ONE of the tryouts, do not fret. (We understand, unavoidable conflicts and illnesses occur!)
  • If your player CANNOT MAKE ANY of the tryouts due to injury, please contact the [email protected].



TEAM FORMATION


How are players selected for a team? 

  • MDSL hosts open tryouts in the spring to form teams for the following soccer year (fall and spring).
  • All players are evaluated during these tryouts by the team coaches and additional evaluators. Selected players are placed on appropriate teams by the coaches.

 

How do I determine the right age group for my child? 

  • Travel soccer teams are formed and compete based on birth year.
  • MDSL tryouts are conducted by birth year.
  • Some teams may have players from multiple birth years grouped together. A team with multiple birth years will play at the age-group of the oldest player in competitions.

 

How many players will you place on a team?

  • Each age group in travel soccer play with different game formats, field size, and roster sizes.
  • The following are the roster sizes for the different age groups in MDSL travel soccer program:

Age Group 

Number Of
Players On Field

MDSL Roster
Minimum

EPYSA Roster
Maximum

U9 & U107v7At least 10No more than 12
U11 & U129v9At least 12No more than 16

U13 & up

11 v 11

At least 14

No more than 22


How many travel teams will MDSL have for each age group? 

  • MDSL will form as many travel teams as we have interested players and qualified volunteer coaches.
  • Historically, MDSL has had one team per gender at each age group. This fluctuates each year based on coaches and player registration.


Once a team has been formed, will it stay together every season?

  • Whenever possible, MDSL keeps the same age groupings year to year so that there is continuity in the teams.

  • All teams experience roster changes which occur for many reasons including, but not limited to: area newcomers, changing player interest or availability, progression in roster minimums and maximums, coach changes, and number or players registered with MDSL.


When my player find out if they made the team?

  • Player notification and roster invitations will be issued by coaches after all tryouts have concluded. This may occur in late May or early June.
  • Your player will be asked to commit within 72 hours after receiving a roster invitation.
  • Families of invited players will receive further instruction from the team coach or team manager.


What if my player does not make the team?

  • MDSL strives to create the most positive experience for all families, players, coaches, and teams. However, some players may not receive roster invitations
  • ALL MDSL teams are required to meet the MDLS Roster Minimum to form.
  • MDSL teams at the U12 or below shall offer the number of roster invitations equal to the maximum roster for the league in which they will participate (or all registered players in the age bracket for the team).
  • MDSL seeks to maximize the number of teams for which we have registered players and coaches, while giving careful consideration to player development and team continuity.
  • If we are unable to add a player to the MDSL travel soccer program, we highly encourage the player to register for our Intramural (IM) Program. Registration for MDSL IM fall season occurs in mid-June thru mid-July. Registration for the MDSL IM spring season occurs in mid-Dec thru early Feb.

 

Can my child get on a team at other times of the year? 

  • Even after tryouts, many teams may have some roster spots open during the year.
  • Please contact the [email protected] to be connected with the appropriate team coach.