CAYS Travel Soccer

What is Travel Soccer at CAYS?

Carlisle Area Youth Soccer (CAYS) Travel Teams are sponsored by the Carlisle Family YMCA and HD Clear Orthodontics to offer competitive play for U9 and up players by participating in the Central Pennsylvania Youth Soccer League (CPYSL), a member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer Association (EPYSA).

Many parents worry a travel program will be too competitive, demanding and driven by a “winning is everything attitude.”  This is not the case at CAYS.  Our goal at CAYS is to teach our soccer players to love the game, but also to foster personal growth on and off the field.  We strive to provide a positive, but challenging environment that allows our players to develop their physical, physiological, technical, and tactical soccer potential.  This is accomplished while also contributing to the personal development of good sportsmanship.  Our coaches promote fairness, equity, and good sportsmanship in pursuing the above objectives.  We know healthy competition teaches kids about good sportsmanship; how to set, pursue, and accomplish a goal; and how to accept both victory, and defeat.  At CAYS, we offer all degrees of competitive travel soccer for beginners to elite players within CPYSL divisions.

Travel Soccer is for players interested in developing their abilities beyond recreational play, as Travel Soccer requires a greater level of commitment.  Players are expected to dedicate the time and effort to continue to improve their skills while contributing to their team.  CAYS travel teams practice twice a week for a total of 180 minutes per week.  Games are on the weekends, usually with younger age groups playing on Saturdays and older age groups playing on Sundays.

Travel Soccer matches are within the team’s CPYSL division with home matches at the George B. Stuart Fields and away matches at other clubs in the Central Pennsylvania area.  For the most part, away games are within a 45-minute drive, although there are a few exceptions as the CPYSL league extends from Williamsport to the Maryland line.  Teams also have the option to travel to local, regional, or out-of-state tournaments depending on the interests of the parents, players, and coaches.

Travel Tryouts and Fees

We require all players wanting to play Travel Soccer to register for Travel Soccer on the CAYS website and to attend tryouts for their age group.  During tryouts, CAYS coaches, and staff complete evaluations on each player to form teams and help place teams in a CPYSL division.

If players do not make a team, they are encouraged to continue to develop their soccer skills through the CAYS Recreational Soccer Program, Harrisburg Heat Clinics, and YMCA Training Programs.

Those players who make a team will need to purchase a uniform kit (home/away jerseys, shorts, and socks) for an additional cost.  A fundraiser will be optional to help improve and maintain our soccer program.  Additional fees may be required for team training, tournaments, etc.  Additionally, all travel players will need cleats, shin guards, and a ball for practices.

Participating in the fundraiser is OPTIONAL for all participants. Families who choose to participate will qualify for YMCA gift certificates toward any future YMCA Program, given to top overall sales. 

FUNDRAISING FORMS

In order to help keep registration fees reasonable, and to help cover costs associated with running a large youth sports program, we have a fundraiser every season.

CAYS – Sub Order Form

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BEHAVIOR POLICIES

Please read the following as it contains the goals of CAYS, Non-Discrimination, Code of Conduct, and other policies regarding the CAYS program.

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Carlisle High School Soccer Clinics

The Carlisle High School Boys and Girls Soccer Teams are running clinics for our CAYS Travel teams this upcoming Spring season – Fundamentals, Footwork and Fun!

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Travel Policies & Procedures

Please read the following as it contains the policies and procedures regarding the CAYS program.

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Ages: Boys and Girls - Ages: 7 - 15

Member Fee: U9 - U11 = $185* / U12 & up = $210* (*prices go up $25 beginning: April 15, 2024)

Non-Member Fee: U9 - U11 = $205* / U12 & up = $230* (*prices go up $25 beginning: April 15, 2024)

Location: Practices - George B. Stuart Athletic Fields / Games - Various Locations

Season Fall Season runs from mid-August through the beginning of November.

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The age groups are determined by your child’s birth year.  For the Fall 2024- Spring 2025 soccer year, the groups are as follows:

U9-  2016, 2017
U10-  2015
U11-  2014
U12-  2013
U13-  2012
U14-  2011
U15-  2010
U16-  2009
U17-  2008
U18-  2007

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Yes, all players are required to try out before being considered for placement on a travel team.

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Following the tryouts, the CAYS Executive Committee, and current coaches of the teams meet to finalize the roster for each team.  The following criteria are used for team selection:

  • tryout scores
  • coach input
  • past season performance
  • attitude
  • work ethic
  • sportsmanship

If a child makes the team for the fall season, he/she is guaranteed a roster spot in the spring season.

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If your child is not selected for a travel team, he/she can be transferred to our recreational program if within the age range for the program.  The difference in registration rates will be refunded to you.  You may also choose to have your full registration refunded to you.  Refund is the only option for any child that is too old for our recreational program.  NO refunds are offered once teams have been established.

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Fall Season

Practices begin as early as mid-July depending on the team/coach.  Games run from September through the beginning of November; skipping Labor Day (depending when it falls), and Columbus Day weekends.  Tournaments are available both weekends.

Spring Season

Practices begin in mid-March.  Games run from April through the beginning of June; skipping Easter (depending on when it falls), and Memorial Day weekends.  Tournaments are available Memorial Day weekend.

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The CPYSL Fall Season consists of 8 games (normally 4 home, 4 away.)  The CPYSL Spring Season usually consists of 7 games.  Teams may also choose to participate in tournaments in addition to the league games.

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Practices are held twice a week between Monday through Thursday, and the hours of 5:30PM to 8:00PM for about 1½ hours.  Make-up practices are scheduled as needed.  The game schedule, once posted by the league, can be found here. This is available in public view mode.

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All practices and HOME games are held at the George B. Stuart Athletic Fields located at 1213 Rockledge Drive, Carlisle, PA 17015.

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The average travel time is 30-45 minutes; however, some games may be up to an hour or more.

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Shin guards are mandatory for all practices and games.  Your child should bring a soccer ball to practice (see below for correct size.)  Soccer cleats are strongly recommended over sneakers (baseball cleats are NOT allowed.)  Players are encouraged to bring a water bottle to practices, and games.  A uniform (additional purchase) is needed for games.

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  • U9 – U12 – Size 4
  • U13 & Up – Size 5
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The registration fee includes player, team, club, and insurance fees paid to CPYSL and EPYSA, administration fees, fundraiser fee, referee fees, equipment, and field maintenance/upkeep/lining fees.

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CAYS will have a spring and fall fundraiser.  Participating in the fundraiser is OPTIONAL for all participants. Families who choose to participate will qualify for YMCA gift certificates toward any future YMCA Program, given to top overall sales.

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Yes, you will be required to purchase a uniform, and pay for any tournaments, or team training/activities your team decides to participate in.

Schedule

Click the button below to see an updated schedule for all CAYS Travel Soccer Games.

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Questions?

Kelly Tyrrell
Sports Director

ktyrrell@carlislefamilyymca.org
717-243-2525 ext. 225