EWG DEVELOPMENTAL & Competitive Soccer

Ages: 6-19Our developmental/ competitive program fields both boys and girls teams in all age groups from under 8 to under 19. These teams play teams from other associations around the region in both league play and tournaments.  Players in the U14 and below age groups must tryout.  The dates will be posted both at the field and on the web at least three weeks prior to tryouts.  During the tryouts, players rotate through a number of stations and are evaluated on criteria such as speed, ball control, shooting, etc.  Based on these ratings, the coach selects enough players to fill the team roster.  For a full description of this process along with the other rules governing the Strikers program please see our competitive rules & regulations.  The competitive season is held in parallel with the spring rec season but is administered by the state league - the RI Youth Super Liga. The Super Liga sets the schedules for matches that are held throughout the state and are typically played on either Saturdays or Sundays.  Rescheduled matches may also be held on weekday evenings but generally the coach will ensure that most everyone is available before committing to this.  Half of the matches will be away and could be anywhere from Woonsocket to Westerly.  The parent and/or player is responsible for transportation to and from these matches. Finally, some coaches also choose to enter their teams in indoor soccer leagues and/or outside tournaments. Participation in these is strictly voluntary and choosing not to participate will not affect the child's position on the competitive team. However, please be aware that each of these venues has different roster requirements and the coach may not be able to invite every player to participate. If you are interested in starting a second team to help ensure all players have the opportunity to play, please contact the appropriate coach. Any Questions: competitive@ewgsoccer.org 

Parent info:

Overview of The Developmental/Competitive Program: Evaluations are held in June. A registration form and a $45.00 fee must be turned in before a player can be evaluated for the developmental/ competitive program. Players in the age groups of U8, U10, U12, and U14 must attend evaluations in order to be considered for a team. If they do not or cannot attend, their name will be put on a wait list. If a child wishes to challenge up to the next age level, they must try out for both the age group they wish to challenge up to as well as the age group that is appropriate for them. During evaluations, each player will be assigned a number and will be rated on various skills and small sided scrimmages. Once the evaluation scores are calculated and the teams have been selected, the coach assigned to the team will contact you and the developmental/ competitive practices will begin. Spring Outdoor Soccer - The spring outdoor season of developmental/competitive soccer is mandatory (meaning you cannot join a team just to play tournaments or indoor sessions).  Fees for the Spring Developmental/Competitive program are as follows:  Initial registration fee (paid at tryouts), Referee fees, Superliga fee, and Competitive Uniform  The coach may also ask the team to play in tournaments, which range in price and are separate additional fees. Typically local tournaments range from $20 to $40 per player.  Practices for spring are 1-2 times a week at the EWG Soccer Complex and there is typically one game held per week for eight weeks with four games being held at the EWG fields (home) and the other four being held at other fields (away) located thru out Rhode Island. In addition to spring outdoor games and tournaments, coaches may also request the players play indoor competitive game during the late fall and winter sessions. 
Winter Indoor Soccer - Typically the coach will choose to enter the team into 1-2 indoor sessions, usually held at either Teamwork’s in Warwick or World Wide of Sports in North Kingstown. Indoor is not mandatory but is highly recommended. First session generally starts in October and second session usually starts in January. Each session typically runs approximately 8-9 weeks long. Practices are held at Wawaloam School, EWG Jr. High, and at the Exeter Job Corp and are usually scheduled 1-2 times each week. Games are typically once a week. The costs associated with indoor vary by the age group and the number of players on a roster.  The cost is calculated by what the indoor facility charges, divided by the number of players on the roster. Teamwork’s and World Wide of Sports also require each player to have an ID made for separate fee of approximate $10.00 (subject to change). 

UNIFORMS & EQUIPMENT:

Players should bring their ball, cleats, shin guards, and water or a sports drink. They should dress in sports attire and appropriate footwear (don’t forget to have them dress for the weather –it can be very cold or very hot during different times throughout the year).

Uniforms - Uniforms will be available for purchase thru the competitive director.


Playing Equipment - *All players must wear proper shin guards to every practice and every game. Hard surfaces of shin guards must be covered with socks.
*No jewelry, metal devices, or hazardous equipment may be worn. (Casts can be allowed if they are padded & the Referee approves them before the game). 
Referees will check to be sure all rules are followed before each game. *Each player should bring water or sports drink to games and practices. Avoid soft drinks or Sugar filled juices. *Each player should have a stitched ball (as opposed to a hard seamless ball) of proper size. Also, look for a stamp that says either “official size & weight” or “FIFA Approved”:
U-4, U-5, U-6 & U-8 use a size 3
U-10 and U-12 use a size 4
U14+ use a size 5.

Developmental Philosophy

If the player is a U-8 or U-10 player then he or she will be evaluated for a developmental team. The developmental philosophy is as follow: EWGYSA developmental philosophy shall be to provide players the opportunity to develop skills at an elevated level for the purpose of self-improvement and compete against the developmental programs offered through other similar associations. The EWGYSA developmental program shall be: non-result oriented, and 50% playing rule applied to all players, and strong emphasis on player participation at various positions. Such participation will benefit the EWGYSA and increase interest in the game of soccer. 

Competitive Philosophy

If the player is a U-12 or above player then he or she will be evaluated for a competitive team. EWGYSA competitive philosophy shall be to bring together the most skilled players of the EWGYSA to compete against the competitive soccer programs offered through other similar associations. Such participation will raise all the participants’ skill levels, the level of play, and also contribute to the success of the School Districts Athletic Program. The EWGYSA Competitive Soccer Program shall endeavor to assemble and train the strongest teams possible for each division to best represent the EWGYSA. It is the objective to strive to win but provide each player playing time, since participants will not improve without playing. 

"STRIKERS" 2015 Developmental & Competitive Team evaluations:

Please arrive 30 min prior to check in.

Bring a ball & Shin pads and Please DO NOT WEAR Competive jerseys.

Wednesday, June 18:

U12 (5:30 pm - 6:45 pm)

U14 (6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)


Thursday, June 19:

U8 (5:30 pm - 6:45 pm)

U10 (6:45 pm - 8:00 pm)


Saturday, June 28:

U8 (12:30 pm - 1:45 pm)

U10 (8:45 am - 10:00 am)

U12 (10:00 am - 11:15 am)

U14 (11:15 am - 12:30 pm)

Attendance at both sessions is not required but is encouraged, as the highest score will be used in forming teams. 

** a player wishing to move up, must try out in the age group he/she desires.

(Please see the Developmental/Competitive Rules regarding details pertaining to a player wishing to participate in an older age group)

email competitive@ewgsoccer.org w/ questions.


 All  Players (U6-U19) who wish to be considered for the Developmental/Competitive program MUST Register here (online) .








The Developmental/Competitive registration fee is $45 per player. This fee covers the cost the association pays to the outside company running the evaluations, as well as administrative costs associated with program. No refunds will be issued regardless of whether or not a player is offered a position on a team.


INFO:          Tryouts will be held for age groups U8 through U14, Boys and Girls, only.  More than one team may be formed; it is the intent to distribute players based on the rating pool.  Any player with a birth date not falling within an age group may not be assigned to a team in an older age group unless in accordance with EWGYSA Rules and Regulations for the Developmental/Competitive Program by the Executive Committee. 

**The parent/guardian may request on the Developmental/Competitive Registration Form that the child play in an older age group (Please see the Developmental/Competitive Rules regarding details pertaining to a player wishing to participate in an older age group). If requirements are satisfied, a player wishing to move up, must try out in the age group he/she desires.

You must attend at least ONE(1) of the two tryout sessions offered to your age group. Your score will be used to place you in the rating pool for the appropriate age and gender group.  The association may choose to use a player’s tryout rating or his/her previous developmental/ Competitive season’s coaching rating as his/her official evaluation rating.  It is not guaranteed that this score, once it is included in the rating pool, will insure a roster position. 

A coach may select any player(s) from the rating pool to complete a roster.  No coach is required to roster the maximum number.  If the rating pool exceeds maximum roster size then the minimum team roster for U10 will be 10 players, U12 will be 14 players, and U14 will be 15 players, as governed by Soccer Rhode Island and/or SuperLiga. However it is the desire of the Association to provide as many players the opportunity to be on a roster. U8 roster will be determined based upon the format played, but again, it is based upon rules established by Soccer Rhode Island and/or SuperLiga. The Director will maintain the rating pool documents until the season is over.  Your parent/guardian may call Jim Walker at 401-539-2079 to answer any questions.

A player who does not register on time or does not tryout will be placed on an alternate list for assignment to a team.  It is left to the discretion of the team coach to select a player from the waiting list only after Team Creation criteria have been satisfied and approval has been granted by the Developmental/Competitive Director. If you don't show for a tryout you will be placed on a waiting list and may be assigned to a team subject to a coach’s selection in accordance with EWGYSA Rules and Regulations for the Developmental/ Competitive Program.

Interested in COACHING

or Assistant Coaching a Developmental/ Competitive team?

click for APPLICATION 

and turn in by JUNE 3rd


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