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Recreational League Mission Statement
The Plano Youth Soccer Association Recreational League provides a place for every child to play soccer. It seeks to provide an environment that fosters sportsmanship, fair play, and promotes physical and psychological development.
The PYSA Recreational League provides a training ground for players, coaches, and referees to learn and hone those disciplines in safe and healthy surroundings.
Recreational Philosophy on Competition
League play seeks to match teams of similar skill levels. PYSA attempts to provide an environment that fosters balanced and equal competition during league play.
Guiding philosophy: Competition between similarly skilled teams offers the best opportunities for success and growth, providing players the best possible soccer experience.
PYSA fosters this environment through the use of:
Fair assignment of players to teams. PYSA follows NTSSA (North Texas State Soccer Association) Team Formation Rules for player placement. Players are assigned to teams based on playing age and school/neighborhood. PYSA supports the ability of friends and/or siblings to play to together.
Divisional alignment. PYSA attempts to group teams of similar skill levels together to provide the best opportunity for physical and psychological growth. In those age groups that span more than a single year, PYSA attempts to place teams in divisions with teams of like age and/or skill. This placement occurs in the fall season. Based on results from the fall, PYSA utilizes a promotion/relegation system to group teams of similar skill levels together for the spring season.
PLAYOFFS AND POST-SEASON COMPETITION
Post-season play seeks to include the very best teams from each age group. PYSA attempts to provide an environment that affords a competitive outlet for post-season competitions (playoffs and Tournament of Champions qualifications), pitting the “best” skilled teams from each age group against each other.
Guiding philosophy: Teams which have performed at the highest levels against the best competition will be given the most opportunities to participate in competitions beyond league play. This stance, again, promotes competition between similarly skilled teams and offers the best opportunities for success and growth, providing players the best possible experience.
Teams from all divisions within an age group are given consideration for post-season play. However, teams competing against those of greater skill level will be given the greatest opportunities to participate in post-season play.
Playoffs in PYSA are considered "extra games," and are not guaranteed. In the fall season, priority will be given to the determination of a representative to the NTSSA Tournament of Champions. In all seasons, priority will be given to the completion of a full regular season, even at the expense of playoff competition.