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Niskayuna Soccer Club is a non-profit organization that is a member of the Capital District Youth Soccer League (CDYSL) of the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA). The club is committed to providing its players and families a positive soccer experience at an affordable cost. The NSC emphasizes the technical and tactical development of each player, teamwork, and sportsmanship. While winning is nice, learning and enjoying soccer is the ultimate goal. The club typically sponsors approximately 15 competitive teams rostered with 200+ players over various age groups through the indoor and outdoor seasons. Please read below for additional information.
What We Offer - A Positive Soccer Experience
⚽ Considerable practice time (once a week for U8, twice a week for older age groups)
⚽ Talented and dedicated coaches
⚽ Outstanding fields and facilities
⚽ Niskayuna Soccer Classic outdoor tournament
⚽ Community-based atmosphere supported by volunteers
⚽ Compared to other clubs, a VERY affordable cost
The NSC sponsors competitive teams in the U8 (coed), U10, U12, U14, and older (Mohawk United) age groups for boys and girls.
Age groups are determined by birth year, regardless of the month/day born. To determine which age group your child will play, refer to the CDYSL Birth-Year Age Matrix (Note: the league runs from fall to spring so be sure to look at the correct season. Also, the league typically usually has age groups ending with even number. For example, if you determine your child to be U9, s/he will be playing in U10 for the league).
Travel vs Rec Plus Players / Wait-list
Travel vs Rec Plus Players: Travel players practice and play in games and tournaments starting in November and continue on for all indoor leagues and the spring CDYSL outdoor season. Rec Plus players participate in indoor leagues but do not participate in the spring CDYSL outdoor season. When registering your child, you have the option to register as a Rec Plus player at a reduced fee.
While most or possibly all players will be designated as Travel players, roster sizes and other factors may result in the coach determining that certain players must be designated as Rec Plus players. In the event that your age group/team is in this situation, those that have registered first will be given preference as Travel players. The NSC will allow interested Rec Plus players to participate as Travel players if the roster situation changes during the year.
Wait-list: The NSC seeks to ensure the proper ratio of players to coaches for each age level. If space is not available on a roster then players may be placed on a wait-list. If space becomes available on the roster, families will be notified with preference given to those who were wait-listed first.
Competitive/travel soccer operates on a fall to spring calendar and is a higher level of commitment than a recreation soccer program. The following provides a general overview of the seasons and what is to be expected.
July - August: Registration for tryouts for the upcoming travel season. Players are encouraged to register during this time period regardless of whether or not they plan to attend the tryout sessions. There is no fee for tryouts.
August: Registration opens usually after August 15th (click on the Registration Open graphic on the home page). To improve the likelihood of not being wait-listed, it is recommended to register as soon as possible.
September - October: NSC players are often involved in school soccer or the town's fall recreational soccer program. Some NSC teams may begin practicing and may elect to participate in CDYSL Fall League.
November – March: Indoor practices (once a week for U8, twice a week for other age groups with the second practice being a skills-based training). Most indoor practices are held at The Schenectady Armory. Teams individually elect to participate in indoor leagues (e.g. SportsPlex or Afrims) and occasionally tournaments. Indoor leagues usually involve 1-2 games on a weekend.
April – June: Outdoor practices, approximately once or twice a week, along with ten (10) games as part of the CDYSL. Home games are held at the Niskayuna Soccer Park on Zenner Road and away games are typically no farther than Saratoga or Bethlehem. Each team decides to attend local outdoor tournaments in addition to the Niskayuna Soccer Classic annual tournament held every June. Some older teams may participate in tournaments as far as Pennsylvania, the New England area, and Canada.
What the NSC Asks From Players & Families
⚽ Commit to as many practices and games, as possible (refer to Calendar At-A-Glance)
⚽ Fulfill your volunteering requirements for the Niskayuna Soccer Classic
⚽ Volunteer for the NSC in other ways
⚽ Pay all NSC Registration and Team Fees by the requested deadlines
⚽ Follow the CDYSL Code of Conduct policy