Player Evaluations

Updated Monday May 14, 2018 by Rye Brook Youth Soccer.

In order to provide players with the best opportunity to develop their soccer skills and have fun, RBYS believes that soccer players should be grouped with players of similar soccer ability.  RBYS evaluates players and selects teams based on a combination of evaluations. The process is designed to be as thorough, accurate and fair as possible with the goal of grouping players to the best of our ability by skill and ability, while at the same time managing the costs and burden of the program overall.   Every player should participate with their specific birth year. Players are encouraged to attend all ratings sessions.
Parents are not allowed to attend any of the evaluation sessions unless you are a designated parent monitor for the younger aged teams or a Coach.
The evaluation process is summarized below:
1) Season-long continuous evaluation process conducted by Red Bull trainers on their respective teams, starting in the Fall and continuing into the Spring season.
2) Fall ratings: Each Red Bull trainer will provide an initial rating of each player on their own team at the end of the Fall season.  The Fall ratings will be used as an additional resource when forming the final Spring ratings and provide the board with additional information.  The other main purpose of the Fall rating is to help ensure accurate ratings when a new trainer takes over in the Spring and doesn’t have history with the team/players.
3) Evaluation Sessions in the Spring: In May/June, there will be more focused sessions conducted by the assigned Red Bull trainers where the A/B teams are combined by birth year.  The Board has the right to add Ad Hoc sessions to make sure the ratings are done as accurately as possible. Following the evaluation sessions and towards the end of the spring season, the Red Bull Trainers for each specific year/gender will submit 1 combined ratings assessment across both the A and B teams
4) The Head Parent Coach will be asked to rank all the players in their respective birth year across both the A and B teams (ranking them 1 to 24 for example)
  • The Head Coach may consult with their assistant coaches on the rankings, but ultimately the head coach should provide the final ratings
  • The rankings should be done in excel in a format provided by the board and sent to Dan Solli at (RBYS's Head Red Bull Trainer)
  • The incoming U8 players will just be evaluated by the trainers as there are no parent coaches at the pre-travel year
5) New Players to the Program:  Any new players registering for the program will be evaluated by the Red Bulls trainers who evaluate the players in a particular birth year.  New players who have registered must attend the publicized evaluation session for the respective birth year. If a new player is unable to make a session or be fairly evaluated, the new player will automatically be put on the B team
6) Reassessment:  Players/teams will be reassessed every Spring for team formation in the Fall.  As such, kids who are placed on the B team will have the chance to move up to the A team and vice versa based on the ratings outcome.  Players who do not make a team, will have an opportunity to be evaluated again in the Spring.


7) Rosters/Teams: Teams will be formed in June based on input from all the different sources above
  • Players are evaluated by our professional trainers and coaches for individual skills as well as group play, small-sided drills and scrimmages
  • If there is a notable discrepancy between any of the evaluations, the board will seek additional information at its discretion
  • The results of the evaluations are kept strictly confidential by the RBYS Board and under no circumstance will be shared with the kids/parents
8) When Registered Players Exceed Maximum Number of Players Allowed Per Team:
When the number of registered players exceeds the maximum number of players allowed per team, a limited number of players may be offered the opportunity to participate as practice players  per RBYS practice player guidelines. If the opportunity to participate as a practice player is not available, or if a player declines the opportunity to be a practice player, the player will not be placed on a team and their money will be refunded.
9) The Red Bulls Organization will be responsible for the administrationof the process and will submit their team formation recommendations to the Executive Board.
The RBYS Executive Board understands the sensitivity of the parents and kids regarding team formation.  RBYS Executive Board will do its very best to place kid’s appropriately based on all of the inputs above.