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Travel vs YDA for 1st & 2nd Grade Players

HYS recommends any players that plan to play travel soccer move from the YDA program to Travel by 2nd grade. The travel program will allow some older/experience 1st graders to join as well. Players that move to travel at 1st to 2nd grade have a much smoother transition into travel than the players that join the travel program 3rd grade or older. This is not only the recommendation of HYS but also our High School coaches and US Soccer.

Below is some information comparing the Travel and YDA programs.

2020-2021 Season

1st-2nd Grade Travel

U7/8 YDA

Program Description

Introduction to travel soccer with a focus on individual skill development and game tactics in preparation for higher level travel play

Continued development of basic soccer and preparation for travel soccer

Players Birth Year



Field Size


6v6 or 7v7

Team Practice Commitment
1.5 hrs/2 times per week30 minutes per week prior to game. 1 hr weekly at coaches discretion.

Home Game Locations

Sharon or Granger

Granger Park

Away Game Locations

10-40 mile away

Granger Park

Primary Game Day
Sundays, occasional weekday gamesSaturdays




Skill Divisions


No skill brackets

TeamsGirls Only
Boys Only

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