Track By Birth Year To Comply With U.S. Soccer’s New Requirements
Need to update your registration system to comply with U.S. Soccer’s new birth year standards?
You are not alone! The majority of youth soccer organizations need to update their registration methods recently to meet U.S. Soccer’s new birth-year registration initiative.
With Demosphere’s RosterPro® Registration System, it’s easy to track registrants by birth-year and place them into the correct age group.
Option 1: Set Eligibility Settings
The first option available to organizations is to set the date of birth range in the Season Structure for each seasonal grouping. Adding the Birthdate Range will auto-place players into their appropriate group.
In the example below we’ve edited the U10 Age Group to add the Birthdate Range 01/01/2005 through 12/31/2005 in the Grouping Eligibility area. All registrants born within this range will automatically be placed in the U10 grouping.
Option 2: Custom Data Field
If your organization would like to specifically track a separate field for “Year of Birth,” follow the steps listed below to create a custom data field:
1. Custom Data Field Creation
Create a custom data field for registration participants called “Birth Year” in the Data Reporting & Management tab.
During this step, select the Dropdown Input Type to ensure uniform responses across all registrants. Include all options that pertain to your organization in the Selection Options section.
The field should be set to Required.
2. Set Eligibility
When setting up the Season Structure, custom eligibility settings can be created to ensure players are placed into the proper grouping. Edit any seasonal grouping and click the Custom Data checkbox on the eligibility tab.
Select the Birth Year custom data field and select the acceptable value for the grouping you are working on.
The required birth year data field will be filled out during public registration and players will be automatically placed into the proper birth year, based on the eligibility that was created.
Need a little help setting up your system? Contact Demosphere Support at support @ demosphere.staging.wpengine.com with any questions regarding either of the above methods.