Teams: The first weekend of State Cup play began today on April 5. Some of you seem surprised that the season is beginning so early, but with weather issues and all of the Colonial League and Premier League issues, not to mention the international ODP trips, we will have only 5 weekends to play before the semifinals and finals. There will be some creative scheduling on our part to get all of this done in 5 weekends. Please be prepared to play every weekend. The only weekend we will have off is April 19 and 20. There will be no games on that weekend. There are no exceptions for Spring break; either for a whole team or individual player. We have 5 different Spring break weekends this Spring and would never finish if we used these as exceptions. Every team was aware of the State Cup Calendar as it has been posted on the State Cup web page for 9 months.
We do have some exceptions that will effect many teams. The Colonial League and Premier League game dates are out of our control and affect some of our Saturdays; State Cup will use Sunday when these conflicts arise. This means that even if your team doesn't play in one of these leagues, you might be affected if the team you are playing does. We will let you know as early as possible. Teams will keep their home field advantage and the game will be on Sunday instead of Saturday.
On coaching conflicts, we have the list of coaching conflicts and will do our best to work around these. As you might imagine, if a coach has a game in Virginia Beach and one in Arlington, it may not be possible to deconflict those games; but we will try our best. If some coaches have a first preference on attending one game or another, please let us know that too.
If you have a scheduling request for April 12, we must have this in our email tonight by 7:00 pm. Once we start the process of scheduling it isn't possible to make time and field changes for late requests. On April 12, some teams will not play at all. These teams are the ones that have players going to Europe with the VYSA ODP teams. This includes both girls and boys teams U13 and U14.You may be scheduled to play one of these teams so we will make note of this on the schedule page so you are not wondering why your team doesn't have a game.
A note on requests for scheduling...You may only ask for an early or a late game for the next round for your team. You may not ask for a different date or a Sunday instead of a Saturday. All State Cup Games are scheduled for Saturday and they will be played that way unless we have the Regional League games to work around. If this is the case the games will be on Sunday of that same weekend.
When you send a request for a time preference, you must add the reason. We have so many requests that we need to know why you need a certain time of the day. We do our best to help you, but don't ask for a time request because your coach coaches another league team or you have a league game you are trying to work around. These are not reasons to ask for a time exception.
We will have the schedule for April 12 up on the VYSA State Cup website by Sunday night April 6. This is the standard practice for the scheduling process and will be the same for every week of State Cup. Thank you very much for you patience. All of you have been very nice to work with. We want State Cup to be a great experience for you and your players.