PSA vs PYSA, Which to Choose?

Plano has lots to choose from when your kids are wanting/ready to play sports. What can be confusing is deciding between the 2 big leagues; PSA and PYSA. They are pretty similar in some aspects and different in others. So, which to choose? PYSA or PSA? We’ve got all the Mom advice below on the 2 to help you make the best decision for your family.

PSA vs PYSA, Which One to Choose?

PSA:

(Includes basketball, volleyball, martial arts, soccer, dance, rugby, track, wrestling, golf, cheer, softball, and preschool!)

“Rec to Select”

Pros:

  • Includes indoor and outdoor sports and activities
  • 4  Big Locations: PSA1, PSA2, PSA Murphy, PSA McKinney
  • Games should be in Plano mostly.
  • Includes summer leagues for sports
  • Includes competitive or club teams for older kids
  • Many camps are offered during the summer

Cons:

  • Can be more competitive (just my opinion!)
  • More Leagues and more kids
  • Schedules can be released late
  • Birth Year Teams (meaning your kids could be in the same grade level as a friend but on a different team)

 

PYSA:

Plano Youth Soccer Association (Soccer only)

 

Pros:

  • A good place to start for beginners
  • They try to get you on teams close to where you live.
  • Only takes place in Fall/Spring Season

Cons:

  • Games can be played all over the area including Richardson, Wylie, and Murphy.
  • The schedule usually gets released last minute (personal experience!)
  • Since the league is smaller you might play some of the same teams 3X in the same season.

Tell us about your experiences with PSA and PYSA! Which would you recommend?

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Shannon

Shannon is Mommy to 2 kids, Wife, and Teacher. She was born and raised in Plano. After graduating from Baylor (sic' em!!) she returned to Plano to teach. With two young kids attending Plano Schools, she is a true Plano Mom (and a soccer Mom!!). She loves writing about parenting topics and fun events for kids around town.

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4 comments
Shelby says July 20, 2017

I would like to add a few things here…

We had done PSA with my son and daughter and changed to PYSA last year for my daughter (my son has since moved onto Academy programs):
PYSA is sanctioned under US Soccer and PSA is not. PSA is a private business that offers many sports. PYSA is only soccer and is affiliated with North Texas Soccer, US Youth Soccer, and US Soccer.

PYSA has adopted all of the changes for small sided games mandated under US Soccer. This changes are to increase the development of younger athletes. PSA did not adopt the changes.

PYSA soccer referees are licenses under US Soccer… PSA referees are licenses in house (the referees pay PSA for the course).

PYSA and PSA are both slow on schedules, I think every youth sport is… they both release schedules by Tues/Wed the week games start on Sat/Sun.

PYSA checks birth certificates. PSA players are “grade level” based… meaning you tell them what grade your kid is in and they play that grade…

PSA Players cannot play tournaments/events outside of PSA with their registration. They would have to register at PYSA or US Club to play at any outside events.

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    PlanoMoms says July 20, 2017

    This is great info Shelby! Thanks so much for your awesome feedback!

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Loraine says July 21, 2017

What about the Texas Thunder (Club type soccer) that is under PSA?

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    PlanoMoms says July 21, 2017

    Yes, PSA is the competitive club option for soccer! Thanks Loraine!

    Reply
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